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By Margaret Smyka
Contributing Writer 

Boro council concerned with future of motor co. and local Little League

 

May 26, 2009



Discussion of lost pets, Chrysler's decision to close Beckman Motor Co ., and the hope for a start-up of the Mount Oliver Little League were some of the topics at the May 18 meeting of Mount Oliver Council.

Council members Billie Michener and Patrick Malloy, and Mayor Jeff Repasky, were absent.

The meeting began with resident Sioux Lieb of Margaret St. telling council that her two-month-old dog, "Snickers," disappeared a week ago. She has been searching for him, and erecting posters about him, but to no avail.

Snickers is a tan Pomeranian with black on his nose, ears, and tail.

Ms. Lieb said she has heard that a white van and blue car are taking small animals out of yards. On a Website, she has even detected a pattern of missing animals for the area, and will contact Brentwood and Zone 3 police about the matter. She wanted Mount Oliver to be aware of it also.

She recommended showing pictures of lost pets on the local public television station.

Anyone who finds a lost pet should contact Triangle Pet.

During assistant borough engineer Justin Wagner's report, council agreed to pay Soli Construction the final payments of $3,433.20 and $3,995.90 for sanitary sewer work mandated by a federal Consent Decree.

Council also agreed to pay Insight Pipe Contracting $9,254.55 for sanitary sewer work.

All the costs will be paid from a low-interest loan and a grant from PennVest, the Pa. Infrastructure Investment Authority.

Mr. Wagner said he would see if SHACOG can pay 100 percent of the demolitions of 511 Brownsville Rd. and 128 Ormsby Ave.

In the public safety report, council President James Cassidy said 661 calls were answered last month, and police vehicles logged over 7,300 miles.

Police Tasers are in, with training for them beginning next month. All police officers will have their own Tasers. Funding for them came from a grant.

Mr. Cassidy also reported that all the surveillance cameras are up and running.

In the fire report, he said 10 calls were answered, ranging from false alarms to dumpster fires. There were no major incidents.

Regarding public works, James Caylor reported he received complaints about the unsightly appearances of 305 Onyx and 307 Rustic, both of which have foreclosure issues. The borough will cut the grass at those houses if it has the manpower.

In the planning report, Deana Wuenschel, of the Planning Commission, said she is reviewing ordinances with Mrs. Michener.

The Planning Commission is seeking more members as it only has two members.

In the recreation report, John Smith said the playground equipment for Transverse Park should be installed within a week.

He also reported that the county Sports Clinic, in which youngsters are taught baseball skills, will be held on June 23-24 in Transverse Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No pre-registration is required.

Council next voted 5-0 to allow any resident who wants to start up the Mount Oliver Little League to use the borough's old baseball equipment and uniforms.

If interested, contact the borough building.

Street Commissioner Ron Smith will be told of the vote as

he has been receiving calls from neighboring communities for the equipment.

In the computer report, Dennis Obeldobel said he cannot do planned work on the computers or Website without additional funding for the project.

The borough will be submitting applications for grants for police department software.

In the Hilltop Economic Development Corp. report, Tom Plietz said the borough has 10 street trees for spring planting.

The free trees are through TreeVitalize, a joint project of the county, city, state Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

He also reminded everyone of "Cruisin' on the Hilltop" on Sat ., July 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will include a sidewalk sale, informational booths, car cruises, and oldies band. The 100 block of Brownsville Rd. will be closed to the clocktower.

It is being sponsored by the Hilltop Economic Development Corporation.

Vendors are being sought. Interested parties should contact Mrs. Michener at 412-381-0420.

The next Hilltop economic development meeting will be on May 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Elder-ado senior center on Brownsville Rd. Everyone is welcome.

Regarding family-run, locally-owned Beckman Motor, Chrysler announced last week that it was closing 789 dealerships, including 16 area-wide such as Beckman Motor.

Mr. Obeldobel called the likely loss "a blow to the community." He suggested contacting local elected officials about the matter.

Mr. Plietz said he will be talking to Beckman Motor on behalf of the Economic Development Corp.

Council then voted 5-0 to adopt a resolution supporting Beckman Motor in its efforts to secure business endeavors in Mount Oliver by whatever legal means possible.

In the treasurer report, borough secretary-treasurer Diane Holzer reported that the borough has collected 72 percent of property tax revenue for a total of $682,573. Delinquents will be aggressively pursued.

The next council meeting will be on June 15.

 

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