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By Tom Smith South Pittsburgh Reporter Editor There will be no increase in the Real Estate tax for Mt. Oliver Borough for 2022. At the November public meeting of the Mt. Oliver Borough Council, the council adopted the 2022 Fee Schedule with several increases, but there will be no hike in the real estate tax. Fees going up for 2022 include: Ambulance service will increase from $40 to $45; Trash collection will increase See Page 4 from $164 to $168; and, while the Borough isn’t raising its South Side portion of the sewage charge, ALCOSAN will increase the The South Side Cham- rate 7% from $9.10 to $9.73 per 1,000 gallons. ber of Commerce electAlso adopted for 2022 were the Salary and Wage Scheded new officers to lead ule; Police Pension Member Contributions; Tax Levy Orthe organization at its No- dinance; and, Allocating State Aid Received for Pension vember Board of Directors Funds. meeting. While on the agenda, the council chose to delay discusSee Page 2 sion on the 2022 Budget until Monday, Dec. 13. Councilman Aaron Graham noted “there’s a lot of good stuff in Mt. Oliver The annual Mt. Oliver there” and asked Borough Manager Rick Hopkinson to be Borough Holiday Deco- available to talk about any priorities in the budget. Councilman Paul Doyle asked to put speed bumps or rating Contest is now unhumps on a future agenda to discuss. He said he has spoderway. ken with public works employees in the borough and in the See Page 3 City of Pittsburgh and they told him their snow plows don’t Carrick travel fast enough to be damaged by the humps. Light Up Night Carrick Councilman Nick Viglione said he has heard reports the will take place on Friday, speed humps are slowing down response times for public Dec. 3 from 7-9 p.m. at safety vehicles. Council President Amber McGough noted the Carrick Community she has also heard mixed things about them also, but that Pavilion, 1529 Browns- “it was worth discussing.” ville Road. “We can definitely discuss it, see what the cost is and see See Page 3 what everybody wants to do and go from there,” Ms. McGough added. Hilltop Councilwoman Tina Reft asked for more information This holiday season, two Hilltop business dis- on the use of a new vehicle speed recording device in the tricts are welcoming ev- borough. Police Chief Matt Juzwick explained the device eryone to shop small and can record how many cars travel a particular street, their explore all they have to speed and can be broken down to days of the week, hours and time of day. offer. See Page 3 He added in the first two weeks of monitoring Church Avenue, only one vehicle reached a speed of 41mph, “which is fast for Church Avenue.” Chief Juzwick said he is still learning the capabilities of Classified Ads.............. Page 2 the machine. He expects to move it to different locations Historic Review............. Online throughout the borough. Zoning Board................ Online The chief also noted he turned off the display on the maOr check them out at: chine so people wouldn’t try to see how fast they could go www.sopghreporter.com Continued on Page 2

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The South Side Chamber of Commerce November “Student of the Month Award” for November went to Sarinity Jackson, Pittsburgh Phillips K-5 fifth grader, for her school accomplishments. Pictured are (from left): Jessica Snyder, Fifth Grade Teacher; Rebecca Kasavich, South Side Chamber of Commerce; Sarinity Jackson, Awardee; Sha’ron Jackson, Father; and, Jessica Minkus and Melanie Rutan of Bookminders, Inc., award sponsor

New Division 4 campus won’t be open for this winter announced at Zone 3

By Margaret L. Smykla Contributing Writer The Dept. of Public Works’ (DPW) 4th Division in Knoxville will not be operational this winter. The expectation earlier this year had been that the new facility would open for winter, 2021. That was one of the news items to emerge from the November Zoom monthly meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC). It was the last meeting of 2021 as there will be no December meeting. The new 4 th Division facility is located on the same site on Bausman St. as the former facility. DPW shut down the former facility five years ago when it became uninhabitable as the building was toxic and unhealthy, and no longer viable. Division 4

responsibilities have since been split between divisions 3 and 5. The Division 4 buildings were demolished in 2018. Bob Charland, of the Office of city Councilman Bruce Kraus, said issues with utilities and supply chain problems contributed to the delay in opening the new, pre-fabricated warehouse. The meeting began with the crime trends update from Zone 3 Commander John Fisher. In the South Side so far for November, there have been 57 calls, 5 arrests, 114 traffic citations (mostly parking), 56 vehicle tows, and five use-of-force reports. Zone 3 gets the most calls per year of all zones. The commander said there had not been any firearms

arrests over the past few months. He also reported a Nov. 6 shooting in Allentown is under investigation in which a male was shot three times and survived. There was a robbery in Carrick on Nov. 11 by a female in a ski mask. The police know who she is, and will arrest. On Nov. 8, the clerk and a robber could not open the register at the Dollar General on Warrington Ave. While the robber instead stole candy, he was subsequently arrested for four total robberies. Next, an attendee asked about the possible passage of a bill by city council to prevent police from stopping drivers for minor violations like broken taillights. Continued on Page 4

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Borough trying out new speed monitoring device on streets Continued from Page 1 on a street, but it still registers the speed they were traveling. Mayor Frank Bernadini said he would go to Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala’s office and request a second machine if the chief thought it would be useful. Chief Juzwick said currently they don’t have the resources to move the machine around the borough as much as they would like, but would use another one if it was available. Councilman Graham noted that over the last several months, officers in the borough directed an investiga-

tion in which 45 controlled narcotic buys were conducted resulting in 45 warrants for dealers. Over a recent weekend, 20 warrants were served with the assistance of state constables and $90,000 in heroin, $23,000 in cocaine, nine firearms and one set of body armor was seized. He asked if Chief Juzwick could add any details about the investigation. The chief said the officers “did a fantastic job.” The arrests totaled 47 and all the arrest warrants had been served except two or three. “Unfortunately, they don’t stay in jail very long. Half of them were at the police

Timothy Eggert will lead So. Side Chamber Board The South Side Chamber of Commerce elected new officers to lead the organization at its November Board of Directors meeting. New officers are: President, Timothy Eggert, Dollar Bank South Side; Vice-President, Richard Ernsberger, Behrend & Ernsberger, PC; Treasurer, Donald Carlson, Carlson & Associates Real Estate; and, Secretary, Amber N. Lynch, GetGo Café + Market. The South Side Board of Directors includes: Thomas Shannon Barry – Thomas Shannon Barry Law Office; Alex Bernstein, Ascend Pittsburgh; W. Bryan Boak, Five Star Dentistry; Mark Bucklaw, Luttner Fi-

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station looking for some of their property before we were done for the day. So, we pick them up in the morning and they’re out by noon,” Chief Juzwick said. “We do the first part, the justice system takes over for the second part.” Mayor Bernardini said if they were able to do this every week or every couple of weeks, maybe they would be able to clean up not only here, but the surrounding areas also.

“If anyone has a complaint about the police department, code enforcement, public safety or anything else concerning this administration here. I’ve told people numerous times, there are complaint forms here,” the mayor said. “Don’t go speaking out to me while I’m at Shop ‘n’ Save or having a cup of coffee. Come here at 7:30 to voice your complaints. If council doesn’t know what the problem is, they can’t solve it.”

Under Questions and Answers, Bhoop Schrawat, owner of the Family Dollar building on Hays Avenue said the Rite Aid has been using his parking lot for 22 years without an easement. He said there has been a court case recognizing the lack of a legal easement. Mr. Schrawat’s property includes the entrance to the parking lot and the property against his building while the Rite Aid’s property is only against their building.

Ms. McGough said it was an ongoing open issue and she didn’t have an answer for him that evening. Following the meeting, Mr. Hopkinson said Mr. Schrawat had requested a permit to put up a fence on his property in the parking lot. The borough is researching the ordinances at the time of his purchasing the property to see what was permitted at the time before issuing the fence permit.

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The Council of Mt. Oliver Borough will hold a Special Meeting on December 13, 2021 at 6:30 PM at the Borough Building, 150 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15210. The purpose of this meeting is to review the budget.

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Get your passport to savings in Allentown and Mount Oliver This holiday season, two Hilltop business districts are welcoming everyone to shop small and explore all they have to offer. Launched on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 27, the Mt. Oliver and Allentown Business District Passports will encourage patrons to venture beyond what they know and discover exactly what these two unique business districts have to offer. These two district-specific passports will be active at the same time, promoting small, locally owned businesses during holiday shopping season. The two business districts, located primarily on E. Warrington Avenue and Brownsville Road, are only six blocks away from each other, enabling customers to conveniently visit both neighborhoods. “Building on the success of Allentown’s first passport program last spring, we are launching a similar model in both business districts to kick off Small Business Saturday and the holiday season,” said Meg O’Brien, director of economic development at the Hilltop Alliance. “This incentive program is specifically designed to attract residents and visitors to do their holiday shopping in the business districts.” The Allentown Passport

is in its second iteration, which had an initial run in the spring of 2021. This time around, the Allentown Passport features 18 local businesses and when shoppers spend $5 dollars or more at a participating business, they will receive a sticker on the passport. Upon collecting stickers from five different businesses, they will receive a $25 gift card to a business of their choice in Allentown. Cards may be found at participating businesses, and returned at the drop box in Dollar Bank, 820 E Warrington Ave. The inaugural Mt. Oliver Passport Program features 28 businesses along the Brownsville Road corridor. Shoppers will receive a stamp after spending $10 at a business, and upon getting five stamps, will receive a $25 gift certificate to the business of their choice. Collect 20 stamps and also be entered into a grand prize drawing to win $500 cash. Cards can be returned to the Mt. Oliver Borough Building, 150 Brownsville Road, either in person during business hours or by placing the secure dropbox by the door. The passports debuted at Light Up Night, on Saturday, Nov. 27. “We’re excited to bring this program to Mt. Oliver,”

Pittsburgh councilperson proposes to ban plastic bags During the November 22 Regular Meeting of Pittsburgh City Council, Councilperson Erika Strassburger introduced legislation to regulate the sale of singleuse plastic bags in the City of Pittsburgh. The proposed legislation, modeled after a bill passed in Philadelphia last year, will place a ban on the use of single-use plastic bags by retail businesses. Retailers will be able to provide a consumer with a recycled paper bag for a fee of no less than 15¢, which will be retained fully by the retailer.

Businesses will be required to post information in their stores in advance of these changes. “The actions of elected and other leaders today will have longstanding ramifications for the children of the 21st century and generations to come. This plastic bag ban represents one more step in Pittsburgh’s march toward a healthier, more sustainable future, and away from the polluting, throw-away society we have become all too accustomed to,” said City Councilperson Erika Strassburger.

Mt. Oliver lighting contest The annual Mt. Oliver Borough Holiday Decorating Contest is now underway. To nominate your own

home or a neighbor’s call 412-431-8107 x106 or email rick.hopkinson@mtoliver. com. Judging will occur the week of December 13.

Carrick Light Up Night Dec. 3 Light Up Night Carrick will take place on Friday, Dec. 3 from 7-9 p.m. at the Carrick Community Pavilion, 1529 Brownsville Road. All are welcome to the

free event presented by the Carrick Community Council and 25 Carrick. For more information on the event, email: carrickcommunitypavilion@gmail.com. No pets.

said Rick Hopkinson, borough manager. “We hope it not only encourages people to shop local this holiday season, but also have some fun exploring the district - maybe stop in a business you’ve never been to before.” In both districts, passports will be in participating businesses while supplies last. Lists of participating businesses in Allentown can be found at https://www.pittsburghhilltopalliance.org/allentownpgh . List of participating businesses in Mt. Oliver can be found at https:// mtoliver.com/

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Residents bring concerns to the Zone 3 Public Safety Council meeting Continued from Page 1 Commander Fisher said his thought was that it was a “bad idea,” in light of the state vehicular code stating that motorists may be stopped for these kinds of violations. “Sometimes traffic stops lead to other things,” he said, such as a drug arrest. He said he cannot see how a municipal agency can override state law. The attendee agreed with his stance, and that more discussion is needed by council. Next, an attendee said his husband was almost hit head-on by a police car at the confusing Fernleaf St. and Arlington Ave. intersection. There have been many accidents at the intersection the last few years, he said. Three of the streets have stop signs while the other has a sign stating “opposing

traffic does not stop.” The latter spot needs a stop sign, he said. The attendee said the officer should have pulled his husband over, after which he would have filled the officer in on the perilous site. The attendee said the point is that the intersection is very confusing, and if the police do not know about it, then it will remain tricky to everyone. Commander Fisher said in the future to get the plate number to identify the officer. But he will look into it, and tell the supervisors to inform the officers about the intersection. The commander also reported there was a brawl that day outside Brashear High School. A school police officer who tried to break it up was assaulted by one of the students.

The incident was largely over when the Pittsburgh Police arrived, he said. An attendee said there is a video of the school officer punching the student. On another topic, Commander Fisher said were 79 officer retirements/resignations this year, with nine more expected. As a result, manpower is in a “crisis mode” in all zones, he said. For that reason, there are sometimes not enough officers when patrols are asked for, or at special events. He also reported Zone 3 will have two community relations officers next year. Regarding problematic so-called “pop-up” or afterhours clubs, such as in the former American Legion building in the 1700 block of Arlington Ave., Commander Fisher said he contacts the

The City of Pittsburgh has been awarded a $963,578 grant from the state’s Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Multimodal Transportation Fund for the South 21st Street Complete Green Street Project in South Side. The community-driven project would transform South 21st Street into a green boulevard and gateway from the East Carson business district corridor to South Side Park to divert stormwater and improve pedestrian safety.

The proposed South 21st Street Complete Green Street Project will incorporate a complete streets approach, a policy introduced by Mayor William Peduto in a 2015 executive order requiring all new city street design projects make it safer for all users to travel, like pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit vehicles, private vehicles and more. The proposal also includes natural and green infrastructure features to address stormwater

A Christmas Pancake Breakfast and Vendor Fair is planned at the Concord Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Dec. 4. Cost for the breakfast is $5. All attending must wear masks and be socially distant. Hall capacity is 75

people, including vendors, workers, diners and shoppers. Vendor tables are available for $15. Table RSVPs are due by Nov. 27 by calling 412-882-1141. Proceeds benefit holiday food baskets.

runoff, erosion and issues of combined sewers. The design would allow for traffic calming, pedestrian safety and green infrastructure by installing pervious pavers and pervious parking that will absorb stormwater rather than allowing it to sit atop of pavement to flood. It also includes bioswale islands in the middle of the street, as well as natural trees and grasses throughout, to capture stormwater. The larger project also calls for stormwater storage within South Side Park to reduce strain on the combined sewer system. The project has been developed in partnership with the South Side community, City of Pittsburgh, ALCOSAN, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

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building owners about their criminal and civil liability. As a result, the owners sometimes shut down the sites, he said, as they did on Arlington Ave. and in South Side. Z3PSC President Liz Style said loud music, disorderly conduct, and other infractions can result in a closure, so residents should call 911 to report such disturbances. It will also create a paper trail of complaints for future action. In reports, Ms. Style read the report of Reverend Eileen O. Smith, director of the South Pittsburgh Coalition for Peace (SPCP), and who could not attend the evening’s meeting. Rev. Smith stated the 9th Annual Dare to Dream youth conference, which focuses on positive youth initiatives, would be held the next day. Youth talent and accomplishments are showcased, and scholarships awarded to academically outstanding high school students. She also reported Richard Carrington, of the South Pittsburgh Peacemakers, would be receiving an award. The South Pittsburgh Peacemakers is an initiative of the SPCP. Mr. Carrington, who was in attendance, said Rev. Smith is diligent in requesting state funds to keep the Peacemakers’ work going. But, he asked, why are not the Peacemakers included in the funds earmarked for various Pittsburgh agencies? Mr. Charland responded money will be coming to the Peacemakers, and he would provide Mr. Carrington with the information. Next, state Rep. Jessica Benham, 36 th District, reported that state Senate Bill 565 would allow permitless, concealed gun carry, and was passed. It also lowers the age from 21 to 18 to

legally carry a gun. “It makes firearms much more prevalent on our streets,” she said. Governor Wolf said he would veto it. “There are too many guns on the street now,” Commander Fisher said. Rep. Benham also opposes House Bill 2046, which would result in more suspects not being able to make bail and therefore remain in jail. She also reported she will host a panel with state LCB officials and others on what the state is doing with liquor enforcement and more, and options for nuisance bars. It will be held at the City Theatre, 1300 Bingham St., at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 6. For more information, visit her on Facebook or Twitter. In an update to last month’s Z3PSC meeting with speaker Margie Schill, Brashear’s communications and marketing manager, she provided this information: the Brashear CARES Center, 320 Brownsville Rd., is set to open in December.

The Brashear’s Grab ‘n Go Pantry, open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 to 4:30 pm, is now located at the Henry Kaufmann Center, 2201 Salisbury St. Call 412-620-8282 to schedule a pick-up at least 24 hours in advance. Its new South Side office at 1926 Sarah St. is now open. Use the side entrance on 20th St. when visiting the space. Help is available there for utility assistance, senior living assistance, and case management services. In other news, Black Women for Positive Change and Community Partners are hosting a teen mental health workshop via Zoom on January 8 at 10 am. For more information, visit: https://allevents.in/ online/teen-mental-healthand-emotional-well-being/10000209569446857 The next Z3PSC meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Jan. 27, with fire safety the topic. The 2022 schedule will begin with meetings held via Zoom.

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