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 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Mt. Oliver Borough January public business meeting

The Mt. Oliver Borough Council's January public business meeting featured the December report of the Mt. Oliver Fire Department (MOFD) along with a yearly wrap up from the fire... — Updated 1/25/2023

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Borough council learns of upcoming Mt. Oliver history book

Mt. Oliver Borough Council learned about an upcoming Mt. Oliver history book when author Renee King made a short presentation at the council's January public meeting. Ms. King... — Updated 1/25/2023

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

No tax increase in Mt. Oliver Borough

Although brief, the public meeting of the Mt. Oliver Borough Council on December 19 took care of some important business to end the year. Present at the meeting were Mayor JoAnna Taylor and council members Amber McGough, Christina... — Updated 12/27/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Parking enforcement, revenue discussed at forum

Parking, the availability of on-street parking in South Side and the cost and manner of enforcement dominated discussion at the Zoom meeting of the South Side Planning Forum on... — Updated 12/20/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Former mayor disrupts Mt. Oliver Council meeting

The November public business meeting of the Mt. Oliver Borough Council included a presentation on recycling, the resignation of one borough employee and the hiring of another and a... — Updated 11/29/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Former Brashear Center in South Side sold

The Brashear Center on Sarah Street in South Side has been a fixture in the community since it opened in 1955. The center was a hub for youth and adult activities including English... — Updated 11/29/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

South Siders ask for easing of parking restrictions on Carson

A decrease in crime in the East Carson Street business corridor has area businesses calling for easing of parking restrictions in the 1700 block of the main street. Speaking at the November meeting of the South Side Planning... — Updated 11/15/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Z3PSC learns about 311, crime trends

The October meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC) took place on October 27 and featured presentations concerning 311 and Zone crime trends. Liz Style, president of the Z3PSC, called the meeting to order on Zoom and in... — Updated 11/1/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Carson construction nearing end

The October meeting of the South Side Planning Forum included updates on the Parking Enhancement District (PED), East Carson Street construction, holiday banners and more. City of Pittsburgh Nighttime Economy Manager Allison... — Updated 10/25/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Borough Council discusses gun raffle, decorum policy and leash laws

October's meeting of the Mt. Oliver Borough Council included discussion concerning fire department fundraisers, time limits on public comment and leash laws. Fire Chief Ron Lowry... — Updated 10/25/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

South Side was quiet in August, public safety strategy to continue

The September meeting of the South Side Planning Forum, the final meeting being hosted by City of Pittsburgh’s Mayor’s Office, featured updates from Neighborhood Services Manager Rebekkah Renallo and Deputy Chief of Staff to... — Updated 9/27/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Mt. Oliver Council looks at parking, considers support for gun argument

The September public meeting of the Mt. Oliver Borough Council included a short presentation from Ceasefire PA asking the council to support a brief being filed before the... — Updated 9/27/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Parking, use of plaza discussed at boro meeting

The Mt. Oliver Borough Council's July meeting was light on agenda, but included lively discussion initiated by area residents. Attending the meeting were council members: Amber... — Updated 8/23/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Mt. Oliver studies use of The Deck

Mt. Oliver Borough Council is exploring establishing rules for groups and businesses to use The Deck on Brownsville Road next to the Municipal Building. The July public Business... — Updated 7/28/2022

 By Tom Smith    News

New Brashear CARES center is open for business in Knoxville

The Brashear Association's new Brashear CARES Center at 320 Brownsville Road in Knoxville held a Grand Opening ceremony on Friday, May 27. The Association recently renovated the... — Updated 6/8/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Pittsburgh Mayor Gainey outlines his Plan for Peace

City of Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey recently came to Beltzhoover to outline his Plan for Peace to reduce violence in the city. Noting the increase in violent crime in the... — Updated 6/8/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

MO Council considers new meeting guidelines

A request to eliminate parking from both sides of the 100 block of Holzer Street in Mt. Oliver opened the May public meeting of the Mt. Oliver Borough Council. Attending were... — Updated 5/25/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Boro to start program to cut grass for seniors

Mt. Oliver Borough will begin a pilot program for senior citizens, disabled and veterans to help with keeping the grass cut on their property. The program, as discussed at the May p... — Updated 5/25/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Mt. Oliver program to honor veterans moves forward with new guidelines

After a series of fits and starts, the Mt. Oliver Borough Military Banner Program is poised to display photographs on banners on light poles in the business district. Prior to... — Updated 5/12/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Public safety a priority for police in South Side going into the summer

City of Pittsburgh Public Safety officials addressed neighborhood concerns at the South Side Community Council’s (SSCC) recent biannual public meeting via Zoom. SSCC President Barbara Rudiak began the presentation by introducing... — Updated 4/21/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Carrick Community Council planning for spring

Donna McManus, president of the Carrick Community Council (CCC), opened the March general meeting of the group by introducing State Rep. Jessica Benham. Rep. Benham opened her... — Updated 4/7/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Animal control issues considered by Mount Oliver Boro Council

Mt. Oliver Borough Council's March public meeting began with a public hearing concerning dog attacks in the borough. Emilie Nottle requested the public hearing to advocate for... — Updated 4/7/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Mt. Oliver Borough moves to change rental inspection schedule

The February public meeting of the Mt. Oliver Borough Council discussions on the number of reserved handicapped parking spaces in the borough and amending the Rental License... — Updated 3/10/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

NPP program in Mt. Oliver/Knoxville will focus on businesses and residents

In early November 2021, two Hilltop organizations received word their applications for Neighborhood Partnership Programs (NPP) through the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) had been approved. The... — Updated 2/24/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Mt. Oliver Borough to consider changing rental inspections times

The postponed January meeting of the Mt. Oliver Borough Council began with a public hearing requested by former mayor Frank Bernardini. Mr. Bernardini expressed concerns about... — Updated 2/9/2022


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