Wednesday, February 13, 2013
If your bill is more than a year late, your home could be the subject of a sheriff's sale.
Canonsburg Council on Monday unanimously voted to have Jordan Tax Service take the next step in collecting delinquent garbage bills—one that could lead to the loss of property. For residents who have neglected to pay their quarterly garbage bill for more than a year, Jordan Tax Service will initiate the sheriff sale process. If the bills remain unpaid, the sheriff’s department can move toward the sale of the home and property. Canonsburg requires that residents and businesses pay a quarterly garbage bill regardless of whether or not a structure is occupied. “It’s the same as paying real estate taxes,” Councilman Rich Russo said. “If you own property in Canonsburg, you are responsible for paying taxes and the garbage bill.”
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The 2013 spending plan also calls for a full-time paid firefighter.
Canonsburg residents could see their taxes get bumped by 1 mill next year—an increase that borough officials said would help pay for necessities such as a part-time human resources manager and road equipment for the public works department. A one-mill increase would mean residents' tax bills would go up by about $13, Councilman Rich Russo has said. The 2013 budget also has money earmarked for a full-time paid firefighter—for the first time in borough history. That money was allocated to help secure a grant that could partially pay for the position, Russo said Tuesday afternoon. Council also agreed to dedicate one mill of its overall budget to parks and recreation. Preliminary approval of the $4,393,322 spending plan is expected at a …
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 …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
At nine council seats, Canonsburg's governing body was the largest in the county.
Canonsburg Councilman Rich Russo confirmed Thursday afternoon that come next year, the borough's governing body will be reduced from nine members to seven. The ruling was made Thursday by Washington County Judge Katherine Emery after a group Russo and borough business owner and former councilmen Ron Cianelli spearheaded petitioned for the change. "We were successful," Russo said, adding that members of the "9-7 Group" that filed the petition in Washington County Court advocating for the change were surprised at the quick ruling. "We presented a nice case—it wasn't full of a lot of rhetoric," he said, adding: "We had a nice showing of support." Two members of council—Joe McGarrey and Patty Romano—as well as former council president Joe …
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 …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
After a lengthy discussion and two votes, the lawn maintenance contract was awarded Monday night.
Canonsburg Councilman Rich Russo said he understands fellow members liked Bob Stopperich and thought he did an awesome job cutting grass at Town Park. But he cautioned members of council: You can't reject a low bid just for that reason. "That's why we are here," the councilman said. "To make sure that taxpayers' money is being used wisely." Russo and President John Bevec then explained at length the rules governing the borough: That expenditures of more than $10,000 must be bid, and that by law council must accept the proposal of the lowest responsible bidder. While some members of council said they had reservations about Pittsburgh Lawn Care of Braddock, borough Manager Terry Hazlett reported that two references had come back with …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Canonsburg Council asked about what role former Canonsburg-Houston Joint Sewer Authority engineer Diane Altland now plays.
Questions arose Monday night at the Canonsburg Council meeting into what role Diane Altland, former engineer for the Canonsburg-Houston Joint Sewer Authority, is currently serving at her former employer. According to Richard Zollinger, sewer plant engineer, Altland has been serving as a consultant since she left her role as authority engineer several months ago. Zollinger expressed a need for Altland to serve in this role temporarily during the transition of her replacement. Members of the council, though, felt a clearer picture needs to be painted of what Altland’s specific role is and how long she will be kept on as a consultant. “Diane quit. She should no longer be employed by the authority, particularly as a consultant. Perhaps we need…
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
The discussion will continue later this month.
With a light agenda, the Canonsburg Council President John Bevec started the first of several discussions on setting short- and long-term goals for the borough. “One thing I would like to ask everybody is to try to think outside of the box—think about what you want Canonsburg to be,” Bevec said. Ideas brought up at the meeting ranged from economic development and tourism to the gas industry, as well as downtown revitalization and bringing new businesses such as hotels and restaurants into the community. Bevec suggested the possibility of creating an economic development committee to help identify new opportunities and market the town. “We should do what we can to be as open as we can and have a friendly tax structure,” said newly elected …
Friday, January 6, 2012
Councilman Rich Russo said signatures are still needed for a petition that would reduce Canonsburg Council from nine to seven members.
Of all the municipalities in Washington County, Canonsburg Borough Council has the most elected representatives. That’s one reason why Canonsburg Councilman Rich Russo said he and a group of residents is working to petition the court to reduce council from nine to seven members. “Not one community has more than seven representatives that govern their borough, township or city,” he said. Russo said that while the idea had been in his mind for years, the conversation among a group of about 10 like-minded folks started about six months ago. Since then, the group has been working to get signatures for the petition. In order for the petition to be considered by Washington County court, the group must acquire the signatures of 5 percent of the …