Duquesne city council members and city Manager Che Sayles recently attended the 46th annual Joint Conference of Townships, Boroughs and Authorities.
At council's Oct. 9 meeting, Councilwoman Fawn McDaniel reported that the event included sessions with themes such as "using 21st century technology to manage age old problems of local government," "ABC’s of communication" and "the changing role of the municipal solicitor."
The event was organized by the Allegheny County and Western Pennsylvania Association of Township Commissioners.
In other business, council accepted the resignation of City Controller Jade Burleigh.
Mayor Nickole Nesby said recent health issues have prevented Burleigh from being able to fulfill the position.
Council unanimously passed the following motions:
- A motion to authorize the advertisement of a landlord-tenant registration ordinance,
- A motion to authorize the advertisement of a storm-water management ordinance,
- A motion to approve the invoice from Lutterman Excavating for the demolition of three houses on South First Street, and
- A motion to adopt resolutions for three community development block grant applications for street reconstruction, demolition and fire hydrant replacement.
Sayles asked that council accept the minimum municipal obligation pension report prepared by Mockenhaupt Associates on behalf of the city.
For 2018, Sayles said, the city’s MMO payment will be $366,719 --- a contribution of $184,027.85 from city funds paired with state aid of $182,691.15.
Fire chief Frank Cobb reported 36 calls for service for the fire department for the month of September.
In her report on water and environmental resources, Councilwoman Elaine Washington said major water termination sweep took place in October to address 1,901 delinquent accounts. A $50 fee for reconnection is required, along with current ID, she said.
Washington also said the readers used by the water department are no longer in production and recommended council look into replacements.
In addition, she reported the implementation of a requirement that landlords notify the water department when a tenant moves out of a rental property so that a final bill can be issued.
Washington said failure to do so will result in the landlord will be held responsible for the balance.
Cami DiBattista is a freelance writer who covers news from Duquesne and White Oak, as well as other topics, for Tube City Almanac. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally published October 21, 2018.