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Around 30 people attended Duquesne’s first town hall meeting, which was held last week to provide community members with an opportunity to discuss their vision of the city’s future.
“The first meeting went well,” Mayor Nickole Nesby said at Duquesne's recent city council meeting. “We had a nice turnout and covered several subjects such as new businesses in the areas and employment opportunities, pending grant applications, the Mon-Fayette Expressway, our health insurance plan and recent audits and payments of past due bills.”
Attendees were encouraged to volunteer for one of the new committees established in an effort to address areas in need of improvement within the city.
The next "town hall" meetings are slated for 6 p.m. on May 8 and 22 at Duquesne Elementary School. All are invited and encouraged to attend.
Nesby also reported that she discussed revitalization efforts while attending a mayor’s conference recently in Los Angeles.
She had to opportunity to talk with Eric Garcetti, the city’s mayor, who recently secured over $35 million in funding for the betterment of Los Angeles.
Garcetti provided ideas about programs he feels the city of Duquesne would benefit from and plans to introduce Nesby to possible funders, Nesby said.
In other business, City Manager Cha Sayles reported that he attended two events recently on behalf of Duquesne. The first event was the Ninth-Annual Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT) legislative session and reception, sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh, where the City of Duquesne was officially recognized as a member of the group.
Sayles also was the recipient of a scholarship to attend the 2018 annual conference of the Government Finance Officers Association. The well-attended meeting included topics such as Foundations of Governmental Accounting, ABC’s of Liquid Fuels and Modernizing the AG-385 process, Sayles said.
Council passed a motion to appoint Richard J. Scott of Engle-Hambright & Davies, EHD to provide insurance and risk management for the city of Duquesne.
Police Chief Tom Dunlevy reported that the police exam has been conducted and 28 applicants are currently being reviewed for positions on the police force.
Additionally, Dunlevy said the state has approved reimbursement of $1,800 to Duquesne for the Click it and Ticket program, an effort by the state to enforce the seat-belt law.
Cami DiBattista is a freelance writer.
Originally published May 02, 2018.