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By Margaret Smyka
Contributing Writer 

Mt. Oliver council plans to monitor spending closely


Letters will be issued to all Mount Oliver Borough department heads, including public works, police, and engineering, telling them to watch their budgets.

The vote to send the letters was 5-0 at the 45-minute July 19 council meeting, with members Patrick Malloy and Billie Michener, and Mayor Jeff Repasky, absent.

Council President James Cassidy said the borough is halfway through the year, and still within budget — and wants to keep it that way.

For that reason, council must be informed by department heads, said Mr. Cassidy, of any expenditures outside of normal operations.

"We want to know about all big purchases," he said after the meeting.

With no public comments to start the evening, the agenda began with the engineer's report.

Engineer Justin Wagner reported the deck hockey site in Transverse Park is almost completed.

Councilman Dennis Obeldobel said he thought there would be a fence around the deck hockey court. Mr. Wagner said council didn't vote for the alternative that included fencing.

Council then okayed payment of $36,186.30 to Plavchak Construction for the deck hockey job. Funding will come from the South Hills Area Council of Governments (SHACOG).

Regarding cracks in the curbs and sidewalks near approximately eight homes on Church Ave., which a resident has complained about the past three months, Mr. Wagner said it would cost the borough about $10,000 to repair.

Solicitor James Perich will contact Columbia Gas to find out if the company is responsible for past work at the Church St. site.

Council next adopted resolutions for submission of grant applications, most of which are for economic development. None is 100 percent funded.

In the public works report, Mr. Obeldobel reported the traffic lights at Hays and Ormsby avenues are working. Council then voted 5-0 to pay $2,400 to Traffic Systems and Services for the repairing of the lights.

Mr. Obeldobel was not sure of Street Commissioner Ron Smith's progress on the street lights as Mr. Smith is on vacation this week.

Under zoning, Deana Wuenschel, of the Planning Commission, said while she had no zoning news, she wanted to report West Way has holes and needs resurfaced. Mr. Cassidy said the borough would look into it.

In the treasurer's report, Diane Holzer reported 80 percent of the property tax was collected so far.

In other news, the next meeting of the Hilltop Economic Development Corp. will be on July 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Elder-ado Senior Center on Brownsville Rd.

Councilwoman Sara Kudasick said she received funding from the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) for a business district beautification project. The flowers and more were donated by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

The planters are located at: Brownsville Rd. and Arlington Ave .; Charles St. and Brownsville Rd .; clock tower; and in the parklet next to the municipal building.

In announcements, an Animal Friends' low-cost rabies clinic will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 1 at the Mount Oliver Hook and Ladder Co., 120 Brownsville Rd. The cost is $10 per cat or dog. All cats must be in carriers, and dogs on leashes.

After the meeting, Mr. Cassidy said the Mount Oliver Fire Department and the Community Day Committee wants to thank everyone for their support in making the recent Community Day celebration successful.

The next council meeting will be on Aug. 16.


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