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Officials address A-frame signage in Pleasant Hills

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

A public hearing for an ordinance that addresses A-frame signage in Pleasant Hills will be scheduled within the next few weeks.

Borough council held a public hearing before Monday night's business meeting to address the details of the ordinance. The ordinance could be amended to address A-frame sandwich-board and temporary signs. The signs must be anchored to the ground to prevent being carried away by the wind and becoming a safety hazard, borough Solicitor Fred Jug said.

In other business:

• Plans to construct a four-story, 85-unit senior living facility on 17 acres on Plaza Drive in Pleasant Hills could still be in the works, Councilman Regis Brown said.

Representatives of A.M. Rodriguez Associates, the company seeking approval to build the facility, will attend the May 21 planning commission to speak about moving the project forward, Brown said. Pleasant Hills Borough Council refused to grant zoning approval for the project in December.

“They would like to talk to us again,” Brown said.

Neighbors on Challen, Robinson and Steiner drives attended council and planning commission meetings from May 2012 until December to express concern that the senior-living facility would be low-income housing, the building would be an eyesore, and that it would take away from the natural surroundings and would depreciate home values.

• Borough council approved a proposal by JDM Structures to construct a facility at 310 Clairton Boulevard to sell sheds, lawn furniture and outdoor playgrounds.

• Borough council approved a proposal by Pleasant Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, located at 600 Clairton Boulevard, to construct an addition to the current building. The addition is a vehicle drop-off area.

• Borough council will vote next month on the officers recommended for promotion to the title of sergeant.

Several Pleasant Hills officers are going through the process of consideration and the recommendations should be ready within the next week, Mayor Warren Bourgeois said. Five police officers, including Chief Edward Cunningham and other high-ranking officers, will retire in 2013, so the department needs to promote others.

“That's a really big bite out of our department,” Bourgeois said. “So stay tuned.”

• Registration for the Pleasant Hills summer recreation program will be held June 6, from 6 to 9 p.m.; June 8, from 1 to 3 p.m.; and June 15, from 9 a.m. to noon at the municipal building. The summer recreation program will run from June 24 to Aug. 2, Monday through Friday.

• The Pleasant Hills Volunteer Fire Company now offers the facility to host birthday parties, Councilman Daniel Soltesz said.

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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