Brentwood officials still weighing options with borough building
Discussions about whether to build or renovate the municipal building continue in Brentwood Borough.
Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to enter an agreement with HHSDR Architects/Engineers for design services for a new or renovated building. The company's bid was $270,000.
“They are familiar with our community here,” Councilman John Frombach said. “They have done a significant amount of work with Baldwin-Whitehall School District over the last 20 years. I think they understand our demographics, our tax base and what we can afford.”
One of three major construction projects started by Brentwood this year, an exact timeline has not been set, but they hope to seek construction bids within the year, borough manager George Zboyovsky said.
The borough building project is not to exceed $6 million.
An $8 million to $10 million bond would be used to finance part of the building project, a new public works facility on East Willock Road, and some renovations at Brentwood Park, Zboyovsky said.
The municipal building is nearly 100 years old and needs to be brought up to federal Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. Council also voted to include Brentwood Emergency Medical Service in the future plans of the new or renovated building after considerations were made to move them elsewhere.
“It all started when a Howard Hanna sign popped up on Brownsville Road,” Zboyovsky said.
At the Aug. 13 special meeting, Councilman Pat Carnevale suggested purchasing a house located next to the current firehouse to house Brentwood EMS and potentially cut construction costs.
Brentwood EMS and the fire department met with the safety committee last Monday to discuss space requirements.
“We talked about a lot,” said Frank Caputo, Brentwood EMS treasurer. “They understand our position and the service we provide.”
The location next to the firehouse would not provide the space required to house emergency vehicles, said Frank Mihalovich, Brentwood EMS president.
The borough has housed Brentwood EMS since 1991, Zboyovsky said. The EMS is not charged for the space, but do pay for utilities.
Brentwood EMS also requested that council extend its exclusive agreement as the primary emergency care provider in the borough for another 10 years.
Solicitor Tom Ayoob stated that the agreement could not exceed two years so the new contract would end on Dec. 31, 2015.
“This is a governmental function and you don't have the right legally to bind future councils to a governmental function,” Ayoob said. “This draft that I would make, you wouldn't vote on it until January.”
�Brittany Goncar is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- Whitehall’s ‘Extreme Summer Kick-Off’ set for May 30
- Baldwin-Whitehall district schedules summer camps
- South Hills communities to host Memorial Day events
- Baldwin-Whitehall preliminary budget has $2.5M deficit
- Primary roundup: 2 West Jefferson Hills board members ousted
- Brentwood Council makes it official with new police chief
- Baldwin-Whitehall considers adding police officer in school buildings
- Baldwin-Whitehall service employees finally get new contract
- Brentwood administrators help school district by taking 25 percent off their raises
- Former wrestling champ tells Brentwood students about making choices
- Ferris ‘done’ with Baldwin Borough council