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Polome resigns from Whitehall planning commission

| Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A 20-year member of Whitehall's planning commission has resigned after his new employer stated his appointment could be a conflict of interest with their business.

Whitehall Council last week approved the resignation of planning commission vice chairman Steven Polome, who has served on the board since the early 1990s.

Polome in his resignation letter, dated March 7. cited concerns from employer, PNC Financial Service Group, that his service on the commission could be a conflict of interest.

Council members said they were sad to see Polome, who often attends council meetings as well, leave the commission.

Borough officials will advertise an open seat on the planning commission, borough Manager James Leventry said.

Polome's four-year term runs through Dec. 31.

Authority agreement

Whitehall is the latest town to agree to a three-month extension of a service agreement for the Pleasant Hills Authority, giving leaders additional time to hash out a new deal.

Council members last week approved extending the agreement through the end of June. This will be the third extension to the pact between contributing towns and the authority.

Baldwin Borough and Pleasant Hills councils agreed to the extension earlier this month.

Municipalities in the service Pleasant Hills Authority service area include Pleasant Hills, Baldwin Borough, Whitehall and South Park. They are working to comply with the state Department of Environmental protection's consent decree to reduce overflow issues. Part of the consent decree is for the municipalities to approve a service agreement with the Pleasant Hills Authority.

Automated recycling

Bids are being sought for a new refuse and recycling contract for communities in the South Hills Area Council of Governments, whose five-year contract expires at the end of this year.

As new contracts are being awarded, now is the time to look at automated recycling programs, collection companies are urging local officials.

“They really are pushing that hard,” Whitehall Manager James Leventry told council members last week.

There are benefits for both the towns and companies by switching to automated recycling, which requires each home have a 60- to 90-gallon, uniform container, Leventry said. A truck, then, does the labor during the collection.

“They're saying it's for the safety and the welfare of their employees,” Leventry said.

Council members expressed concerns about the large containers that would be needed for every home. How those would be purchased or leased will be determined with the bids, Leventry said.

Earth Day

Refugees living in the Whitehall Place, former Prospect Park, housing complex likely will participate in a borough wide clean-up effort on April 20.

Borough officials plan to work with local organizations to clean up the town on April 20 for Earth Day.

This year, though, they will add another group to their efforts.

South Hills Interfaith Ministries and the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council likely will coordinate refugees to clean up their neighborhood that day, Councilwoman Linda Book said.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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