EZ Auto Sales’ Applications Approved
Filling in for township solicitor Tom McDermott, attorney Jeff Hollowood presented Baldwin Township’s solicitor’s and engineer’s recommendation to the Board of Commissioners to approve EZ Auto Sales’ applications for a conditional use and site plan at 514 McNeilly Road.
EZ Auto Sales wishes to run a motor vehicle sales agency at 514 McNeilly. Read more about EZ Auto Sales here.
Both applications passed unanimously, and each approval was subject to numerous conditions.
There were 14 conditions listed in the approved conditional use application, including a single-tow restriction and requirement that all lotted vehicles be in saleable condition.
The approved site plan application also listed 14 conditions, which incorporated, by reference, conditions stipulated by township engineer Glenn Jonnet. Storm water regulation, sideyard setback, utility lines, Federal Emergency Management Agency requirements and signage were among the conditions subject to Jonnet’s stipulations.
More information of the conditions contained in the approved applications can be obtained at the Baldwin Township Municipal Building.
Big Project for Local Youth
Commissioner John Paravati recognized Castle Shannon Borough resident Matt McGervey for raising over $3,000 to get markers placed on fire hydrants around Baldwin Township as part of McGervey’s Eagle Scout Project.
The markers help firefighters to locate hydrants when they’ve been covered by snow.
Paravati suggested that the board invite McGervey to an upcoming meeting to recognize his hard work. Without hesitation, the board unanimously agreed.
Ca$h Ba$h Slated for March
Higher than Usual Tax Anticipation Note
The board passed a motion on Tuesday night accepting the township’s purchase of a tax anticipation note in the amount of $500,000 with a 1.5-percent interest rate.
After the meeting, Pellegrino and Baldwin Township Manager Mary McGinley talked about the note.
Pellegrino said that it is ordinary practice for municipalities to borrow money at the start of a new year until they collect revenue from real estate taxes. While the practice may be common, he said, the amount that the township borrowed this year is not.
McGinley said that the township usually borrows approximately $150,000 but that it had to borrow significantly more this year because changes in earned income tax law and Allegheny County tax assessments will likely affect the collection of municipal revenue.
Assessments, McGinley said, may postpone the delivery and collection of tax bills, making it necessary for the municipality to borrow more this year in order to compensate for the expected delay.