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West Homestead council to amend neighborhood parking ordinance

| Thursday, May 15, 2014, 12:46 a.m.

An overnight street parking ordinance designed to improve access for emergency and road maintenance vehicles in West Homestead's Calhoun Village and Calhoun Manor neighborhoods is being amended again.

Borough council approved advertising the changes on Tuesday.

“It's an ongoing thing that we're all learning about,” Councilman John Karafa said.

The original ordinance was adopted in January and tweaked in March to make the timing of its enforcement more uniform.

Restrictions for on-street parking are in effect year-round from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Borough manager Kyle Thauvette said the amendments were the result of residents coming forward with their concerns about ordinance enforcement.

Proposed changes include:

• The number of vehicles parked on the street at any time is not to exceed the number of permits issued for that residence.

• Violation of any part of the ordinance will result in a citation being issued. A conviction of a violation, after a hearing before a district judge, will result in a fine of no less than $100 and not more than $600 and/or up to 30 days imprisonment.

• A citation issued after two convictions for vehicles associated with the same address also will result in the vehicle being towed at the time the citation is issued, with all costs and charges with towing being paid by the vehicle's owner.

• Special permits for on-street overnight parking are available for special instances. Residents must request a waiver from the borough. Council has seven days to approve or deny the request. If the borough does not respond within a week, the waiver automatically is granted. Changes are expected to be approved at next month's meeting. Other council actions include:

• Approving an agreement with Integra Capital Management & AD Financial Partners for administration of borough pension plans.

• Entering into an agreement with LaMar Advertising for two transit stops in the Waterfront.

• Approving the Tax Increment Financing Committee recommendation for the request of Valley Landscaping, a ministry of Eighth Avenue, to maintain the tree wells along Seventh Avenue down to the BP Station in West Homestead.

• Approving the Tax Increment Financing Committee recommendation for the request by Valley Landscaping to maintain the lots on both sides of the Homestead Grays Bridge and the lot at Seventh Avenue and Amity Street.

• Approving the Tax Increment Financing Committee recommendation to provide a $75,000 loan to Borromeo Capital LLC to continue work on the former St. Michael's School and Convent buildings.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

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