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Carnegie planning vehicle-free event

| Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 5:57 p.m.

Carnegie Borough received a $5,000 grant from the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny to organize an Open Streets event, which temporarily closes roads to automobiles so that people can participate in activities, such as walking, riding bicycles and exercises.

Open Streets events previously have been held in Pittsburgh and Brentwood.

“The concept is interesting,” Carnegie Mayor Jack Kobistek said.

“We wanted to highlight our businesses in health and wellness and this is the perfect way.”

Carnegie manager Steve Beuter said borough officials are considering a date in September. Open Streets is being planned for West and East Main streets from Jefferson Street to Sansbury.

Beuter said the money will be used to cover costs related to public safety, vendor and rental fees, and marketing and advertising.

Kobistek said the borough's goal is to become a Live Well Allegheny community, an initiative to improve the health and wellness of county residents.

Kobistek said borough officials met with county officials to discuss the benchmarks the borough already meets and what more it needs.

Green Tree received the designation last month.

Other neighboring communities with the designation include Scott, Collier, South Fayette and Heidelberg.

Road changes

Carnegie Council was expected to amend two ordinances relating to motor vehicles and traffic at its July 11 meeting, after the Signal Item's deadline.

Council planned to prohibit on-street parking from midnight to 6 a.m. in the Highlands of Carnegie, a townhome community in the borough.

Beuter said the homeowners association made the request to help control parking and improve public safety. Beuter said police reviewed the request and made the recommendation.

Council also was expected to make Sansbury Street one-way with metered parking.

“It's in the busier part of town and this allows the borough to create more parking,” Beuter said.

Cat problem

Carnegie officials have heard complaints of feral cats roaming certain parts of the borough.

Council members were considering an ordinance that would prohibit an unleashed animal from wandering beyond its owner's property.

Beuter said officials have reviewed animal control ordinances from other communities, including Green Tree's, and getting input from an animal control agency.

Green Tree's ordinance includes dogs and cats, as well as horses, pigs, sheep and fowl. Violators can be fined up to $600.

Jim Spezialetti is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5805 or jspezialetti@tribweb.com.

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