District land going to borough
By Stephanie Hacke
Published: Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, 12:12 p.m.
The gift of more than 18 acres from the West Jefferson Hills School District will allow Jefferson Hills Borough to move forward with plans for a new public works garage and salt storage center.
Yet, before they handed off the property for a $1 transfer and essential gift, school board members wanted to learn more about the planned structure and ensure it would not affect district functions.
“Obviously we're concerned about the physical appearance, as well as the physical location,” said school board President Anthony Angotti, noting that the public works facilities are set to be built near the borough offices on Old Clairton Road and near Jefferson Elementary.
Board members, in an 8-0 vote last week, approved the formal transfer of a parcel of land to Jefferson Hills Borough along Old Clairton Road behind Jefferson Elementary School to be used for the building of a public works garage.
Board Vice President Shauna D'Alessandro was absent.
The district will not assume any costs from the deed transfer and other title changes, said solicitor Lisa Colautti. There also is a provision in the deed that if the municipality stops using the land for borough purposes, then the land would revert back to the district, she said.
The project to build a new public works facility in Jefferson Hills has been in talks for several years and funding recently was secured through a bond issue to finance the approximately $3.5 million project, borough Manager Doug Arndt told school district officials.
“That current garage is very inadequate,” said Arndt, also noting that Jefferson Hills currently does not have a salt storage facility, which is planned to be built on the land.
District officials looked at the property and determined they had no use for it, Angotti said.
However, the site is the best one that has been considered for the borough facility, said architect Dave McLean of McLean Architects LLC. Access to the facilities would likely come from Old Clairton Road.
School board members questioned if the project would affect district activities, such as the cross country track behind Jefferson Elementary. They determined there would be no conflict.
The design and permitting process likely will take up to 12 weeks for the public works facility, officials said. Plans are for the structures to be open and operational by 2014.
West Jefferson Hills School Board will hold its October work session on Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
The meeting has been moved due to conflicts with the Pennsylvania School Board Association conference in Hershey.
The meeting will be held at Thomas Jefferson High School, 310 Old Clairton Road, Jefferson Hills.
Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- 73-home subdivision plan approved for Westwood Golf Club
- Forward officials announce furniture sale
- Indiana company gets OK to sell former West Mifflin municipal building
- Starkey: Fleury’s future at stake
- Five years later, Crosby wants another Cup win
- Husband-wife resignations leave Lincoln short-handed
- Duquesne police make drug arrest
- Jailed Hribal ‘fine,’ but family ‘terrible’ as answers in stabbing sought
- Glassport council to crack down on absentee landlords
- Legal experts question prosecuting South Fayette boy for recording bullies
- Penguins’ Malkin expects to play in Game 1