By Ken Askew
A resident of Thomas St. made a return appearance at the Monongahela Council meeting on July 11, 2012. He has complained for 15 years about drivers running a stop sign near his home and possibly harming his family.
The Monongahela police have often parked a patrol car at the intersection, and issued tickets to offenders, which reduced the incidents for a while--but drivers eventually go back to their old habits. No long-term solution was adopted.
Another complaint about police enforcement policy was lodged by a resident of Cuff St., who has observed that parents of children in a day care center at the bottom of the hill often park in an area posted as “No Parking from Here to Corner,” thus causing a traffic hazard. Monongahela Police Chief Brian Tempest promised to monitor the area more often and issue tickets as appropriate.
Jason Beck, a Boy Scout candidate for the Eagle rank, was presented a citation of appreciation for replacing the roofs on two baseball dugouts in Mounds Park, thereby saving the City of Monongahela $5,400.
After months of arm-twisting the Norfolk Southern Railroad by Mayor Bob Kepics, the railroad has finally agreed to foot the bill for extensive repairs where their tracks cross Routes 88 / 837 on W. Main St. near the Sheetz gas station. The street will be closed to both lanes of traffic on July 22 and 23. Police, fire, and ambulance departments have made contingency plans to provide emergency service on both sides of the tracks while the road is closed.
The property at 222 Greg Street was recognized for this month’s Beautification Award.
Councilman William Hess reported that six properties were under consideration for demolition, but one property was sold, and two owners signed a letter of intent to undertake necessary repairs—leaving three left to proceed to be condemned.
Months ago, Council voted to approve the expenditure of $200 to join the Smart Government Initiative, and Councilman Ken Kulak has been attending their meetings. Now, if the City wants to continue their participation in the group, a per-capita fee of $1,284 must be paid for a year’s membership. Councilman Thomas Caudill argued that the funds do not exist in the budget; Mayor Bob Kepics joined him in voting against the motion, but they were out-voted by Council members Ken Kulak, William Hess, and Claudia Williams.