Friday, January 11, 2013
Residents could see an increase of about $2.75 per month.
Verona Borough residents will be paying more in sewage bills beginning next month. On Tuesday, council unanimously voted to increase sewage fees in an attempt to cover billing costs and to create a revenue fund to repair sewer lines. In November, officials approved a contract with Oakmont Water Authority to collect current and delinquent sewage bills. A representative with the authority had said in December that Verona's current fees don't cover the billing costs. The sewage rates will be increasing from $4.32 per thousand gallons to $4.75 per thousand gallons. Fees also will be increasing from $9.07 per quartarly bill to $12. A homeowner who uses an average of about 12,000 gallons could see an increase of $8.21 per quarter—$2.74 per month…
Friday, December 21, 2012
Here's a roundup of items discussed at last week's council meeting.
In addition to passing a preliminary 2013 budget, Verona Council also discussed the following matters: Arcade An arcade might be opening in Verona. Verona Council is giving two potential business owners 30 days to obtain a lease at 742 Allegheny River Boulevard—the former PNC Bank—for an arcade. The business partners had requested a conditional use of the property for the arcade and received approval from the planning commission, however, borough solicitor Craig Alexander said a lease is needed to grant final approval. Because the partners already went through the process, borough officials gave them the time to comply. However, if they can't acquire a lease, the approval is null and void, and it can't be applied to another location. …
Friday, November 16, 2012
The break occurred on First Street in Verona on Friday.
Oakmont Water Authority crews are working to repair a water main break on First Street in Verona. First Street is blocked off from North Avenue to Ridge Avenue—the break occurred in the morning. Crews and equipment were still there at 4:30 p.m. Friday. For a video of water coming down the hill, see this WPXI report. Some residents are reporting muddy and off-color water coming from their faucets. Water authority representatives are advising residents to let cold water run for one to two hours, and to avoid drinking or cooking with the water. _______________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Verona officials approved two contracts with Oakmont Water Authority Tuesday night.
Oakmont Water Authority will bill Verona residents for their sewage usage next year. On Tuesday, Verona Council approved two contracts with the Oakmont Water Authority—one handing over the collection of delinquent sewer bills, and the other for billing and collecting current sewer bills. The approval was contingent upon whether the contract could be changed from four years to a year-to-year basis. The authority would replace the Central Tax Bureau, which collected delinquent taxes for the Allegheny County Sanitation Authority. Oakmont Water Authority already handles collecting water bills in Verona. Councilwoman Rhoda Gemellas-Worf said CenTax was "not doing their job" at collecting the delinquent fees. "No one was collecting them," she …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Verona Council discussed several topics at its regular October meeting.
Here's a roundup of items discussed at the Verona Council meeting on Tuesday. Apology A juvenile who broke a newly-installed community sign at Cribbs Field last month apologized to council for his actions. “It was an accident," the teenage boy said. "I didn’t mean to break it.” Council thanked the boy for attending the meeting and expressing remorse. The sign has been repaired. Tax Collection Council hired two firms to collect its taxes. The law offices of Ira Weiss was hired to collect delinquent municipal taxes and real estate fees and Berkheimer Tax Administrator was appointed as the deputy tax collector for current real estate taxes. Berkheimer will replace the Central Tax Bureau, also known as CENTAX. Officials also are in discussions…
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Oakmont Water Authority crews are working to shut the water off.
Oakmont Water Authority crews are working on a water main break on Plum Street in Oakmont. Tim Frank, assistant distribution superintendent for the water authority, said crews are working to shut the water down. Once the water is shut off, crews will work to repair the line. Frank said he doesn't know what caused the main break, but he thinks it might have to do with thunderstorms that swept through the area Friday night. "It probably has to do with the power outages we had the other night, but it's hard to tell," he said. Frank said he doesn't know at this point how long it will take to repair the line. "We won't know what we're up against until we dig," he said. Several residents throughout Oakmont and Verona might have noticed their …