Saturday, August 15, 2020

Borough Government

Residents May Participate Remotely, Submit Written Comments for Land Use Hearings

Brentwood Borough Council will hold a pair of public hearings prior to its upcoming sessions. On August 17th, the body will hear testimony pertaining to a request by John Slater to amend the Brentwood Zoning Map. The applicant is specifically seeking to change the classification of the parcel at 201 Wainwright Avenue to the mixed-use district to facilitate the construction of a parking lot on the site of a single-family home. On August 24th, the board will review two matters. Ravish Gandhi is seeking a conditional use permit to operate an adult daycare facility in a commercial suite at 4411 Stilley Road. Comments will also be solicited on a proposed ordinance to regulate short-term rental units.

To quell the spread of the coronavirus, no more than 25 people, which includes Borough officials and the project applicants, may be physically present in Council Chambers. Individuals may remotely participate via video conferencing software or phone through Microsoft Teams. Additionally, written comment may be submitted in advance to epeccon @ brentwoodboro.com.

Borough Eases Restrictions While Maintaining Vigilance

As better-than-exepcted news on the trajectory of the novel coronavirus has led to a general loosening of pandemic-related restrictions in Allegheny County, Brentwood Borough is also preparing to remove additional limitations to its operations.

  • Beginning June 9th, the municipal building lobby will be opened to visitors. The use of masks is a mandatory condition of entry. Face-to-face meetings with individual employees are strongly discouraged, and all business should be conducted at the administrative and/or police clerical counter to the greatest extent possible.
  • Members of the public may attend meetings of Council in person, but a remote option will remain available via Microsoft Teams. The Planning Commission and Zoning Hearing Board meetings will also return to their duties.
  • The Police Department has returned to its regular schedule. In order to limit officer exposure, individuals are still encouraged to submit non-emergency requests via Crimewatch and to utilize CrashDocs for accident reports.
  • Building inspections will now take place in person. The Borough will continue to use Microsoft Teams to conduct virtual occupancy inspections.
  • The majority of Brentwood Park was reopened on June 5th. Restrictions will be placed on the number of individuals that can utilize each facility at any one time. The playground and the pavilion remain closed. Exercise courses will resume June 8th. The community room will be available for rent at a reduced capacity. 

Council Considers Trio of Ordinances

During its May business meetings, Council authorized the advertising of the following pieces of legislation:

  • Ordinance No. 1289, which would update Chapter 162 of the Borough Code to confirm the municipality's use of the 2018 edition of the International Property Maintenance Code.
  • Ordinance No. 1290, which would update Chapter 186 of the Borough Code to remove inconsistencies between municipal and state swimming pool installation requirements.
  • Ordinance No. 1291, which would authorize the installation of five new stop signs.

It is anticipated that a final vote on these matters will take place on June 22nd.