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By Margaret L. Smykla
Contributing Writer 

Boro announces 2015 street paving program plans

 


The awarding of the paving contract at the March 16 meeting of Mount Oliver council spells good news for these streets: Kohler St. from Arlington Ave. to Walnut St .; Carl St. from Margaret St. to Bertha St .; Hays St. from Quincy to the City of Pittsburgh line; and Walnut St.

The $172,695 contract was awarded to El Grande Industries.

Councilwoman Billie Michener and Mayor James Cassidy were absent.

The meeting began with the fire report from assistant fire chief Ron Lowrey, who reported there were 49 EMS and 11 fire calls in February.

Beginning April 14 of last year, the fire company started responding on all priority medical calls within the borough.

The fire company responds with Pittsburgh EMS to either assist them, or start initial treatment in the event that one of their units is coming from a distance or is delayed in responding.

In the past year, the fire company’s EMS saved the lives of three potential fatalities.

Mr. Lowrey said average runs used to be 120 calls per year. Last year, there were 600 calls, of which 425 were EMS.

He also reported the wear and tear on the ladder truck’s swivel is not covered by the insurance policy. As a result, the cost to repair it will be about $20,000. He will return to council once he gets more information.

On Mr. Lowrey’s request, council agreed to give the fire department four free laminated parking passes for members working at the weekly fish fry.

To a question if the police are contacted for drug-related EMS calls, Mr. Lowrey said yes.

But most of the calls are for ill people. “We are at the high-rise once or twice a week,” he said.

In the code enforcement report for the past month, Councilman Frank Bernardini reported there were 27 rental inspections; 56 units; seven violations and notices; one occupancy; three complaints; and one demolition permit issued.

Council President Darnell Sains said the lot at Family Dollar is very hazardous, with lawyers for both the building owner and the company saying it is the other’s responsibility to maintain the site.

The case is before District Judge Richard King and he has not yet issued a decision.

Mr. Sains said the borough cannot force anyone to make repairs as no one claims responsibility.

In the parks and recreation report, two deck hockey leagues will be starting up. The nets are put up in the day and taken down every night.

In the public safety report, Councilwoman Barbara Keener reported a parking meter increase in the 100-200 blocks of Brownsville Rd. The new rate will be 25¢ to park for 15 minutes.

The increase will fund commercial district investments to revitalize the corridor.

Police Chief Matthew Juzwick said there were 463 calls last month.

A new part-time officer will be sworn in at next month’s council meeting.

He also reported bicycle officers will be back on the streets by May.

In the public works/health report, Councilman Dave Lowe said borough residents who have problems with garbage billing should call the Keystone Collections Group, which does the billing and handling of delinquent accounts. Keystone Collections’ phone number is: 866-539-1100, and residents should ask for Robin Finley.

For problems with garbage pickup, they should call Republic Services at 412-429-2600.

The three-month garbage fee in the borough is $35. The bill is due within 30 days of receipt. Residents who pay for the full year in one payment will save $7.

Mrs. Keener said the first public works priority this time of year is filling potholes, followed by painting lines in crosswalks.

In his update, project manager Ricky Hopkinson said the borough’s demolition program provides matching grants up to $5,000 for the demolition and reuse of blighted properties in Mount Oliver.

To qualify, they must own the property or be in the process of acquiring the property to apply. For more information, contact Mr. Hopkinson at 412-431-8107 ext. 106, or r.hopkinson106@outlook.com.

In the question-and-answer session, the issue of local crime was raised. Council members said anytime a crime is committed in the 15210 zip code, television news reporters state it occurred in Mount Oliver, which is usually not the case.

Mr. Sains the borough has more officers per capita than the city of Pittsburgh. He also said last year, about 60 percent of the crimes in Mount Oliver were committed by outsiders and not by residents.

In other news, volunteers for Clean and Green Day on April 25 should meet at the library, 400 Brownsville Rd., at 9:45 a.m.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will focus primarily on Brownsville Rd. Lunch will be provided.

To volunteer, contact Jami Gregg, the Mount Oliver/Knoxville commercial district manager, at 412-884-1400 ext. 106 or Ja-mi@economicdevelopmentsouth.org.

The next council meeting will be on April 20.

 

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