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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...

 

City OMI and CPRB explain their offices to Zone 3 Council

Presentations on investigating complaints against public safety personnel kicked off the March18 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council held at the Knoxville Library. In the first presentation, Erin Bruni of the Office of Municipal...

 

Mt. Oliver Council meeting covers parking meters to the Easter Bunny

In the mayor’s report which began the March 18 meeting of Mt. Oliver council, Mayor Frank Bernardini said the borough is in danger of losing lifelong residents due to quality-of-life decline in the neighborhood – bottles thrown in yards, trash...

 

East Carson Street work should begin this week for city

The March 12 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum was the last meeting chaired by Hugh Brannan. He is retiring from the Brashear Association after 36 years of service and as Planning Forum chair. City Councilman Bruce Kraus kicked off the...

 

Mt. Oliver updates rental license, street opening ordinances

A brief, 45-minute meeting of Mt. Oliver council on Feb. 18 began with the public safety report for January read by Mayor Frank Bernardini. He reported there were 598 total calls for service, and 28 drug arrests, the latter for the seizure of...

 

Zone 3 council elects new officers

Board elections highlighted the Feb. 18 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council held at the Knoxville Library. Liz Style, of the South Side Flats, was elected president. She has served as president since September following the resignation of...

 

Security added after incident at Foxtail on E. Carson Street

large fight at the Foxtail bar, 1601 East Carson Street, on Feb. 3 drew club management, police, and city officials to the February 12 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum to discuss the incident...

 

Boro council reminds residents of bulk storage and dumpster fees, new street opening permits

A proposal to turn the former Mt. Oliver School building into a health and care giving facility operated by the human service agency Auberle will go before the borough Zoning Hearing Board at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12 in the fire hall, 120 Brownsville Rd....

 

Slopes learns of free lead line replacements from PWSA, infrastructure improvements, ShotSpotter effectiveness

City parks listening tour, lead service line replacement, infrastructure project updates, and area crime statistics were among the topics at the January 15 general meeting of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA). In a brief...

 

Planning Forum updated on status of outpatient center

Updates on the East Carson St. business district strategy, UPMC Mercy South Side Outpatient Center, and the South Side Parking Enhancement District (PED) were presented at the Jan. 8 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. On Jan. 24, from 6-8 p.m....

 

No tax increase in boro for 2019, trash rate will go up

There will be no tax increase for Mt. Oliver residents in 2019 following unanimous adoption of a $2.3 million budget at the Dec. 17 meeting of Mt. Oliver council. The property tax rate remains unchanged at 13.5 mills. The millage rate has remained...

 

Carson business district studied, now a plan will be formulated

Funding has not yet been sought for an East Carson Street business district plan as a plan has not yet been developed. That was one of many takeaways from the December 11 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. Josette Fitzgibbons, neighborhood...

 

Care facility main topic again at boro council meeting

The proposal to turn the former Mt. Oliver School building on Hays Avenue into a health and care giving facility operated by the human service agency Auberle was again the main topic at the Nov. 19 meeting of Mt. Oliver Borough Council. The proposal...

 

Planning forum is updated on upcoming projects in South Side

Project updates were the primary news from the Nov. 13 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. With no scheduled presentations, the meeting began with the report of the Development Review Committee (DRC) from chair Tracy Myers. A pet resort is...

 

Mt. O. Boro Council passes disruptive property ordinance

A new ordinance amending the Disruptive Property Ordinance was the lead story from the Oct. 15 meeting of Mt. Oliver council. Under the amended ordinance, if there are three calls to a property for disruptive activity within a 90-day period, the...

 

South Side updated on construction projects coming to community

The upcoming South Side infrastructure projects, and an update on the South Side Parking Enhancement District (PED), were the focus of the Oct. 9 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. Engineer Emily Gaspich, P.E., of the city’s Dept. of...

 

Mission Street Bridge, 18th Street corridor slated for improvments

The Oct. 9 meeting of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) began with elections. The slate of candidates approved unanimously was comprised of Jamie Balser, Blake McClaren, Donna Tarkett, Gavin Robb, Candice Gonzalez, and Kristin...

 

Free wills, assistance for homeowners and free Thanksgiving dinners discussed

Free personal wills, free and reduced-cost assistance for homeowners, and free Thanksgiving dinners were among the topics discussed at the September 27 meeting of the Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Community Group. The meeting was conducted by Jamie...

 

Zone 3 council considers summer festival, asks about progress on abandonded cars

Abandoned vehicles, animal neglect, and a potential Zone 3 summer festival were among the topics at the Sept. 17 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council, held in the Knoxville Library on Brownsville Rd. At last month’s meeting, the question...

 

MO mayor opposes care facility proposed for school building

A new council member, and a proposal to turn the former Mt. Oliver School into a health and care giving facility operated by the human service agency Auberle, kicked off the Sept. 17 meeting of Mt. Ol...

 

S.S. Planning Forum history, mission and purpose explained

The history and function of the South Side Planning Forum and the South Side Neighborhood Plan were at the heart of the special annual meeting of the Planning Forum on Sept. 11. There were also brief updates on the South Side Parking Enhancement...

 

Councilman resigns, nuisance property considered in boro

The August 20 meeting of Mt. Oliver council began with announcement of the resignation of Councilman David Beltz, whose letter cited work and family demands. Council accepted his resignation by a 4-0 vote. In addition to Mr. Beltz, council members...

 

UPMC Mercy, PED spending disscussed at Planning Forum

Updates on the UPMC Mercy South Side Outpatient Center, East Carson St. business district strategy, and the South Side Parking Enhancement District (PED) were presented at the July 31 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. The first presentation...

 

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