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Forest Hills Council Hears Littering, Loitering Concerns

Speeding issues, water main breaks and 8 DUI, drug arrests among other topics discussed at Wednesday's council meeting.

A new resident from Barclay Avenue brought up issues in his neighborhood and asked council for help in dealing with littering, speeding, and loitering that has been going on in the area.

He reported that his tires had been slashed and excessive dumping was occurring near his property. Borough Manager Steven Morus indicated that a sign was ordered to enforce the "no dumping" policy and should be posted shortly.

Council President Frank Porco said he would personally visit the area and have council look into what could be done.

Regular Agenda Items

  • Police Chief Charles Williams reported that National Night Out on Aug. 7 was a success. The police visited several different neighborhoods and had the opportunity to talk with residents on a more relaxed basis. 
  • Williams also reported that last month’s state-funded DUI checkpoint led to eight DUI and drug arrests, as well as numerous citations.
  • The Borough Property Committee submitted cost estimates for the reconstruction of the tennis courts, which ranged from $70,000 for one to $175,000 for putting asphalt on all three courts.
  • The Public Works Committee reported that future bid specifications should include requirements that contractors follow correct safety procedures, wear proper equipment, and have vehicles properly inspected and legal.
  • The draft of the long-term and will be reviewed by the 3 Rivers Wet Weather Feasibility Study Work Group at their next meeting in August.  Details and public meeting dates can be found at www.alsosan.org.
  • Vivian Broz reported for the Wilkinsburg Penn Joint Water Authority that there were 90 breaks this past month, 11 of which were in Forest Hills. She has asked the water company to look into the area at the top of Filmore Road.
  • The next regular council meeting will be on Sept. 19 and committee meetings will be held on Sept. 4 and 6. See the community calendar at www.foresthillspa.org for complete details.

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