Duquesne Council Tables Parking Limitations

March 08, 2024 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne City Council on Tuesday night tabled a proposed ordinance to limit parking on a part of Overland Avenue.

For months, officials have talked about the need to discuss upgrades on parking conditions of Overland between Clearview Avenue and Richford Street. Solicitor Myron Sainovich told a resident during public comment that a parking ordinance had been drafted but he “wasn’t happy with it.”

Instead, he floated the idea of Mayor Scott Adams and Police Chief Tom Shaw joining him on a tour of Overland, as well as other streets in the city where parking has been a problem.

“We have to look at some places, and fill in blanks,” he said. “We hope to go out next week.”

In addition to parking, Sainovich and other leaders want to discuss the need for stop signs, sidewalk concerns and the like.

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Duquesne Posts Easter Event, Community Day

March 08, 2024 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne will host an Easter egg hunt and — for the first time in nearly two decades — hold a parade on community day.

Officials announced that People Residing in Duquesne Equally (PRIDE), Duquesne PartnerSHIP and the city are sponsoring an Easter egg hunt celebration on March 30 in Polish Hill Park.

Set up begins at 10 a.m. and the event begins at 12 noon, with festivities wrapping up at 2 p.m.

This summer, for the first time in 17 years, Duquesne will hold a parade on community day. The walking parade will begin at 10 a.m. Aug. 3 at the corner of Fourth Street and Grant Avenue, and proceed up to Polish Hill Park, said Mayor R. Scott Adams.


Duquesne Comes Together to Support VFD

February 26, 2024 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: Duquesne News

A large crowd of Duquesne residents came out Saturday for a fundraiser to support the fire department. (Tom Leturgey photo for Tube City Almanac)

Duquesne residents filled the Croatian Club on Saturday for a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to benefit the city’s Volunteer Fire Department.

On the sunny cold afternoon, trucks from the fire department lined Grant Street and volunteer fire fighters welcomed patrons to the club. Duquesne fire Chief Frank Cobb said that he was enthused with the response from the community.

“Last year we sold out with 250 dinners, and we have prepared 350 this year. We hope to sell out again,” he said, perched in the corner of the dining hall.

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Duquesne: Water Quality, Billing on City To-Do List

February 14, 2024 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: Duquesne News

(Tube City Almanac photo)

Duquesne officials say that improving the city’s water infrastructure and billing are at the top of their to-do list for 2024.

At the Feb. 6 council meeting, City Councilman Aaron Adams said water-quality testing continued in January, and there was only one water main break during the month that was resolved “without incident.”

Adams said that pump station work continues, and that all updated installation had been completed. “We are now working on networking” the system with sensors and other monitoring equipment, he said.

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Duquesne Looks To Crack Down On Landlords

February 14, 2024 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne City Council is again talking about cracking down on landlords whose rental properties have code or property maintenance violations.

At this month’s meeting, City Councilman Aaron Adams reiterated his desire to bill property owners for occupancy permits and create a line-item for collecting inspection fees in Duquesne’s budget moving forward.

Adams and City Solicitor Myron Sainovich said that a policy to enact the occupancy permit program had been discussed in the past year, but no formal action had been taken.

The plan would be to recognize all of the rental properties in the city and send letters to the property owners.

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Duquesne Mother Charged in Infant’s Death

January 11, 2024 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News

A Duquesne woman is being held in the Allegheny County Jail without bond in connection with the death of her three-month-old son from a head injury.

Alisha L. Parker, 26, is charged by Allegheny County police with criminal homicide and endangering the welfare of children in connection with the death on Sunday of Dal’von Means.

County detectives allege that Parker was intoxicated at ther time of her baby’s death, and that an autopsy indicated the infant had a skull fracture that could only have been delivered by someone with the strength of an adult.

Police allege Parker attempted to blame the infant’s death on her other child, age 3, who she described to detectives as “jealous” and “dangerous,” telling investigators the other child “gotta go.”

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Duquesne Council Swears in New Members

January 03, 2024 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne's elected officials for 2024 (from left): Councilmembers Elaine Washington, Derek Artim, and Denise Brownfield, Mayor Scott Adams and Councilman Aaron Adams. (Tom Leturgey photo for Tube City Almanac)

District Magistrate Scott H. Schricker was busy Tuesday, with multiple stops for municipalities’ reorganization meetings, including his home municipality, Duquesne.

Schricker, who is entering his 21st year on the bench, swore in incumbent Derek Artim for his first full term on city council, as well as a debuting Denise Brownfield.

Brownfield won an open seat when now-former City Councilman Tim Caldwell chose not to run for re-election. Caldwell had not attended a Duquesne City Council business meeting for more than a year.

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Duke Officials Hope for Water Fix Later Today

December 21, 2023 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: Duquesne News

(Tom Leturgey photo)

City of Duquesne residents could have their water service back to normal by this evening (Dec. 21). That’s the hope of officials who are working with public works employees to fix two water main breaks. Water pressure has been limited to some homes in the city since Wednesday night.

“We have two breaks currently that we are aware of, one at Center Street and one is on Oak Street,” City Councilman Aaron R. Adams, water department chair, said in an email Thursday morning. Because of the water loss, he said, levels in the city’s reservoir dropped, causing more water outages across the city.

At noon on Thursday, water was still running down the bottom, brick part of Crawford Avenue. Meanwhile, City Manager Douglas Sample was on hand with city workers in heavy equipment as they dug up the water line at the corner of Oak and Center streets.

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Duquesne Honors ‘Spanky’ Zabelsky

December 08, 2023 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: Duquesne News

The family of popular business and community leader Lee “Spanky” Zabelsky was on hand to receive a proclamation from Duquesne City Council. From left: Stephanie Zabelsky, Jake Zabelsky, Mayor R. Scott Adams, Lavon Zabelsky, Lenny Zabelsky and Luke Zabelksy. “Spanky” Zabelsky passed away suddenly at 53. (Tom Leturgey photo for Tube City Almanac)

Duquesne City Council on Tuesday altered its agenda slightly to accommodate the family of Lee “Spanky” Zabelsky, 53, who passed away suddenly in October. Council and an emotional Mayor R. Scott Adams presented Zabelsky’s family with a proclamation.

“Spanky” was the co-owner of Leo’s Service Center on Duquesne Boulevard with members of his family and was a contract tow operator for the city of Duquesne.

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No Property Tax Increase in Duquesne for ’24

December 06, 2023 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne home and business owners aren’t expected to see a property tax increase in 2024, but they “may” see sewage and water rates go up.

The proposed 2024 budget approved at Tuesday’s meeting sets spending for the year at $1.15 million, roughly the same as the 2023 budget. The spending plan is available for review on the city’s website.

Download Duquesne’s 2024 budget

The city’s proposed budget will be presented to the public again at a council meeting on Dec. 19 before council votes to approve it.

Councilwoman Elaine Washington noted that a “full staff” of municipal workers have been doing a “good job picking up trash and painting city hall.” She also noted that workers have been “doing what we need to do” to keep the city “clean and clear.”

Councilman Aaron Adams said that the city’s water testing has been “all clear” for the past month and fluorine levels were within the threshold of where they need to be for residents. He also said that there were no water main breaks in November; however, on Dec. 1 there was one in the city.

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