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Pittsburgh City Commission Meeting Recap – May 24

ByChad J. Johnson

May 27, 2022

PITTSBURG, KS – The following actions were taken at the Pittsburgh City Commission meeting held on Tuesday, May 24, 2022:

PUBLIC CONTRIBUTION:

  • Mark Chambers addressed the commission and asked attendees to join him in a moment of silence to remember those who lost their lives in the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. After the moment of silence, Reverend Chambers shared an invocation prayer.
  • Mayor Cheryl Brooks shared a proclamation that June 7, 2022 is State Farm Day in Pittsburgh, recognizing the company for 100 years in business. Lori Ann Spachek received the proclamation on behalf of State Farm Insurance.
  • Mayor Brooks shared a proclamation to recognize the Lions Club of Pittsburgh in honor of its centennial, proclaiming June 3, 2022 Lions Club Day in Pittsburgh. Lori Horton and other volunteers accepted the proclamation on behalf of the Lions Club.

CONSENT AGENDA:

  • Minutes of the city council meeting of May 10, 2022.
  • Order No. G-1336, amending Section 78-75 of the City of Pittsburgh Code to change the direction of traffic flow on East 12th Street between Broadway and Joplin Street from eastbound traffic flow to westbound traffic flow , outbound traffic on North Broadway .
  • Ordinance No. G-1337, amending Pittsburgh City Code Section 78-116 to prohibit parking on the north side of East 5th Street from Locust to Elm.
  • Approval of the application submitted by Kyle Michael to renew the dance hall license for The Pitt, located at 516 North Broadway.
  • Approval of Credit Order for the period ending May 24, 2022, subject to the release of HUD expenses when funds are received.

THE FOLLOWING ITEM HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION:

  • Commissioners considered the staff’s recommendation to hire Double S. Dirt Works, LLC, on an hourly basis to transport dirt fill from the new FedEx facility to the site of the new sewage treatment plant, for a approximate cost of $150,000. Director of Public Works and Utilities Matt Bacon said the city is receiving free land from the FedEx construction site, which will help provide some, but not all, of the materials needed to build the new plant. city ​​wastewater treatment plant. The cost only covers the transportation cost, not the materials. Following the discussion, commissioners voted to approve the agenda item.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION:

  • GLOBAL ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT (ACFR) 2021 – Stacey Hammond of BT&Co. PA, the city’s audit firm, presented the results of the city’s annual financial statements and audit. The city’s audit firm audits the city’s overall financial statements on an annual basis to ensure that they are free from errors or misstatements. Hammond said the city received an “unmodified audit notice,” the best result a city can receive, meaning there were no errors. She also said that accounting practices and policies were followed and that the city’s finance staff were transparent and helpful throughout the process.

CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

  • REAL ESTATE SALE AGREEMENT – The commissioners approved a real estate sale agreement in which TalonX Holdings, LLC. The company is purchasing approximately 26 acres of land, located at 00000 East 520th Avenue, from the City of Pittsburgh for the total purchase price of $130,000.

OFF-AGENDA REPORTS AND REQUESTS:

  • Commissioner Stu Hite asked for an update on concerns about the application of the code that were raised as part of public comment at the previous panel meeting. Housing and Community Development Director Quentin Holmes said his team had met with the landlord and followed up to ensure the issue was resolved. He also confirmed that the Codes Enforcement team will be keeping tabs on the property where the breaches occurred to check that the situation is not regressing. Holmes explained the process the nuisance code enforcement team must follow in accordance with city ordinances.
  • Commissioners and City Manager Daron Hall also discussed tall grass and responding to these complaints. Hall mentioned that city department staff are very busy this season with mowing, and said the city may consider hiring a private company next year to help with mowing to free up time to better resolve issues. problems such as potholes, tall grass and miscellaneous. nuisance code violations.
  • The discussion then shifted to the citywide bulky item effort. The city manager mentioned that this year’s bulk pick-up event will be slightly different than in 2021, with dates reserved for specific items. Director of Public Works and Utilities Matt Bacon said his department is looking at the third week of July.

Meetings of the municipal commission:

The Pittsburgh City Commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the hearing room of the Beard-Shanks Law Enforcement Center. Members of the public are invited to attend. To learn more about Pittsburgh city government, city commissioners, or to view meeting agendas and minutes, visit pittks.org/city-government/city-commission. City commission meetings are broadcast live every second and fourth Tuesday on the city’s local government access channel (Cox Channel 6) and on YouTube. To subscribe to the City’s YouTube channel, go to www.pittks.org/youtube.

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