Kittanning Councilman Dr. Gerald Shuster said he had more telephone calls over a trash trailer parked on North McKean Street than any other issue he has encountered in the borough. He petitioned Council for stricter enforcement throughout the borough.
from the KP NewsDesk
Councilman Dr. Gerald Shuster stepped away from behind the desk to appear in front of Kittanning Borough Council last night to urge his colleagues to press for stricter code compliance.
Shuster pointed to the town hall meeting on August 24, in which local residents gave very specific input to not just the reuse of school properties, but Kittanning as a community.
“The people at the public said we do everything that it seems we can to discourage young people from coming and settling down into the community. It’s not going to take any new laws. It’s not going to take more money. It is going to take attention and effort on the part of Borough Council and the people we appoint to supervise streets, law, and everything else in the community, to get it back to where it suppose to be. Kittanning should be the place to be – not a place to be from! It’s time we bring back the pride, and we certainly don’t have it right now. Those people in that public meeting should be thanked for energizing us.”
Shuster contrasted the beauty of the Bugsy’s Pizza court yard created last year with over 50 old tires piled up in front of AAAA Tire just a few hundred feet down on South Jefferson Street – calling the old tires a breeding ground for mosquitoes and the Zika virus.
He also said he has received more complaints over a trailer on North McKean Street over the past few weeks.
“A situation that occurred in my area. There was a trailer full of trash – a construction wide trailer – and it was parked on North McKean Street for about five or six days. It was parked in front of a home that was just recently purchased by a professional couple, who have totally renovated the house and spent a small fortune trying to bring that house up to date. Then to have next to them, their neighbor, park a trash trailer in front of them while they brought their family and relatives in, just added insult to injury. While they made an attempt to get the trailer removed and the trash too, ultimately after five or six more days, the trash was taken off the trailer. But if you were to go up McKean Street tonight, you would find the empty trailer parked between the curb and the sidewalk. I think that is patently illegal to do that because that is our right of way. So while the trailer was parked there, they did remove some of the trash. Now the trailer is parked back on the street. Two cars cannot pass simultaneously. One has to stop to let the other one pass. I know for a fact that we have the legal wherewithal to prevent that from occurring. But this is the tip of the iceberg.”
Shuster continued by pointing out “meticulously maintained properties beside a house that has had scaffolding around it since they did the first ‘Walking Dead’ movie.”
He called for Council to step up with code enforcement. He referred to Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to stimulate rehabilitation of various properties.
“Why do they need to tell us that we need to get some fire under us and get moving on cleaning up the community?
“Let’s get that trailer off the street because it is symbolic of everything that is wrong in our community right now. I think when people see things like that that need addressed, they need to bring down the number of the house to (the Borough Office) and let us take it from there.”
In other news, it was estimated that new traffic patterns on Jefferson Street could go into effect as early as the end of October. The new two-way traffic will also mean a four-way stop at the intersection of Jacob and South Jefferson.
Council also voted to take out another loan to pay contractors for revitalization work done on Market Street. They approved a payment of $219,628.59 to be awarded to M&B Services. Because the Borough has to wait to get reimbursed from the State, they agreed to secure a line of credit for $950,000 from First Commonwealth Bank of Leechburg, which had the lowest fees and interest rate of the five local banks that submitted a bid.