Mayor gathering facts, complaints on street play
West Jefferson Hills Mayor Mary Larcinese said she tracks complaints about children playing on the street.
Larcinese, who has proposed an ordinance to ban games in the borough’s streets, then will present those complaints and “more hard facts” to council. Council would not act last week on a suggestion to have solicitor Chuck LoPresti draft an ordinance making street games illegal.
Some borough residents recently asked council to find a way to curb football, basketball and hockey games on neighborhood streets.
The residents said they were protesting the loud noise and “mooning” incidents that sometimes stem from those games.
“The police usually talk to those kids,” Larcinese said. “But society is changing.”
She said that with both parents working, it’s harder to supervise children at all times.
“We have had problems in the past. We are not trying to take the place of parents,” she said.
Council members said last week that police officers should enforce existing laws when dealing with children in the streets.
The mayor said she would provide details of where violators are causing problems to council. However, she is unsure when she’ll revisit the situation.
“Obstructing traffic is ludicrous,” she said, adding that with children out of school for the summer, “We’ll see what happens.”
is a former freelancer.