By Margaret Smyka
Contributing Writer 

Mt. Oliver awards paving contract for ‘08


Edward Woessner (left) is congratulated and presented a proclamation by Mount Oliver Borough Council President James Cassidy. Mr. Woessner recently celebrated his 100th birthday with a party held by the Mount Oliver Recreation Assoc.

Residents of Stamm Ave., Locust St., Sherman St., and Moye Place will have their roads repaved this year as Mount Oliver Council awarded a contract for the work at its June 16 meeting.

The contract to P.J. Caruso & Sons is for $154,335.65. No timetable for the work was presented at the meeting.

The paving was to have occurred last year. The borough planned to “piggyback” on a city contract to resurface the roads, but it never took place.

The meeting began with a proclamation honoring resident Edward Woessner on his 100th birthday on June 9.

During the public hearings, a resident wanted to know if the park was open until 8 p.m. or 9 p.m., as she was asked to leave one evening at 8:15 p.m., although it was still light.

After some discussion, council voted to set the closing at 8 p.m. in the winter, and 9 p.m. in the summer. The break between winter and summer will be Daylight Savings Time.

The vote was 4-0. Absent from the meeting were council members Dennis Obeldobel, Christine Brendel, and John W. Smith, Sr.

In his report, Mayor Jeff Repasky said the police would be getting their final training on accessing the new cameras using laptop computers. The four-hour, one-day training is for the chief and three sergeants.

The cameras are recording at the five-point intersection at Brownsville Rd., Hays Ave., Amanda Ave., Bausman St., and Sherman St.

Mr. Repasky said he is seeking funding for more cameras and taser guns.

Assistant borough engineer Justin Wagner recommended, and council approved, awarding the contract for sewer excavation to Mongiovi & Sons Excavating for $398,630.

The contract for the lining inside the pipes went to Inside Pipe Contracting for $224,650.

Funding for the mandated sewer work is from a loan from PennVest, the Pa. Infrastructure Investment Authority, and a grant from the agency.

Deana Wuenschel, of the Planning Commission, submitted recommended colors for facades and signage in the historic district.

Council will review, and pass an ordinance next month. From then on, a color chart will have to be adhered to by business and property owners in the district.

In the finance report, Councilwoman Billie Michener said 129 delinquent taxpayers, owing close to $200,000, were sent letters, and that she talked to about 13 of them.

“They were very very nice,” she said.

Agreements were reached for $6,500 to be repaid in June.

The others have until June 20 to respond or else their names will be turned over to the district magistrate for collection hearings.

Mrs. Michener also said she met with the city regarding animal control as the borough's contract with Triangle Pet expires in October. She is looking into “piggybacking” onto the city's service.

In 2007, the borough paid Triangle Pet $6,545. That includes $1,035 for after-hours and weekend calls. The total calls answered by the service was 243. According to the contract, the service is supposed to be in the borough from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. three days a week.

The owner is responsible, according to the agreement, for reimbursing Triangle Pet for the pick-up of a dog whether licensed or unlicensed. However, the borough has been paying the cost.

While only police officers or council members can call after-hours, Triangle Pet has responded to after-hours calls from residents, which increases the cost to the borough. The service also charges more for raccoons and other non-domestic animals.

In 2008 through May, Triangle Pet has received 93 total calls. The borough is billed $250 per month plus off-hours visits.

She will gather information, meet with Triangle Pet, and report back at the July 21 council meeting.

Mrs. Michener displayed the “silent complaint forms” city Councilman Bruce Kraus spoke of as a guest speaker at last month's meeting.

Respondents can list complaints against properties, such as the Triangle Bar on Amanda Ave. he cited, while remaining anonymous. He promised to relay the complaints at the next nuisance bar meeting.

In his presentation last month, Mr. Kraus said the Triangle bar was on the nuisance bar “watch list.”

Mr. Repasky said for placement on the nuisance bar “list” an incident, like a shooting, must occur inside an establishment.

Mrs. Michener said volunteers are needed for the week of July 15-19 for the Mount Oliver Community Day Festival. For information, call her at 412-381-0420.

The county's Dept. of Parks will hold a free Traveling Sports Clinic on June 23-25 at Transverse Field. The times are 10 a.m. to noon, and 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The clinics offer instruction in proper sports techniques for youngsters age 6 and over.

In response to an issue raised by a resident in April about whether open pit burning fires are allowed, council President James Cassidy said the county code would be followed.

Open burning is allowed if the distance from any structure is 50 feet and provisions are made to prevent the spread of fire within 50 feet of any structure. The approved containers shall not be less than 15 feet, and shall be a minimum of 25 feet where pile is 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height or less.

The fire must be constantly attended until it is extinguished.

Copies of the county code are available at the borough building.

The next Hilltop Economic Development Corp. meeting will be on June 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Elder-ado Senior Center on Brownsville Rd. Everyone is welcome.

At the meeting's conclusion, council accepted the donation of vacant property at 146 Brownsville Rd. to be razed.

The next council meeting will be on July 21.


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