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Dormont Code Enforcement Officer Hired

A final roundup of items Dormont Council discussed and approved at Monday’s meeting.

Dormont Borough has a new code enforcement officer, although the person who formerly held the responsibilities of that position won’t be leaving the borough’s administrative office.

On Monday, Dormont Council approved hiring Monica Dahlkemper as code enforcement officer for the borough of Dormont. For the past eight years, Dahlkemper has served the same department for the City of Pittsburgh, completing code enforcement duties and building inspections for the city. Her first day with the borough will be Monday.

The borough’s building official, Pat Kelly, who has been responsible for both code enforcement and building official duties, will now perform only building official duties.

Also during the meeting:

  • Council voted 6-1 to allow residents to put fences in the front yards of their homes. Borough residents will be allowed to put fences in their front yards, but an application process through the planning commission would have to be completed and approved before the fence could be constructed. Councilman Gene Barilla voted against the motion.
  • Council voted 5-2 to increase the allowable area for temporary special event signs and restrict the number of signs to one per property. Borough manager Jeff Naftal said council would work with both the Keystone Oaks band and the Dormont Volunteer Fire Department to allow them to continue to post signs at the Christmas tree sale and Fourth of July car raffle, respectively, as they have in the past. Councilmen Barilla and John Maggio voted against the motion.
  • Council also approved the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget for Dormont Borough. .
  • In addition, council will hold a special meeting on Dec. 19 to discuss the proposed #1 Cochran redevelopment plan. Click here for details.

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Ed M December 07, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Welcome to Dormont Monica.
DSA December 07, 2012 at 02:30 PM
The vote on the signs sounds really vague. Maybe there should be an application process and designated areas that signs can go?
Erin Faulk December 07, 2012 at 04:21 PM
There was actually a lot of discussion about that one. Mainly, there was concern because the KO band typically has several signs at the Christmas tree sale, and the VFD does the same during their July car raffle. Jeff Naftal said that as written, there is to be "one sign per property." However, he said the term "property" can be defined as a "site" rather than strictly as a zoning property (i.e., the pool parking lot, tennis courts, basketball courts are all in Dormont Park, but are three "properties"). He said he didn't think this would affect anything anyone already had in place.

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