By Ken Askew
Pennsylvania Representative William Kortz gave a short explanation of the new Voter Identification Law to the Pleasant Hills Council members at their monthly meeting on April 16, 2012.
He stated that for the election primaries on April 24, voters will be asked to show a photo identification card but will not be denied the opportunity to vote if they do not have one. However, in the general election in November, a photo ID card will be mandatory to vote. Furthermore, he alerted voters that if they obtain a photo ID card from a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation driver’s license office, they will be asked to pay $13. But--if you tell them the photo ID is for voting purposes, the fee will be waived.
Several representatives from Dean Honda made a presentation to Council to request approval to move from their current location on Lebanon Church Road in West Mifflin into the vacant building on Route 51 at the intersection of Lewis Run Road.
The existing 7,500 square feet of buildings will remain essentially intact, except a car wash will be added, and the showroom floor will receive a facelift and be increased to a higher frontage. Contrary to code, no sidewalks will be installed. A new privacy fence will be erected in the rear of the building, per a contractual easement with their neighbor. The former location in West Mifflin will be used as a storage area for car inventory.
The plan was endorsed by Council, pending resolution of minor outstanding criteria, in addition to customary and usual approval of other necessary agencies (e,g., PA Department of Environmental Protection and PA Department of Transportation).
Friday the 13th (of April) was not a lucky day for two persons who robbed Edmunds Jewelers on Route 51. One person fled on foot, and other sped off in a vehicle; both were apprehended within four minutes, and the stolen merchandise was recovered.
The Pleasant Hills Police and the West Jefferson Hills School District mutually revised their memo of understanding to address the requirements of special needs children.
Ordinance 950 was passed to approve charging a fee for excessive false alarms to the fire department, police, or EMS. The first three false alarms in a calendar month are at no charge, the 4th false alarm will cost $100, the 5th false alarm will incur a $200 fee, and 6 or more false alarms during the period will be billed at $300 each. There are some sensible exemptions, and appeals will be evaluated.
The proposed nursing home on Route 51 behind Primanti Bros. restaurant will go before the Planning Commission on April 17.
A company has been contracted to drill borings along Temona Drive to determine the reason why the pavement is sinking. Councilman Bob Karcher analyzed the markings where the boring will take place and questioned why none of the markings are specifically located at the sinking areas. Engineer Mitrovich will investigate.
Chief Plunkett of the Baldwin EMS reported that 95 of the 131 emergency calls in March were for life-threatening situations.