Friday, November 22, 2019

Borough Government

"To Save the Pool or Close the Pool? That is the Question."

 Help guide policy decisions related to this critical piece of municipal infrastructure by attending an open community meeting on June 27th at 7PM at the Brentwood Municipal Building.  Council has commissioned its contracted architect and engineer to develop preliminary renderings and cost estimates for several options that are currently under consideration.  In addition to discussing the proposed scope of work, Brentwood will solicit vital feedback on issues such as:

  • Would residents accept a tax increase if necessary to keep the pool open?
  • Given the limited size of the park, do residents feel that there is a better use for this space?
  • Would residents accept opening the pool to non-residents?
  • Should the pool be closed during the 2019 season to allow

Borough Tenders Proposals for Construction Management Services

The long discussed plan to develop a new municipal facility is taking shape.  To ensure both the receipt of accurate estimates and strict adherence to the building timeline, Brentwood Borough is seeking a professional services contract for construction management services.  Interested firms can view proposal criteria here. Prospective bidders must attend a mandatory pre-submission conference on June 7th and 2PM.  Sealed proposals are due by 10AM on June 20th. Council will conduct formal interviews with a short list of applicant on July 9th at 7PM; all staff members who would be assigned to this project are required to participate in this presentation.

 

Trio of New Ordinances Adopted

Brentwood Borough Council recently took action on a pair of critical new statutes while it concurrently revised a key clause within an existing ordinance. First, our municipality is pleased to announce that it is the first community in the state to offer a formal backflow prevention valve installation program.  Despite significant investments in sanitary sewer infrastructure, it is recognized that that our system is hindered by groundwater infiltration and limited pipe capacity; consequently, during severe rain events, some residents have occasionally been subject to the unsettling and unpleasant experience of seeing sewage back up into the basements of their homes.  For properties that are constructed in certain topographic low spots, a backflow prevention device can serve as a critical failsafe, as this equipment can prevent waste from travelling the opposite way through discharge pipes due to overflows within municipal main lines. While other communities have offered to share the cost of placing these apparatuses in affacted structures, Brentwood's policy provides a mechanism for documenting backflow events and ensuring that all residents have equal access to funding. 

 

Second, our Borough responded to requests by the passionte volunteers of its fire company by adopting an ordinance that will provide this organization with access to an additional revenue stream. While other states give fire departments significnat latitude to collect service fees, in Pennsylvania, these agencies can only collect funds from insurance companies for their responses to vehicular accidents; in order to bill providers, the sponsoring municipality must approve authorizing legislation. Unlike most peer statutes, Brentwood's emergency service reimbursement ordinance provides a schedule of fees that will help the organization to justify its costs when dealing with penny-pinching carriers.

 

Finally, Council tweaked its existing alcohol policy to allow for beer to be sold at a limited number of events. The ordinance alteration applies only to those festivities that are sponsored solely by the municipality, such as our upcoming Brownsville Road street fair.