Churchill Future Endorses 4 Candidates for Borough Council

Meet the Write in Candidates…

William Saunders

Hi, my name is William Saunders and I am running as a write-in candidate for Churchill Borough Council. I am a retired Pitt professor who has lived in Churchill for 27 years. I am fully committed to keeping Churchill a safe and healthy environment for the people living here. I will not let our well being be sacrificed to outside corporate interests just taking advantage of our proximity to the interstate. Vote for me to ensure Churchill spaces serve the interests of Churchill residents.

Steve Frank

 

Hello. My name is Steve Frank, a 31 year resident of Churchill and a PA Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser for the past 27 years. I am running for a seat on the Churchill Borough council as a write-in candidate in this year’s November 2nd election, seeking a two-year term. In the midst of what are most likely the most perilous days of our borough’s 87 year history, I have decided that I cannot sit idly by and watch what I believe to be a misguided sitting borough council decimate all that is good about our idyllic neighborhood. My goal is to ensure that Churchill retains all of its essential qualities as a clean, safe, peaceful and healthy place to live and raise our families, all the while looking to move forward in ways not detrimental to any resident. I promise to always keep the welfare of each citizen as my primary responsibility, of that you can be sure. I humbly ask for your vote.

Diana Yankes

Hello, I’m Diana Yankes. I was a Borough Council member until Aug 2020, when I was called to Virginia by my family to care for my mother in the last months of her life. Her funeral was June 19th.

When I returned, serious concerns were circulating about public health and safety threats from a proposed a mega-warehouse to be built on the former Westinghouse site. Resident scientists and engineers poured over the developer’s Impact Studies and found errors in their findings, data sources and test methods. Gateway Engineering’s review of these studies proved perfunctory. Problematic trucking operation through the borough was dismissed by the developer because “off-site, drivers are not the legal responsibility of the company.” Meanwhile, more complaints are emerging from neighbors near operating mega-warehouses elsewhere: troubling increases in toxic emissions, noise, and 53-foot long trucks dominating local roads designed only for cars. There is also news that other residential communities are fighting similar permits, before they have to undo the harm done. Taking a closer look at the harsh realities of this potential use, the risks far outweigh the benefits. Are we expected to subsidize this business? This corporation can find nearby space in a proper industrial park with easier access to highways and near 24-hour services. A more suitable use will appear for our beautiful campus—creating jobs and services that give us pride, I ask you to vote for Bill, Steve, Debra and myself at this critical time in Churchill’s borough history. With gratitude, I thank the vast majority of citizens who join us in opposition to this permit.

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New articles have been posted. 

Together, there are roughly 1,000 pages of research with links substantiating all of the claims we make in our summaries.

You can also find them in the Discussions tab above or by clicking the links below:

Murray Bilby’s Testimony During Council Meeting

Faulty data creates monumental decision mistakes

August 31, 2021

Comments read at Churchill Council meeting 9-13-2021

Click here to read. 

Helpful Information in a Single Source

A Churchill Future group member, Liz Casman, created a document with a lot of helpful information in a single source.

Here is a 35 page document with an incredible amount of useful and interesting information. Click here to read. 

PUBLIC HEARING TESTIMONY BLASTS DEVELOPER’S PROPOSAL FOR AMAZON WAREHOUSE

2.9 million square foot distribution warehouse for Amazon in the middle of the residential community of Churchill, ten miles east of Pittsburgh, PA, on the former 133 acre site of Westinghouse Research and Technology Park. This development will level a beautiful hilly green campus, threaten wildlife and a possible endangered species, and destroy wetlands, 1400 mature trees, and a Native American trail–the Raystown Path–that runs through the property. The warehouse, fed by 1000-1500 employee vehicles and 700-800 tractor trailer trips/day, will operate 24/7 365 days/year. A grassroots group of residents, calling themselves Churchill Future, has organized in opposition to the proposal for a conditional use permit to build the facility.

Read more here.

Comments on Traffic Following the Planning Commission Vote on Hillwood

Hillwood lied about the number of vehicles required to support this facility and based all it studies on those incorrect traffic numbers.

You will have 3 to 4 times more vehicles than Hillwood admits for their proposal.  How is that so?

Read more here, completely to the conclusion, and think about what is, not what was said.

Open letter to Churchill Borough Residents

 Regarding the Churchill Creek Project Land Development

ADDENDUM: March 12, 2021

Hillwood has returned to its original plan and documents submitted to the borough last spring with a 630,000 sf footprint, but it still exactly the same in all other aspects.  So rather than the entire Monroeville mall, it drops the movie theater.  Or to have another comparison, it is still larger than the entire Parkway East in Wilkins, and a single building higher than all those separated  buildings.  You will find other bits of useful information in the supplemental articles being published on this site.  You will find the latest Hillwood PowerPoint and comments outlining some of the misleading information being presented to the public.  You can explore it in detail to verify for yourself the misinformation being disseminated about this project.   The consequences will be left to you and the borough long after Hillwood sells the property and moves on.

January 27, 2021

By Murray Bilby
2424 Churchill Road


First, I recommend that all residents go to the borough web site and become familiar with all the useful information available. This is your community, you decided to invest a substantial sum in purchasing and maintaining your residence. If you want to keep the ambiance that first brought you here, you must take action. Read about what is going on in the community or go to the municipal building meetings. Much of the support material related to what follows can be found there. But you need to take the initiative to read and understand it.

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You, as a resident of Churchill Borough, should decide what is most important to you and your family. Then develop expertise on those one or two issues and convey your thoughts to the Planning Commission and Borough Council members. Keep Mayor Paul G. Gamrat and Borough Manager Alex Graziani, Borough Manager informed. Email addresses can be found on the borough site: http://www.churchillborough.com/.

There is also a tab above for all of the contact information you will need.

There is no single source of all the information, so there will certainly be areas yet to discuss and consider. The more involved I became in this project, and the more I learned, the initial ideas and assumptions had to be modified as the details became clearer. Do not allow any single statement or fact to distract you from observing the big picture.

This project is moving at a high velocity so time is short in order to act. This proposal almost makes the fracking proposal seem like a good deal.

On the Borough’s home page, you’ll find easy-to-understand links to borough meeting notes. You also have the option to see a video of who is discussing what at borough meetings.

Second, this is an alert with questions on the project and how it is being ushered through the process with incomplete and misleading data.

Consequently, I hope that individuals will identify areas of personal interest and explore them in more depth.

Don’t try to imagine what is taking place. And don’t assume anything. Verify everything and get the facts.

Look at the Westinghouse hill from all angles – as it is today and as it will be if this project goes through. Consider old Beulah Road. Eliminate the trees that hide the buildings – they will be gone. Triple the height of the building. Picture it closer to within 100 feet of Beulah. Picture the 50-foot retaining wall. What do you see? Imagine yourself driving north on Beulah to get on the westbound ramp. Imagine coming off of 22 to the top of the hill, or the parkway west exit. Think about walking into your back yard at night and trying to see the stars.

At the end of this document, you will also find many links to outside sources relevant to distribution centers and their development with comments from local municipalities. You should compare those comments and complaints with the current situation.

Please read more here: https://www.churchillfuture.com/letter-2/