PARKING GARAGE REPAIRS The next phase of repairs to the two municipal parking garages is slated to start early next month. Work on the South Garage, located next to the municipal building, is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 4, and conclude by mid-June.
During the work, cars will enter on Washington Road and exit onto Municipal Way. A parking attendant will be on site to help direct drivers, count available spaces and direct patrons to other public lots if the garage is full.
Temporary on-street parking permits will be available during the construction. The permits are valid Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., in designated areas near the Washington Road business district. Please inquire with the parking clerk at 412 343-3705.
Once the South Garage work is completed, the contractor, Nathan Contracting, will begin working at the North Garage. That stage of work, expected to conclude by mid-August, should have a more limited impact on traffic patterns. As with the South Garage, plans call for an attendant to be on hand during the repairs.
HOOVER HALF CENTURY Hoover School is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an open house Saturday, May 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. Hoover parents, alumni and community members are invited to visit with faculty past and present and relive memories of Hoover through pictures and archives.
Hoover was built in 1965 on 7.9 acres of land formerly occupied by the Wagner farm. The name was chosen by the Mt. Lebanon School Board at its meeting on November 4, 1964. The first principal of Hoover Elementary was Dr. H. Charles Schultz with Dr. Shirley Davidson taking over as principal at the start of the second school year. Hoover was the only school in Western Pennsylvania at that time specifically designated and built for team teaching and the non-graded system of education.
SPECIAL NEEDS DATA BASE Allegheny County Department of Emergency Services has compiled an online Special Needs Registry that allows residents with physical, mental health or intellectual disabilities to provide information to be shared with first responders.
According to the county, more than 150,000 county residents have some type of disability. Registry information will appear onscreen at the dispatch center following an emergency call, allowing dispatchers to alert emergency responders that there may be a unique situation in the home involving a person with special needs.
Any county resident who might require additional assistance due to special needs during an emergency may submit information to the registry. In the event that the person with special needs is unable to submit the information on their own, a person who is authorized to act on their behalf may do so. Persons with any physical, mental health or intellectual disability that would keep them from leaving the home quickly if necessary should register. The registry is intended for those who live independently, and not in a residential special needs facility such as a nursing home or group home, as those needs are already on record. The information will be shared with local, county, state and federal agencies for the purposes of emergency planning or emergency response. If you would like to share information for the registry, visit www.alleghenycounty.us/specialneedsregistry.