November 23, 2010 |

Mount Oliver borough loses another council member, council seeks answer to Church Avenue problem

The November meeting of the Mount Oliver Borough Council began with the council accepting the resignation of Sara Kudasick from the council.

Council has 30 days from accepting the resignation to appoint someone to fill Ms. Kudasick's unexpired term. A replacement must be named by December 15.

Borough residents interested in serving on council should submit a Letter of Intent care of JoAnn Malloy, borough secretary, at the Mount Oliver Borough Building, 150 Brownsville Road, before December 6 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

A Church Avenue resident spoke before council concerning the cracks in the sidewalks and curbs on the street. The resident had appeared before council on multiple occasions with the same request and the same result.

Council President James Cassidy said he still didn't have an answer for him on the problem, but that they have been seeking a solution.

Solicitor James Perich said the complaint was "still active on my desk."

"We're having trouble finding out who's responsible," Councilwoman Billie Michener said. "We, as a borough, what are we supposed to do?"

Mr. Cassidy said the resolution may be the same as a problem they had on William Street. The situation was only resolved after two years of investigation and negotiations and ultimately resulted in the borough having to add money to the road program to fix the problem.

However, he said they may have to first go after the contractor for the gas company who did the work originally and hold them responsible.

Under the Public Safety report, Councilman Patrick Malloy reported there were nine incidents in the borough in the prior month.

Mr. Malloy continued, Tom Plietz, the borough's code enforcement officer, was given a three percent increase in salary. Two percent would be for his wages as code enforcement officer and one percent as the fire marshal. Mr. Malloy added, Mr. Plietz is certified in all aspects except electrical inspection.

The councilman also reported police Corporal Daniel Grossman has resigned. While Cpl. Grossman was a K-9 officer, the dog will remain in the borough.

In the borough last month, the police answered 1,242 complaints, put 7,632 miles on their vehicles, made 10 drug and two DUI arrests. Mr. Malloy emphasized the number of drug arrests pointing out it's "a lot for this little area of the county. Our officers are out there doing their job."

He said next year the police department has budgeted for 12 police officers: fulltime officers include: one chief; three sergeants; two corporals; and, four officers. The budget also includes money for two part time officers.

Mayor Jeff Repasky said there was "money in-house" for a surveillance system. The money was from a grant applied for two years ago with the assistance of State Rep. Harry Readshaw's office. He said the grant was to be used for surveillance cameras only and didn't know how many cameras the grant would buy.

In the Public Works report, Councilman Dennis Obeldobel said work needs to be done on the department's one-ton truck. The rear end yolk is leaking and needs to be taken to a garage to be evaluated.

He said because of the colder weather, only a few yellow lines have been painted throughout the borough, but no white lines. Time is running out for the lines to be painted because of the approaching cold weather.

There will be a Zoning Hearing to consider converting a single family home on Freemont Street into two apartments. The hearing will be at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8 in the Borough Building, 150 Brownsville Road.

As part of the Hilltop Economic Development Corp. (HEDC) report, discussion included realtor Rick Sikora, a member of the HEDC, asking if the borough would consider forgiving the taxes on a building. A buyer is interested in a property in the 200 block of Brownsville Road.

Mr. Perich said currently there is approximately $30,000 in back taxes owed on the building, $10,000 to the borough. Real estate taxes haven't been paid on the building since 1997 and a jury trial has been scheduled.

"Our position is, whatever the city and county will do, we'll do," he continued. However, he pointed out the county and the school board usually don't forgive back taxes.

The HEDC is also interested in buying properties in the borough, renovating them and selling the houses at a reasonable cost to first time homebuyers to get them back on the tax rolls. To be able to begin the program, they are asking the borough to extend or guarantee a loan for the renovations.

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