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September 25, 2018



I would like to take this opportunity to inform the residents of the borough of the proposal made at the Sept. 10 Mt. Oliver Council agenda meeting.

Action Housing, which promotes affordable housing, works in conjunction with a few agencies in the county and the city to find housing for displaced individuals, proposes to purchase the former Mt. Oliver School building and, in turn, lease it to Auberle Health Care. Aurberle intends to utilize the school for what they term as health and care giving.

Also, to help in reuniting children with their mother or father because CYF took custody of the children due to substance abuse or alcoholism or both.

What it comes down to is the school will be nothing more than a rehab center. This borough can’t absorb any more displaced individuals regardless of the circumstances. The borough has more than its share.

The Mt. Oliver Police Dept. is trying its best to keep a lid on the problems that exist at the present time; they do not have to be tasked with any more. Anyone can review the monthly police report and it will show the existing problems they are encountering on a daily basis.

I am not against any type of rehab facility; it has its purpose and with good intentions. However, we do not need one here in the borough. Some can be rehabbed and can become productive members of society.

I have initiated a petition and it is being circulated within the borough by residents who are not in favor with this proposed facility. Furthermore, I plan on seeking a meeting with the county executive and Pittsburgh mayor. There are a number of vacant schools and buildings in the county and city that can accommodate these types of programs.

Mt. Oliver has to cease being the experimental center for every social program that comes along. We as a community deserve better. I will continue to keep all residents informed, either at monthly meetings or through The South Pittsburgh Reporter.

I am urging all residents who are concerned and not in favor of this proposal to contact District 12 County Council Representative Bob Palmosina at 412-350-6490.

Frank Bernardini

Mayor, Mt. Oliver

 

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