Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Fisher Leaving MLPD

Allegheny Township has a new police chief. 
Supervisors Monday appointed Duane Fisher, 46, to head the township’s police department. 
Fisher served on the Mt. Lebanon Police Department for over 20 years after starting his career in Jackson Township, York County. 
He graduated from the Indiana (Pa.) University police academy at Shippensburg University and holds a bachelor’s degree. Fisher has a masters in strategic leadership from Mountain State University in Beckley, W.V. 
Fisher replaces John Fontaine who retired in January. 
Most recently, Fisher was an administrative lieutenant for Mt. Lebanon where he commanded the support services division. He supervised the community policing unit, the records management unit and staffing, among other duties. 
“I look forward to getting back to work as a police officer,” Fisher said. “Jackson Township is similar to Allegheny Township.” 
Fisher will oversee a department with eight other full-time officers and four part-timers who patrol the 35-square mile township. 
Fisher has been serving as a consultant to the police department since May. He will assume his new post on Sept. 23. 
“I’m looking forward to working with the people here,” said Fisher. “It’s going to be a great time.” 

Teachers’ Contract Ratified

Dear Mt. Lebanon Parents,
At meetings held on September 11, 2018, the Mt. Lebanon School Board and the Mt. Lebanon Education Association ratified a 5-year Collective Bargaining Agreement for our District teachers.  Mt. Lebanon Board President, Mike Riemer and Peter Bouvy, President of the Mt. Lebanon Education Association released the following statement.
“We are pleased that the Association and School District were able to reach a 5-year Collective Bargaining Agreement that provides continued superior education for the students of the Mt. Lebanon School District and ensures a positive working environment for our teachers while maintaining fiscal accountability for the taxpayers of the School District.”
The agreement term is July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2023.  The 5-year average cost is 3.9%, which includes the built-in costs carrying over from the former agreement and is consistent with the financial parameters set by the Board.  The agreement provides teachers with additional preparation opportunities during the work day, minimizes teacher absences during the student day and ensures that the Mt. Lebanon School District will continue to provide a premier education program for its students while offering a collaborative work environment for its teachers.

Sincerely,

Timothy J. Steinhauer, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Sunday, September 2, 2018

School district paid $40,000, just to get it over with

Remember this Lebo Citizens post from April 25, 2016? Despicable UPDATED 3X

In 2015, the Mt. Lebanon School District hired a volleyball coach despite getting warnings that he had allegedly behaved inappropriately toward players two decades earlier. Later that year, Brian Begor was suspended and resigned after players accused him of “unwanted conduct of a sexual nature,” according to a federal lawsuit.
Mr. Begor was never charged with a crime, although four high school girls and their parents accused him of sexual misconduct in a 2016 federal lawsuit.
According to the Post-Gazette, each year, local school districts agree to settle allegations of negligence, discrimination and other wrongdoing by the district and its employees, with the median cost of settlements obtained by the Post-Gazette at about $15,000.

In February, Mt. Lebanon agreed to settle that suit for $40,000.  Just to resolve it.
“Details of the claim are confidential by court order. But, we can state that no wrongful acts by the district or Mr. Grogan were ever established, and the district has always denied any wrongdoing,” board president Michael Riemer said in an email Thursday. “In consultation with our insurer, however, we determined that it would be best to resolve this matter.”


Read more here: School districts pay thousands of dollars to settle complaints of wrongdoing

Friday, August 31, 2018

In case you missed it UPDATED 09/04/18

Archery Hunt 2018-2019 FAQ

Update September 4, 2018 12:19 PM Here is Timmy's semi-annual warning for killing deer in our densely populated community. Isn't it ironic that parents and certain school board directors have issues with School Resource Officers carrying guns in our schools, but there is no outcry from those who have concerns with weapons being discharged in undisclosed locations and parks? The killing will be done during daylight hours with parks remaining open.

From: Dr. Timothy Steinhauer
Sent: Tuesday, September 4, 2018 9:00 AM
To: Mt. Lebanon Parents 
Subject: Update: Municipal Deer Management Program 

Dear Mt. Lebanon School District Families, 

In our ongoing effort to keep you apprised of local issues, I am sending you information that I received from the Mt. Lebanon Municipality concerning the controlled archery hunt they will conduct from September 15 through January 26 with a break between November 24 and December 25. I have attached a letter from Assistant Municipal Manger Ian McMeans with details about the program and a link to more extensive information on the Municipal website at http://www.mtlebanon.org/2114/Deer-Management-Information. This same information is also being shared with all of our principals, teachers, and support staff. Please do not hesitate to contact the Mt. Lebanon Municipality or Mt. Lebanon Police Department should you have any questions. 

Sincerely, Timothy J. Steinhauer, Ed.D. 
Superintendent of Schools 

Municipal 2018 Deer Program Notification Letter.pdf

Saturday, August 25, 2018

High School Resource Officer at the High School

From: "Mr. Brian R. McFeeley, Principal - Mt. Lebanon HS" <noreplay@mtlsd.net>
Date: August 24, 2018 at 9:32:18 AM EDT
To: High School Parent
Subject: School Resource Officer at High School
Reply-To: "Mr. Brian R. McFeeley, Principal - Mt. Lebanon HS" <noreplay@mtlsd.net>

Dear Parent/Guardian and Students:

I am pleased to share that as a result of our ongoing partnership with the Mt. Lebanon Police Department a School Resource Officer (SRO) has been once again assigned to Mt. Lebanon High School for the 2018-19 school year and beyond.  Mt. Lebanon Police Officer Bryan Henley will serve in this role. In addition to all required trainings for veteran Mt. Lebanon Police Officers, Officer Henley is also certified as an SRO by the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) and well as being qualified to provide ALiCE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) emergency response training. 

Officer Henley has been transitioning to the high school over the past two weeks while participating in various staff in-service programs and will officially begin his new role on the first day of school.  SRO Henley will continue in a similar capacity as the previous SRO who temporarily joined the high school this past spring. He will serve as a presence in the high school throughout the regular school day and strengthen relationships with students, parents, and staff.  The presence of the officer is not in response to any specific issue but rather a continuation of the program which began in April to improve upon the many safety measures already in place.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Brian R. McFeeley
Principal

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Delinquent School Tax List for 2017

Last night, the school board approved, once again, the list of liened properties to be available to the public.

There are the usual characters on the list, who habitually have liens on their properties year after year.

I feel sorry for some, but for others who never pay their taxes - shame on you! For one in particular, I single handedly spent enough at your shop to pay your damn taxes. Too bad you are such a jerk.

Here is the list of liened properties from 2017.

Monday, August 13, 2018

You've been warned...again

From: LeboALERT
To: EGillen476
Subject: LeboALERT: Drivers/pedestrians,...
Date: Mon, Aug 13, 2018 3:11 pm

This is an important notice from LeboALERT. 

Drivers/pedestrians, be careful Uptown. Starting 8/14, there will be more policing, warnings & enforcement due to PennDOT traffic safety grant. ----------------------------------------------

What is interesting is that State Farm also gave us money over a year ago for those Look Up Lebo banners that were at some intersections. Those banners are MIA now. An officer told me that only one person had been cited for jaywalking. I guess the municipality needed more money since they are spending $10 million to protect our salt.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

School Board is back from Summer Break UPDATED

For the first time in history, the school board took off the month of July. The agenda for Monday's Discussion Meeting is available here.

The school board will continue their practice of public shaming with their
Publication of Listing of Liened Taxes – Annually the Board takes action to make the list of liened property taxes from the prior year for public view. The list is recommended for public view by the Superintendent. 
Timmy had his review on June 27, 2018 and will be getting his contracted 6% increase, resulting in a salary of $217,822. No mention of a bonus this year. Aww.

To be voted on at the next meeting:
School Resource Officer: RESOLVED, That the School Resource Officer Agreement between the District and the Municipality is approved in substantially the form presented, providing for a three-year term with the District reimbursing the Municipality for 65% of all costs incurred by the Municipality in providing the School Resource Officer, in amounts estimated to be $78,088, $84,193, and $91,414, respectively, in each year of the Agreement. 
More discussion on the capital campaign.

The good news is that the school district is a loving and caring board. They will be approving $100 for supplies for the homeless. This will come from a Federal grant.

August 13, 2018 1:32 PM The capital campaign has list approximately $6,000 YTD ending 7/31/18.
https://www.mtlsd.org/uploaded/District/Century_of_Excllence/Capital_Campaign_Financials_073118.pdf

Friday, August 10, 2018

This can't be good

The Discussion Agenda for Tuesday is here.

Susan Morgans has been allotted thirty minutes to discuss the recycling changes. I have been looking at property in central Florida where the regular garbage is picked up twice a week while the recycling is picked up once a week. I asked the real estate agent what is the fee and is it single stream. She looked at me with a puzzled look and said that there is no additional fee for collection and that it is single stream. Florida doesn't have a state income tax and no local taxes, only county property taxes. The millage is quite low. Now I understand why people go there to retire.

Another agenda item is the discussion of the stormwater fee. That can only mean that there will be an increase. For now, the commission agenda states that they are considering the fee to be collected annually. Again, Florida doesn't charge for a rain tax like Lebo does. Also, there are no parking meters there. Crazy, huh?

For all the trolls out there, I am still remaining in Lebo, but I now know where I am going to move when I get the heck out of here.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

New recycling regulations for next year

Recycling changes loom for Mt. Lebanon, other South Hills Communities
Starting next year, Mt. Lebanon residents will be unable to throw glass and select types of plastic into their recycling bins. 
We will only be able to recycle plastics numbered 1 and 2. No glass bottles or jars will be accepted.  The article states that we can recycle cardboard. That is not entirely true. We cannot recycle pizza boxes because of the grease. I wonder about the grease in boxes containing cheese sticks, fries, or any other take out food. I think they are discriminating against pizza lovers. I'm offended.

We better not be hit with Pay as You Throw next. My recycling can is usually quite filled with glass jars and bottles. I have tried to be more mindful about recycling and now it is going to blow up in our faces. With our super duper Public Works that has gone waaaaaaaaaaay over budget and is behind six months, maybe we can have our own glass recycling program since we will have the space for it.

I'm still not over the stormwater fee. Mt. Lebanon started charging us a stormwater fee starting in 2011, so that they could control stormwater runoff in areas prone to flooding. Yeah, that's working well. Maybe we will hear more about how that million dollars a year collected every year in fees, in the September issue of mtl Magazine. We will get to see all the flood photos collected of this past June.

Western Pa. towns eye fees to control stormwater runoff
“During the past two years, I have been asked to speak at three different professional conferences on this subject and Mt. Lebanon's program,” said Mt. Lebanon municipal Manager Steve Feller. “Because of the stormwater fee, Mt. Lebanon has had the resources to initiate numerous projects to maintain and enhance the existing system and also expand the system to areas deficient of storm sewer infrastructure.”
Since Mt. Lebanon adopted the program, which raises about $1 million a year, Dormont, Whitehall and Scott have weighed potential fees, Feller said.
The bottom line is that we are paying for deficient storm sewer infrastructure while flooding is worse than ever and next we will hear that we have to pay more as we try to be green.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Philip Bianco Memorial Scholarship

Another strike against the charlatan, Tony DeNicola

You want a cull, Commissioners? Use real hunters says the PA Game Commission. https://www.outdoornews.com/2018/07/09/pennsylvania-game-commission-looks-to-force-towns-to-use-hunters-in-deer-culling/

You can no longer hide behind police officers to do your killing. You must use hunters, another blow to the guy who charges us $1352.81 per deer. You know, White Buffalo, a 501(c)(3).

Some have done so in a “robust” way, Raup said. Others meet the public hunting requirement using members of one particular sportsmen’s club. A few open things up to hunters passing a proficiency test.

Those situations are all acceptable, he said. Elected officials hiding behind a handful of police officers – so as to not to face opposition from anti-hunting constituents – is not, he added.
I hope you are finally waking up, Commissioners. Tony DeNicola was laughing all the way to the bank and made you guys look like fools. Oh, and no more hiding, Commissioners.