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Penn Hills council will take public input on capital improvement program

Patrick Varine
| Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, 3:24 p.m.

Penn Hills Municipal Council at its Monday-night meeting (Oct. 7) will hold a public hearing to take input on its 2013-2018 Capital Improvements Program, which lays out long-term streetscape and infrastructure improvements for the municipality.

Among the potential projects in the near future is the construction of a new EMS facility. According to the planning department, the municipality has received tentative approval of a $1.2 million grant from the state's Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program to put toward a new location. That grant requires a 50 percent local match, essentially a $600,000 contribution from the municipality to put toward the project.

The capital program also aims to address longstanding issues in need of repair in the Penn Hills Municipal Building, proposing $30,000 carried over from previous funding and $200,000 put into a wide varity of maintenance, repairs and remodeling throughout the building.

Other items on council's agenda include:

• Gladys Nesbit, of the Penn Hills Community Development Corporation's Housing Committee, addressing council as to the current state of the municipal code enforcement department, which is currently functioning without two of its employees. Mary Lou Flinn and Joseph Probo were fired in January 2012, and are pursuing legal action against the municipality; their positions have gone unfilled.

• Council will vote on a resolution authorizing a $25,000 change order to the Community Development Paving Program contract awarded to Tresco Paving Corporation. The Wilkinsburg-Penn Joint Water Authority this past spring installed new water lines along the length of Pearl Road, but are only responsible for restoring pavement up to the road's centerline. The water authority has contracted Tresco to do the work, and in a letter to council, Manager Moe Rayan notes that only is “the entire width and length of Pearl Road in need of milling and paving,” but the area is also eligible for federal Community Development Block Grant funding.

Rayan said there is sufficient funding in the municipality's community development accounts, and recommended that council authorize the change order.

Patrick Varine is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or

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