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Council appointee will serve through December

| Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Regis Brown will serve as a borough councilman through December.

Pleasant Hills Borough Council appointed Brown to the open seat on Feb. 18. Brown could not attend the meeting because he was ill, said President Brad Rodeheaver.

Last month, Councilman Daniel Haeck resigned from his position, which he was appointed to about a year earlier. Several residents expressed interest in filling the open seat and were interviewed before council appointed Brown, Rodeheaver said.

“It was a difficult decision,” Rodeheaver said.

Council also voted on the following items at the Feb. 18 meeting:

• Pleasant Hills will refund and waive thousands of dollars in fines for businesses that violated the False Alarm ordinance in 2012.

Procedural inconsistencies with the ordinance, which is meant to reduce false alarms by fining residents or businesses for multiple incidents where police and fire departments respond, caused some issues with those businesses fined in 2012, said Councilman Joseph Esper. Borough officials corrected the inconsistencies, but out of fairness unanimously voted to refund or waived fines for those cited last year.

No residents were fined through the False Alarm ordinance, but more than $5,500 will be refunded to businesses and $4,600 in fines waived only from 2012, Esper said.

In April 2012, borough council approved an ordinance revision that addresses false alarms caused by faulty detection equipment or negligence, making the fourth false alarm a $100 fine; the fifth, a $200 fine; and $300 for each subsequent false alarm. The revision was meant to reduce false alarms at businesses, which it successfully did, Esper said.

• Borough council unanimously approved awarding the public works roof replacement project to Steel Valley Roofing & Sheet Metal for $97,977.

• Council approved a resolution recognizing Edward McGinley's years of public service as a volunteer for the pension and zoning hearing boards.

Laura Van Wert is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5814 or at lvanwert@tribweb.com.

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