Conference scheduled to discuss assets of defunct VFC
By Stephanie Hacke
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, 8:57 p.m.
A preliminary conference is scheduled for Jan. 17 in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas' Orphan's Division to discuss a distribution of the assets for the now-defunct Becks Run Independent Fire Company, Baldwin Borough solicitor Stanley Lederman told council members at their meeting last week.
Following council's vote on Dec. 11 to decertify Becks Run Independent Fire Company, officially relieving the station from its fire service duties in the town, Lederman said he filed a petition with the court seeking a distribution of the assets from Becks Run to the borough's three other fire companies – Baldwin Independent Fire Company No. 1, Option Independent and South Baldwin.
Lederman said he will keep council and other borough officials updated.
Public hearing set
Baldwin Borough Council will hold a public hearing Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. to consider a request from Ryan Homes to modify the front building line setback of Breckenridge Highlands from 20 feet to 15 feet.
The public hearing will be held at the municipal building, 3344 Churchview Ave.
This will be the second setback reduction that has been requested for this development, borough Manager John Barrett told council members at their Dec. 11 agenda-setting meeting. About a year ago, the requirement was reduced from 35 feet to 20 feet.
“They've gotten out of too many other things,” Councilman John “Butch” Ferris said. “Where does this stop?”
The current request was not recommended for approval by the borough's planning commission.
After receiving a grant to demolish an Oak Street residence that was deemed blighted by Baldwin officials, the home was sold and the new owner issued a temporary occupancy permit, the borough manager told council members at their agenda-setting meeting in December.
The new owner bought the home “as is” and plans to rehabilitate it instead of having it demolished, borough Manager John Barrett said.
Borough council at its meeting last week agreed for South Hills Area Council of Governments, from which the CD grant was secured, to pay Schaaf Excavating Contractors Inc. $7,904 for the demolition of another property in the borough. Council members also agreed to delete $6,690 in payments from the list due to the Oak Street purchase.
That new property owner has satisfied all liens from the borough, Barrett said.
Borough officials also added additional internal checks to their system after the temporary occupancy permit was issued for the home, but the demolition crews were not initially canceled and showed up at the property, Barrett said at the meeting.
Baldwin Borough officials have handed over the keys to the Lafferty Center to the Baldwin-Whitehall School District.
Borough Manager John Barrett said he met with representatives from the district to do a walk-through of the facility, after the site was turned back over to the district on Nov. 30.
There are a “punch list” of items that remain for the borough, including the removal of several items from inside the building, Barrett said.
Baldwin Borough officials had determined the municipality no longer had a use for the Lafferty Center, located on Joseph Street, and decided to end a 99-year lease for the building with the Baldwin-Whitehall School District.
Borough officials earlier this year notified district officials that they planned to enact a clause in the lease that gives the municipality an out in its contract with 180 days of notification.
Baldwin Borough officials in November 1978 entered into a lease for the school district owned-property and paid a rent of $1 per year for the facility. The contract was set to run through Nov. 30, 2077.
Baldwin Borough Council members, in a unanimous vote last week, agreed to set their meeting dates for 2013. Agenda setting meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of the month and voting meetings on the third Tuesday. All meetings will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Baldwin Borough municipal building, 3344 Churchview Ave. Officials said some changes might need to be made for Election Day or other events.
Baldwin Borough Council members, in a unanimous vote, agreed to a sub-division for the Friends of the Riverfront on East Carson Street, as approved by the planning commission.
Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-338-5818 or at email@example.com.
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