Saturday, February 23, 2013
The proposed new law will be on public display for two weeks. And other notes from Wednesday night's borough council meeting.
Open Fires Ordinance Drafted A new ordinance regulating open burning in Whitehall Borough has been drafted and made available for public review at the borough municipal building along Borough Park Drive. (UPDATE: The proposed ordinance is also available online.) The proposed ordinance resembles one currently in use in Hampton Township with, as Whitehall Borough Manager James E. Leventry said, "a few tweaks." For example, Hampton officials do not allow for grills, outdoor barbecues or fireplaces used strictly for cooking to be less than 10 feet from a house, structure, inhabited area, roadway, utility or property line, but Whitehall's ordinance, if passed by the Whitehall Council, would set that minimum at just 5 feet. In all other cases of…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Also, shade trees and other notes from Tuesday night's borough council meeting.
South Baldwin Roadwork With a 6-1 vote on Tuesday night, the Baldwin Borough Council has advertised that it is seeking bids for 2013 repairs to several roads in south Baldwin—and south Baldwin only, borough Manager John Barrett said. The council's decision to stick to just one part of Baldwin for road repairs this year stems from a cost-savings that would be realized from not having to move resurfacing equipment over great distances around the borough. Borough engineer Larry Souleret estimates that borough taxpayers would save between $4,000 and $20,000 on mobilization costs by focusing on roads that are geographically close to each other, Barrett said. The actual savings will depend on the eventual contractor who completes the work. The …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
And other notes from Tuesday night's borough council meeting.
McAnulty Park Ever been to McAnulty Park? Ever even heard of it? You're probably not alone. But Brian Urban sure has, and he sees room for improvement. Urban, a lifelong Baldwin Borough resident, is seeking no reimbursement for his time and effort but asked the Baldwin Council during its meeting on Tuesday night to allow him to seek funds for borough officials to use in revitalizing the park. The park is made up of a hilly green space, a walking trail, a gazebo and basketball/tennis courts and is found between Meadowcrest Road and Carmen Drive in south Baldwin (behind McAnnulty Elementary School). Borough Manager John Barrett called the park on Tuesday, "admittedly, very underutilized." "Trash, graffiti, drug use, underage alcohol abuse, …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The commission is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania.
Whitehall Borough administration is looking for a Whitehall resident to join the Multi-municipal Shade Tree Commission that the borough belongs to along with neighboring Baldwin and Brentwood boroughs. Each borough gets three members on that commission, but Whitehall currently has only two representatives. A seat on the commission is a volunteer position. The commission, the first of its kind in Pennsylvania, relies on volunteers to serve its function of restoring and maintaining the tree populations of the three boroughs. The commission term for the person filling Whitehall's vacancy will start immediately and end on Dec. 31, 2015. More information regarding the duties and responsibilities of the commission may be obtained at the Borough …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Speeding and shade trees are also discussed in these leftovers from Tuesday night's council meeting.
New Sewage Biller Ever since the Pennsylvania American Water Company announced that it will soon stop collecting sewage fees with its monthly water bills, the Baldwin Borough Council, like many other local government leaders, was tasked with finding a new, third-party biller. At a borough meeting on Tuesday night, the Baldwin Council found that new biller—Jordan Tax Service—which will start collecting sewage fees from borough property owners this October. Jordan Tax was approved for a three-year period by a unanimous vote. Jordan already collects earned income tax in Baldwin. In October, property owners can expect cheaper bills from PA American Water, but the difference in typical costs will be made up by a separate sewage bill from Jordan…
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Also, a resident asks the Baldwin Council to return a streetlight, and other notes from a June 19 borough meeting.
Late-Night Parking Debate There is still no resolution to an issue regarding parking in Baldwin Borough from 2 to 6 a.m. At a borough meeting on Tuesday night, Baldwin Councilman Larry Brown read through a lengthy list of streets that would be affected by a new parking ban (or partial ban). Check back soon with the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch for that list. UPDATE (LIST OF POTENTIAL STREETS): http://patch.com/A-vScy The parking ban has been proposed to make snow removal easier, but it is unclear whether restrictions would be permanent or seasonal. Concerns range from how to pay for the many necessary no-parking signs to how to handle residences with multiple cars but not enough on-property parking space. Baldwin police Chief Michael Scott said…
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Borough management is looking for three volunteers to join its Shade Tree Commission.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
The Brentwood-Baldwin-Whitehall Multi-municipal Shade Tree Commission was finalized in late April, but it's not too late to help out. In fact, the group's organizers need you. The Whitehall Borough Council, for instance, is seeking three volunteers—Whitehall residents only—to serve on that commission. The commission, the first of its kind in Pennsylvania, is relying on volunteers to serve its function of restoring and maintaining the tree populations of Baldwin, Whitehall and Brentwood boroughs. Those interested in volunteering may submit letters of interest and resumes to James E. Leventry, Whitehall Borough manager, at the borough municipal complex, 100 Borough Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Those documents can also be faxed to 412-…
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Notes from a May 2 Whitehall Council meeting.
Final Phase for Fire Station Mark Edelmann, the architect of the new Whitehall Fire Company station along Route 51, gave the Whitehall Borough Council an update on Wednesday night about the station's construction. "We're at 95-percent payment on all contracts," Edelmann said of the firehouse, which was put into use by the borough's firefighters about a week ago. "Everything is in the building. Everything is installed." Edelmann went on to say that there is only one outstanding issue with the new station concerning "unsuitable soil." Edelmann and his colleagues at Gateway Engineers are in the process of reviewing that issue and will provide a recommendation to the Whitehall Council soon. Councilman and ex-firefighter Philip Lahr praised …