Vanderbilt residents told some addresses may be changing in the borough
By Rachel Basinger
Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 12:11 a.m.
Vanderbilt Borough Council wants residents to be aware that house numbers will be changing.
Councilwoman Sheila Kurtz said an ordinance was passed in February approving the changes, but nothing has been done to this point.
“Are we going to put it into effect, or are we going to sit on this?” she asked.
Council President Tom Sankovich said council took action on the issue and it feels it should be addressed as soon as possible.
In recent months, Fayette County 911 suggested the borough move forward with changing the house numbers throughout because there were issues with two residences having the same address.
Council approved the changes, but the problem is they aren't sure if all of the residents are aware that house numbers will be changed or that they need to post new numbers on their house.
Councilwoman Betty Keffer suggested council make residents aware when individuals come to the borough building on election day on May 21.
Councilwoman Bonnie Ambrose said she would sit outside of the post office on the first of the month to inform residents.
Kurtz said she is going to contact 911 as well as the election bureau to get a form letter that can be copied and sent out to all of the residents.
Keffer suggested the borough purchase the numbers and then sell them to residents, but no formal action was taken on that suggestion.
Any resident who would like to know what their new house number is can call the borough office at 724-529-2422. The ordinance has certain standards set for the size and kind of house numbers. Residents should call the borough to see if there might be some available through the borough before they purchase them from another source.
In other business, Kurtz said she has been doing research and has contacted state Sen. Richard Kasunic about whether there are grants available the borough might apply for to help pave some streets in the borough.
She said Pittsburgh Street is like a washboard and she has gotten several complaints.
Kasunic suggested the borough write a letter to the Fayette County Commissioners requesting funds from the gas and oil well money.
He also suggested the borough look into some grants through the Fayette County Redevelopment Authority.
Because the regular council meeting in May is scheduled on May 21, election day, council agreed to move the meeting to May 20 at 7 p.m.
Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.
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