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Dormont budget targets street, alley paving, waterproofing borough buildings, acquiring parking kiosks

| Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, 7:53 p.m.

Dormont council will consider a $10.66 million budget for 2014 next week that would keep taxes level while funding road and alley paving, waterproofing the borough building and purchasing five new electronic parking kiosks to replace meters at borough lots.

Borough Manager Jeffrey Naftal proposed a slight increase in the general fund for day-to-day operations, paid for mostly with extra revenue from enforcing parking meters and permits for the full 60 hours a week called for in the borough code. The tax rate will remain at 8.97 mills, or $897 for every $100,000 of a home's assessed value.

The borough's code calls for parking to be enforced from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Monday through Saturday, Naftal said, but for years the borough unofficially scaled that back to 35 hours a week, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“It wasn't official, and some people who don't live here might have put an extra quarter or two in the meter, but people who've been here kind of had it figured out,” Naftal said.

The borough will hire an extra parking enforcement officer to cover the additional hours each week, at about $27,000 a year.

The budget includes $48,375 from the capital budget to buy six parking meter kiosks for Dormont's largest metered lots. Instead of pumping quarters into meters at each space, patrons can use cash or credit cards at a centralized meter in each lot, similar to ones in some Pittsburgh parking lots. Currently, only the borough's new Biltmore parking lot has a kiosk.

“We're finding it's much more convenient for people to use the kiosk at the Biltmore lot, not having to carry around quarters,” Naftal said.

The borough is saving money by contracting management of its swimming pool lifeguards and its janitorial services.

The budget has money for computers and software to improve information-sharing among departments, new vehicles for public works and the police department, $500,000 for sewer projects, $500,000 for street reconstruction and $100,000 to waterproof the leaky basement of the borough building.

“This will help to upgrade about 30 of our alleys or more, and some of those are in really sad shape,” Council President Bill McCartney said.

Council is scheduled to vote on the budget at 7 p.m. Monday.

Matthew Santoni is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5625 or msantoni@tribweb.com.

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