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Duquesne Council Tables Parking Limitations

City adds police, office staff

By Tom Leturgey
The Tube City Almanac
March 08, 2024
Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne City Council on Tuesday night tabled a proposed ordinance to limit parking on a part of Overland Avenue.

For months, officials have talked about the need to discuss upgrades on parking conditions of Overland between Clearview Avenue and Richford Street. Solicitor Myron Sainovich told a resident during public comment that a parking ordinance had been drafted but he “wasn’t happy with it.”

Instead, he floated the idea of Mayor Scott Adams and Police Chief Tom Shaw joining him on a tour of Overland, as well as other streets in the city where parking has been a problem.

“We have to look at some places, and fill in blanks,” he said. “We hope to go out next week.”

In addition to parking, Sainovich and other leaders want to discuss the need for stop signs, sidewalk concerns and the like.

Once they get a chance to look at the parking and other issues, council is expected to vote on the ordinance at the April 2 meeting.

Council also discussed revising the fee schedule for occupancy inspections. Although the posted fees are $75 for residential rentals and $150 for commercial properties, officials said those fees have not been updated or even really enforced since 2019.

During his report, Mayor Scott Adams said he’d like to see occupancy fees raised to $100 for single-family homes and $135 duplexes, and $165 for multi-family properties.

According to the agenda, there will be an annual $100 registration fee per unit, which means duplexes would cost $200 per year, an eight-unit would cost $800, and so on. Adams also said the rates would remain the same in 2025.

In police department news, council voted unanimously to hire Dante Martinez to the city’s force.

Chief Tom Shaw noted that Duquesne’s police department is now up to 15 officers.

Council voted to approve the hiring of Christina Martin as administrative executive for an annual salary of $52,000. She is slated to begin March 18 as a full-time employee, working from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tom Leturgey is a freelance writer based in Pittsburgh and the editor of KSWA Digest, the online news and features home of the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance. His work also appears in The Valley Mirror and other publications.

Originally published March 08, 2024.

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