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Council Members, City Clerk Take Oaths

By Jason Togyer
The Tube City Almanac
January 04, 2022
Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

At Monday’s meeting, Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi, second from left, administered the oath of office to McKeesport City Council Members Brian Evans and Jim Barry Jr., and City Controller Ryan Sturgess. Not shown: City Council Member Jill Lape. (Tube City Almanac photo)

At a short meeting on Monday, members of McKeesport City Council were sworn into office and meeting dates were set for 2022.

Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi administered the oath of office to Council Members Jim Barry Jr. and Brian Evans, City Controller Ryan Sturgess and City Clerk Annette James.

Council Member Jill Lape was unable to attend and was sworn in earlier in the day at Riazzi’s office.

Barry, Evans, Lape and Sturgess were elected to four-year terms in November. James, who has served as city clerk for seven years, is appointed by Mayor Michael Cherepko and city council.

In other business, Cherepko said that his administration expects to seek demolition of another 300 vacant houses in 2022.

One neighborhood targeted for blight removal will be the area around the former Centennial Elementary School, which is being converted into an apartment building by a private developer.

“By March, we’re hoping to have contracts out for demolition — about 150 houses,” he said. “In April, we hope for another 150. So 300 total.

Cherepko said the mayor’s office also hopes to have bids for the city’s summer paving program available for a vote at the February council meeting.

Some streets that were part of the 2021 program — including portions of Versailles Avenue and Huey Street — could not be paved before the asphalt plants closed for the winter, Cherepko said, but the contractor who was awarded that bid will return to complete them.

“I think this should be a wonderful year for the city,” Cherepko said. “We’re very excited with the things that are going on.”

By 5-0 votes, council elected Council Member Richard Dellapenna Jr. to serve as president of the body for 2022 and 2023, and Council Member Lu Ethel Nesbit to serve as vice president.

Council fixed regular meetings for 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month in 2022, except for August. Council meets on the second floor of the Public Safety Building, 201 Lysle Blvd. at Market Street.

Riazzi congratulates City Clerk Annette James following the swearing-in ceremony. (Tube City Almanac)

Originally published January 04, 2022.

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