Monday, July 13, 2020

Borough Government

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.

Borough Adapts to Pandemic, Increases Certain Functions While Adhering to Distancing Regulations

Southwestern Pennsylvania is fortunate to have seen a significantly lower rate of coronavirus transmission than many other urban regions. However, as this disease will continue to linger with us for an extended period of time, it is vital to remain diligent. Brentwood Borough, like all organizations that facilitate the majority of their outputs via in-person operations, is working to provide the fullest slate of services possible without compromising the safety of its employees. Please note the following:

  • The municipal building remains closed to visitors. Administrative employees are available via phone or email during standard business hours. Individuals interested in participating in the month's meeting of Borough Council are asked to do so remotely via Microsoft Teams.
  • The Police Department will continue to screen calls so as to limit unnecessary face-to-face contact. Police clerical employees have returned to their regular shifts, but individuals are still encouraged to submit non-emergency requests via Crimewatch and to utilize CrashDocs for accident reports.
  • The Public Works Department has returned to conducting business during its normal hours of operation.
  • The Code Department is now able to process building permits. Association inspections will transpire in such a manner that encourages maximum physical distancing. Occupancy inspections will recommence but will take place remotely.
  • The park remains closed. Due to anticipated ongoing restrictions on large crowds, upcoming events such as Community Day and our street fair have been postponed. The Borough is making contingency plans to permit certain activities, such as outdoor exercise classes, once the Governor transitions the disaster declaration for Allegheny County to the "yellow" phase. In the interim, a variety of ideas for home-based recreational activities have been posted here.