BRIDGEVILLE CARNEGIE McKEESPORT
The 48th annual gala to benefit Focus on Renewal programs will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ryan Arts & Culture Center, 420 Charters Ave., McKees Rocks. Cost: $50. To obtain tickets: www.forstorox.org/ gala
The municipality plans to buy about 24 wooded acres next to Simmons Park that initially will be used for walking trails.
Council on Monday voted to buy the land off Country Road for $350,000.
“We’re not 100 percent sure” about any future plans for the land, Bethel Park manager Shawn Arbaugh said. “We think it will be a good addition to the park.” Simmons Park is off Clifton Road.
Council also approved an ordinance that requires owners of a foreclosed property to register with the municipality.
Mr. Arbaugh said that a lot of foreclosed properties are owned by a bank or by a third party and sometimes those properties are not maintained.
Under the ordinance, the municipality will have a point of contact if a property is not being maintained.
The fee for banks or thirdparty owners to register a foreclosed property is $300 every six months.
In other matters, Mr. Arbaugh said a stretch of Bethel Park Road that has been closed because of the installation of a Columbia Gas pipeline is expected to reopen some time between Oct. 25 and 30.
Borough council voted 6-0 Monday to change the name of Locust Alley between Gregg and Chestnut streets to Eagle Way in honor of six Boy Scouts from Bridgeville Boy Scout Troop No. 2, who have earned the Eagle Scout honor.
The six Eagle Scouts, three each from two families in Bridgeville, live next door to each other near Locust Alley.
Mayor Jack Kobistek said a public budget meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 6. Discussion of a new zoning ordinance and signage will start at 5:30 p.m. on that date. The proposed ordinance will be available for review starting next week.
A free gun owner safety class sponsored by Aim Point LLC will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in council chambers of the borough building.
Four McKeesport residents were recognized at the Oct. 4 council meeting for living the city’s message of “respect, dignity, love and hope.”
Tony Riggs received the respect award for working to keep his neighborhood clean and for helping his neighbors. Mr. Riggs, who is retired, offers to mow lawns, shovel snow and do car repairs for his neighbors.
“He goes above and beyond,” Mayor Michael Cherepko said. “He defines the role of an outgoing neighbor.”
Ty-Meer Brown was recognized with the dignity award for his work with youth in the city. Mr. Brown, a McKeesport native, played football for Boston College and the University of Connecticut and now mentors student athletes in his position as assistant for student affairs in the athletics department at McKeesport Area High School.
Brian Evans was honored with the love award. He is a lifelong McKeesport resident who has been a coach with the McKeesport Area Lady Tigers Athletic Association as well as with the White Oak Athletic Association.
Linda Brewster received the hope award for her work as president of the McKeesport Trail Commission. Ms. Brewster worked to turn an old concession stand overlooking the marina at McKees Point in Richard J. Gergely Park into a hostel that provides overnight accommodations for up to three people traveling along the Great Allegheny Passage.
The city’s Select Committee on Crime and Violence chooses four residents each quarter to receive the awards.
“This is to show our gratitude for everything they do for our city,” Mr. Cherepko said.