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Water. Co. should notify those affected by shut offs

Mayview Road has been experiencing some water improvements and repairs, as has Boyce Road. Living in this area, I have been impacted by this work, as I am sure many others have been as well.

My goal is to ensure that the public’s best interest be represented and upheld by our local water authorities and Pennsylvania American Water. My experience with and awareness of practices taken up by those in charge with supplying us with water seem to fall short of what I consider average up-to-date, safe and secure technologically advanced decisions, policies and procedures.

I wish to incite others to call for action concerning the following:

When performing a standard non emergency venting or reducing of pressure on a high volume high pressure water line, through the means of discharging water from a particular or number of sources (fire hydrant, other) do so in a manner which will not place that discharge into the direct path of traffic when possible. And when not possible, will require posting of such through multiple signs prior to entrance and exit of all affected traffic. Such was not the case nearing the entrance of Morrow Road to Mayview Road in early December. The fear and uncertainty that I felt for myself and my children once entering that discharge could have been prevented.

Also concerning emergency shut offs – unscheduled water shut off’s – such as those that took place recently, Pennsylvania American Water was informed and aware that a line had been ruptured, yet they took no action by the means of notifying residents that were affected that their water would be shut off for a period of time and that they should make appropriations. They have informed me that they do have a policy to notify residents of scheduled water shut offs, but they are unable to do so in emergency situations. I find that unacceptable.

We as residents could have, and I believe should have, been notified – when there are the means at hand to notify all effected residences with an email, text message and/or automated voice call.

Justin Beinhauer

Upper St. Clair

Hunting should solve Mt. Lebanon’s deer problem

For a number of years, Mt. Lebanon has been battling a deer population problem – in that there are too many deer in the municipality. In 2012, a deer crashed into Stout Flooring Design Center on Castle Shannon Boulevard. A deer study counted 342 deer – 57 per Mt. Lebanon square mile – during a flyover in February of 2013. Another survey a year later counted just 196.

There is a whole sub page dedicated to deer on Mt. Lebanon’s website.

The amount of deer-related incidents in Mt. Lebanon – car accidents, deer in residents’ yards, or dead or injured deer on roads – has steadily increased. When the municipality’s animal control unit is dispatched to each incident, it costs Mt. Lebanon money.

In September of this year, commissioners announced they had earmarked $68,000 unassigned funds for deer management. Sterilization – at $1,000 per deer – was among the ideas pitched, but research determined that in order to be effective, 90 percent of the deer population would have to be culled in the initial effort.

So, commissioners came up with a plan to hunt the deer – in public areas. Beginning Dec. 26, Mt. Lebanon will hold a controlled archery hunt. The Mt. Lebanon Deer Management Archery Program will be conducted by specific, licensed bow hungers and will take place in Bird, McNeilly and Robb Hollow parks, as well as on the Mt. Lebanon Golf Course in an effort to reduce the number of deer-related car crashes. Residents will be notified to when the hunting will be taking place in specific locations, and bows will be shot from elevated tree stands as a safety precaution.

Allowing hunting in such public places does pose a risk, and we trust that Lebo officials have weighed that risk with the risk of more deer-related car accidents.

If this doesn’t drastically reduce the deer population in Mt. Lebanon, we have to wonder what – and what amount of money – will.