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Duquesne has added a new police officer.
During Wednesday's city council meeting, Mayor Phillip Krivacek reported that Thomas Cranmer was hired Sept. 15 at the recommendation of police Chief Richard Adams.
“Our great department now has 12 officers, which is the highest we have had in some time,” Krivacek said.
In other business:
- Councilwoman June Wilson announced that water rates will be increasing 1.8 percent next year. The rate increase was imposed by the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County, which supplies Duquesne's water.
- Councilman Timothy Caldwell announced that the city has acquired a house at 32 S. Sixth St. in lieu of back taxes following a 10-year court case.
He recommended council survey the property and obtain quotes for demolishing it.
- Council authorized the transfer of properties at 28 Aurilles St., 615 Hill St. and 605 Richford St., to the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Duquesne.
- Caldwell requested the city file a grant application with the national non-profit charity KaBOOM! for a renovation of the Polish Hill playground. He encouraged the city to seek partners for the project.
- Fire Chief Andrew Fedor reported that Duquesne firefighters responded to two multiple-vehicle accidents and provided mutual-aid assistance to a house fire, a porch fire and an apartment fire.
- The engineer’s report, given by Dave Gilliland, included the status of several properties slated to be demolished, including 828 West Grant St., of which the work is completed, 1027 Kennedy and 1104 Barbara, of which the work is 95 percent and 90 percent complete, respectively.
- The state of Pennsylvania has provided the city with a Volunteer Fire Relief Association allocation in the amount of $20,691, a $2,000 decrease from last year, and a 2017 General Municipal Pension Aid in the amount of $174,353, a $14,000 decrease.
- Citizen comments included remarks from Andy Vanmos, who thanked the council for the city's recent demolition of properties located on Barbara and Kennedy streets, on behalf of a group of residents.
Originally published October 13, 2017.