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Pleasant Hills readies for its 18th annual 'Night Out'

Pleasant Hills council members received caps, T-shirts and fans to mark a tradition in the borough its 18th annual observance of National Night Out.

The items were set out in advance of Monday's council meeting at which Mayor Warren F. Bourgeois issued a proclamation endorsing the event slated in his town for one week from tonight.

"We ... do hereby call upon all residents of Pleasant Hills borough to join the Pleasant Hills Police Department and the National Association of Town Watch in supporting the 'National Night Out' on July 26," the mayor said.

That also marks a tradition of having the local "night out" a week before others around the nation so surrounding communities can take part.

As pointed out by the mayor, "police-community partnerships, neighborhood safety, awareness and cooperation are important themes of the National Night Out program," which across the country is in its 28th year.

According to the borough website, the event will be from 7-9 p.m. and residents are encouraged to host block parties, cookouts and youth activities. More details are available at the website and by calling 412-655-5045.

The proclamation also was signed by borough council president Janet K. Nevling and manager Deborah Englert.

Council approved a police personnel move, accepting officer Matthew Plunkett for permanent employment after a year's probation.

Council hired Fred Kinder as building code official and zoning officer, replacing Edmond Reddy who retired after 12 years on the job. Kinder will earn $3,000 a month, effective Aug. 1.

Robert Samogala was appointed by council to the borough's Non-Uniform Pension Board, for a term expiring Jan. 4, 2016.

Council approved a three-lot subdivision along Terence Drive. Matt Cruny and Sean Perich said they purchased a 14-acre lot but only needed part of it to expand their company that makes protein bars.

Two ordinances were approved. One would levy a $500 fine on property owners who fail to keep vacant lots cleaned up.

The other would refine the deferred retirement option program in the police pension plan.

Engineer Ned Mitrovich and council vice president William Trimbath reported the state Department of Environmental Protection had not responded to a plan Pleasant Hills Authority presented for modifications to the borough's sewage treatment plant.

The two officials said the modifications could save $3.5 million.

Mitrovich also reported bids would be opened Aug. 5 at 11 a.m. for rehabilitation of the municipal building's roof. The bids would be considered at council's Aug. 15 meeting.

Councilman Robert Karcher reported 172 youngsters had signed up for the borough's summer recreation program. He said four senior and 20 student assistants had been hired for the program.

Baldwin EMS assistant chief Todd Plunkett reported paramedics responded to 492 calls in its four-borough coverage area, with 152 in Pleasant Hills. Average response time was 5.8 minutes in Pleasant Hills, 6.9 minutes across an area also including West Mifflin, Baldwin and Whitaker.

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