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Carnegie council welcomes new member, appoints Catena as president

| Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, 9:01 p.m.
Phil Boyd
Megan Guza | Signal Item
Carnegie officials were sworn into their respective offices Monday night by District Judge Gary Zyra. They are (from left) Rick D'Loss, Pat Catena, Phil Boyd, Jack Kobistek and Peg Bowman.

Leadership of the Carnegie Borough Council changed hands Monday night at the borough's reorganization meeting.

Councilman Pat Catena was elected council president after being nominated by newly elected councilman Phil Boyd. Councilwoman Sue Demko was nominated for vice president by former president Rick D'Loss.

Catena, D'Loss, Boyd and incumbent mayor Jack Kobistek, were sworn in by Judge Gary Zyra. Boyd was the only new council member.

A lifelong borough resident and Carlynton High School graduate, Boyd, 57, said he thinks his business experience will be an asset to the community.

“By my estimation, even though it's municipal government, you're still running a business,” he said. “You have to keep costs in alignment with revenues. You've got to align the goals before you spend the money.”

A member of the Carnegie Volunteer Fire and Rescue Bureau, Boyd said he thinks he can help solve the longtime issues between the bureau and council.

He said the borough and the department have spent too much time attempting to resolve their differences by spending money on attorneys.

“At some point, you have to say, ‘OK, we tried that, (but) that didn't work ... let's do something different,'” he said.

He said he thinks that his role as both councilman and volunteer firefighter could allow him to help clear the lines of communication between the two entities.

“There has got to be a happy middle ground somewhere,” he said.

He also has helped work to put into process a review of the borough's zoning laws. He said borough officials need to be certain zoning laws are in line with what the borough is capable of providing.

“The poor little town we live in was designed in the 1800s where you didn't have 2.5 cars per household,” he said. “There just isn't room for more people based on the infrastructure we have.”

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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