Thursday, April 5, 2012
A preliminary hearing for Richard Claypoole has been continued for May 23.
A preliminary hearing scheduled for former Plum Borough Athletic Association president Richard Claypoole has been continued. Claypoole's hearing originally had been scheduled for Wednesday, but was postponed due to his health, according to a secretary at Plum District Justice Linda Zucco's office. This is the fourth time his hearing has been continued. The Allegheny County District Attorney's office has charged Claypoole with theft by deception; and misapplication of entrusted property and property of government or financial institutions. Claypoole is accused of making $213,594.74 worth of payments to himself and his business, Richmar—the company provided equipment to the PBAA and was operated out of Claypoole's home—with PBAA funds …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Plum Baseball & Softball Association already has scheduled a meeting and registration dates.
Plum Borough Council and the Plum Baseball & Softball Association are putting the finishing touches on the preparation for the spring baseball season. Councilman Mike Doyle said on Monday that council and the PBSA are determining a time frame for the lease on eight ballfields along Ross Hollow Road. The group is ready to take over the baseball/softball program in the borough. A membership meeting and registration dates already have been scheduled to occur in March. Borough officials also will file a complaint in Common Pleas Court in response to an appeal filed by the Plum Borough Athletic Association—it previously ran the borough's baseball/softball program—regarding its lease termination. In January, Plum District Magistrate Linda Zucco …
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
If all goes as planned, Plum officials will issue a ballfield permit to the Plum Baseball & Softball Association by the end of the week.
Plum officials are hoping to start the spring Little League baseball/softball season soon. While most Little League organizations already have started registering children for the upcoming season, a permit for use of the eight borough ballfields has yet to be issued to a sports association in Plum. However, borough Solicitor Bruce Dice said Monday that officials plan to issue a permit to the Plum Baseball & Softball Association—a new nonprofit organization—by Friday. Plum District Magistrate Linda Zucco ruled during a landlord-tenant hearing last month that the Plum Borough Athletic Association has violated its lease with the borough, therefore terminating it. Though PBAA officials said they would not appeal the decision early last week, …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Despite saying last week that they wouldn't appeal, the Plum Borough Athletic Association has challenged the group's lease termination in court.
The Plum Borough Athletic Association executive board has challenged District Judge Linda Zucco's termination of its lease of eight baseball and softball fields along Ross Hollow Road. The organization filed an appeal Tuesday at Allegheny Court of Common Pleas despite telling members less than a week ago that it wouldn't. Zucco ruled the PBAA to be in violation of its lease agreement with the borough after a landlord-tenant hearing on Jan. 17. The PBAA leased the borough-owned ballfields for $1 a year to provide organized youth baseball/softball opportunities for children. In a letter sent to PBAA members last Saturday, the executive board said it wouldn't appeal. However, the the board expects property distribution to another nonprofit …
Monday, January 30, 2012
The Plum Borough Athletic Association most likely will not operate the youth baseball/softball program in Plum this season.
Plum Borough Athletic Association most likely will be dissolving. PBAA members received a note from the new executive board on Saturday stating the association would not fight its lease termination. The vote was taken by the board at a membership meeting on Thursday. "This decision was not made easily, and to be honest, tears were shed at the table when the final vote was taken," the letter, which was sent to the Plum-Oakmont Patch, states. Plum District Magistrate Linda Zucco ruled the PBAA to be in violation of its lease agreement with the borough after a landlord-tenant hearing on Jan. 17. The PBAA leased the ballfields along Ross Hollow Road for $1 a year to provide organized youth baseball/softball opportunities for children. At the …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Plum Borough and Plum Borough Athletic Association officials attended a landlord-tenant agreement on Tuesday, where it was determined the PBAA no longer has rights to its baseball fields.
The Plum Borough Athletic Association's lease on eight borough-owned ballfields has been officially terminated. During a landlord-tenant hearing that lasted more than three hours on Tuesday, Plum District Magistrate Linda Zucco heard testimony from withnesses of both parties and ruled the PBAA to be in violation of its lease agreement with the borough. The PBAA leased the ballfields along Ross Hollow Road for $1 a year to provide organized youth baseball/softball opportunities for children. Plum Council President Mike Doyle, who was not present at the hearing, said he is happy with the ruling. "I felt very confident going into this" he said. "You don't need a list of violations, you need one. We had a list. I hope the judge's decision …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Former state Senator Sean Logan's effort to mediate between two Plum athletic organizations was not successful.
Though some tried to avoid it, Plum Borough Council and the Plum Borough Athletic Association will hash things out in court on Tuesday. Borough officials and the PBAA will go before Plum Magistrate Linda Zucco at 9 a.m. to determine the status of the organization's lease on eight borough-owned ballfields along Ross Hollow Road. The PBAA leased the ballfields for $1 a year. Some in the borough had tried to prevent the two entities from going to court by acting as a mediator, forming a new athletic association and appointing a new PBAA executive board. The series of events began in September when borough officials notified PBAA officers that they no longer would have rights to the ballfields, citing several permit violations. Since the first…
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Plum Council have asked a familiar face to serve as a mediator between the Plum Borough Athletic Association and the Plum Baseball and Softball Association.
Former state Senator Sean Logan will meet with two Plum Borough athletic associations interested in serving as the borough baseball/softball organization. On Monday, Plum Council President Mike Doyle said the Plum Borough Athletic Association and the Plum Baseball and Softball Association—a new group—have been meeting to discuss the future of youth baseball and softball in the borough. They have yet to come to a conclusion. Logan, who now is the vice president of community relations for UPMC, would be an "impartial third party" who would help the two entities resolve their issues, Doyle said. "He's a former state senator, and he's well respected in our community," Doyle said. "I don't think anybody would question the man's character. We're…
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Kim Schmidt, wife of newly appointed PBBA president, said the new board members are it in to preserve the organization for local children.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
My name is Kim Schmidt and I am the wife of the current Plum Borough Athletic Association president. I am writing this letter to inform members of our community about the new PBAA and several issues concerning the organization. Does anybody really think that this is the first non-profit organization to have financial improprieties? If my memory serves me correctly our own Plum Midget Football Association had similar problem years ago. As I recall, members of that board were asked to step down and the new board was given the chance to correct the problems. Good people stepped up and got that organization back on its feet! Why would our community not give the same opportunity to our PBAA? The PBAA is not run by just one person. This …