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Baldwin Township swears in new tax collector to fill unexpired term


April 15, 2003

Marilyn Wagner was sworn in as Baldwin Township's new treasurer/tax collector by District Justice David Barton at the commission's April 8 meeting.

“You'll be dealing with residents who feel they've been robbed,” joked Barton, who served as a Whitehall councilman for 11 years prior to becoming a district justice. Tell residents to direct complaints to council members, he kiddingly advised.

Wagner, 57, replaces Jim Vidt, who resigned. Her appointment runs until the end of the year.

Wagner retired last year as vice-president in bank treasury at Mellon Bank, where she worked for 25 years. She and her husband, Bob, have three grown sons and four grandchildren.

In other business, commission President Dan Hilbert said copies of the recently completed audit ending December, 2002, are available at the municipal office weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The March police report, read by Commissioner Darrell Bichler, listed: 1 automobile accident, 31 service calls, 12 arrests, 3 disorderly persons, 1 animal complaint, 4 domestic disturbance calls, 30 hospital trips (handled by MRTSA), 13 intrusion alarms answered, 1 juvenile complaint, 4 larcenies, 3 malicious mischief and vandalism, 48 motor vehicle violations, 17 police assists, 5 suspicious persons and vehicles, 3 traffic complaints, 3 vacation homes checked, and 8 miscellaneous calls not classified.

Plans are afoot to hire two township high school or college students for 40-hour work weeks this summer in the Public Works Dept., cutting grass, painting street lines, etc. The students, 18 years old or older, would earn about $7 an hour. If interested, contact Commissioner Bruce McCance, or Dale Jones or Mary McGinley in the municipal office at 412-341-9597.

Upcoming township events include: flea market, May 3; bus tour, May 22; home and garden tour, June 22; and Community Day, Aug. 9.

The “Rent-a-Spot” flea market will be held at Armstrong Park on Sat., May 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rented spots, ranging from $8 to $12, are available on a first come, first served basis. Call 412-563-4954 for information.

The “Millionaires Row with a Twist” bus tour to the northeast area of Ohio to view an historic district of stately homes, among other sites, will depart Amstrong Park at 7 a.m. on Thursday, May 22, returning at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $59 per person.

The Home and Garden Tour will take place on Sunday, June 22, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $8 before June 22, or $10 on day of tour.

For information/registration for the above events, contact Gloria Kauss at 412-563-4954. Proceeds benefit upcoming community activities.

Community Day will be held on Sat., Aug. 9, starting at 2 p.m. To volunteer, call Commissioner Bichler at 412-882-0277.

Hilbert read a report from Commissioner Jane McMullen, who was absent, about the 30th Annual Spring Conference of the Allegheny League of Municipalities which she attended April 3-6 at Seven Springs.

The highlights included:

• Attorney General Mike Fisher said if you are on the no-call list and still receive a telephone solicitation, get the information and report it to his office.

• County Executive Jim Roddey urged elected officials to tour the County Emergency Headquarters in East Liberty.

• On Memorial Day, the county is sponsoring a picnic for armed service members and their families at Soldiers and Sailors Hall in Oakland.

McMullen also returned with a $12,923.87 check for the township as its refund from the workmen's compensation pool, into which most South Hills communities pay, for the years 1992 through 2001.

Township Engineer Glenn Jonnet said engineers plan to make a presentation to borough managers and solicitors tentatively in May regarding the setting of new proportionate shares of future costs of the rehabilitation of the McNeilly sanitary sewer interceptor. The township, Mt. Lebanon, Dormont, and the city are participants in an agreement, circa late 1920s, regarding the interceptor.

Hilbert said Pompei Paving will repave the upper basketball court at Armstrong Park at no charge at the same time the company paves Robertson Rd. Pompei was supposed to pave Robertson Rd. last April, but cold weather forced postponement.

In response to a question about the updating of ordinances, Hilbert said a firm has taken copies and will report back within 45 days with an outline and advice on the next step.

“They will nudge us in the right direction,” he said.


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