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By David Assad
Contributing Writer 

Boro expects to hold the line on taxes


The official figures have not been released yet, but Mount Oliver borough announced at its monthly business meeting October 16 that no tax increase is planned for the 2007 fiscal year.

Councilwoman Christine Brendel, who chairs the administration/economic development committees, made this announcement during her monthly report.

The preliminary budget is expected to be passed at the November 20 regular meeting. The budget will be advertised and is tentatively scheduled to be on display for public inspection in the borough offices during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.).

In other business, Mayor Jeff Repasky noted that video cameras are still being planned for installation at strategic locations along the Brownsville Road business corridor. The mayor is working with a grant through State Senator Jay Costa to purchase and install the cameras, something that is becoming a common practice in many public areas of urban neighborhoods throughout the country.

“It's coming,” promised Mr. Repasky. “They'll be placed in all entrances to the borough.”

An another item on the agenda at the meeting was an announcement by council president Don Cornelius that cable customers in the borough should expect their service to be taken over by Comcast which means the lineup of networks may change from the previous cable operator, Adelphia. Mr. Cornelius said that Comcast has already taken over as the internet-access provider for many of the customers who have subscribed in the past to Adelphia which had been bought out by Comcast recently.

Mr. Cornelius noted that the borough will continue to get its cable feed through a station based in Bethel Park where the south hills base for Adelphia has been located for many years. However, the feed is eventually going to be tied into the Comcast center in the Sheraden neighborhood where it has served the city's cable television system.

In another matter that was discussed at the relatively short meeting, one of the residents wanted to know if there is a borough ordinance against dogs walking on Brownsville Road. Council said dogs are permitted there as long as they are on a lease by their owner and the dog's feces are immediately picked up by the owner.

The man complained that he has seen dog “droppings” on the sidewalk on Brownsville Road and that the borough should be more on the lookout for those who violate the ordinance. Having camera's installed at street corners may be one way to curb this unsavory activity, according to the mayor.

Mr. Cornelius noted that dogs are forbidden, by ordinance, from entry into Transverse Park.

In other business, council unanimously awarded a construction bid for $74,325 to Bruno Pepenella Company of McMurray for the road and storm-sewer renovation of Elizabeth Street. The vote was 5-0 with councilmen Peter Talak and James Cassidy being absent from the meeting due to illness. Most of the money for the renovation is being obtained through a SHACOG grant with a small portion to being paid by the borough. There may be minor prep work done to the street during the winter, but the major work will not commence until the spring of 2007.


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