Oakmont Borough Council Notebook: July Voting Meeting
Highlights from the Oakmont Borough Council Meeting on July 9.
In addition to the hiring of Lisa Cooper Jensen as the new borough manager, Council discussed other items at Monday's meeting. Here's a roundup of items discussed:
Contract Awarded for 2012 Paving Projects
Council awarded Tresco Paving Corporation the contract to pave multiple roads in Oakmont throughout the rest of 2012. The company's bid of $209,625 for the projects was the lowest bid received.
Maple Lane Discussions
Councilmember Tim Favo said Tresco Paving Corporation would also be asked to provide an estimate for future work on Maple Lane, a road that has been discussed over the last several meetings.
Residents and non-residents of Maple Lane have spoken to Council previously about what they feel are the dangerous conditions of the road.
“It’s an accident waiting to happen,” Oakmont resident Dick Williams told Council on Monday. He said that the road is falling apart, has no guard rails, and, he believes, there is a possibility a car could come off the road and roll into a house.
Favo explained to Williams that Council is trying to work on the problem, but other road projects have been deemed more of a priority by the borough’s engineer, William Wengerd.
Jensen said discussions have begun to include work on Maple Lane in the budget for 2013.
Curfew Talks Can Proceed
Previously, Council asked Borough Solicitor Robert Shoop to investigate the legalities of having a curfew in Oakmont for minors. Shoop said having a curfew in the borough is legal and constitutional and provided Council with a draft of a curfew ordinance based off an existing curfew implemented in another town.
“However you want to do this is up to you,” Shoop told Council, “however, I must warn you that curfew ordinances are very difficult to enforce and may be more trouble than they’re worth.”
Council President Tim Milberger said council is still collecting information on the possible curfew proposed earlier this year by Mayor Robert Fescemyer and police Chief David DiSanti and will talk about it more in a future meeting.
At last week’s meeting, Council decided what to do with the $51,780 that the borough received from refinancing a bond used in renovating the Oakmont Carnegie Library where Council voted to give half of the bond -- $25,000 – to the library. The library is expected to use the money to create an outdoor reading area on the Allegheny River Boulevard side for the library.
Council will discuss what to do with the remaining money at a future meeting.
Council Seeking Grant for Handicap Accessible Ramps
Council voted to begin the process of applying for grants to install two handicap accessible ramps in Oakmont – one at Riverside Park and the other along Washington Avenue.
Library Board Appointments
Katie Lascola and Lauren Mikus were appointed to the Library Board. Lascola replaces Mary McIntyre, who resigned from the board, and will serve the remainder of her term until December 31, 2016. Mikus replaces Eileen Colianni, who resigned from the board, and will serve the remainder of her term until December 31, 2012.