Thursday, May 16, 2013
Miss Monday's borough council meeting? Here's what happened.
Canonsburg Council adjusted its landlord-tenant ordinance at its regular monthly meeting held Monday. The new ordinance requires inspection of all borough housing when there is a change of occupants, the borough website indicates. Council President John Bevec said that council voted to adjust the ordinance to give borough officials the right to inspect property when a property changes hands. Council passed the ordinance in March with the intent of controlling addition of illegal units, as well as keeping a handle on available parking spaces in the borough. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Here's what happened at this week's council meeting.
Canonsburg Borough Council will add three alternate members to its Civil Service Commission, which is responsible—among other things—for screening applicants for the police department. Alternates recommended for the board include Anthony L. Colaizzo, Robert Jeffrey Smith and David A. DeLuca, borough Manager Terry Hazlett said. Council is expected to approve the appointments at its voting meeting Monday, along with the appointment of Councilman Rich Russo to the Parks and Recreation Board. Council will also consider an appointment to the Canonsburg-Houston Joint Sewer Authority to fill out the term of Robert Luksis, who has resigned. In other business, council President John Bevec appointed Councilmen Peter Lucas and Councilwoman Pat Romano…
Thursday, September 13, 2012
No hard budget numbers will be available until next month, when the borough will hold its first budget meeting.
Canonsburg Council on Monday slated its first 2013 budget meeting for 7 p.m. Oct. 9 in the municipal building. The meeting is open to the public. Council President John Bevec said that it is likely that a second budget meeting would be held in November, and would be scheduled following the October work session.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Council said a vote on whether to approve a 45-day free-parking period downtown likely will not happen Monday.
Canonsburg Council may delay its plan to bag downtown meters for a 45-day “free parking” trial run—at least for now. During a discussion at its agenda meeting Monday, some members of council, as well as Mayor David H. Rhome, questioned how permit parking—which is paid in advance and guarantees a parking space—would be handled during those 45 days. Rhome also said the borough may lose up to $7,500 in meter income, and that one of his employees—his parking enforcement officer—would have little to do during that 45-day period. Some members of council, as well as the mayor and police chief, also said they were concerned that "homesteaders" would take up the free spaces. The feasibility of free two-hour parking was mentioned, and many members …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Town Park Pool cannot open next year unless the borough can come up with money necessary to fix its liner.
Denny D'Orazio prefaced his "$150,000 dilemma" with a three-minute video featuring scenes from Town Park pool—vintage black-and-white images juxtaposed with pictures and video from this past season. As the Beach Boys crooned "Fun, Fun, Fun" children told the camera what they liked best about the venerable summertime destination, with one boy announcing that "everything" was his choice. "I like Town Park so much I want to kiss it," another boy told the camera with a toothy smile. It was referred to as the "heart of Canonsburg," and as "a legacy that must live on." But the parks and recreation board president told Canonsburg Council during its meeting Monday that the only way to do that is to replace the pool's liner—a necessity that will …
Kate Speer, who helped collect more than 200 signatures asking borough officials to reconsider its decision to prohibit placement of July 4 parade chairs on Pike to the morning of the holiday, appeared before council Monday.
Canonsburg Council President John Bevec looked up during Monday's meeting to see a member of the audience still holding up a small plastic child's chair adorned with a cardboard sign that on one side read, "It's Tradition." The other side read, "Save the Chairs." "You gonna hold up that chair all night?" he asked the man with a smile. "I'm gonna try like hell," resident Joe Horvath retorted—eliciting a guffaw from those in attendance. The conversation came after several audience members stood up to address council, most asking members to reconsider a decision made last month to restrict the placement of July 4 parade chairs on Pike Street until 6 a.m. the day of the holiday. Council made the decision last month, after parade enthusiasts …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
A $100 fee per inspection will not be included in the ordinance.
Canonsburg landlords won’t be paying $100 for unit inspections, despite recent concerns that it would be the case. “That was in there in a draft months ago. But we’re considering something closer to $20,” borough Manager Terry Hazlett said at Monday’s council meeting. According to the 2010 census, nearly 33 percent of Canonsburg’s residences are rental properties, higher than the state average. And Hazlett said the inspections are needed to keep up with tenant complaints, which are likely to grow. “If there’s no fee, we can’t hire someone to do the inspections,” Hazlett added. “The most recent version of the (rental) ordinance proposal will be up on the borough website Tuesday morning, council President John Bevec said. “The only thing …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Canonsburg's John Bevec was the development manager for the project.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
A Washington County solar energy project will receive $350,000 in state assistance, marking another public-private partnership helping to make the region a leader in new energy production for the next generation. The Community Networks Solar Park in Smith Township covers 2.5 acres and creates clean power for the local electric grid. Developers will receive a grant from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. Developing diverse sources of energy for consumers is critical to preserving the environment and lowering our dependence on foreign fuel. Along with projects promoting natural gas production, solar and wind energy are all part of a new wave of cleaner power without a connection to the Middle East. The $1.2 million project…
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Canonsburg is seeking help in prioritizing an economic redevelopment plan.
Canonsburg Manager Terry Hazlett said the borough knows that when it comes to long-term planning, having a blueprint works. That's why Canonsburg Council this week unanimously voted to seek the services of an economic development consultant. Council President John Bevec has said that while all his colleagues on the board have great ideas on how to revitalize the borough, they need the help of an expert to prioritize initiatives. And Hazlett said that's exactly what happened when the borough a few years ago sought the help of a consultant to guide the revitalization of Town Park. "It worked wonders for us at the park," he said. "We had a plan that helped us turn the park from one that, like most municipal parks, finishes the year in the red…
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Canonsburg Council again deferred a vote on the matter until all members could mull over the newly created ordinance.
Canonsburg resident Rob Luksis told council Monday night that when it comes to a landlord-tenant ordinance, enough is enough. "It's ridiculous at this point," he told them. "We've got to move off center here." While the ordinance—which would require landlords to initially register their rental properties and submit to annual inspections—has been on council agendas for months, members ultimately tabled the matter again. Council President John Bevec and others explained that they had not yet seen the final version of the ordinance—the wording of which had just been ironed out by solicitor Pat Derrico. Each member of council was then tasked with mulling the ordinance over so that issues with the document could be "hashed out" at the body's …