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Highlights from the department reports for Mt. Oliver Borough from the December department reports for November:

By Tom Smith, South Pittsburgh Reporter Editor In a first for Mt. Oliver Borough, due to COVID-19 precautions, the Borough Council held its December public meeting with only Mayor Frank Bernadini and Borough Manager Rick Hopkinson physically in attendance in CounSee Page 2 cil Chambers while the majority of council members parAllegheny ticipated by conference call. While observing social distancing protocols, in a unanCounty Neighborhood Allies imous vote, the council approved a $2.5M budget with no launched Bank On Al- increase in real estate taxes. The 2021 Real Estate Tax rate legheny County with an will remain at 13.5 mills, a rate that has remained the same online event where 89 in the borough since 2006. The rate remained the same due in part to an increase in people participated, representing local banks, cred- the amount of real estate taxes the borough has collected in it unions, and community part from collections of delinquent taxes and an increase in the assessed value of properties through building permits organizations. and assessment appeals. See Page 8 Staffing, which accounts for as much as 60 percent of Allentown the budget, will remain the same for 2021. The next highFor the rest of this year, est percentage, 20 percent, is for contracted services which Abiding Missions 731 Exinclude: Auditing, legal fees, engineering, inspections, decelsior Street, Pittsburgh, molition and more. PA 15210 will be hostPaving of Ormsby Avenue is included in the Capital Projing its main distribution ects budget of $200,000. Other Capital projects include day on Thursdays from continuing ADA ramp upgrades and repair of the Borough 12:30-2:30 p.m., offering Building parapet wall and façade. fresh-cooked meals, fresh The council also approved a new fee schedule for 2021. produce, and non-perishWhile the majority of fees will remain unchanged for the able foods. new year, trash collection will increase from $160 to $164 See Page 7 per unit, per year. The borough sewer rate will remain unHilltop changed at $7.12 per 1,000 gallons, but ALCOSAN’s sewFresh Fridays on the er rate will increase from $8.50 per 1,000 gallons to $9.10 Hilltop, the free produce per 1,000 gallons. distribution through the In other action, the Borough Council approved a payHilltop Alliance, will con- ment in the amount of $25,721 to A. Folino for work comtinue in 2021 through the pleted to close out the Brownsville Road Streetscape Projwinter months with a dis- ect Contract A: and, approved a residential handicap parktribution on January 8, ing space on William Street. 2021. Following the business portion of the meeting, Bill MillSee Page 8 er, a borough resident on Amanda Avenue, requested a public hearing. Mr. Miller’s home backs up to the Middle Way parking lot, where he and his family have been parking for a number of years. Since the borough improved the parking lot, parking enClassifieds................... Page 7 forcement has been ticketing in the lot for those who don’t Housing Court.............. Page 7 put money in the meter or purchase a parking pass. Zoning Board............... Page 7 “Do you realize, for me to park my vehicles back there for one year is $6,500,” he told the Borough Council. “That’s Or check them out at: a helluva chunk of change.” www.sopghreporter.com Continued on Page 2

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on The Deck in Mt. Oliver. The municipal Christmas Tree looked the part of a White Christmas after last week’s snow storm.

The Reporter will be taking a couple of weeks of after today’s edition This week’s print edition of The South Pittsburgh Reporter will be the last one in 2020. With Christmas and New Year’s Day falling on Fridays, we felt it was appropriate to take a little time off www.sopghreporter.com this year. That being said, will continue to be updated

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Mt. Oliver Borough department updates for the month of November Highlights from the department reports for Mt. Oliver Borough from the December department reports for November: Public Safety Department • During November, the Mt. Oliver Police Department responded to 502 total calls for service • There were 43 drug arrests during the month for the seizure of marijuana, crack cocaine, heroin and drug paraphernalia. The breakdown of the arrests was: 13 marijuana arrests; eight crack cocaine arrests; six heroin arrests and 16 arrests for pills/paraphernalia. • There were no DUI arrests in the borough during November. • The K9 Unit was used for seven targeted patrols, three arrests, six park and walks and two search warrants/drug searches. • Mt. Oliver Police served three warrants. • The police also responded to 13 commercial alarms and 12 residential alarms during the month. • Eleven abandoned vehicles were posted during November. Warnings were issued to 12 vehicles and two vehicles were towed that had been previously posted. Four vehicles posted in November were fixed or removed and one vehicle posted was waiting disposition. • Parking Enforcement wrote 107 Borough tickets during November and the Police Department issued 61 Bor-

ough citations. The police also issued 29 State citations for parking violations. • A total of $1,390 was collected for payment of fines. • A property in the 200 block of Amanda Avenue was added to the nuisance property list due to excessive calls and several citations written to the residents while on the calls. A letter was sent to the property owner. • Total miles on all police vehicles for November was 3,566. Maintenance and repair on the vehicles totaled $384.17. • All officers have completed 2020 required training and certifications have been updated. Code Enforcement • There were 47 Code violations during November and 25 open cases from current and prior months. • $258.20 was collected in fines • Eleven hearings were held in front of District Magisterial Judge Richard King. • The borough issued eight Occupancy permits in November: Five residential permits and three commercial permits. • One Building Permit was issued for 214-216 Stamm Avenue for the replacement of a roof and adding a dormer to the attic space. • Zoning Violations that were open and pending in November included: 1752 Arlington Avenue for Section 407(3)(A): No fence or wall shall be erected, replaced or

Continued from Page 1 “We’ve been through this with you before,” Councilman Nick Viglione replied. “I’m sorry you have to pay now, you’ve been getting away for years now for free.” Council members said they wouldn’t be able to justify giving him four spaces without paying when everyone else in the lot has to pay. Mr. Miller said if that was the case, he would like to see the police ticket all the cars that are parked illegally on the sidewalk in the alley. He said the parking enforcement officer isn’t tick-

eting anyone else parking in the lot except him. Mr. Viglione told him he could always park on Amanda Avenue instead of the lot. Mr. Miller replied there isn’t parking available and he doesn’t want his wife or daughter parking blocks away in Knoxville. Council President Amber McGough said she understands parking in the borough can be a problem when some families have three or four cars. “I don’t think we’ll have an answer you will like,” she said. “We have improved the

parking lot back there and there’s a cost associated with parking back there. So, I can only say that parking on the street or somewhere else is the only option.” Mr. Miller said he would be willing to pay for permits, but that “$6,000 a year is a lot of money.” Mr. Hopkinson suggested he get two parking permits at $1,800 each and park two vehicles on-street. Mr. Miller told them he likes to park in the lot where his surveillance cameras can keep watch on the vehicles.

Recent data from Fannie Mae indicate that, of those homeowners most clearly affected by the pandemic and its economic impact, more than 96 percent took advantage of a forbearance plan to help manage their financial obligations. In Allegheny County, the percentage of homeowners with a mortgage backed by Fannie Mae who have entered into a forbearance plan is roughly 95 percent - below the Fannie Mae national average of 96 percent. Under the federal CARES Act, homeowners experiencing hardship due to the pandemic are able to take a mortgage forbearance for up to one year, effectively suspending mortgage payments

during that time. Homeowners with a Fannie-backed mortgage can still request a COVID-19 forbearance after December 31, when some protections under the CARES Act are set to expire. If you’re having trouble paying your monthly mortgage bill due to the economic upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs, been furloughed, had their hours reduced or have had to take time off work due to illness or to care for a family member – with or without pay. The good news? You have options and there is help available. “As we confront these un-

settling times, it is important to help keep people in their homes,” said Malloy Evans, senior vice president at Fannie Mae, the government sponsored enterprise that finances about one in every four homes in the United States. “People need clarity during what can be a confusing, stressful process, with information and tools to successfully navigate housing payment options.” A forbearance plan can offer temporary relief. Forbearance does not erase the amount you owe, but it allows for reduction or suspension of your mortgage payments for up to 12 months. To request forbearance or other mortgage assistance, contact your mortgage servicer – the company that manages your monthly mortgage payments. Visit KnowYourOptions.com to find resources and information about the options available if you are facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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There are options for people struggling to make mortgage payments during COVID-19

Mayor Bernadini asked if the Borough could allocate Mr. Miller one or two parking spaces in the lot, similar to an arrangement Brownsville Road businesses have had in the past. Councilman Viglione didn’t think that would be practical, saying if the borough did it for him, it would have to do it for everyone.

altered unless an application has been made and a permit issued by the Zoning Officer; and, Section 407-3(D)(4): Fences located in the front yard are limited to four feet in height and may not be more than 50% solid. Also, 205 Quincy Avenue for Section 407-3(D)(4): Fences located in the front yard are limited to four feet in height and may not be more than 50% solid. Public Works Department • The Public Works Department conducted routine facility maintenance at the Borough Building. They also coordinated the installation of a new roof mounted heating and air conditioning unit. • The department installed additional signs in the Middle Way Parking Lot and installed No Parking signs and painted a yellow line at 717 Brownsville Road. • Repainted the pavement marking in the 300 block of Hays Avenue and repaired the Stop Sign at Ormsby and Walter. • Public Works responded to 16 PA 1 Calls during November. • Patched pot holes around the Borough and detailed Brownsville, Arlington, Amanda, Charles, Goldbach, Middle, Hays (Ormsby to Margaret). • The department performed 10 dye tests and cleaned inlets around the Borough. • Continued to coordinate with property management agency to abate the illicit discharge on Margaret Street; Reported to the Allegheny County Health Department; Borough also filed legal action. • Responded to an illicit discharge on Verena. The property owner is coordinating the repair. • Public Works performed routine vehicle maintenance and picked up the 2007 Chevy 3500 (1-ton) from Missionary. • Public Works Supervisor met with the engineer and the homeowner regarding a potential mine subsidence issue at 140 Frederick Street. The engineer did not find evidence that settling occurring was caused by mine subsidence. • The department put up the Christmas Tree and decorated Brownsville Road for the holidays. They also assisted with set up for Light Up Night.

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A man was found shot Police after 911 calls. The male victim was near E. Carson and S. 18th Street before 9 p.m. on De- found with a gunshot wound cember 15 by Pittsburgh to the leg. He told police he

Allegheny County detectives in consultation with the District Attorney’s Office obtained an arrest warrant for Jerrel Ingram, 32, of Mt. Oliver. Ingram is wanted for Criminal Homicide in the death of Madison Gilroy. On December 5 at Stowe Twp. Police responded to the area of 30 Tunnel Way for a female shot. There officers discovered Gilroy, 22, of North Huntington deceased on the sidewalk. Gilroy was shot once in the back. Detectives from the Allegheny County Police Homicide Unit initiated an investigation and learned Gilroy was allegedly killed as a result of a shootout between Ingram and a security officer employed by the True Diamonds Gentleman’s Club. Ingram was recently banned from the club by security. On the night of December 5, Ingram allegedly drove

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Fresh Fridays continues in the new year on Friday, January 8 Fresh Fridays on the Hilltop, the free produce distribution through the Hilltop Alliance, will continue in 2021 through the winter months with a distribution on January 8, 2021. The distribution typically runs April through November but with the increased need, the Hilltop Alliance is extending the program through the winter months. “After we started the Grab-N-Go model in June, the number of families we were able to provide fresh food and dairy to more than doubled,” Aaron Sukenik, executive director of the Hilltop Alliance said. Do to COVID-19, the distribution went from a “shopper” style where people were able to pick and choose from

the available produce to a Grab-N-Go model where people didn’t have to leave their cars and would have a box of fresh food along with another box of dairy products placed in their trunks. “The no-contact distribution allows both those picking up boxes of food and the staff and volunteers helping them to remain safe while distributing the boxes,” Mr. Sukenik said. The Fresh Fridays on the Hilltop, the Hilltop Alliance’s free produce distribution, will again pass out preboxed food on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 on Allen Street at the St. John Vianney Church parking lot in Allentown. Households will be able to pick up two boxes of food totaling approximately 40

pounds; one with produce and one with dairy products while supplies last. People will be able to pick up the boxes either by driving up and having them placed in their trunk or walking up and taking the boxes with them. Those walking are strongly encouraged to bring a shopping cart or wagon to take their boxes home. The distribution will take place at the St. John Vianney Church parking lot at the corner of Allen and Climax streets in Allentown, beginning at 3 p.m. and will go until all boxes are distributed. Those picking up the boxes, either walking or in a vehicle, will not be permitted in the parking lot The distribution is part of the USDA’s Corona Vi-

rus Farm Assistance Program through the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and is specifically for Hilltop residents. Households in the Zip Code areas of 15203, 15210, 15211 and Carrick residents in 15227 are welcome. There is no requirement to preregister and there are no income guidelines, but only one set of boxes per car or household. A safe and successful event is a primary concern. Those walking up to receive their boxes are required to wear masks and follow social distancing recommendations. For more information, contact Julia McMahon at the Hilltop Alliance, 412-

New Bank on Allegheny program aims to provide equitable access to sustainable financial products Neighborhood Allies, in partnership with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the City of Pittsburgh’s Office of Equity, and with participation from Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), launched Bank On Allegheny County with an online event where 89 people participated, representing local banks, credit unions, and community organizations. The purpose of the national Bank On movement is to improve the financial stability of unbanked and underbanked individuals and families by connecting people to safe and affordable accounts, raise public awareness, target outreach to the unbanked, and expand access to financial services. “Economic Inclusion is integral to the FDIC’s mission of maintaining stability and

public confidence in the nation’s financial system,” said Lee Ann Antol, community affairs specialist at FDIC. The goal of Bank On Allegheny County is to increase equitable access of all people to sustainable financial products and services. In Allegheny County, nearly 30 percent of residents are unbanked or underbanked –approximately 360,000 adults. Black Allegheny County residents are nearly seven times more likely to be unbanked than white residents. Those with a disability are three times more likely to be unbanked than those without a disability. Being unbanked can cost $40,000 over a lifetime due to use of costly alternative financial services for routine transactions. “Bank On is one important way we can begin to address structural inequities within the financial system,” said Henry Horn-Pyatt, economic opportunity manager for the

Office of Equity. “We can help guide folks to safe, dependable banking products while inviting area banks to show their commitment to communities by making sure their products are accessible.” At the launch event, CFE Fund announced a $25,000 grant to Neighborhood Allies to build capacity and create a local coalition. Bank On coalitions are locallyled partnerships between local public officials; city, state, and federal government agencies; financial institutions; and community organizations that work together toward greater banking access. “Banking access is a critical part of financial stability,” said David Rothstein, principal at the CFE Fund. “That’s why we work with local organizations and government in 90 coalitions around the country to expand access to Bank On cer-

City Department of Innovation have issued an ITQ for professional services The City of Pittsburgh Department of Innovation (I&P) and Performance and Office of Management and Budget Procurement Division have issued an Invitation to Qualify (ITQ) for information technology (IT) professional services that will be required by I&P. The ITQ provides a comprehensive list of wide-ranging services that I&P anticipates needing in 2021 including training, process automation, financial management, telecom services and cloud architecture support.

Vendors and firms are invited to submit proposals to be qualified and added to a list of pre-selected vendors. Once qualified and pre-selected, I&P can call on those vendors to provide their services when needed. I&P delivers the city’s internal IT services and its mission is to deliver strategic technology services and support to all city departments, foster technology innovation in city government and the broader community, and facilitate efficient and effective city services by supporting data-driven deci-

sion making and continuous process improvement. The ITQ is now available on the City’s online procurement portal, Beacon (https://pittsburghpa. gov/beacon/index.html), and will be open for submissions until January 7, 2021. The full posting, which includes the defined scope of services, is available at http://bit. ly/2KBcMpP

tified accounts that meet the needs of people outside the financial system. We are thrilled to support the launch of Bank On in Allegheny County with a $25,000 grant as the coalition works to guide unbanked community members to safe, affordable and functional accounts.” The new coalition will work with CFE Fund as a part of their Bank On national initiative to promote the Bank On National Account Standards, updated for 20212022. Of the close to 60 financial institutions whose accounts have been certified to meet the standards, six serve Allegheny County: Bank of America, Dollar Bank, First Commonwealth Bank, JPMorgan Chase, KeyBank, and S&T Bank. These Standards mandate no overdraft, insufficient funds or dormancy fees; have monthly fees less than $5 with low opening deposits; and provide ease of transactions such as bill pay and transfers. The CFE Fund promotes certified accounts that can be opened online for households to receive stimulus and other emergency payments more quickly and safely. Last month, the American Bankers Association urged their members to join the Bank On movement. “Bank On Allegheny County is committed to increasing access to financial products and services for those most at risk of being left out of the system,” said Sarah Dieleman Perry, director of economic opportunity at Neighborhood Allies. “We welcome those who support our goal to join the coalition.”

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