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By Margaret L. Smykla Contributing Writer Sundays are now part of the Parking Enhancement District (PED), or the enforcement of South Side Flats parking meters from 6 See Page 3 p.m. to midnight. Mt. Oliver The addition of Sundays to A request to eliminate already-existing Thursdays, parking from the both Fridays, and Saturdays sides of the 100 block of for PED enforcement was Holzer Street in Mt. Oliver relayed by city Councilman opened the May public Bruce Kraus at the May 10 meeting of the Mt. Oliver meeting of the South Side Borough Council. Planning Forum. See Page 3 PED funds must be i n vested back in the Knoxville A Stop the Violence neighborhood for public Call to Action Rally will safety, cleanliness, and be held at the Brashear infrastructure improvements. Chrisarah Johnson, of the CARES Center, 320 Brownsville Road, on Mayor’s Office, kicked off Wednesday, May 25 at the meeting by reporting the city is hiring, with more than 6:30 p.m. 70 lifeguard and manager @ sopghreporter.com openings. If they are filled, Baldwin more pools can open this Baldwin Community summer. Day will take place on She also reported the Love Saturday, June 4, from Your Block grant application noon util 9:30 p.m. at system is open. The deadline the Baldwin Borough to apply is 5 p.m. on June 15. Building. The city’s mini-grant @ sopghreporter.com program supports volunteerPittsburgh fueled neighborhood Young people who want improvement projects, to gain the skills needed such as community garden for the Pennsylvania Class maintenance, clean-ups, A Commercial Driver’s tree and flower planting, License (CDL) can enroll and more. in a new Goodwill class For more information, meeting at CCAC’s Boyce visit: https://pittsburghpa. Campus. gov/dpw/lyb-application @ sopghreporter.com Ms. Johnson also announced that public Classified Ads.............. Page 2 city budget meetings will Zoning Board................ Online be subject specific, like Or check them out at: parks and recreation, and www.sopghreporter.com infrastructure. No dates have

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yet been set. On another topic, Mr. Kraus said the frequency of shootings, such as the drive-by shooting on May 8 at S.12th St. and Bedford Square, “brings grave concern to everybody.” “It is a very big concern,” Ms. Johnson said of the Gainey administration. She said the East Carson St. violence issue they are working on needs to involve the police, building code officials, and others. “We are very aware of it,” she said of the problems. Continued on Page 2

Pastor Maurice Trent of the Lighthouse Cathedral and Rev. Eileen Smith, executive director of the South Pittsburgh Coalition for Peace, lead a Stop the Violence prayer service on E. Warrington Avenue to remember Isaiah Anderson and Izeyah Clancy. The 17-year-olds were both shot and killed in the same location a year apart. Rev. Smith and Pastor Trent were joined by clergy from the neighborhood and across the city.

Memorial Day services in South Side/Hilltop This year, the South Side Hilltop Memorial Day Pilgrimage is once again being conducted on Monday, May 30. This long-standing community tradition begins at 8:00 a.m. at the boat launch in South Side Riverfront Park where a memorial wreath will be floated on the Monongahela River. As in the past, it will conclude at South Side Cemetery where a full memorial service will take place with Andy Miscuk as the keynote speaker. Participants will commemorate all fallen comrades by journeying from one memorial to the next. They will honor the brave military members who died in all the conflicts since the birth of the nation. All residents and visitors are welcome at each of the 16 memorials where services

will be held. Traditions like these reinforce our sense of wellbeing and self-worth. They enable us to celebrate life joyously and commemorate our losses respectfully. The South Side Hilltop Memorial Day Committee (SSHMDC) is a veterans group dedicated to organizing and carrying out this pilgrimage and is cochaired by Curtis Schmitt and Philip Ortego. A number of local dignitaries and esteemed guests will be at the boat launch for the start of the procession. Each stop includes a prayer, the placing of a wreath, a rifle salute, the playing of Taps, and a bagpipe rendition of “Amazing Grace” by members of the Warble family- Adam and Andrew on bugle and bagpipe

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accompanied by their sisters Alexis and April. After the 8 a.m. wreath launch, the following stops and approximate times are: • 8:15 a.m. @ VFW Post

6675 at S.20th and Sidney streets; 8:30am @Carnegie Library at 2205 E. Carson St.; • 8:45 a.m. @ Pittsburgh Continued on Page 4

By Tom Smith South Pittsburgh Reporter Editor 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 public meeting of the Borough Council, would benefit up to 20 owneroccupied residents of the borough on a first-come first-served basis. The pilot program, as presented by Borough Manager Rick

Hopkinson, would use an outside contractor to do the grass cutting. Currently, the borough uses a contractor to maintain vacant lots. Mr. Hopkinson anticipates they would use the same contractor for the grass cutting. The pilot program begins immediately and extends to the beginning of October. Lawns would be cut every other week. He estimated the cost of the program for 20 residents would be about the same as the hiring of one partContinued on Page 4

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Feed on-street parking meters in South Side on Sundays now Continued from Page 1 “We want to be more effective in our approach. We’re working on it,” she said. Barbara Rudiak, president of the South Side Community Council (SSCC), said she hopes Mr. Kraus and others in the community are part of the conversations. “We want to make sure we’re as strategic as possible,” said Ms. Johnson. The city’s nighttime economy manager, Allison Harnden, reported a “Gun Violence in Nightlife” forum, held by the Sociable City Network, will be held on June 14. For more information, visit: https://sociablecity. regfox.com/gun-violencein-nightlife . Ms. Harnden next delivered the April PED report. April PED revenue totaled $15,849.34. The enforcement costs were $813.95. The 2022 revenue to date is $55,589.90. The total revenue since the PED began in April, 2017, is $888,210.66. In the liquor license changes update, the Loft Lounge (Enclave) at 1602 East Carson St. released its license from safekeeping. New off-premise catering permit for Scarlett Rose Enterprises, Inc. (Twelve Whiskey Barbecue) at 12224 East Carson St. The two-person Clean Team, or Block by Block, which is funded by PED funds, maintains the E. Carson St. corridor. The Clean Team removes trash and graffiti/stickers, lends hospitality assistance, and more. Clean Team trash removal for April totaled 20,482 pounds. Ninety-two graffiti/ stickers were removed. The Clean Team also collected 250 alcohol containers, with most in parking lots and on Friday and Saturday nights. The PED expenditures

include $13,109.18 for the March Clean Team and manager. The trust fund balance is $218,882.88, which includes the 2021 revenue transfer of $128,807.46. Ms. Harnden also reported that any organization can apply to Environmental Services for a cigarette urn. Visit the Clean Pittsburgh Commission website: https:// pittsburghpa.gov/clean-pgh/ cpc Mr. Kraus said cafes can offer alcohol on a sidewalk café if an “extension of premise” is obtained from the LCB. He also stated, as he has at past meetings, that he wants to add a third member to the Clean Team. The PED is currently spending about $200,000 for the Clean Team, and a new person would require an increase in revenue. He is waiting to see the revenue generated by the addition of Sundays to the PED. Mr. Kraus also reported he is hoping to partner with businesses to reduce the waste being generated in the business district – about 1600 pounds of garbage every month is being picked up. He also met with a company about redesigning the holiday banners for East Carson Street. Mr. Kraus reported a “Healthy Ride” station will be installed at the brick wall in the 1700 block of East Carson St. which is frequently graffitied, but has not been vandalized recently. Updating the PennDOT Carson St. safety improvement project, Mr. Kraus said wrap-up should occur at the end of summer. Then the 18th St. signals upgrade project for pedestrian safety will begin. The intersections will be redesigned at Sarah St., Jane St., Mary St., Josephine St.,

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Mission St., Arlington Ave., and Amanda St. The traffic signal upgrades include: gloss black signal poles; audible countdown pedestrian signals; and more. There is a big push to have the painted crosswalks done when school starts, he said. To a question about cleaning parking lots, Mr. Kraus said PED revenue is only from parking meters, but that the revenue is used to cleaning parking lots. Last summer, power lights were used to light up the lots.

“It seemed highly effective,” he said. Ms. Rudiak also reported the second annual Battle of the Block Watches, in which teams compete in neighborhood cleanup efforts, was held on April 23. Ninety-three volunteers, about half which were Duquesne University students, collected 148 bags of trash. She also reported the Ormsby children’s garden opened on May 5.

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OpenStreetsPGH returns to E. Carson St. on South Side May 29 Explore Downtown and South Side, including Market Square, the Armstrong Tunnel, and the 10th Street Bridge at OpenStreetsPGH on Sunday, May 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Presented by UPMC Health Plan, OpenStreetsPGH is Pittsburgh’s fastestgrowing free event series that opens miles of streets for people of all ages and abilities to explore our neighborhoods while biking, walking, and rolling. This event is poised to bring together tens of thousands of attendees to the season’s first full route after a two-year hiatus. The May 29 route of the 2022 OpenStreetsPGH season is a 2-mile journey from Market Square, up Forbes Ave to the Armstrong Tunnel, and across the 10th Street Bridge to South Side along East Carson Street to the Birmingham Bridge and back. BikePGH will present Health & Wellness Hubs at Market Square in Downtown, the Arts & Culture Hub on East Carson Street between S. 12th and S. 13th streets, and the Kids Hub at East Carson and S. 22nd streets in South Side.

There will be yoga, dancing, shopping, biking, walking, children’s activities, running, lots of food, people watching, and more. BikePGH strongly suggests walking, riding a bike, or taking public transit to the event. Unlike other events, OpenStreetsPGH does not necessitate a completely continuous street closure. At this event, car drivers will be able to cross the route at several porous intersections along the May 29 route: The Downtown car crossing intersections are at Forbes Avenue and Wood, Forbes Avenue and Grant, Forbes Avenue and Sixth, and S. 10th and Second Avenue. The South Side car crossing intersections are at S. 10th and Bingham, East Carson and S. 18th, and East Carson and S. 21st. Vehicle access also will be available from S. 10th westward to the 900 and lower blocks of East Carson. There will be event specific parking restrictions and navigation aids. Cars parked along the route must be moved before 3 a.m. on

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bicycle valet parking at the Armstrong Park ballfield entrance on S. 13th Street between East Carson and Sarah.

By Tom Smith South Pittsburgh Reporter Editor A request to eliminate parking from the 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 council members Amber McGough, Christina Reft, Aaron Graham and Brandon Taylor. Absent were Nick Viglione, Lisa Pietrusza and Paul Doyle. Council President Amber McGough asked Police Chief Matt Juzwick his opinion of the request. He replied it was a steep tight street and other than residents, it would only be curious people venturing up it. Currently, although parking is permitted on both sides, residents park on only one side. Ms. McGough moved discussion to the June meeting to allow council members to gather more information. In regular business, council passed several motions related to the borough’s sewer system including: • Concurring with awarding the 2022 SHACOG Joint O&M Excavation Repairs contract to Roto-Rooter Services for $119,656, with a borough share of $16,825. • Concurring with awarding the 2022 SHACOG Joint O&M Spot Lining contract to State Pipe Services for $44,750, with

a borough share of $9,550. • Concurring with awarding the 2022 SHACOG Joint O&M Manhole-toManhole Lining contract to Insight Pipe Contracting for $364,340, with a borough share of $48,550. A resident asked where the work was being performed. Borough Manager Rick Hopkinson said it was all over the borough. Since the work is performed each year, he would try to include the service map in the future. Under New Business, a topic of discussion was possible guidelines for the Questions & Answers portion of the meeting. Mayor JoAnna Taylor offered several suggestions including time limits, more organization and decorum and structure. While she didn’t want to limit discussion, she suggested an initial period where someone could speak uninterrupted for a period of time without side conversations. Additional time could be provided for answering questions.

Ms. McGough recognizing three council members weren’t in attendance, suggested postponing discussion until the June meeting. She added that she wasn’t opposed to adding more structure to the meetings, but was concerned putting restrictions on people’s ability to speak might deter them attending the meetings. Mayor Taylor said she was concerned there were residents who weren’t attending because of the lack of structure. She offered to work with the borough solicitor to come up with several different sets of guidelines for the council to consider. Ms. McGough said possible Q&A guidelines would be added to the agenda in June. Mr. Hopkinson will work with the solicitor for suggested guidelines. In the Q&A period, former mayor Frank Bernardini disagreed with Councilmember Pietrusza’s comment in connection to the voluntary veteran banner

program that there was a long history in the borough of racism and redlining. He pointed out the borough has had two Black council members and several Black public safety officers in the past. Ms. McGough said while she doesn’t agree with Mx. Pietrusza’s opinion, that everyone is entitled to their opinion. She added she didn’t want to see any verbal or physical abuse in Council Chambers because of a difference in opinion. There will be another Redd-Up Day in the borough on Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m. to noon. See the borough website, www. mtoliverpa.com, for more details. The Summer Live Music Series will begin on Fridays, and select Saturdays, from 6-9 p.m. on The Deck beginning June 3. The Allegheny County Health Department Overdose Prevention Program will be at the Clock Tower on Monday, July 11 from noon to 4 p.m.

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Memorial Day Pilgrimage visits memorials in South Side/Hilltop

Continued from Page 1 Fire Station #24 at 1724 Mary St.; • 9:00 a.m. @ Polish Veterans Memorial at 1807 Jane St.; • 9:15 a.m. @ Vietnam

Veterans Memorial at E. Carson and S.18 th streets (Vietnam Veterans Inc. Honor Guard will be participating at this site); • 9:30 a.m. @ South High School Memorial at E.

Grass cutting program Continued from Page 1 time temporary summer employee. He added the borough didn’t plan to hire a seasonal employee this year. The program would be modeled after the City Cuts program and could be “tweaked” with volunteers, if needed. To qualify, property owners must be at least 62 years of age, have a physical disability or be a military veteran. Only owner-occupied homes are eligible because property

owners are responsible for grass maintenance. Those applying for the program must also attest they don’t have available resources for grass cutting including financial resources or help from local family or friends. Mr. Hopkinson will work with the borough solicitor to create an application for this year. Going forward in future years, the criteria for the program may be adjusted.

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placing of wreaths, a rifle salute to the deceased, the keynote address, and the playing of “Taps.” In addition to Mr. Schmitt and Mr. Ortego, the committee consists of Officer of the Day Jim Wrzesinski, Treasurer Bob Meussner, Ways and Means Chairman Bob Szoszorek, Chaplain John Vaulet and

volunteers Frank Ford, Rege Ketter and Denny Schlegel. The committee also obtains flags, markers and wreaths to place in several local cemeteries during the week before Memorial Day. The pilgrimage includes members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Sgt. James P. Cryster Memorial Post 6675, American Legion

Carrick-Brentwood Post 725, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 76 and Vietnam Veterans Inc. This is our way of saying, “Thank you, brothers and sisters, for making the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf. You were there for us then and now we are here for you. Your lives mattered and we will never forget.”

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Local Zoning Board hearings for May 12

Pittsburgh’s Zoning Board of Adjustment Board meetings will be hosted on Zoom and streamed on YouTube Live on the Pittsburgh City Planning YouTube page at https://www.youtube. com/user/planpghvideo. To join the Zoom webinar, use the link: https://us02web.zoom. us/j/85171125255 or call 301-715-8592 with Webinar ID: 851 7112 5255. Those who are not planning to testify, should watch the YouTube Live stream to allow those testifying to be able to join the meeting. Information about each agenda item is available on the Virtual Zoning Board of Adjustment page at https://pittsburghpa.gov/ dcp/virtual-zba. To provide public comment: Join the virtual meeting and use raise hand function to speak. Call into the meeting on a telephone and use raise hand function by pressing *9 to request to speak. Those who wish to provide testimony this way, should register in advance by emailing zoningboard@pittsburghpa.gov to ensure that they are provided time to speak. Zone case 75/22 on Thursday, May 12 at 9:10 a.m. is the appeal of James Marasti, applicant, and Eric J.Baxendell, owner, for 145 S.12th Street, in the 17th Ward (Zoning District R1A-VH). Applicant requests change of use from restaurant with one dwelling unit to two unit residential. Review: 911.02: Review of historic use of ground floor of structure as a non-conforming restaurant. Special Exception: 921.02.A.4: Change of non-conforming use from restaurant with one dwelling unit to two unit residential. Zone case 95/22 on Thursday, May 12 at 10:10 a.m. is the appeal of Melissa Palmieri, applicant and owner, for 11 Briggs Street, in the 32nd Ward (Zoning District R1D-M). Applicant requests accessory parking pad at front of two-unit dwelling. Variance: 912.04.A: Required front setback is 30’, 0’ requested.

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