Monday, March 14, 2016

School District to Blame! Was Commissioners do as they please. Again. UPDATED 3 TIMES

On March 8, 2016, the Mt. Lebanon Commissioners approved Resolution No. R-6-16, the transfer of a liquor license to GUTBUBS, LLC. GUTBUBS, LLC, has a lease for property located at 292 Beverly Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216 and was seeking to transfer a liquor license to a restaurant they plan on opening at this location.  The resolution shows that it was approved February 22, 2016, but it was actually voted on and approved on March 8, 2016. See Agenda Item #5 as introduced by John Bendel.

But that is minor. There's a bigger problem with this liquor license. It is within 300 feet of Lincoln Elementary, a violation of Policy MB OPPOSITION TO APPLICATION FOR MALT BEVERAGE AND LIQUOR LICENSES WITHIN 300 FEET OF SCHOOLS.

According to Dr. Steinhauer in his email to a Mt. Lebanon Parent:

Dear [Mt. Lebanon Parent]

The School District objected in writing to this transfer of a malt beverage and/or liquor license in accordance with District Policy MB on February 17, 2016. The location was within 300 ft. of Lincoln Elementary School.

Timothy J. Steinhauer, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Mt. Lebanon School District
412-344-2076

What did you do today to improve the life of a child?

The question that has gone unanswered is:

Was a protest filed by the District with the PA LCB as per the attached petition and guide?

Are Timmy and the School Board objecting with the same intensity as they did with the shooting along safe walking routes thirty minutes after elementary school children were dismissed? 

Our commissioners don't answer to anyone, while our superintendent questions what we did today to improve the life of a child.

Update March 15, 2016 7:30 PM The unanswered question has been answered.

Dear [Mt. Lebanon Parent],

No, for many years the District has only objected to the Municipality and not with the PLCB.

Tim Steinhauer

Update March 15, 2016 9:36 PM Shaking my head...

From: Keith Mcgill <kmcgill@mtlebanon.org>
Date: Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 9:17 PM
Subject: Re: liquor license
To: E.T. Gillen egillen476@aol.comKelly Fraasch <kfraasch@mtlebanon.org>, Commission <commission@mtlebanon.org>
Cc: Philip Weis <philip.weis@bipc.com>


Good evening Elaine,
The resolution that was posted on the website had a typographical error regarding the date that was corrected before the resolution was signed.
As to the proximity to Lincoln school, in accordance with the school district policy the school district did submit a letter opposing this transfer as they did with the license that was transferred to Iovino's and Sushi 3. Prior to the meeting I spoke to the Superintendent who indicated that while the school district by policy would not be supporting the transfer of this license they did not have any specific concerns related to the transfer.
As several Commissioners indicated during the meeting, the restaurant owner is a Mt. Lebanon resident with a proven track record in the restaurant business and the liquor license is secondary to the primary focus of the business, which is a restaurant and deli.  

Keith

On Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 8:34 PM, Kelly Fraasch <kfraasch@mtlebanon.org> wrote:
Can you address this about the ordinance?

Sent from Kelly's iPhone, please excuse typos or auto-corrections.  

Begin forwarded message:
From: "'egillen476@aol.com' via Commission" <commission@mtlebanon.org>
Date: March 15, 2016 at 7:47:44 PM EDT
To: commission@mtlebanon.org
Cc: TSteinhauer@mtlsd.netschoolboard@mtlsd.net
Subject: liquor license
Reply-To: "egillen476@aol.com" <egillen476@aol.com>

Commissioners,


On March 8, 2016, you approved Resolution No. R-6-16, the transfer of a liquor license to GUTBUBS, LLC. The resolution shows that it was approved February 22, 2016, but it was actually voted on and approved on March 8, 2016. See Agenda Item #5 as introduced by John Bendel.

But that is minor. There's a bigger problem with this liquor license. It is within 300 feet of Lincoln Elementary, a violation of Policy MB OPPOSITION TO APPLICATION FOR MALT BEVERAGE AND LIQUOR LICENSES WITHIN 300 FEET OF SCHOOLS


The School District wrote in opposition to this resolution, yet you still approved it. Please explain your reasons for approving it.

Elaine Gillen


Update March 16, 2016 10:42 AM I am so glad my grandkids are not if the Mt. Lebanon School District.

From: Dr. Timothy Steinhauer <TSteinhauer@mtlsd.net>
To: 'egillen476@aol.com' <egillen476@aol.com>
Cc: School Board Email list <SchoolBoardEmaillist@mtlsd.net>; 'Keith Mcgill' <kmcgill@mtlebanon.org>
Sent: Wed, Mar 16, 2016 10:26 am
Subject: RE: liquor license

Dear Ms. Gillen,

School District Policy MB is still applicable and relevant. As noted in the policy, the School District submits an objection in writing to the agency that has ultimate regulatory authority.

Timothy J. Steinhauer, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Mt. Lebanon School District
412-344-2076

What did you do today to improve the life of a child?

From: egillen476@aol.com [mailto:egillen476@aol.com]
Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 9:41 PM
To: Dr. Timothy Steinhauer; School Board Email list
Subject: Fwd: liquor license

School Board Directors,

Why not abolish Policy MB? It is meaningless.

Elaine Gillen

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

It appears that Super Tim gave this issue a little more thought and effort than the public safety issue of school kids walking home while dodging bullets. Which is strange in itself.

At least he objected to this big mistake on the part of the commission? He didn't give them any push back about killing deer in front of school kids.

Lena Horne said...

Timmy would be wise to scratch that questions about what we did for our kids today on the bottom of every email he sends. On second thought, maybe he should keep it there. Hell knows that he doesn't do anything in the life of any child each day? I guess it is a plea to the community to do what he refuses or cannot do. Either way, it is funny as all get out.

E. T. Gillen said...

I want to answer Timmy with, "I paid my damn taxes so that you do something today to improve the life of a child."

It appears that Timmy went through the motions of objecting, but not to the proper channels. Otherwise, he would have responded to the Mt. Lebanon parent.
Elaine

Anonymous said...

Of course, Timmy was just going through the motions. What a waste case.

Anonymous said...

Where is the liquor license transferred *from*?

Barbara S. said...

Just "googled" liquor sales near schools in Pennsylvania and found Frequently Asked Questions at www.pallx.com/faq.html. The Restaurant and deli licenses MUST be transferred from WITHIN the municipality. My recollection is that the answer given to the Commission's question about place of origin is that it came from OUTSIDE Mt. Lebanon! I have no idea whether or not the new location will meet the minimum REQUIREMENTS for size and space for patrons, but I'm even more curious about the distance between this new place and the TWO other places on Beverly selling alcohol (minimum of 200 feet) and, more importantly, whether the corner of the property closest to Lincoln Elementary is within 300 feet of the corner of Ralston and Beverly at the school. Anyone have GPS abilities to measure such things?

I'm thinking that the Commission chose to ignore any issues this transfer presents and the school board is duplicitous!

Who else is having problems with this???

Anonymous said...

What all is within 300 feet of Lincoln? Are Sushi 3 and Cafe IO? Is this new place going to permit parking where the cars formerly parked when the business was auto repair? If so, I see some significant pedestrian hazards here with cars going in/out over the sidewalk, as they do near Pamela's on Washington Rd, endangering the St Bernards kids walking home from school. But HELL who cares about kids anymore?!? Omg.

E. T. Gillen said...

10:45 PM, I believe a resident brought up the issue of parking, but was rudely interrupted by Brumfield who said that this isn't about parking.
Elaine

Anonymous said...

Is the restaurant owner Iovino? If so, he and Brumfield are bffs.

Lena Horne said...

Iovino is King Lacrosse in Mt. Lebanon. Need I say more?

Barbara S. said...

So it's not WHAT you know, it's WHO you know? Is there no end to bought influence? WOW! We've got to befriend some of their cronies...

Anonymous said...

Not Iovino. It's Brooks Broadhurst of Ward 1 and Eat n Park.

E. T. Gillen said...

Brooks Broadhurst submitted a comment here at 2:09 AM on June 29, 2012. Presenting the Youth Sports Alliance Proposal UPDATED 2x

And then read An Open Letter to Mr. Broadhurst.
It is pretty obvious that there is support from four of the commissioners - the guys who want more turf.
Elaine

Anonymous said...

I have never been fond of the blow hard, full of gas turf people thinking they are " entitled" to spend the taxpayer's money on their own "pet projects." They need to leave and go somewhere else. Too many attorneys involved with blowing their hot air. There are more important issues going on in the community. Crazy drivers, speeding, infrastructure maintenance along with no municipal trees being pruned. The Commissioner's priorities are definitely misplaced. They have no common sense!

Anonymous said...

They are all in bed together. The turf freaks. Broadhurst, Iovino, Brumfield, blah, blah, blah.