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Duquesne Officials Talk Police Vehicle, Paving

By Tom Leturgey
The Tube City Almanac
July 03, 2024
Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne police Chief Tom Shaw is hoping to bolster his department with a new-to-them police vehicle.

At this week’s council meeting, Shaw asked City Manager Douglas Sample, Mayor R. Scott Adams and council to investigate purchasing a used vehicle for officers to drive. He said a 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe currently in the fleet is becoming “too costly to repair.”

“Do we need this vehicle to supplement the fleet?” Adams asked.

Shaw notes that the department has two Ford Explorers that are “drivable” but two newer vehicles are constantly being used, he said. He wants to avoid using those vehicles too much.

Shaw said that the police department could sell the Tahoe to offset some costs.

Adams said city officials will investigate whether it would be feasible to purchase a used vehicle for the police department. No vote on the matter was taken.

In other business, council asked City Engineer Laura Branthoover about paving and dilapidated property demolition projects, some that are in limbo. She said that plans are “moving along” and that the city might soon get legal clearances and advertise for demolition bids.

Council also asked about various hold-ups for funded paving projects. “Everything is slow,” she said. Adams wanted to know he could talk with at the county level and said he would contact Allegheny County Councilman Bob Macey for guidance.

Adams said that he had applied for street paving grants in 2019 and 2020 and has been waiting for the funds to be released. “We don’t want to lose that money,” he said.

Originally published July 03, 2024.

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