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Pleasant Hills council, police reach tentative agreement

| Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 1:26 a.m.

Pleasant Hills police have a tentative contract agreement, borough Solicitor Fred C. Jug Jr. said at Monday's council meeting.

“The police bargaining unit (Teamsters Local 205) accepted it a week ago,” Jug said. “Both sides are reasonably satisfied.”

Council will consider the contract next month. It is a four-year pact retroactive to Jan. 1.

Councilman William Trimbath said the borough is negotiating with its nonuniformed employees, including office staff, public works and sewage treatment plant workers. He said a council majority turned down a fact finder's report.

Pleasant Hills officials received caps and T-shirts to mark the 30th anniversary of National Night Out on Aug. 6, and the borough's 20th annual observance on July 30, featuring a parade and block parties.

“It gives all of our residents a chance to meet our officers on a first-name basis,” Chief Ed Cunningham said.

He said the borough's Night Out started with 10 block parties and 36 parade vehicles. This year, 150 vehicles and as many as 30 block parties are anticipated.

Councilman Joseph Esper said community day will be on Aug. 10, starting with a parade at 11 a.m. A 5K race has been suspended indefinitely because organizers do not think they can provide a safe environment for runners. Esper cited a lack of volunteers.

Council:

. Ratified the summer hirings of recreation coordinator Lynn Ransom, four senior assistants, 13 student assistants and seven playground assistants.

. Ratified Brandon Gawlas' promotion from truck driver to mechanic at an hourly rate of $26.03.

Accepted Jordan Tax Service Inc. as officer for the Southwest Allegheny County (earned income) Tax Collection District.

Authorized advertising for bids for the borough's 1996 F-350 dump truck. They will be opened at the Aug. 19 council meeting.

Approved a memorandum of understanding for a $17 million sewer improvement project in the Streets Run Sewershed. The borough's share of the cost is minimal because only 22 taps are tied into it. The agreement involves sewer authorities in Pittsburgh and West Mifflin, and borough governments in Brentwood, Baldwin and Whitehall.

Expansion plans for Bakery Barn along Terence Drive received a boost when council approved a developers agreement.

Council reached a consensus for the borough to cover the $1,000 start-up cost for a website for the Pleasant Hills Arboretum.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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