Demolition contract approved
Carnegie plans to raze the building known to most residents as the Pucci Apartments at 12 Third St., near Chartiers Creek and the boundary with Scott.
A $49,170 demolition contract with Schaaf Excavating Contractors was approved Monday, but not unanimously.
Councilman Robert Veres voted no, and Councilwoman Carol Covi indicated her displeasure even though she voted for the demolition.
"We have spent $75,000 on a piece of property on the creek," she complained, to which Mr. Veres added that the borough doesn't own the two properties that adjoin it.
But others said there are good reasons to tear down the building, which has been vacant for years and was involved in the 2004 flooding from Hurricane Ivan.
"That property would sit there indefinitely," said council President Rick D'Loss, to which Councilwoman Susan Demko noted it is an eyesore that will take away from the Tri-Community Revitalization project involving the borough, Scott and Heidelberg.
Mayor Jack Kobistek agreed the building needs to come down, though he thought the original owners should have done it. Taxes were owed on it, too, he added.
Councilman Mike Sarsfield said the site could become a permit parking lot that would generate money for the borough. Commuters using the West Busway could park there. He also said officials are working to obtain the adjoining pieces of property.
The building, known by its distinct yellow paint, was purchased by the borough at a sheriff's sale in November 2012.
• Council approved a resolution confirming that the borough has submitted an application for a Community Development Block Grant for $28,000 that would be used to demolish structures at 509 Anthony St. and 508 Dawson St.
Art in the Park set for October
Art in the Park, the community's annual juried arts and crafts show and sale, is scheduled for Oct. 5 and 6.
The event features more than 50 artists working in oil, watercolor and pastel, textiles, weaving, needlework, florals, glass, ceramics, jewelry, photography, wire sculpture and woodcarving. Also featured are activities for children, live music and food booths.
Art in the Park will be held in the Academy Avenue parking lot in the Washington Road business district.
Plein Air Mt. Lebanon will run concurrently with Art in the Park, bringing in professional painters who choose an outdoor location to create art on the spot.
They paint from Oct. 3-5, after which the work is judged and sold. Information: pleinairmtl.com.
For more information about Art in the Park: Suzi Neft at 412-721-4320 or Blaise Larotonda at 412-657-7976 or www.facebook.com/ArtInTheParkMtLebanonPa.
This is the 12th year for Art in the Park, which is sponsored by the Rotary club and Mt. Lebanon Police Association.
Paving plans progress
Officials Tuesday reported progress in plans to repave Swallow Hill Road and Rockfield Road.
Township Engineer Larry Lennon said all of the utility companies have been notified of the prospective work so that they can make any repairs before paving is started.
Mr. Lennon also said that he isn't certain whether all of Swallow Hill could be completed before winter, but he speculated that workers probably could repave as far as the Nob Hill Apartments. Commissioner Bill Wells, who represents that ward, suggested that the goal should be to pave as far as Crosswinds Drive.
Mr. Lennon added that Scrubgrass Run, which has been closed except for local traffic for several months, probably would not be completed until the middle of September.
Officials plan to discuss the road projects in more detail at a public works meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 5. The township hopes to award a contract Aug. 27.
Scott hopes that all of the roadwork will be done by one contractor. Swallow Hill and Rockfield are both concrete roads.
• Commissioners discussed and then tabled a proposed ordinance that would establish a penalty for all late payments of real estate taxes and set an interest rate for delinquent taxes.
If approved after the solicitor looks over the pending legislation again, an automatic penalty of 10 percent would be levied after Nov. 1 on properties with unpaid taxes. Liening delinquent properties would take place three years later.
Mr. Wells complained that the proposed ordinance doesn't go far enough.
"It still doesn't make people step up to the plate," he said.