No separate garbage fee in South Fayette

Published Jan 17, 2013 at 4:21 pm (Updated Jan 17, 2013 at 4:22 pm)

Residents in South Fayette will not have to pay a separate fee for garbage and recycling in 2013.

Commissioners approved a capital budget that does not include a proposed $8 a month garbage fee that had previously been recommended by township manager Ryan Eggleston.

“At this time, we are not proposing a garbage fee for this year,” Eggleston said at the board of commissioners’ voting meeting Jan. 16. He cited feedback from residents against the proposed fee as the main reason for not having the fee for this year.

“It is something we need to look at for long-term costs,” Eggleston said. He added that other municipalities like Peters Township have garbage fees and increased the fee this year.

Eggleston said as far as the capital budget is concerned, “We will try and basically hold the fort,” and added that he hopes the township has funding for Hickory Heights drive to be paved. He said other capital improvement items will be brought before the board for approval as they arise.

After the meeting, Eggleston said there are currently no funds in the capital budget and that items that may be needed throughout the year will come out of the general fund budget after board approval. He said funds may also be used from the prior year’s capital reserve fund.

Also at the meeting, the board voted unanimously to table action on setting the township’s real estate taxation millage rate. Township solicitor Jonathan Kamin recommended tabling action on the millage until at least the February meeting to wait until the township receives better numbers from the county regarding assessments.

“We don’t want to overtax. We don’t want to under tax. We want to keep it revenue neutral,” Kamin said. “I think we will have clarity by the February meeting.”

Plans approved

Preliminary plans for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC’s development of a portion of the former Star City property were unanimously approved by commissioners.

The building is to be constructed on about 2.64 acres adjacent to the former Star City Theater. A total of 11.6 acres, including the land owned by the township, is being subdivided in order to accommodate a new driveway and extra traffic lanes. Two lot lines will be moved to keep the acreage almost identical to the way it was.

The building, which will house pediatric outpatient services, will be four stories with a total of 60,000 square feet. The building is also set to be LEED certified. The parking lot will have 190 spaces with an additional 60 spaces for the township that UPMC may be able to use at peak times. The main entrance to the building will be off of Route 50. While the building is under construction, the Port Authority bus path to the park-and-ride will be moved to a temporary location. UPMC is working with Pittsburgh architect IKM Inc. on the site plans.

The board also unanimously approved a preliminary major subdivision plan for Walnut Ridge. The 110-acre development is set to be located off of Battle Ridge Road and will include about 90 lots. The homes set to be located there could range in price from $400,000 to $450,000.

Other business

Commissioner Lisa Malosh said the township recently received a $425,000 grant from the state department of agriculture and natural resources that will be used to possibly purchase the upper portion of the former Mayview State Hospital property near Fairview Park. Malosh said the township will be scheduling a meeting with the owners of the property to discuss the matter.

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