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West Homestead council approves cable franchise agreement

| Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 12:31 a.m.

West Homestead has a new cable franchise agreement with Comcast.

Council unanimously approved the 10-year deal on Tuesday by a vote of 6-0. Councilman Robert Cherep was absent.

Borough manager Kyle Thauvette said the agreement would bring in $22,000 to $25,000 annually.

It is roughly the same amount of revenue from the previous 10-year agreement, which is set to expire at the end of this year.

All motions were made by council vice president Joseph Baran and seconded by councilman David Harhai, and all motions passed unanimously except one.

Harhai abstained on a vote approving the transfer of a liquor license from the Order of Owls Homestead Nest No. 1538 to the Owls' new location at 524 W. Seventh Ave. in West Homestead. Harhai cited an agreement between the Owls and West Homestead Volunteer Fire Department, of which he is vice president.

Council approved amending the overnight street parking ordinance designed to improve access for emergency and road maintenance vehicles in West Homestead's Calhoun Village and Calhoun Manor neighborhoods.

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

The 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 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.

In other business:

• Harhai announced a new pavilion was erected at the Seventh Avenue Playground.

• This year's paving program could start in two weeks.

• The borough newsletter will be completed by the end of the week, and sent to residents with their next sewage bills.

Council had a brief executive session during the meeting. No new motions were added to the agenda after the session, and council adjourned the meeting without taking further action.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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