Any news that emerged from the July 20 meeting of Mount Oliver council was overshadowed by the untimely death of Councilman James Caylor on July 22.
Mr. Caylor, 45, was a council member since Jan. 1, 2006, and council vice-president since Aug., 2007. He was also chair of the Public Works committee.
Prior to election to council, he served on the borough Planning Commission from 1999 through 2005.
"He was always looking out for the good of the borough," said council President James Cassidy.
"He was an all-around nice guy," he said.
Mr. Caylor also acted as judge of elections for Mount Oliver Borough District 4 for about three years, and was an employee of Mellon Bank.
He is survived by his wife, Donna, son Ryan James and daughter Allison Marie, a brother, and a sister.
"Jim will be greatly missed by all his co-workers," said borough secretary Joanne Malloy.
In meeting news, the lead story from the July 20 council meeting was the possible restarting of the Mount Oliver Athletic Association.
New resident Justin Eberhart, a retired truck driver with five children, said he would like to oversee the association for the next 20 to 30 years.
"I want to run a first-class organization," he said.
He hopes to begin Jan. 1, 2010. The first year would offer one Little League team, one Pony League team, one girls' softball team, and one summer basketball team.
He wants to eventually offer multiple sports, such as football, in three or four years.
Appearing with him before council was Michelle Alm, of Citiparks, who said the city is willing to assist Mr. Eberhart, such as with equipment and advertising. She said Citiparks considers Mount Oliver residents city residents so they would fall under the Citiparks umbrella.
What will not be tolerated, she said — and council and the mayor agreed — is parents dropping off their children at the field as a babysitting service.
Mr. Eberhart said he would open the association to youngsters from surrounding neighborhoods to fill rosters. His overall goal, he said, "is to help them become better citizens."
Mr. Cassidy said field permits are given out in January, so the borough would need something firm, such as a core group of volunteers and a game plan, by then. But the borough has no money to give to this.
Mr. Eberhart said he knows the owners of a transportation company and can make arrangements for transportation, although the youngsters would have to pay a charge for that.
He said he has fundraising ideas and plans to attract sponsors for the association.
"Anything I do I'm responsible for," he said.
The meeting began with the reading of a resolution by Mayor Jeff Repasky in support of family-run, locally-owned Beckman Motor Co.
Chrysler announced two months ago it was closing 789 dealerships, including Beckman Motor Co.
While the company will no longer sell new Chrysler vehicles, it will service vehicles of all makes.
The framed resolution was presented to Dee Horn, whose grandfather started the business by selling Fords.
"One foot in front of the other and we're going forward," said Ms. Horn.
Next, during the public comment period, Councilman Dennis Obeldobel addressed his colleagues as a resident.
He said he and his wife have maintained a small piece of property at the bottom of Margaret St. — owned by the borough – for 20 years. However a neighbor destroys their plantings and removes the mulch on the property.
He said he could lease the property for a dollar from the borough and put a fence around it. Mr. Cassidy said if council okays a fence, residents will complain who oppose it.
The conclusion was that council will take the matter under review. Council will also consider drawing yellow lines and posting "no parking" signs on the street. Mr. Obeldobel suggested such actions as neighbors park multiple cars on the street, thereby impeding motorists.
Next, a Stamm Ave. resident complained about a nuisance apartment complex in which tenants throw garbage from windows, set discarded furniture outside an overflowing dumpster, and more.
"We're tracking it but we don't know what else to do," said Mr. Repasky as the building has multiple units, making it difficult to determine which tenant or tenants are responsible for the violations.
According to a borough ordinance, a unit must garner five complaints or more within 90 days for the tenant to be evicted. The complaints must be major infractions such as domestic disturbance, drugs, animals, health risk, etc.
The resident said he is willing to meet with HUD officials about Section 8 housing limits, but Mr. Cassidy said there is no limit on how many Section 8 tenants can reside in the borough.
Next, during assistant borough engineer Justin Wagner's report, council okayed payment of $81,000 to Mongiovi & Sons for completed sewer repairs pending the outcome of punch-list work.
Council also agreed to pay Insight Pipe Contracting a final payment of $13,988 pending punch-list work.
Patrick Malloy raised an objection to paying the cost of a sewer camera machine on the Amanda Ave. sink hole. Some council members said when they approved $550 in March to repair it, they thought that was the final tab.
"I think we're on the hook for $900," said Mr. Cassidy, who then asked Mr. Wagner to be more diligent in revealing all costs of a project.
Council approved payment. Funding will be sought from the loan or grant from PennVest, the Pa. Infrastructure Investment Authority.
In the public safety report, Mr. Malloy said 719 calls were answered, and maintenance costs on the seven police vehicles was $2,725.
The canines were used 88 times, including one demonstration. There were no outside requests.
In the fire report, there were 12 calls.
Next, Billie Michener said 359 residents are delinquent in paying their first garbage bill of $62.40.
They will receive a letter from Waste Management, the refuse hauler, and then telephoned. The next step is to the magistrate, followed by the publication of their names in the South Pittsburgh Reporter.
In other delinquents news, she said that last year, $19,000 was collected in delinquent property tax. This year, tax collector Dottie Lou Smith collected close to $38,000.Oliver this year.
In the solicitor's report, council voted to advertise an ordinance to establish registration of vacant properties. That way the borough will know what is vacant, and how long. The fee will be based on length of vacancy.
The mayor concluded the meeting by thanking everyone for their kindnesses following the recent death of his father, Frank Repasky, Sr.
The next council meeting will be on Aug. 17.