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Banner updates, police substation discussed at forum

The Nov. 12 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum included updates on the South Side Parking Enhancement District (PED), holiday banners, tree plantings, and more. City Councilman Bruce Kraus and c...

 

Councilwoman resigns, new councilman sworn in Mt. Oliver Borough

A council member resignation and the swearing in of a replacement kicked off the Oct. 21 meeting of Mt. Oliver council. Barbara Keener submitted a resignation letter "with sincere regret," stating...

 

South Side PED income steady, banners to replace holiday lights

The October meeting of the South Side Planning Forum included updates on the South Side Parking Enhancement District (PED), holiday banners, and tree plantings as part of the city's streetscape projec...

 

Parks, 18th Street project outlined

The October 8 meeting of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) began with a vote to change the by-laws to comply with criteria for becoming a Registered Community Organization (RCO) with the City of Pittsburgh. The designation gives...

 

Historic guidelines project explained in South Side

The East Carson Street historic guidelines project, and changes in recycling in the city, were the focus of the general meeting of the South Side Community Council (SSCC) on Sept. 30 at the Brashear C...

 

Affordable housing development draws concerns in So. Side

Density, saturation, stability, and security were among the concerns raised about the proposed Carson Square development by attendees at a Sept. 26 meeting with project representatives. The meeting at the Brashear Center was hosted by the South Side...

 

Boro to put veterans' photos on street poles

Patriotic military banners displayed on street poles are coming to Mt. Oliver. At the Sept. 16 meeting of borough council, Mayor Frank Bernardini asked that veterans residing in the borough provide...

 

City reviewing data for city-wide safe, comfortable bike trail plan

The Sept. 16 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council began with a presentation on a city-wide bike trail plan. Kristin Saunders, RA, principal transportation planner, City of Pittsburgh, Dept. of...

 

New South Side private high school has begun classes

A “first week of school” update on the new City of Bridges High School kicked off the Sept. 10 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. The brief presentation was by Randy Bartlett, Ph.D., head of the private high school located on the fourth...

 

Mt. O. now appealing, winning real estate assessments in boro

The Aug. 19 meeting of Mt. Oliver Council began with President Amber McGough congratulating borough manager Rick Hopkinson on his being named one of the 30 Under 30 awardees by the Pittsburgh Business Times. The Aug. 9-15 issue states: “The...

 

PED revenue continues to be consistent, plans for Esser Plaza progress

The July 30 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum began with an update on the South Side Parking Enhancement District (PED), or the enforcement of South Side Flats parking meters from 6 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. The revenue from...

 

Mayor says there's no safe place to set off fireworks in the boro

Fireworks, leashed dogs, and killing chickens in the borough were among the topics discussed at the July 15 meeting of Mt. Oliver Borough Council. Council members Barbara Keener and Dave Lowe were absent. The meeting began with the public safety...

 

Zone 3 safety council reviews picnic, looks forward to National Night Out

Celebrating the success of the Picnic with the Police kicked off the July 15 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council at the Knoxville Library. The family-oriented Picnic with the Police was held on June 29 at the spray park, or “the Fort,...

 

Board elections, bylaw changes at the SSCC meeting

Board elections and bylaw changes topped the annual general meeting of the South Side Community Council (SSCC) on June 24 at the Brashear Center. The meeting also included a presentation by Allison...

 

Zone 3 safety council plans for Picnic with the Police and NNO

Two upcoming events – Picnic with the Police and National Night Out (NNO) – were the focus of the June 17 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council held at the Knoxville Library. The family-orie...

 

Business as usual at May meeting of the Mt. Oliver Borough Council

Upcoming social events were among the topics at the June 17 meeting of Mt. Oliver Council. Council members Aaron Graham and Barbara Keener were absent. The meeting began with the public safety report...

 

UPMC looks to rezone South Side hospital properties

A presentation on a proposed rezoning application for the South Side UPMC hospital property and associated parcels kicked off the June 11 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. Benjamin Kelley,...

 

City considering a cul-de-sac for Mathews at site of new Division 4

A second community meeting on the Dept. of Public Works' (DPW) 4th Division site redevelopment featured public safety officials addressing concerns about public safety access should a cul-de-sac be...

 

National Night Out plans in the works for Zone 3 groups

The May 20 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council held at the Knoxville Library began with discussion of National Night Out (NNO) on Aug. 6. Public Safety Council president Liz Style said the ann...

 

Mt. Oliver mayor continues to fight against care facility

It's not suitable for this borough. We have enough problems," Mt. Oliver Mayor Frank Bernardini said at the May 20 meeting of Mt. Oliver Council about the Auberle Family Healing Center. The issue aros...

 

Historic designation, E. Carson task forces discussed at Forum

A nomination of a South Side structure for historic designation, and updates on the East Carson St. business district strategy and the South Side Parking Enhancement District (PED), were the focus of the May 14 meeting of the South Side Planning...

 

Farming, food and infrastructure discussed at Slopes May meeting

Updates on the Hilltop Urban Farm, Just Harvest farmers’ markets, and infrastructure improvements highlighted the May 14 general meeting of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA). Ned Brockmeyer, the Hilltop Urban Farm’s youth far...

 

Preliminary plans in the works for a new Division 4 facility

A meeting about the Dept. of Public Works’ (DPW) 4th Division site redevelopment drew about 50 residents, and public officials, to the Knoxville Library on April 22. “There are some initial plans we are going to share with you this evening,...

 

Mayor continues opposition to care facility in borough

While the Mt. Oliver Zoning Hearing Board gave conditional approval for Auberle to operate the Auberle Family Healing Center in the former Mt. Oliver School Building on Hays Avenue, Mayor Frank...

 

Construction update, new Brashear executive director at S.S. Planning Forum

A new executive director of the Brashear Association, and updates on the South Side Parking Enhancement District (PED) and the East Carson St. streetscaping project, headlined the April 9 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum.  The meeting was...

 

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