Homestead to partner for green infrastructure
By Stacy Lee
Published: Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Homestead has been chosen to partner with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy on green infrastructure.
Borough manager Ian McMeans said on Thursday the conservancy has a program with the state Department of Community Development and Natural Resources.
Three municipalities in Allegheny County could partner with the conservancy, McMeans said.
“We are one of those three,” he said. “So we are very fortunate to be part of that.”
The conservancy defines green infrastructure “as a strategy that can upgrade urban landscapes while at the same time making significant contributions to human health, human capital and economic revitalization.”
Councilwoman Wanda Burwell said some street department employees will attend tree-pruning classes this month.
“We have a lot of trees here in Homestead that have grown up between the wires,” she said. “We're in the process of getting the trees cut. But you can't just go and cut at your leisure.”
She said Councilman Lloyd Cunningham met with Penn State's Forestry Department and that it will work with the borough's street department employees.
Burwell said the trees along Eighth Avenue will be uniformly pruned to the same height in March.
“I see them out there working very diligently all hours in an effort to keep our streets clean concerning the snow,” Burwell said of street department workers. “They ought to be commended for what they're doing out there.”
Mayor Betty Esper requested that cones be placed in front of the apartment building adjacent to Barrett Elementary School because of the sidewalk's condition.
“I know it's not our job to do that, but those kids walk that sidewalk constantly,” she said.
Burwell said the building appears to be leaning.
Police Chief Jeff DeSimone said decorative illuminated street identification signs are being damaged, especially at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Ann Street.
“They have to be getting hit with big trucks,” he said.
Councilors approved transfer of a liquor license from Michael Patrick's Pub at 524 W. Seventh Ave. in West Homestead to Dorothy 6 LLC at 224 E. Eighth Ave. in Homestead.
“The purchaser has no relationship or connection to the old owner other than he's buying his license,” said attorney Louis Caputo, who is representing Dorothy 6's owners. “Our restaurant named Dorothy 6 will feature American home-style comfort food.”
He said it will occupy approximately 300 square feet and hours of operation will be from 7 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. Caputo said the restaurant owners expect to employ six full-time and two part-time workers.
He said an opening date has not been set, but could be in mid-summer.
The site is the former location of the Alexander Graham Bell Café and Karma on 8th.
Stacy Lee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or email@example.com.
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