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West Mifflin plans to make use of state rent-collection law

| Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, 2:21 a.m.

West Mifflin councilors tackled a busy agenda on Tuesday, including an increase in salt prices.

“It is a 40 percent increase in the salt price from last year,” councilman Dan Davis said of the $79.29 per ton price Cargill will offer for the coming winter.

In West Mifflin and other area municipalities, officials feel fortunate that it isn't worse. The price was obtained through the South Hills Area Council of Governments purchasing alliance.

The borough plans to join other municipalities taking advantage of a state law that allows the collection of rent from tenants whose landlords are delinquent in paying their taxes. Council voted to advertise an ordinance establishing a process for enforcing what are called distraints and setting up civil penalties for tenants who refuse to comply with a distraint notice.

Council approved planning commission recommendations for Pull-A-Part's planned retail facility in the former Fisher Body location along Lebanon School Road, as well as site plans for Keywell Metals along Noble Drive and Tube City IMS LLC along Delwar Road.

The borough is looking for ways to cover the cost of fixing a collapsed 60-inch corrugated metal culvert that has closed the lower portion of Curry Hollow Road. Borough engineer Ray Antonelli Jr. of NIRA Consulting Engineers said Equitable Gas and West Mifflin Sanitary Sewer Municipal Authority lines have to be relocated, as well as a sludge line from U.S. Steel's Irvin Plant.

The borough received an Allegheny County Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund grant for another culvert along Curry Hollow, but it is seeking donations from Equitable Gas and U.S. Steel for the other project that did not qualify for the highly competitive grants, which are funded with gambling revenues.

Council received a donation from Trumbull Corp. employees who laid topsoil on the new soccer fields being built along Apdale Street.

The borough is awaiting permanent fencing for those fields that may not be available for three weeks, so council approved the purchase for $1,800 of temporary snow fencing.

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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