Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Notes from a Tuesday night township meeting.
Concert & Dinner Benefit for Cancer Fight Baldwin Township Commissioner John Paravati promoted a special fundraiser during Tuesday night's township Board of Commissioners meeting. The fundraiser is a dinner and concert event on March 9 to benefit Carol Reffner, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. Carol is the wife of Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bill Reffner. (Castle Shannon Fire services Baldwin Township.) Tickets to the event, which will be held at the fire department's station along Route 88 (3600 Library Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15234), cost $20 each and include a buffet-style pasta dinner and performances by local country/rock bands The Hills and Johnny Miller & The Back Sliding Fools. Some beverages will be provided …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
For now, the township's property tax rate remains the same.
Concerned over how Allegheny County officials will rule on property value appeals—including ones from Baldwin Township property owners—the township's Board of Commissioners has decided to hold off on finalizing Baldwin's 2013 budget. The commissioners, acting on a recommendation from township solicitor Tom McDermott, made that decision by way of a 4-0 vote at their meeting on Tuesday night. (Commissioner Nick Pellegrino was absent.) County officials aren't expected to finish making decisions on property value appeals stemming from a court-ordered countywide real estate reassessment until late December, so the Baldwin Township Board of Commissioners will have to wait until at least then to make a final decision on the township's 2013 …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
'We're just gonna have to think of something to do, or we're going to be overrun.' - resident Debra Brewer
If someone feeds a stray cat in Baldwin Township, but no one else is around to witness it, does it really happen? How about a deer? Township officials have made it clear that feeding wild animals—including stray cats, deer and other critters—is not to be encouraged in Baldwin, but those same officials have been reluctant to pass an official ordinance against that practice for fear that it would pit neighbor versus neighbor in court. "If we were to enact an ordinance banning the feeding of stray cats, that becomes a neighbor-against-neighbor type of situation," township commissioner Nick Pellegrino said at a board meeting on Aug. 7. "You would have to report a neighbor for feeding the cats and violating the ordinance, and when they get a …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
And other notes from Tuesday night's Board of Commissioners meeting.
'Why Can't They Just Get Euthanized?' A stray cats issue has dogged the Baldwin Township Board of Commissioners ever since a Donaldson Drive resident made controversial remarks at a township meeting in early June. Two months later, the issue remains just as topical, as evidenced by comments from Jean Colaizzi, of Highview Road, at another meeting on Tuesday night. Colaizzi asked the township's leaders on Tuesday to enact an ordinance prohibiting cats from being allowed to roam Baldwin without a leash. She said that cats found as such should be rounded up by animal control officers and killed. "Why can't they just get euthanized?" Colaizzi asked the board while suggesting that a trap-and-neuter program would not lessen the cat population …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Also, read about the Whitehall Pool season rate for township residents.
Web Update The saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." But the Baldwin Township Board of Commissioners has decided to upgrade the township's website anyway. As board President Eileen Frisoli said, "We needed it done." On Tuesday night, the commissioners unanimously agreed on the latest of motions aimed at executing a website redesign project for Baldwin Township that should improve residents' awareness of municipal activities and policies, including having the township's code of ordinances available in a searchable format similar to Baldwin Borough's. "(The township code has) always been on the site (as a PDF)," Commissioner John Paravati said. "It's just hard to find. The whole site's getting completely redone. It's going to be a …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
And more notes from a March 6 board of commissioners meeting.
Sewage Rate Rises About $5 Per Month By a unanimous vote, the Baldwin Township Board of Commissioners decided on Tuesday night to raise the sewage rate in the township by $1 per every 1,000 gallons used—from $4.50 to $5.50. The reason for the increase, Commissioner Nick Pellegrino said, is to help fund pending repairs to be made to the McNeilly Road sewage system, though which Baldwin Township, Dormont Borough, Mt. Lebanon and Pittsburgh residents send sewage. Baldwin sewage accounts for the smallest part of the McNeilly system, Baldwin Township Manager Mary McGinley said, and thus, the township will be the least financially responsible for the repairs of the four municipalities. Nevertheless, the repairs will be costly enough that the …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Some seat-shifting also took place.
Recently Elected Officials Sworn-In “All across our commonwealth, on the first business day of the month of January, in an even-numbered year, officers of the judicial branch are called on to perform one of the most solemn acts that a judicial officer can do—to administer the oath of office to elected members of our local governments.” So spoke Magisterial District Judge David J. Barton at the outset of Tuesday night’s reorganization session of the Baldwin Township Board of Commissioners, when three commissioners were sworn-in to their terms of service. Before administering the oath of office, Barton shared some insights and advice with the winners of the township’s public election in November—incumbents Bob Downey and Nick Pellegrino and …
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
The big topic at the Baldwin Township Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday night was the enforcement of an ordinance regulating trees in municipal space. A score of residents, and a tree expert, came out to address the board on the matter.
There wasn’t an open seat in the Baldwin Township Municipal Building on Tuesday night when the township’s Board of Commissioners held a regular monthly meeting. Approximately 20 residents attended to voice their concerns over the evening’s hot topic: enforcement of the municipal ordinance regulating tree growth in township right-of-ways. Township solicitor Tom McDermott explained the background of the issue. He said that the township owns a right-of-way in the space in front of residential homes and has an interest in excluding things from said right-of-ways out of concern for public safety. McDermott said that fallen tree limbs have caused utility outages and road closings in the township and have created life-threatening tragedies in …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Both men will govern with newcomer Susan Snyder.
Baldwin Township voters re-elected Bob Downey and Nick Pellegrino to the township's Board of Commissioners on Tuesday and added the board's newest member, Susan V. Snyder, who actually led all three candidates in votes. Snyder, a Democrat, spoke to the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on Tuesday night about joining the commissioners. You can read her reaction here. Snyder will replace Darrell Bichler on the Board of Commissioners. Pellegrino, a Republican, also spoke to the B-W Patch on Tuesday, and Downey, a Democrat, issued a statement on Wednesday. "I'm happy that I won," Pellegrino said, "and happy to see that Bob Downey was re-elected. "To be honest ... I don't know a whole lot about Sue Snyder. I've met her a few times. She seems to be a nice…
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011
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