B&B ordinance passes
Council has passed an ordinance permitting bed-and-breakfasts as a conditional use in residential districts.
The issue came up recently because resident Kate Luckett opened one in her home in September. The borough heard about it and sent her a cease-and-desist letter, after which the borough examined its zoning ordinances.
In considering and then passing the ordinance Monday, council President Pat Schaefer said the borough wanted to be proactive.
A public hearing was held Aug. 5.
Homecoming set Sept. 7 for Tigers
A day long celebration of Tiger pride will take place Sept. 7 for homecoming. A highlight is induction of six alumni into the McKeesport High School Hall of Fame.
Administrators and members of the Alumni and Friends Association are planning the event, which will kick off with a catered tailgate from 10:30 a.m. until noon in the inner courtyard at the high school.
Tickets at $6 for adults, $2 for children can be purchased in the athletic office.
A parade will step off after lunch and before the 1 p.m. game versus Woodland Hills. There will be a special half-time salute to members of the school's 1994 and 2005 state championship football teams and Hall of Fame members. Students will lead tours of the high school, and there will be Kids Zone activities during the game.
Those tapped for induction in the 26th class of outstanding alumni are:
• Jack H. Olender, Class of 1953, a medical malpractice trial lawyer in Washington, D.C.
• Michele Petrovich Matuch, Class of 1969; executive director of the McKeesport Hospital Foundation and community advocate.
• Albert A. Puskaric, Class of 1971; retired teacher, artist and civilian associate with NASA.
• Jeanne M. Erickson, Class of 1975; nurse educator with a doctorate in oncology, researcher and author.
• David Bruce Garlow, Class of 1982; sales executive with Viega LLC and world traveler.
• William Harbert, Class of 1994; psychologist and educator.
A celebration for alumni will be held at 6 p.m. at Youghiogheny Country Club, Elizabeth Township.
Reservations are required; deadline is Aug. 30. Cost is $40 per person. Contact the alumni office for reservations at 412-678-9215.
Demolition list approved
Council has approved the demolition of 10 homes. The Jadell Minniefield Construction Co. of Pittsburgh has been awarded a $52,300 contract to demolish houses at these locations: 7247 Brushton Ave., 1500 Blackadore St., 301 Jefferson Road, 68 Mohler St., 993 Old Coal Hollow Road, 7210 Paxico St., 10146 Pearl Ave., 7440 Ridgeview Ave., 18812 Runnette St., 5523 Verona Road.
Howard Davidson, planning director, said the demolition of the houses is part of an ongoing effort by the municipality to reduce blight.
The project is funded by a federal community development program.
• Some residents have been receiving billing notices for delinquent sewer bills that date back to 2009. Not only are the bills past due, they include five years' worth of interest and overdue fees.
When council member Sara Kuhn asked at Monday's meeting why 5-year-old bills are being issued, municipal manager Moe Rayan said a number of factors are involved.
"Back in 2008 the municipality decided to go to a single tax collector. Central Tax of PA had been our previous collector and had gotten behind in billings. When we made the transition, Central Tax issued a bill that was more than a single month worth of fees," Mr. Rayan said. "Whether out of confusion or whatever, some did not pay their bill. There was a long list of delinquent accounts, and as a result these overdue notices are still going out."
Residents receiving bills must make payment. Those with questions, or who need to make payment arrangements, should contact Portnoff Law Associates at 866-211-9466.
Longtime manager retiring
The township will soon begin a search to find a replacement for its longtime manager, who will retire in the spring.
Bruce Light confirmed Monday night that he will retire at the end of May. He was hired as the township's first manager in 1995. Prior to Mr. Light, the township employed only a borough secretary.
"I thought you all knew," said Mr. Light after news about his plans to retire was mentioned by solicitor Les Mlakar during the commissioner's meeting.
• Snyder Road is now open to only one-way traffic from Pleasant Valley to Ramsey roads while a three-way stop sign is placed on Walton Crossing Road.
Hosanna House to host film screening
High school students from Wilkinsburg will host a screening of their short documentary "Wilkinsburg: The Way We See It" at 6 p.m. Monday at Hosanna House, 807 Wallace Ave. The students, who are participating in the Hear Me 101 project at the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University, are partnering with the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation to raise support for the greening of Wilkinsburg's public spaces.
WOODLAND HILLS SCHOOLS
District to host community day
The school district will host a back-to-school community day on Saturday.
The event will include meet-and-greets with teachers and principals from all Woodland Hills schools, games, swimming in the high school pool, and free books and lunch.
The event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be served from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. In case of rain, all tables and activities will be moved inside the high school.