Scottdale directs solicitor to revise ordinance
Scottdale officials are hoping to take the difficulty out of amending a borough ordinance that prohibits bicycles on certain streets in the downtown business district.
Council on Monday directed its solicitor to revise the ordinance which bans bicycles, in-line skates, skateboards and scooters in the downtown area by simply striking the word bicycles where it appears three times.
Solicitor Jerry Yannity questioned whether a separate bicycle ordinance should be drafted, but council did not direct him to do so.
Yannity will revise the current ordinance as requested and bring it to council's August meeting.
In 2010, council passed an ordinance that prohibited bicycles, scooters, skateboards, roller skates and in-line skates in the business district.
Now, members of the Coal and Coke Trail committee are working to bring the trail into the downtown area and would like the ordinance prohibiting bicycles to be amended.
Yannity said the borough has three options when it comes to this issue: To suspend enforcement of the ordinance except in extreme cases as a stopgap measure while the ordinance is under review; invalidate the ordinance by repealing it and taking it off the books completely; and put together a new ordinance that better suits the borough's needs or amend the current ordinance.
Currently, the stopgap measure is in effect and the ordinance is not being enforced where it pertains to bicycles.
In other business:
• The borough will be without a building code official and zoning officer until next month, which will put all building permit requests, zoning approvals and inspections of existing projects on hold.
Originally, a motion was made to appoint Ed Howley as building code official and zoning officer and to appoint Jim Ochs as code enforcement officer, both with Building Inspection Underwriters.
However, an amendment to that motion, made by Councilman Jack Davis, passed to eliminate Howley.
Borough Manager Angelo Pallone will ask BIU to provide another individual for consideration at council's August meeting.
Councilman Don Stansak said the contract with BIU states the company must provide the borough with someone acceptable to them.
Ochs will be on hand for property maintenance issues.
• Motions were passed to accept the low bid of $164,144.80 by El Grande Industries for the borough's paving project; direct the borough street crew to fill in potholes throughout July; and advertise for the repair of sewage lines in the Fountain Mills area.
• Council instructed the police chief to submit the police blotter to the Independent Observer and the Daily Courier newspapers on a weekly basis.
Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.
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.
- Jeannette company’s miniature steam engines coveted for decades
- Westmoreland County furloughs weights and measurements director
- Police gather in Ligonier for Perryopolis officer’s funeral
- United Way surplus funds benefit 9 nonprofits in Westmoreland County
- Penn Township man who shot friend gets probation
- Hempfield leaders kill zoning request for townhomes
- Demolition project at Oliver’s Pourhouse in Greensburg moves ahead
- Youngwood fire department reaches out to homeless family
- Unity name excised from Latrobe parks, recreation
- 11 Westmoreland inmates accused of setting fire put in solitary confinement
- Arbitration decides Westmoreland court workers’ pact