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Lacking Funds, Duquesne Suspends
Demo Hearings Until 2020

Solicitor: Other city operations continue as usual

By Richard Finch Jr.
The Tube City Almanac
December 04, 2019
Posted in: Duquesne News

Citing a lack of funding, Duquesne will suspend any additional hearings on demolishing abandoned buildings until the beginning of 2020.

But normal bills will be paid as usual, a city official said.

“We don't have the funds in order to take out the advertisements and the things that need (to be) done,” City Solicitor Myron Sainovich told council.

“The city will not hold any hearings on property demolitions until the beginning of next year, due to lack of funding,” he said. “We are running on a bare minimum budget until the end of the year. So some of these things are going to be put off.”

In an interview after the council meeting, Sainovich said the city is able to pay bills that are due by the end of the year, including a tax anticipation note and payments on a bond.

Additionally, the city is able to pay for road salt, “We are back in the state program, able to order salt, so there will be salt for the city, and that's a good thing,” Sainovich said.

Sainovich said he and City Manager Douglas Sample are “working together on what can be done and what needs to be done.”

Among other items, Duquesne council is considering adoption of the International Property Maintenance Code. IPMC is a model code that regulates structural conditions, lighting, ventilation, sanitation and fire safety maintenance requirements for existing residential and commercial buildings.

Sainovich told council he has prepared and forwarded to Sample an ordinance for the city to adopt the code. A first reading on the ordinance is expected during the December meeting.

Richard Finch Jr. is a freelance writer who covers news from McKeesport Area School District and North Versailles Twp. for Tube City Almanac. He may be reached at

Originally published December 04, 2019.

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