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Shell picks Potter
The economic effect of Shell Oil building a petrochemical plant on the former Horsehead site in Potter, and/or another company building a similar plant on the Aliquippa riverfront cannot be overstated.
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Center Township planning to raze,
replace its aging municipal center
It’s five decades old,
and has outlived its usefulness, Rachel DelTondo said.

The Center Township Municipal Building, which houses various township offices, a meeting room and the 
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Center Township Police will move into the Just Like Home Daycare and Preschool Building.
police station, will be razed and replaced, said DelTondo, the township manager.

“This building is over 50 years old. The floors are bad. The roof is bad,” she said. “It’s time.”

A few years ago, the township secured a bond for building improvements, DelTondo said.

Finally, things are moving: The township’s zoning hearing board will consider a pair of variances when it meets Sept. 9.

One would be to allow construction of a new municipal center where the current one sits on Center Grange Road. The other would allow a new public works facility on Wilhelm Drive.

In an early construction phase, the Center Township Police Department would be moved into the Just Like Home Daycare and Preschool Building, adjacent to the municipal complex.

The costs associated with so massive an undertaking will become clearer when bids are solicited later this year, DelTondo said.

Pittsburgh-based PJ Dick has been retained as the project manager.

Hopewell Police chief moving on
Hopewell Township Police Chief Bran Uhrmacher, left, says he is looking forward to retirement.
Hopewell Township is seeking a new police chief in light of Brian Uhrmacher’s decision to leave that position in early June.

“I recently hit 35 years as an officer, and I’m looking forward to retirement,” the 56-year-old chief said Monday.

The township has already begun advertising to fill the position. One township commissioner said it is likely that a member of the department will be named to hold the job on an interim basis until a replacement can be found.

Hopewell hired Uhrmacher as chief in 2015. Since that time, he has been an active member of the Beaver County Community Law Enforcement Coalition, the Beaver Valley Chiefs of Police Association and the county police memorial committee.

He also served on the board of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, and is a member of Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church in Hopewell.
Hopewell hires new police chief

In retirement, he has been teaching criminal justice classes at Penn State-Beaver and the community colleges of both Beaver and Allegheny County.

A 1983 Hopewell grad, he earned his master’s degree in the Administration of Criminal Justice from Point Park University after earning a bachelor’s degree there in Public Administration.

He is certified by the Law Enforcement Executive Development Association.

Hopewell Township Commissioner Rich Bufalini said Sedlacek lives with his wife and two children in Independence Township.

His duties begin Saturday, June 5. Brian Uhrmacher will retire the day before after serving five years as Hopewell’s chief.
A Hopewell Area High School graduate has been hired as the next police chief of Hopewell Township.

Don Sedlacek retired at the rank of sergeant from the Findlay Township Police Department after 25 years on the force.