Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The schedule change will begin next month.
Plum Council workshop meetings will be held on Tuesdays beginning next month. According to officials, there were some scheduling conflicts, so the meetings have to be moved. The workshop meeting will be held on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Regular voting meetings will continue to be scheduled on the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Both council meetings are held at council chambers at the borough building. ___________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.
Friday, March 1, 2013
Plum Council will hold public hearings on Monday.
Two public hearings have been scheduled for Plum structures that have been deemed unsafe. A public hearing for the old Cityview Tavern, 2000 Logans Ferry Road, has been scheduled for Monday, March 4 at 6 p.m. Another for a residence at 9049 Oak St. in the Renton neighborhood has been scheduled the same night for 6:15 p.m. Both hearings will be held in council chambers before the workshop council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. Council members are expected to officially declare the structures unsafe, after which building owners would be notified to demolish the structures within 10 days. _______________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Plum Council publicly recognized the achievements of volunteers in the community.
Plum Council has recognized several volunteers in the borough for their achievements. They are: Plum High School Air Force JROTC Plum Mayor Rich Hrivnak recognized Chief Terry Speer and members of the Plum Air Force JROTC for their work in the community. Hrivnak said the 278 participants in the school district have helped with countless service projects, including the annual Sugar Plum Days in the borough during the holidays. The JROTC also opens each regular council meeting by presenting the colors. Hrivnak said the members of JROTC put "service before self." Polly Schmeck, Plum Borough Community Library Trustee Schmeck, who is a trustee of the Plum Borough Community Library, has completed her final days as a library board member. However…
Thursday, February 21, 2013
About $1 million worth of paving and storm sewer work has been approved by Plum Council.
About $1 million worth of paving and sewer work is set to occur throughout Plum Borough this year. Last week, council gave staff the go-ahead to begin planning for the projects, which include paving many roads in the Logans Ferry section of the borough and sewer replacement work. Here's a look at the roads that will be paved this year. The work is expected to cost about $700,000. Logans Ferry: Allegheny, Cliff, Dell, Dombroski, Kertis, Plum, Shady and Summit avenues; Memorial Drive; Cherry Way; and Short and Zadona streets. Other borough roads: Clements, Center Hill and Scott (from Francis to Unity Center) roads; Anderson Lane; and Meadow Hill Drive. Other work includes paving Oblock Road from Holiday Park to Saltsburg Road, a storm-sewer …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Firefighters hope to have a new truck delivered in 2014.
Firefighters from the Unity Volunteer Fire Department in Plum are hoping to get a new truck next year. Fire officials have gotten the go-ahead to begin working on specifications for a new pumper truck that would be delivered in 2014. Tonight, Wednesday, they are planning to see a new truck from a Bellvue fire department to see if the same kind of truck would work for their station. Ira Helfer, president of the Unity VFD, said that while he doesn't have a specific cost for the new truck yet, it could cost about $500,000. The last time the fire department purchased a new aparatus—a ladder truck—was in 2005. Logans Ferry Heights VFD was the last fire department to get a new vehicle in 2008. Officials experienced a setback in the apparatus …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Plum Council approved $74,083 worth of change orders for the project earlier this week.
Crews working on the new Plum public works facility in the Renton area of the borough have encountered a few unexpected problems with soil and waterlines—and it's going to cost an extra $74,000. On Monday, borough council approved $74,083 worth of change orders for work at the site because crews came across low-quality soil and a waterline that doesn't exist. Assistant Borough Manager Greg Bachy said about 20,000 yards of low-quality soil was discovered. "Hopefully we don't run into too much more," he said. Though core borings were performed at the site before the work began, Bachy said they didn't reflect how bad the soil really was. He explained the core borings were taken in the summer—when it was mostly dry—and the bulk of the …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The borough's certified reassessment numbers indicate a 20 percent increase.
Plum Borough's real estate tax millage most likely will decrease this year. On Monday, borough Manager Mike Thomas announced that officials had received certified reassessment figures from the county, which indicated that property values in Plum increased 20 percent. The millage rate would have to decrease in order to offset the increase property values stemming from the county's reassessment. Under the reassessment, taxing bodies can't receive more than 5 percent in property tax revenue so as not to use the reassessment as a major tax increase. With the current millage rate of 4.3, residents pay $430 for every $100,000 of assessed property value. Thomas said he is expecting a decrease of about a half-mill—3.7 mills, where residents would …
Mark your calendars!
The 2013 meeting schedule for Plum and Oakmont councils has been released. Plum Borough Council will meet at 7 p.m. in the borough building on the following dates: The first meeting of the month is a workshop meeting and the second is a regular meeting. Oakmont Borough Council will meet at 7 p.m. in the borough building on the following dates: The first meeting of the month is a workshop meeting and the second is a regular meeting. _____________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Council approved a final budget on Wednesday.
Plum residents will not experience a tax rate increase. During a special meeting on Wednesday, borough council approved an $11.67 million budget that holds the millage rate steady at 4.3 mills. That means a resident would pay $430 for every $100,000 of assessed property value. Tax rates have remained steady since 2008. Though the preliminary budget included a $5-per-month sanitation fee, officials cut it from the budget. Councilman Mike Dell said the borough has yet to receive certified county assessment figures for Plum. Under the reassessment, taxing bodies can't receive more than 5 percent in property tax revenue so as not to use the reassessment as a major tax increase. "Plum has not received their assessment values, so we may have to …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Plum Councilman Keith Nowalk addressed the Plum School Board about school safety on Tuesday.
A Plum councilman says borough officials are willing to meet with school district officials to discuss safety plans. At Tuesday's school board meeting, Councilman Keith Nowalk addressed the board, saying there needs to be an open dialogue about safety in school buildings following last week's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT—20 first grade students and six staff members were killed. The district currently has one school resource officer—Plum police officer Mark Kost—stationed at the high school. Nowalk said the borough administration already has been directed to open up a dialogue with district administration and the Plum Police Department to "address, improve and ensure every student and teacher's safety. "This …