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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...

 

Residents urged to be vocal about issues in their neighorhood

Community group coordinator Suzanne Photos began the May 25 meeting of the Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Community Group with the reminder to be vigilant if observing drug dealing, abandoned cars, and more, and call 911. The meeting was held in the Ormsb...

 

MAD DADS aim to make an impression with Hilltop youth

MAD DADS was a prime focus of the May 15 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council. The meeting was conducted by group vice-president Liz Style in the absence of president Ken Wolfe. The Greater Pittsburgh Area MAD DADS is a volunteer, nationally...

 

Mt. Oliver Boro adopts Narcan policy, police now trained to carry and use it

Vice-president Nick Viglione conducted the May 15 meeting of Mt. Oliver council in the absence of council President Amber McGough. In the police report for April, Mayor James Cassidy reported there were 602 total calls and 37 drug-related arrests,...

 

Bike lane coming to 18th Street

The May general meeting of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) included news about the proposed South 18th St. bike climbing lane, South Side Park, OpenStreetsPGH, the annual Summer Picnic, and more. It was held on May 9 at the...

 

Business plan for South Side

A Parking Enforcement District (PED) update, the city's new fireboat, and a future business plan for East Carson St. were among the topics at the May 9 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. The...

 

City wide public safety meeting focuses on city's opiod epidemic

The spring city wide public safety meeting focusing on the opioid epidemic and other addictions drew more than 125 people to the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill on April 19. It featured a presentation and discussion by victims, first...

 

Borough could see additional businesses

In the absence of council President Amber McGough and vice-president Nick Viglione, the April 17 meeting of Mt. Oliver council was conducted by Councilman Justin Viale. In the public hearings which now occur at the start of meetings, Jorg Gerlach...

 

MAD DADS may soon be mentoring area youth on Hilltop street corners

MAD DADS, clean-ups, graffiti, and squatters were among the topics at the April 17 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council held in the Zone 3 station. Officer Nathan Auvil began the meeting with news that he is working on a Warrington Ave....

 

Parking Enforcement District going as expected, could generate $250,000 a year for South Side

By Margaret L. Smykla Contributing Writer The April 11 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum began with the introduction of the Dept. of City Planning’s new neighborhood planner, Felipe Palomo, an architect. He is the replacement for the former...

 

Recycling, neighborhood programs highlighted at community forum

Recycling, neighborhood crime, and Hilltop Alliance programs were among the topics at the March 23 meeting of the Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Community Group held in the Ormsby Avenue Café. The first speaker was the city’s recycling supervisor,...

 

Boro approves new contract for police, anti-nepotism policy

Adoption of a new full-time police contract, part-time police agreement, and an anti-nepotism policy headlined the March 20 meeting of Mt. Oliver council.  Highlights of the police contract include increasing the full-time patrolman wage from...

 

Zone 3 council recaps public safety initiatives in South neighborhoods

The March 20 Zone 3 Public Safety Council meeting featured a packed room of local residents, Zone 3 officers, and city/zone officials.  The meeting began with Zone 3 community relations Officer Christine Luffey reporting that the 19th annual...

 

Planning Forum updated on business, PED, pull-over lane on E. Carson St.

The first presentation at the March 14 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum was by Sandeepa Kaleida, founder and chief executive officer of Sigma Resources. The certified minority and women-owned technology and IT business develops software and...

 

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