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Pleasant Hills OKs proposal for Weiss Meats warehouse

| Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, 2:21 a.m.

Pleasant Hills council has unanimously approved a proposal for a new warehouse for Weiss Meats.

The family-owned business, also known as Weiss Brothers Inc., wants to develop a facility adjacent to its location at 100 Terence Drive.

Project engineer Jack Murray of Murray & Associates Inc. said his client plans to store dry good and miscellaneous things in the warehouse, a proposed 6,000-square-foot facility that will produce two to three jobs.

“This is basically about as big a building that we can get on there,” Murray said during Monday's borough council meeting, noting the gravel lot and slope of hillside. “It's designed as a warehouse. This is not going to be part of their retail operation.”

Murray said the next phase is to obtain a building permit, and construction could be completed before the end of the year if all goes well.

Council president Daniel Soltesz said the planning commission gave its unanimous support to the proposal earlier this year.

Council authorized Soltesz to sign an addendum to the employee agreement of police Chief Brian Finnerty and deputy Chief Sean Greene to provide them with Civil Service protection.

Soltesz explained the addendum gives the two men the same protection from possible employment termination as other officers. The protection is not automatically granted because chief positions are management. After the meeting, he commended Finnerty and Greene for their work.

Council approved the sale of a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck to Edward Gnoth for $6,051.

Baldwin EMS assistant Chief Todd Plunkett announced his department has put a new ambulance in service. He plans to bring the ambulance to the Pleasant Hills borough building so residents and officials can see the vehicle.

Borough officials thanked organizers, volunteers and participants of last month's National Night Out and the Aug. 5 Community Day.

There were 28 block parties for the 21st annual Night Out, and the third annual Community Day drew its largest crowd to date, officials said.

Councilman Joe Esper said the borough received a Certificate of Recognition from Allegheny County councilman John Palmiere for Community Day, and will give it to the event committee.

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