Commissioners ratify occupancy permit to Elizabeth Township florist
Elizabeth Township commissioners this week ratified a permit that was issued to a florist to sell flowers at a stand for the Easter holiday.
The board approved the temporary occupancy permit it issued to Johnston the Florist one day after the holiday had passed. The flower merchant had operated a stand at the BP gas station.
The action raised questions among board members about such permitting.
Township zoning enforcement officer James Matscherz said the municipality did not and has never collected the $50 fee for the permit from the florist.
“In the past, we've never charged,” Matscherz said.
He said the original rationale behind not collecting the fee may have been that the stand was operating as a convenience to township residents. Matscherz said other vendors have been charged the fee.
“We need to send them a bill,” Commissioner Joanne Beckowitz said.
Township solicitor Pat McGrail said that would occur.
Commissioners voted 6-1 to approve the ratification.
Commissioner Claire Bryce, who owns the floral shop Flowers With Imagination, cast the no vote.
“I own a flower shop in the township. OK? That's why I voted no. I mean, they only come in here for the holidays. Right? That's the only time. Easter. Mother's Day. Thanksgiving. Christmas. You know, I pay taxes. I'm here all the time. OK? That's why,” Bryce said.
Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- McKeesport backs effort to rebuild housing in Seventh Ward
- Suspect arrested in fatal West Mifflin shooting
- Steel Valley cancels classes, plans for teachers strike
- Homestead Bottom Dollar’s fixtures, equipment head to auction
- Mon-Yough lawmakers split on Wolf’s budget plan
- Mon-Yough communities continue recovery efforts from high waters
- Members of Steel Valley, Twin Rivers councils of governments to keep jobs in merger
- Mon-Yough Laurels & Lances
- Day of prayer at McKeesport church shines light on HIV, AIDS
- Elizabeth Township, McKeesport impacted by ice jam on Youghiogheny River
- Steel Valley to post teacher, administrator salaries online