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In another attempt to help beautify the community, Duquesne officials agreed to enter into a street-sweeping program with Steel Rivers Council of Governments.
From now until September or October, a sweep sweeper will patrol the streets at $95 per hour to pick up litter, city officials said.
City officials said they will work to let residents know that they must move their parked cars on street-sweeping days. If automobiles aren’t moved on the designated day, those streets will not be cleaned.
At July’s meeting, Councilman Aaron Adams asked if the machine would hit every street, and Councilwoman Elaine Washington answered that it would follow the same map that was previously used.
Washington said a street sweeper was used frequently in previous years, but COVID protocols derailed the service. Adams also asked how the city would pay for the activity, and Washington noted that the public-works department had earmarked funds.
Council approved the measure 4-0, with Councilman Adams noting his vote was contingent on the city not being liable for any damage done by the street sweeper.
Mayor R. Scott Adams and Solicitor Myron Sainovich agreed that it was their understanding that the street sweeper company would have insurance for any incidental damage to cars, homes or other properties. However, if that would end up not being the case, the city could cancel the contract, according to the mayor.
In other business, Duquesne Treasurer Maureen Strahl reported that some $38,016 in real estate taxes were collected in May, totaling $1.4 million, or almost 69 percent of collectable real estate tax revenue.
Originally published July 05, 2023.