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Re-elected Carnegie mayor has unfinished business

| Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
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Carnegie Mayor Jack Kobistek presents Marjorie Simons of Rennerdale, the daughter of World War II veteran Edward Simons, with a certificate of recognition during a flag ceremony in honor of her late father.

Jack Kobistek couldn't step away.

“I see a lot of positive things happening here, and I want to make sure they stay on track,” he said.

Kobistek, 51, ran unopposed in his re-election bid as mayor of Carnegie earlier this month.

“The people of the community have been so supportive that I welcome the chance to work with them again,” he said.

That's the fun part of his job, he said.

“Going out and working with people in the community — even complaints, I don't mind,” he said. “Complaints are an opportunity for a solution.”

His plan, he said, is rather simple: stick with what he started four years ago.

“I made a plan four years ago on how to advance our community — a nine-point plan,” he said. “I keep it with me every day, to remind myself.”

Foremost on that list, he said, is public safety, which he said is his prime responsibility.

He said he would like to try to step up the borough's “three strikes” law in terms of disruptive tenants — if the police are called to a tenant's residence three times for a disorderly disturbance, tenants can be evicted.

He said he would also like to increase the impact of an initiative instituted in his first term — sweeps.

Borough officials partner with the police department, code enforcement and the borough manager and walk through certain areas looking for code violations, criminal issues and other violations.

“It's a good way to get everybody on the same page,” he said.

Continuing the borough's revitalization also is a top priority, he said, as it was in his first term.

“It was important to build bridges and relationships with community organizations because revitalization cannot fall on one person's shoulders,” he said.

“But now we have to take that to the next level,” he said.

He said he hopes to strengthen the borough's retail corridor by actively attracting retail businesses to fill the void in that area.

He said he also hopes to strengthen the beautification efforts by working against littering, and he hopes to roll out what he calls an aggressive anti-littering campaign in the spring.

Mostly, he said, he wants to continue pushing Carnegie toward becoming a more vibrant, beautiful community, including through community partnerships.

“We have great partnerships with the schools, library, Boys and Girls Club and other organizations,” he said. “I want to make sure those partnerships remain vibrant.”

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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