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Ross Commissioners Approve Budget, Hire Manager, Okay Restaurant Renovation, Honor Hero

The new budget increases spending slightly, but also lowers the real estate millage rate.

Budget Vote

The Ross Township Board of Commissioners voted Monday night to approve a new budget which slightly increases spending about .03-percent, but lowers the real estate millage rate from 3.0 to 2.7 mills.

"This is a .3 mill decrease from 2012 because of the increase in the new Allegheny County assessment values," said Deborah J. Grass, Interim Township Manager, and Roger A. Dunlap, Interim Finance Director, in their budget statement. Board President Grant Montgomery said that in the first year of a countywide reassessment, municipalities are capped by state law at 5-perecent of additional collection from the real estate taxes that were collected from the previous year.

New Township Manager

Montgomery also confirmed the selection of a new township manager. Douglas Sample, of Ross, will begin Jan. 21 if contract negotiations with the township are successful. He would replace Wayne Jones, who was fired in August.

Restaurant Renovation

The commissioners also approved plans by North Park Lounge owner Mark Baranowski to renovate the former Sunseri's restaurant at 3385 Babcock Boulevard.

"The plan not only improves the structure of the restaurant," said Montgomery. "It also is designed to be less disruptive to the surrounding neighbors."

The restaurant, which will be called Rum Runners Saloon, will have a menu similar to the original North Park Lounge, featuring a wide variety of sandwiches, some entrees, and plenty of appetizers and munchies.

Hero Honored

The Commissioners also presented a plaque, and a citation from the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to Paul Shields, 20, who alerted his neighbors as fire consumed their home at 125 Lilac Avenue on the day after Thanksgiving. 

"Paul is a hero. That's all there is to it," said Heyl a few days after the fire. "The kid saved our lives. Thank God he was home from school and was able to wake us up. I can't say enough about him."

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Jo Paytas December 18, 2012 at 01:52 PM
This is the the kind of story we should be hearing in the news about 20 year old men. Congratulations to a deserving hero.
Carol K December 18, 2012 at 04:00 PM
I am glad Rum Runner's will be opening, but I can't help but wonder how parking will be handled. On some evenings, parking at the NPL can be difficult at best, and their lot is much larger than the old Jergel's parking lot.
Jose December 19, 2012 at 03:44 PM
The real question is where will overflow parking from Siebs and the karate place go once this opens, it will be a mess, the Jergels lot is full most times when Siebs has an event at thier banquet hall and if you go by here on a Saturday morning the Jergel's lot is full from people at the karate place. This is going to be a mess when both Seib's and the new NPL openes, cant wait to see the cars lined up on the burm of the road, wait until St Patty's day

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