Articles written by Margaret L. Smykla

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 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    September 27, 2016 

Blitz finds 25 worst properties for city to focus enforcement on

The “Knoxville Blitz” and its list of the neighborhood’s 25 worst properties was a focus of the Sept. 14 community forum of the Knoxville Community Council (KCC) held in the St. Paul AME Church. There was also a question/answer session with...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    September 27, 2016 

Boro officials concerned with route school buses take to Arlington K-8

Concerns about the dangers created by school buses on Otillia St. transporting students to and from Arlington PreK-8 School were discussed at the Sept. 19 meeting of Mt. Oliver Borough Council. The school is the renovated, former Phillip Murray...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    September 20, 2016

South Side plan update almost completed

The next steps for the South Side Neighborhood Plan was a focus of the Sept. 13 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. There were no presentations. There was also no report of the Development Review Committee (DRC) as chair Tracy Myers said no...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    August 30, 2016

Police Chief McLay addresses residents at Zone 3 meeting

A Zone 3 town hall meeting with city police Chief Cameron McLay and other police officials drew about 70 people to the IBEW Hall in South Side on Aug. 24. Chief McLay said the purpose of the meeting was to acquire feedback on “how Pittsburgh...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    August 23, 2016

Mt. Oliver adds to property code for maintenance issues

The August 15 meeting of Mt. Oliver council featured updating the property maintenance code to prohibit unkempt grass and weeds; hazardous tree limbs, hedges, shrubs, and trees; and weeds or other vegetation growing in sidewalk cracks. Councilman...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    August 2, 2016

Neighborhood Plan update presented to S.S. Planning Forum

The inclusion of the South Side Bar and Restaurant Association (SSB&RA) as an organizational member of the South Side Planning Forum is “strongly” recommended in the draft “South Side Neighborhood Plan, Ninth Update.” The document was present...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    July 26, 2016

Z-3 safety meeting looks for answers to neighborhood issues

National Night Out, the Knoxville Blitz, 311 non-emergency line, overgrown weeds, and vandalism were among the topics at the July 18 Zone 3 Public Safety Council meeting.  It began with crime prevention Officer Christine Luffey informing attendees...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    July 26, 2016

Brownsville Rd. project continuing, new sidewalks are coming up next

The July 18 Mt. Oliver council meeting began with the police report for June.  Mayor James Cassidy said there were 692 total calls and 62 drug-related arrests, the latter for the seizure of marijuana, crack cocaine, heroin, and drug paraphernalia....

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    June 28, 2016

South Side residents concerned with number of vagrants in the area

The focus was on vagrancy at the June 20 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council.  The officials in attendance included city Councilman Bruce Kraus, police Commander Karen Dixon, and Officer Christine Luffey.  Mr. Kraus kicked-off the meeting...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    June 28, 2016

Mount Oliver boro awards contracts for sewer, pavement maintenance programs

The June 20 Mt. Oliver council meeting began with Mayor James Cassidy swearing in new Zoning Board member Deborah Viglione. He also swore in two new part-time police officers, and a promoted officer.  The two new officers are Karra White and Brett...

 
 By Margaret L. Smyklas    Front Page    June 21, 2016

South Side Neighborhood Plan revisions nearly complete

A brief June 14 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum began with news about the city’s upcoming budget forums. The so-called capital budget deliberative forums will be conducted from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on June 21 and June 23. The June 21 forum will...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    June 7, 2016

Mt. Oliver City block watch considers name change, updated on farm project

The status of the proposed Hilltop Farm & Homes development on the former 556-unit St. Clair Village housing site was the focus of the May 26 meeting of the Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Block Watch....

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    May 31, 2016

Preventable crimes discussed at May's Public Safety meeting

The May 16 Zone 3 Public Safety Council meeting began with a Mt. Washington resident complaining about vandalism in Grandview Park. He said youngsters try to break newly planted trees and set the port-a-johns on fire, among other destructive acts. Th...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    May 24, 2016

Knoxville next in line for a public safety blitz of the neighborhood

A community forum on starting a “Knoxville Blitz” to reduce neighborhood crime and blight, and generate community pride and empowerment, drew city officials to the St. Paul AME Church on May 11. The meeting was sponsored by the Knoxville...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    May 24, 2016

Boro approves contracts for paving, sidewalk programs

The May 16 meeting of Mt. Oliver council meeting began with the report of Mayor James Cassidy. He said a new police officer began working a week earlier, and another will start of June 11. The additional officers will get the force up to the desired...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    May 17, 2016

Planning forum discusses ongoing South Side projects

The May 10 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum began with the monthly report of the Development Review Committee (DRC) as there were no presentations. DRC Chair Tracy Myers reported that the Giant Eagle on Wharton St. is undergoing renovation,...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    May 17, 2016

Gas line work coming to Slopes

The May 10 general meeting of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) featured details of the upcoming pipeline replacement project in the Slopes by Peoples Natural Gas. The targeted areas are: Stella St.; Barry St.; top of Mission...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    May 3, 2016

Next 3 Days will highlight Allentown, Mount Washington

An April 28 community meeting about a weekend summer festival to highlight the Hilltop – its rich history and offerings today and more -- met its organizers’ goal of infusing neighborhood input into the planning process. The first ever...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    April 26, 2016

Borough awards contracts for sewer work, demolition

A new leash law, a borough real estate purchase, and a pavement maintenance plan were among the topics at the April 18 Mt. Oliver council meeting. Council members President Amber McGough and Vice-president Nick Viglione, and Mayor James Cassidy, were...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    April 26, 2016

Police warn residents about targeted scams, crimes of deception

An April 20 city-wide public safety zone council meeting in the Teamsters Hall in Lawrenceville drew more than 150 residents, public safety personnel, and city/state officials.  The event’s theme was “Keeping Our Neighborhood Treasures Safe.”...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    April 19, 2016

South Side updated on Works, proposed housing on the Slopes

A 25-minute meeting of the South Side Planning Forum on April 12 featured updates on on-going issues and news of upcoming events. While there were no presentations, audience member Zone 3 Police Commander Karen Dixon reported briefly that the St....

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    April 5, 2016

Mt. Oliver to change procedures after $22K in unauthorized change orders on handicap ramp project

Lessons learned from unauthorized work, and the need for site inspectors, was a focus of the March 21 Mt. Oliver council meeting, which had borough officials pledging to do better going forward. At issue is the Brownsville Rd. handicap ramps with an...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    News    April 5, 2016

Zone 3 residents updated on latest projects and programs at Public Safety Council meeting

The Zone 3 Public Safety Council meeting of March 21, began with news of the next spring city-wide public safety meeting. It will be held on April 20 at the Teamsters #2409 Temple, 4701 Butler St., Lawrenceville. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.,...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    News    April 5, 2016

Mt. Oliver City Block Watch updated on public safety questions

The March 24 Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Block Watch meeting began with the local crime rate, which community relations Officer Christine Luffey called “extremely low.” The report for Mt. Oliver City covered Jan. 28 to March 24. The four reported...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    March 22, 2016

South Side takes first steps to create a new resident watch group

The new public safety/code compliance initiative of the South Side Community Council (SSSCC) will be its own version of the successful Oakwatch, and with a name all its own. After city and university representatives agree on a date for a first meetin...

 

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