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Gourds for Goats Update!

The goats that were in Oakmont this summer want to thank the residents for providing “Gourds for Goats”. They get excited when their owners pull up with more gourds for them. As you can see, they are enjoying the pumpkins. Thank you to all who contributed. The Borough will continue to collect gourds until November 30, 2022, and is planning to organize a Christmas Tree collection for the goats too! Stay tuned for details.

From the Desk of: Phyllis J. Anderson, Oct. 26, 2022

The GOATS

I hope you got a chance to see the goats that came to Oakmont this summer. They are still the talk of the town. The Borough contracted with Capricious, LLC, to rent goats to clear the riverbank of overgrown vegetation and noxious weeds in the Edgewater Development. The goats were working from June until September. They did a superb job along the walking trail, now you can see the river while you take a stroll. The unintended consequences of bringing the goats in was, they allowed the community to come together and feel good about something. Some residents went to visit them every day. Thanks to the Riverview High School Band and pom-pom girls, who came to perform at the goat’s going away party, and Oakmont Bakery for making special cookies with pictures of goats on them.

Glass Recycling

The next and final glass collection event of 2022 will begin December 5 through December 16, 2022. Two dumpsters will be placed at Riverside Park and one dumpster will be placed at Creekside Park. In addition to the temporary glass collection events, I am working diligently to get a permanent glass collection dumpster installed, which will mean you will no longer have to store glass for four months until the next collection. Stay tuned for more details.

Signs in the Borough Right of Way

Did you know Section 205-908 of the Borough Code was written to prohibit the placement of signs in the Borough’s Right-of-Way (ROW)? The ROW is located between the street and the sidewalk. In most places it is the grassy area where Borough trees are planted. The Borough’s Code Enforcement Officers regularly patrol for signs, and they are authorized to take them from the ROW. Collected signs are stored in the Borough
Building for a week. For more information, please feel free to contact me.

Recently Passed Resolutions

  • R13-2022 – Request a Multi-Modal Transportation Fund Grant for Hulton Road and 9th Street Pedestrian
    Improvements,
  • R14-2022 – Request a Multimodal Transportation Fund Grant for Hulton Road Corridor Traffic Study,
  • R15-2022 – Supporting the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund Grant Ensuring the Long-Range Use of the Oakmont Carnegie Library,
  • R16-2022 – Providing Financial Requirement and the 2023 MMO for the Borough Police and General Employees’ Pension Plans,
  • Concurring R17-2022 – Partnership between the Borough of Oakmont and the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County, to request funds from RAAC in the amount of $280,100.00 for Boroughwide Pedestrian Improvements,
  • Concurring R18-2022 – Partnership between the Borough of Oakmont and the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County to request funds from RAAC in the amount of $242,300.00 for Borough Park Improvements,
  • R20-2022 – Establishing Permanent Traffic Regulations Allowing Only Right-Hand Turns from Third Street onto Hulton Road,
  • Concurring R21-2022 – Partnership between the Borough of Oakmont and the Allegheny County Economic Development, where the Borough designates Robert Frank, as the official to file all applications between the Borough of Oakmont and the AVNCOG.

Coming Soon

The Borough of Oakmont has partnered with Duquesne Light to install Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in the Third Street Parking Lot in front of Riverside Park. Stay tuned for more information.

I would like to take this opportunity to honor the life and legacy of the beloved Jan Shoop. She was a strong pillar in our community, who dedicated her life to service in Oakmont. Her contributions to the Kerr Museum and other organizations were greatly appreciated by all. She will certainly be missed. My deepest sympathy to her family.

Gourds for Goats

Gourds for Goats

The owners of Capricious LLC provided goats to Oakmont during the summer to manage overgrown vegetation along the river bank. Now it is our turn to help them by providing gourds for goats. The munch bunch loves to eat gourds, and with Halloween right around the corner, the Borough of Oakmont is hosting a gourd drive.

A gourd is any fruit or seed that grows inside of a shell or peel, whether it be the pumpkin, squash, watermelon, or cucumber family. Gourds are very high in vitamins A and C, as well as calcium, fiber, and potassium. They also contain antioxidants that help protect the goats from free radicals that cause cancer. Gourds also helps improve their blood circulation, boost immune system, aid with digestion, improve eyesight, lessen the effects of poison hemlock ingestion, and buffer action against stomach acidity. Gourds are a great source of nutrition for the goats and are enjoyed by most. Just be sure to clean and prepare the gourds properly before disposing them into the collection bin.

Gourd collection site: 32 Ann Street, Oakmont, PA 15139. Receptacles will be provided for gourd collection beginning on November 1 through November 14, 2022.

Important Information Regarding Short Term Rental Laws in Oakmont

The Borough of Oakmont has specific laws governing short-term rentals, which are as follows:

  1. Short-term rentals are permitted as an accessory use within the Residential, and Mixed-Use Zoning Districts.
  2. The dwelling must be the permanent address of the owner or lessee and the owner or lessee must occupy the dwelling for at least six months of the calendar year. The owner or lessee shall register as a short-term rental with the Borough of Oakmont.
  3. An owner or lessee of the dwelling may provide short-term rentals up to six times in one calendar year, whereas the maximum total number of days short-term rental activity shall be permitted to occur per dwelling unit shall not exceed 30 calendar days in one calendar year.
  4. The short-term rental shall not permit more than two persons to occupy one bed.
  5. If the short-term rental pertains specifically to couches, the short-term rental shall not permit more than one house guest to occupy one couch. Additionally, if the short- term rental does not offer private sleeping quarters, then the house guests shall be limited to one per dwelling at a time.
  6. All activity at the short-term rental shall be subject to enforcement of the Borough’s noise, nuisance, and property maintenance-related ordinances.
  7. Any noise caused by the house guests that disturbs the neighboring dwellings shall not be permitted, and if the house guest(s) is convicted for any disturbance(s) of the peace, the house owner or lessee shall not be permitted to continue to offer short- term rentals.
  8. Within the context of short-term rentals, a meeting room shall refer to the location within the dwelling unit where people gather for personal and/or professional purposes.
  9. The short-term rental shall provide parking in accordance with a Multifamily, apartment dwelling. All house guest parking exceeding one space shall be private off- street parking.

For more information regarding short-term rentals, please contact Phyllis J. Anderson, Assistant Borough Manager, at 412-828-3232 or email assistant@oakmontborough.com.