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Homestead council to make McClure Street one-way

Friday, April 11, 2014, 1:11 a.m.

Motorists who use McClure Street in Homestead take note: the first block of the street at the bottom of the hill between Seventh and Sixth avenues will soon become a one-way road toward Sixth Avenue.

Homestead council voted Thursday to advertise an ordinance that will allow the change. McClure is a two-way road but borough officials said that has caused confusion for motorists because it meets Sixth Avenue, which is now a one-way street, at the beginning point of that roadway.

Drivers cannot legally make a right onto McClure from Sixth Avenue, noted borough manager Ian McMeans, so there is no reason McClure needs to be a two-way road.

Council will take a final vote on the matter at a later meeting.

In other news, council reauthorized the borough's local economic revitalization tax act district for another 10-year period.

Commercial property owners in the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance district are eligible to take advantage of graduated tax increases if they see a significant gain on the assessed value of their property. Instead of having to pay 100 percent of the tax increase the first year the property value goes up, owners only have to pay 20 percent of the tax owed with additional tax increases of 20 percent each year thereafter for five years.

“That way you don't get hit all at once” with a big tax increase, said councilman Lloyd Cunningham, adding the tax break spurs investment in existing properties.

PennDOT crews will be assessing the borough's traffic flow and traffic signaling over the next several months, according to McMeans.

The borough manager said PennDOT periodically inspects the traffic flow on state-owned Route 837 and will likely calibrate light signals if they are not synchronized.

Finally, borough code enforcement officer Keith Evers said he is going street-by-street to every house in the borough and issuing warnings to properties that are littered or have maintenance and safety issues. Evers said he has issued 41 yellow warning cards this year. Property owners who don't take heed of the warning may be cited for violating local ordinances.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or



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