Councilman Motznik sees new investment in Carrick as good sign
City Councilman Jim Motznik discussed issues that are improving the Carrick neighborhood, and a long-time activist said goodbye to her leadership post at the Carrick Community Council meeting on May 14.
Motznik touted Eckerd's $4 million investment in the community with plans for a new drug store and the possibilities it brings for the future.
“It's a good sign that corporations are willing to invest in your community,” the Overbrook resident said. “There is business here and a strong community.”
Motznik said the Eckerd plans were recently passed by city council and groundbreaking at the corner of Brownsville and Nobles Lane should occur sometime in the summer.
The councilman also touched on plans to build a new Dek Hockey rink at Phillips Park. “We got that idea from going door to door and talking with people,” he said of campaign activities. “Carrick residents asked for that.”
He said city workers would take out the old play set near the park center and install the $80,000 Dek Hockey rink. Future plans at Phillips Park include improving lighting and parking.
Residents later asked if Maytide St. could be fixed. Gigantic potholes that seemingly can't be filled have devastated the popular roadway for months.
“Maytide is deplorable,” said Carrick Community Council board member Rose Hoffman. Motznik said only 24 miles of city streets are scheduled for repaving, which is about half of a normal year. “I can't get the whole street,” he clarified, but assured the group that some help was coming.
In other developments, Motznik promised to pay up to $3,500 to acquire 100 American Flags that would be installed on telephone poles along Brownsville Road. Carrick Community Council board member Bob Zebra has championed the project for a few months. “You got it” was Motznik's response to Zebra's public inquiry. Zebra said he'd work to install the flags.
District Justice Richard King, a Carrick resident, asked that repairs be made to the new Sinton Park playground. King said “a hunk” of the safety surface has been torn out and that young kids are picking at the hole, making it worse. Motznik said work crews would be dispatched to the park.
King also mentioned the park has been “tagged” with graffiti. Carrick Community Council President Nick Viglione, a Public Works supervisor, said he'd see what could be done.
Motznik's chief of staff, Eric Ondos, talked about the speed monitor sign that was placed in front of Readshaw Funeral Home earlier this month. Ondos said each of the nine city council districts received one of the monitors and will move them throughout their districts all spring and summer.
Ondos also touched on the Brookline Memorial Park “Cinema in the Park” where families can enjoy family-friendly flicks while resting on blankets and chairs. “It's always a good time,” he said.
Zone 3 Crime Prevention Officer Dan McQuillan gave his annual summer safety tips, which include rolling up car windows and using traveler's checks while on vacation. He also urged vacationing residents to disconnect their clothes washers before leaving because if a hose breaks, someone could come home to a house full of water.
Carrick Community Council vice president Caroline Majeski noted the community council meetings might soon be moved to a new location because senior citizens are having a difficult time coming down the steps into the Concord Presbyterian Church. Relocating to the new Quentin Roosevelt School and its gymnasium was discussed; however, a decision has not been made.
Viglione asked Motznik to dig deeper in the city's coffers to help fund the annual Carrick Cornfest. Viglione said funding for the event was cut in half, from $2,000. Motznik was non-committal about the request..
And lastly, long-time Carrick Goes Gardening Chairperson Mary Cahill announced she was stepping aside from the event this year. She introduced Carol Readshaw as the new event chair.
“We've had the same committee since 1992,” said Cahill. “We helped Carrick be the ‘Garden Spot' of the Pittsburgh.” Cahill received a round of applause from the two dozen in attendance for her efforts.
Carol Readshaw noted the deadline for entries is in July this year, instead of August. However, the awards ceremony will still be held at the Carrick Community Council's next meeting in September.