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Applications for the new Duke City Youth Council are due to Duquesne City Hall no later than March 1.
At city council's most recent meeting, Duquesne Mayor Nickole Nesby also reported that the city's Redevelopment Authority has up to $160,000 in one of its funds that may be available for community and economic improvements, such as street reconstruction.
In other business, Police Chief Tom Dunlevy reported a total of 559 calls to the Duquesne Police Department last month, which resulted in 43 arrests and 75 citations.
Council by 4-0 vote approved the hiring of Andrew Carter as a new police officer, pending completion of a background check, which was approved 4-0.
Dunlevy also requested council advertise for civil-service testing so that additional officers can be hired. An online application can be found on the city's website at www.duquesnepa.us.
During the citizen comment portion of the meeting, Duquesne resident Calvina Harris asked that more be done to eliminate the garbage in some yards and alleyways throughout the city. The trash is a fire hazard and attracts rodents, she said.
Presentations were given by Ayanna Jones, of Sankofa Village for the Arts and a board member of Grow Pittsburgh, encouraging city council to consider promoting urban agriculture; and by representatives of the Pennsylvania Municipal League, outlining the benefits of joining their organization.
Cami DiBattista is a freelance writer from North Huntingdon Twp. who covers Duquesne and White Oak municipal news and other topics for Tube City Almanac.
Originally published February 23, 2018.