municipal manager’s report

IN GENERAL Don’t forget to participate in the Walk on Washington event Saturday, May 19, from 4 to 9 p.m. More than 30 businesses are participating. There will be free samples, demonstrations, entertainment, coupons, and prizes.

Nature Conservancy volunteers will be meeting tomorrow at 9 a.m. to clear out some of the areas where they had addressed knotweed last year to prepare the areas for distribution of native seeds. Volunteers can either help clear away debris or cut bittersweet, grapevine and English ivy in the area.

The first Music in the Park event of the year will be held on Friday, May 25, at 7 p.m. The Mt. Lebanon High School Concert Band will perform a free open-air concert. 

Kathy Hrabovsky was selected for a second three-year term on the Mt. Lebanon Environmental Sustainability Board.

POLICE Early Thursday morning, five teenagers (four adults and one juvenile) were seen trying to break into a van in the lower section of the north garage off Parse Way. They were interrupted by a witness who called 911. The teens  approached the witness and threatened him with a gun. All five were apprehended off of Florida Avenue near the back of the municipal building.

Other recent police activity: A 21-year-old man was arrested for simple assault on Cochran Road; a 32-year-old man was arrested for possession with intent to deliver and driving with a suspended license on Washington Road; a 34-year-old man was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia  on Abbeyville Road. His 23-year-old female companion was also arrested for possession of a controlled substance; a 22-year-old man was arrested for possession of marijuana on Summit Drive.

FIRE The fire department responded to 37 incidents this week, including an oven fire in the 800 block of Florida Avenue; one overheated light fixture; 12 rescue and emergency medical incidents, including two elevator rescues; eight hazardous condition calls, one service call, and six false alarms. The department’s community outreach platoon participated in the bike rodeo held at Lincoln School last weekend.

PUBLIC WORKS Public works crews replaced several concrete sidewalk slabs in front of three properties on Oakwood near Piper that were damaged by municipal manholes and presented a tripping hazard.  Pasquale and Sons is working on the sidewalks south of Castle Shannon Boulevard. Work will begin to repair sidewalks on Parse Way along the pedestrian route to the LRT station.

This week Public Works Director Tom Kelley attended quarterly meetings of the Chartiers and the Sawmill Run sewer shed sanitary sewer basin planning groups. ALCOSAN will be releasing its draft Wet Weather Plan at the end of June. The draft plan will list preferred basin-based alternatives for each of the seven sanitary sewer basins that convey flow to the ALCOSAN treatment facility. The total estimated cost for all basins is $3.6 billion, substantially above the $2 billion that EPA said is the region’s “affordability threshold” for the entire project. Look for more about this project in upcoming issues of the magazine.

RECREATION The Special Olympics Allegheny County qualifier event will be held at the golf course on Monday.
The pool tank painting is complete, and staff began filling the pool on Tuesday. Crews are currently working on the bathhouse interior and guard room. The pool opens for the season on Saturday, May 26.