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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...

 

Division 4 building to be demolished, workers, responsibilities reassigned

Next month's demolition of Public Works' 4th Division facility was a focus of the Oct. 10 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. City operations director Guy Costa said the building will be razed...

 

Elections, project updates highlight SSSNA meeting

Elections highlighted the Oct. 10 meeting of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA). The elected slate of candidates consisted of Jamie Balser, Denise Filip, Dawn Lorincy, Brian Oswald, and Cara Jette.  In his remarks, city...

 

Final concept shared on 21st Street design

A meeting to share the final streetscape and green infrastructure design concept for South 21st St. in an effort to address excessive stormwater was held on Sept. 19 at the Brashear Center. Representatives from Environmental Planning & Design...

 

Changes at Zone 3, student complaints at Z3 safety forum

The Sept. 18 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council began with Officer Nathan Auvil reporting he is receiving complaints about students on South Side, for which he is working with Duquesne University. City Councilman Bruce Kraus said his office...

 

Mt. O. Council questioned on need for an emergency response person

The Sept. 18 meeting of Mt. Oliver council began with the loyalty oath administered by Mayor James Cassidy to canine handler Tom Snyder and K-9 officer Enzo, a German Shepherd. During public hearings at the meeting, Frank Bernardini asked why the...

 

Trash cans with sensors coming soon to So. Side

Coming to the South Side are trash cans with sensors to inform city workers when a can needs emptied. Details were presented as the Sept. 12 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum by Bill Crean, streets superintendent with the city’s Dept. of...

 

Keep calling 911, borough residents urged by police

Anyone who experiences harassment, or witnesses underage drinking or other illegal activity in the borough parks, should call 911. That was the message of Police Chief Matt Juzwick at the August 21 meeting of Mt. Oliver council. “I need to know...

 

South Side learns more about RFP for business district plan

An update on the status of a request for proposal (RFP) for an East Carson St. business district strategy was the lead presentation at the combined July-August meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. The project will be focused on the development o...

 

Zone 3 updated on virtual block watch, progress of South Watch

The June 19 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council began with information on the June 24 “Ussie Summer Games,” with teams comprised of police officers and community members of all ages. The planned activities consisted of relay races,...

 

Mt. Washington plans for the future

The community input process in the formation of a strategic plan for the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) continued on June 15 as attendees discussed priorities. Michael Grande, president of the MWCDC, said the goal is to...

 

Boro to seek relief from some EPA stormwater reporting requirements

The June 19 meeting of Mt. Oliver council began with a presentation on Live Well Allegheny by Hannah Hardy of the county Health Department. She explained the wellness campaign, for which more than 40 municipalities have expressed support through the...

 

Planning Forum hears about condos proposed for So. Side

A proposal to convert the former St. Adalbert’s gymnasium into 15 for-sale condominiums was the sole presentation at the June 13 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum.   Developer Ivor Hill, of HHF 2.LLC, said the agreement with the...

 

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