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Duquesne May Require Trash Cans

By Tom Leturgey
The Tube City Almanac
July 28, 2022
Posted in: Duquesne News

Residents in Duquesne may be required to have garbage cans on trash day.

At this month’s council meeting, Councilman Aaron R. Adams said that “animals going through trash” have been a problem and “trash cans would limit that.”

An ordinance would need to be created to lay out fines to residents who don’t properly use the trash cans. Council voted 4-0 on a motion to proceed with the measure.

In other business, City Engineer LaFranz Hemphill discussed that the city has a $44,000 grant that was supposed to earmarked for improvements at the Duquesne Place Playground, but that was before officials discovered that the property was owned by Duquesne City School District.

The money is allocated to recreation projects, said Hemphill. Using the funds on other parks, like Polish Hill and Hamilton playground “doesn’t qualify” because the money is to be used for Duquesne residents only.

Officials will continue to look into what project qualifies for the funding.

Councilman Derek Artim mentioned that city and Act 47 officials met. He also talked about a draft of financial policies that will be followed for next year’s spending plan. Those meetings will begin in August or September. Mayor Scott Adams added that more meetings will be held for inventory and “what needs to be replaced” in the city.

City Treasurer Maureen Strahl noted that a total of $1,216,949 in taxes has been collected so far as of the July 19 meeting.

In other news, council agreed to meet with RIDC, which wants to donate three acres of land near the water treatment plant to the city. Mayor and council said the area could potentially be used for storage, or a new building might be built there.

Council unanimously agreed on a proclamation honoring former Councilman Timothy Petrisko, who passed away in May at the age of 80. He had served on Duquesne City Council for 26 years.

Originally published July 28, 2022.

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