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PWSA customers in South Side may have lead lines replaced

The May meeting of the South Side Planning Forum featured presentations on the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) and its lease service line replacement project, and a proposed City Theatre renovation project. In his overview of the PWSA, ex...

 

Slopes updated on city steps plan, East Carson Street safety projects

Presentations on the city steps plan and on the East Carson Street safety improvement project headlined the May meeting of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA). Angie Martinez, of the city’s new Dept. of Mobility and Infrastructur...

 

South Side Park Master Plan process now completed

The master plan for South Side Park was unveiled on April 19 at the Arlington Recreation Center.  Among the 40 elements chosen for the park are: An ADA-accessible boardwalk; open-air pavilion over small building; amphitheater; renovated entrance...

 

Mayor touts decrease in homicides, increase of ShotSpotter program

“Trauma, Public Safety & You: Impacts & Solutions” was the topic of the spring city-wide public safety meeting which drew more than 125 residents to the Teamster Temple in Lawrenceville on April 18. The meeting was conducted by Zone 5 public...

 

Mount Oliver to crack down those parking on yellow lines, sidewalks

Vehicles parked on yellow lines or sidewalks will be ticketed. The reminder about the state and borough codes was reiterated during the April 16 meeting of Mt. Oliver Council. No parking on sidewalks is in Section 3353(a)(1)(ii) of the Pennsylvania...

 

UPMC to relocate some services to other S.S. locations

While surgical and some other services at the UPMC Mercy South Side Outpatient Center will be moving elsewhere this summer, other clinical services will remain at the site for the time being. That inf...

 

Change in garbage pick up day for Mt. Oliver highlights meeting

A new garbage pick-up day is the primary news Mt. Oliver Council wanted to convey at its March 19 meeting. Starting March 20, the garbage was picked up on Tuesdays instead of Mondays. Residents received flyers and other mailings about the change....

 

Zone 3 council will take to the road in the future

The March 19 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council featured an update on the 20th annual “Biscuits Bingo” fundraiser for local animal organizations held on March 3 and presented by the Pittsburgh Police. Officials in attendance at the...

 

Safety will benefit from South Side PED district

Updates on the South Side Parking Enhancement District (PED), and on the East Carson St. business district strategy consultant contract, were presented at the March 13 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. The update on the revenue generated by...

 

So. Side Park closer to final master plan

South Side Park moved a step closer to having a master plan following the presentation of a draft plan on March 15 at the Arlington Recreation Center. Among the 33 draft new items and renovations are: acquire parcel for stormwater management;...

 

Trash collection day changing in Mt. Oliver Boro

Free smoke alarms, a new garbage pick-up day, and a new auditor were among the topics at the Feb. 19 meeting of Mt. Oliver Council. In the police report for January, there were 519 total calls and 35 drug-related arrests, the latter for the seizure...

 

Carson reconstruction will include lighting, streetscape amenities

An overview of the upcoming East Carson St. streetscaping project, from Smithfield St. to 25th St., was presented at the Feb. 13 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. While the undertaking is primarily a state Dept. of Transportation [PennDOT] pr...

 

New Division 4, urban farm work days discussed on Hilltop

Topics discussed at the Jan. 25 meeting of the Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Community Group included local crime, urban farm work days, a new Public Works’ 4th Division building, and the annual Biscuits Bingo fundraiser for local animal organizations....

 

Borough swears in Beltz to fill vacant Mt. O. council seat

The January 15 meeting of Mt. Oliver council featured the swearing in of former councilman David Beltz to the vacant council seat. The vote to appoint him was 6-0. The seat became available when...

 

South Side Voices project will celebrate Carson Historic District

It is the buildings on East Carson St. that will be the 2018 focus of South Side Voices: Stories on Carson. To celebrate the 25-year anniversary of the East Carson St. City Historic District designation, South Side Community Council (SSCC) and the...

 

2018 to be a year of infrastructure projects in South Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh city Councilman Bruce Kraus stopped by the January 9 meeting of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) to declare 2018 "The Year of Infrastructure." He then presented brief...

 

Housing planned for St. Matthew's, South Side Voices project discussed

A brief meeting of the South Side Planning Forum began with an update on the Saint Matthew housing project by city Councilman Bruce Kraus. Under the proposal, 6-7 for-sale housing units will be constructed inside the church structure. Parking will...

 

No tax increase in Mt. Oliver for the 16th year in a row

Again this year, there will be no tax increase for Mt. Oliver residents in 2018 following adoption of a $1.96 million operating budget at the Dec. 18 meeting of Mt. Oliver council. The property tax will remain at 13.5 mills for the 16th year in a...

 

Zone 3 council told crime is up during this year's holiday season

“Crime doesn’t stop, so we shouldn’t,” said Zone 3 Public Safety Council president Ken Wolfe on why a meeting was called a week before Christmas. The Dec. 18 meeting began with a brief holiday crime overview, including that robberies and burg...

 

East Carson Street consultant should be in place by mid-2018

Updates and reminders were the essence of the brief Dec. 12 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. Forum member Tracy Myers reported that she, Barbara Rudiak of the South Side Community Council (SSCC), and Candice Gonzalez of the South Side...

 

Center for Victims expanding services at new So. Side facility

In July, 2016, “Hilda” sought refuge from an abusive husband in an emergency shelter operated by Centers for Victims (CV), a nonprofit provider of services, advocacy, and education for victims of all crime. After one month in the shelter, Hilda...

 

Public Safety Council updated on concerns throughout the zone

"Very rewarding" was how Zone 3 community relations Officer Christine Luffey described the annual "Get Stuffed With Love" program that ensures no city residents go without a traditional turkey dinner...

 

Borough changes solicitors, updates on holiday events

A change of borough solicitors, a new contract for the police chief, and details on the holiday decorating contest headlined the Nov. 20 meeting of Mt. Oliver council. The new borough solicitor, effective Jan. 1, 2018, will be GRB, or Goehring,...

 

South Side Planning Forum reviews special events procedure

Brian Katze, the city’s special events manager, presented an overview of the permitting process at the Nov. 14 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. He said, according to city code, a “special event” is defined as a parade, public...

 

New code enforcer and rental inspector for boro

Replacing the retiring Chuck Knaus resulted in two actions at the Oct. 16 meeting of Mt. Oliver council. Mr. Knaus, who has worked for the borough since 2011, served as code enforcement officer and building inspector. At the meeting, council voted...

 

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