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2022 Proposed Annual Budget

Borough of Homestead – 2022 Proposed Annual Budget

CHANGE IN COUNCIL MEETING DATES

Please take note, Homestead Borough Council monthly meetings will change to the 2nd and 3rd Thursdays of each month starting in July.

Council Meeting –

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2021 at 6:00 PM

Council Legislative Session

Call to Order

 

Roll Call

 

Public Comment – Items on Agenda        Name, Address – Comment

 

Department Reports

  • Police Chief’s report
  • Fire Chief’s report
  • Mayor’s report
  • Building Code
  • Parking
  • Public Works
  • Engineering
  1. Motion to accept the bid from Chuba Heating and Remodeling, Inc. in the amount of $34,500.00 to complete the repairs on the roof at 221 E. 7th

 

Agenda Items

  1. Motion to approve September 9, 2021, and September 16, 2021, meeting minutes.
  2. Motion to approve October 2021 bill list in the amount of $ 378,405.85
Fund Amount
General Fund  $378,405.85
  1. Motion to approve actual September 2021 payroll: $118,241.78.
  2. Motion to approve the bills for the Homestead Volunteer Fire Department in the amount of $5,748.10 that were not included in the bill list:
Fire Force, Inc Supplies $1,000.00
Fire Force, Inc Supplies $1,713.10
Crystal Sound Systems Programming fee $25.00
Witmer $282.00
HVFD Fuel Reimbursement: June – August. 2021 $3,269.00
  1. Motion to approve calendar for 2022 Budget meetings to include the following dates:
    1. 10/28/2021 Advertise Budget public hearings, where budget will be fund for public review
    2. The dates for the two public hearings and budget workshops on November 8, 2021, and November 15, 2021, at 7:00 pm.
    3. Budget adoption on December 16, 2021
  2. Motion to approve Alt-Esco lower rates for electricity and gas for savings of almost $5,000 per year.
  3. Motion to approve Keystone Collections as the delinquent tax collector
  4. Motion to accept the resignation of crossing guard, Josephine Owens effective October 31, 2021.
  5. Motion to hire Judithe Adams as a crossing guard effective October 22, 2021.
  6. Motion to accept the bid from Allegheny Fence to repair and complete the chain link fence at the PW Storage Shed.
  7. Motion to hire a full-time Public Works employee

 

Resolutions

Concurring Resolution: The purpose of the Resolution form is to have on record a statement confirming that the applicant has formally requested a grant, from the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County (“RAAC”).

 Resolution 2021-12: A Resolution of the Borough of Homestead, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, establishing reasonable costs of collection for delinquent taxes and imposing the cost of such collection upon the delinquent taxpayer.

Resolution 2021-13: A Resolution of the Borough of Homestead, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, requesting funding from the Pennsylvania Department of. Community and Economic Development Community Development Block Grant – CD-48 for the following projects:

  • Demolition –333 E. 11th Avenue, 224 E. 14th Avenue, 242 E. 15th Avenue, 226 E. 16th Avenue, 331 W 14th Avenue, 234 E 16th Avenue, 145 W 12th Avenue, 1308 West Street, 1318 Sylvan Street, 1206 Hays Street, 128 E 12th Avenue & 233 E 14th
  • Street Reconstruction– Mifflin Street (13th – 16th), W 14th Ave (Sylvan – Hays) -, W 14th Ave (West – Sarah), Ann (9th – 11th)
  • Fishing Pier Project ($19,725.00 – Local share of the GTRP Grant) The GTRP grant announcements are being delayed until November

ORDINANCE

Ordinance No. 2021-03:  An Ordinance of the Council of the Borough of Homestead, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, vacating an alley way located in the Borough between E. 11th Avenue and E. 12th Avenue and between E. 10th Avenue and E. Locust Way pursuant to the Borough Code.

Public Comment – Items NOT on Agenda    Name, Address – Comment

EXECUTIVE SESSION – to discuss personnel matters

Adjournment

 

NEXT MEETING DATES

Zoning Board Planning Commission HARB Work Session/Caucus Legislative Session
10/27/2021 10/27/2021 11/03/2021 11/11/2021 11/18/2021
6:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 5:00 pm 6:00 pm

Council Meeting –

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2021 at 6:00 PM

Council Agenda-setting Session

 

This meeting will be at the

HOMESTEAD VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

212 E. 9TH STREET

HOMESTEAD, PA 15120

 

Call to Order

 

Roll Call

 

Special Presentation: Taking Mon Valley Initiative

 

Public Comment – Items on Agenda        Name, Address – Comment

 

Report

  1. Manager’s report (corresponds to the Agenda items)

 

Agenda Items

Administration

  1. Approve September 2021 meeting minutes
  2. 221 W. 7th Avenue – roof repair update.
  3. Employee health insurance update.
  4. Act 152 Blight Grant – For Allegheny County, we need a resolution and a concurring resolution to demolish the properties.
  5. Water Way – it has been advertised in the Valley Mirror per the legal requirements and can be voted at the October 21, 2021, meeting.
  6. Boundary Change – per Lloyd and Munhall officials.

Financial

  1. Approve October 2021 bill list (reviewed by Finance on 10/05/2021) – $377,120.87.
  2. Approval of September 2021 Payroll
General Fund $97,276.20
Sewer Fund $263,342.52
Payroll $652.54
Total Bill List $377120.87
Payroll September 2021 Grand Total $132,061.99
  1. ARPA funds $164,801.67– how should we use the funds.
    1. Support public health expenditures
    2. Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency
    3. Replace lost public sector revenue
    4. Provide premium pay for essential workers
    5. Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure
  2. Approval of the bills for the HVFD ($5,748.10) that were not included in the bill list:
Fire Force, Inc Supplies $1,000.00
Fire Force, Inc Supplies $1,713.10
Crystal Sound Systems Programming fee $25.00
Witmer $282.00
HVFD Fuel Reimbursement: June – August. 2021 $3,269.00
  1. Approve calendar for 2022 Budget meetings based on the calendar included in packet.
    1. 10/28/2021 Advertise Budget public hearings, where budget will be fund for public review
    2. Dates for two public hearings and budget workshops following
    3. Budget must be adopted at the December 16, 2021, meeting.
  2. Approve proposal to switch to alternative carriers for electricity and gas for savings of almost $5,000 per year.
  3. Keystone Collections – LST contract and resolution

Police

  1. Accept resignation of crossing guard, Josephine Owens effective.
  2. Offer position to Judith Adams as crossing guard
  3. Vacate Civil Service List

Parking Enforcement

  1. Transferring the Parking Department from Administration to the Police Department.

Code/Building/Engineering

  1. Accept the bid from Allegheny Fence for the PW Storage Shed
  2. Accept the bid from Chuba to repair the roof at 221 E. 7th Avenue
  3. Sewer problem in the 100 block of E 9th

 

New Business

 

Public Comment – Items NOT on Agenda    Name, Address – Comment

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION – to discuss personnel matters

 

Adjournment

 

NEXT MEETING DATES

Zoning Board Planning Commission HARB Work Session/Caucus Legislative Session
10/27/2021 10/27/2021 11/03/2021 11/11/2021 11/18/2021
6:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 5:00 pm 6:00 pm

 

  

 

 

 

 

Council Meeting – Thursday, October 21, 2021

Council Legislative Session starting at 6:00 pm.  Agenda will be posted by Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

 

 

 

 

Live Fridays!!!!!

Live Fridays presented by Rivers of Steel starts tomorrow from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Come down to Homestead’s 8th Avenue to see some amazing talent and have great food.

Meanwhile, from 5-7 PM, Rivers of Steel (623 E 8th Ave) will be opening their new museum exhibit, “Memory Scenes: A Kathleen Ferri Retrospective”, featuring the works of local folk painter Kathleen Ferri and her recreations of the Mon Valley’s towns of the 1930s and ’40s.  Click here to see more about this exhibit:  Ferri Programs

 

 

 

STREET SWEEPING STILL HAPPENING!

Community Sweeps – whole community each month, alternating sides, the third and fourth Thursdays: 10/14, 10/21

Business District – every Monday and Thursday

 

 

 

 

 

Homestead Borough E-Newsletter 

Sign up for our Monthly E-Newsletter that gives info on the Borough, events, and focuses on local businesses.

 

 

 

 

Emergency Rental Assistance

Are you struggling to pay rent or utilities due to the pandemic? If you need help paying your rent and/or your utility bills, you may be able to get money to pay for those expenses through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). Assistance is available for unpaid bills owed on or after March 13, 2020. ERAP can help eligible households pay rent and other bills that keep families in their home with working utilities. ERAP can help pay for:

  • Current rent
  • Past due rent (arrears)
  • Current balances and arrears for utilities such as:
    •  Electricity
    • Gas
    • Water
    • Sewer
    • Trash removal
    • Energy costs (i.e. fuel oil)
    • Rental fees
    • Late fees

Any person responsible for paying rent can apply for ERAP. Your landlord does not have to participate for you to get help.

Visit www.COMPASS.state.pa.us. You will be able to submit your application through COMPASS or, if your county is not participating in the COMPASS application, you will be automatically directed to your county’s application process.

For more information about the program including income limits, how to apply, and local county contacts, or to access a printable application, visit the DHS ERAP webpage.

Don’t wait – apply today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homestead Borough Named 2021 ALOM Banner Community!

The Borough of Homestead has been named a 2021 Banner Community. The Banner Community program, sponsored by Allegheny County and the Allegheny League of Municipalities (ALOM), recognizes communities that show a commitment to professional development, prudent fiscal management, transparency, accountability, and proactive communications to engage community stakeholders. A total of 71 municipalities and five municipal authorities were recognized this year.

“This is the first year that Homestead has been recognized as a Banner Community. We appreciate ALOM and Allegheny County for recognizing the Borough of Homestead as we work to provide services for the residents,” said Vanessa McCarthy-Johnson, Borough Manager. “We are proud of our staff’ and elected officials as they are committed to make the necessary changes to improve the quality of life for our residents and businesses. We are excited to receive this designation for 2021.”

A total of 54 municipalities received the Banner Community designation for multiple years, including Aspinwall, Avalon, Baldwin Borough, Baldwin Township, Bellevue, Bethel Park, Brentwood, Bridgeville, Butler (Butler County), Carnegie, Castle Shannon, Crafton, Dormont, East Deer, East McKeesport, Edgewood, Edgeworth, Elizabeth Township, Emsworth, Forest Hills, Fox Chapel, Glassport, Green Tree, Harrison, Heidelberg, Jefferson Hills, Kilbuck, Leet, Marshall, Millvale, Monroeville, Mt. Lebanon, Munhall, North Versailles, Oakmont, O’Hara, Pine, Pitcairn, Pleasant Hills, Port Vue, Robinson, Scott, Shaler, Sharpsburg, South Fayette, South Park, Swissvale, Verona, West Deer, West Homestead, West Mifflin, West View, Wilkinsburg and Wilmerding.

“All of our communities have been stressed during this pandemic, and perhaps none more than local governments which have had their finances as well as their operations impacted. Yet throughout these challenges, these municipalities continue to serve the residents of their community in ways that set them apart,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “Congratulations to all of the recipients of the Banner Community designation. We are grateful to you for your continued efforts on behalf of your residents and businesses and are fortunate to have you as part of our county.”

The Borough of Homestead is a member of the Allegheny League of Municipalities, a nonprofit organization created in the early 1960s to coordinate the needs of the area’s local elected officials. In 1974, it was officially established as the Allegheny League of Municipalities to coordinate, advocate and educate the hundreds of elected officials within its member municipalities in Allegheny County and southwestern Pennsylvania. The organization educates elected officials, delivers essential resources, and advocates for sound policy and legislation.

 

 

 

Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation – Volunteer Application

Our organization encourages the participation of volunteers who support our mission. If you agree with our mission and are willing to be interviewed and trained in our procedures, we encourage you to complete this application. The information on this form will be kept confidential and will help us find the most satisfying and appropriate volunteer opportunity for you.

Volunteer Application

Steel Valley Enterprise Zone

Contact information: PO Box 168, Homestead, PA  15120    (412) 462-8870     Website:  www.svez.org

The Steel Valley Enterprise Zone is a private, non-profit local development corporation comprised of representatives from local government, businesspersons and citizens.  Its mission is to:

  • Build the capacity of the local governments in the Enterprise Zone communities to improve the local business climate,
  • Enable the local governments in the Enterprise Zone to facilitate growth in the quantity and quality of employment opportunities,
  • Increase the capabilities of local governments in the Enterprise Zone to respond effectively to local business expansion opportunities and constraints,
  • Present public discussion groups, forums, panels, lectures or other similar programs for the residents of the Enterprise Zone that address the unique economic and social issues present in the municipalities, and
  • Assist the local governments and local business communities of the Enterprise Zone in the formation of public/private partnerships which will develop and sustain increased rates of business investment and job creation in the Enterprise Zone.

Via an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement, the Steel Valley Enterprise Zone Corporation has been designated by the local governments to coordinate and direct economic development in the area.  Map of the Steel Valley Enterprise Zone.

Building Investment Loan Program Overview and Program Guidelines

Business Loan Program Overview and Program Guidelines

Carnegie Library of Homestead

The Carnegie of Homestead is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for all patrons and our staff. We continue to follow the information and recommendations that have been communicated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding the COVID-19 virus. Given the fluidity of this situation, plans may change and event cancellations may occur. We will continue to keep you updated.

For updated information download our flyer Carnegie of Homestead Patrons.

MAPS Membership

REMINDER

Residents don’t forget to pay your MAPS memberships. If you have any questions you can contact us at:  412-464-7329.

Information Resources for The Community

Salvation Army
104 East 9th Ave Homestead PA, 15120     412-461-2460   Facebook:  facebook.com/steelvalleycorps/

Rainbow Kitchen
135 East 9th Ave Homestead Pa, 15120   412-464-1892    Website: rainbowkitchen.org

Free Community Meals

Free Community Meals will take place on the second and fourth Sundays of the month at 4p.m.  The meals will be served at the LifeStone Church Homestead,  436 E 8th Ave, Homestead, PA 15120 (412-326-1978)

Annual Raccoon Rabies Baiting Project

Rabies vaccine baiting in Allegheny County. For more information visit: www.achd.net/raccoon

Veterans Helping Veterans

210 e. 7th Avenue, Homestead, PA  15120.  (412) 326-1959.   Website:  www.meadowsedge.com

For more information, please take a look at the flyer.

Protect our Rivers and Streams

Did you know that anything that goes into a catch basin or storm inlet on the street eventually ends up in a stream or river?  To read more visit our News Page.

 

Electronics Recycling now required in PA

By law, Allied Waste, the garbage collector for Homestead Borough, can no longer take televisions, laptops, computers, printers or other electronic computer and/or audio-visual items as part of the Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act. It is against the law for these items to be thrown out with your trash and for us to take them. They must now be recycled and can be dropped off at a designated collection point.

eLoop, LLC (E)
625 Plum Industrial Court, Pittsburgh
724-519-7646
For more information on other places to recycle, please visit www.zerowastepgh.org