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Former Sharpsburg Councilman Lou DeLuca.

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Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 9:01 p.m.

Sharpsburg Council has another vacancy after Lou DeLuca resigned last week to take a job with the borough.

DeLuca had served on council for four years. His term was set to expire in 2015.

Immediately after his resignation was accepted, he was hired as a part-time rental inspector for the borough. He will be paid $14 an hour and will work between 20 and 22 hours a week.

The borough updated its process for rental inspections last year. The new ordinance requires rental properties to be inspected once every two years instead of annually. Exceptions are made if occupancy changes or there is a fire or other problems at a site.

Council President Karen Pastor said DeLuca, knowing the borough needed someone for the job, asked to be considered. DeLuca has frequently walked the borough and worked on code and building issues during his time on council.

“Lou probably in his four years has probably walked all of our streets a hundred times over,” Pastor said.

That experience with code issues made him want to take the job, DeLuca said. He also felt it would be better financially for the borough if he did inspections instead of hiring an outside company.

“I felt I could save the borough money by doing the job instead of someone else doing it,” DeLuca said.

International Code Consultants, which previously did rental inspections, charged $55 per hour.

DeLuca said he was proud to have worked for the community while on council. He cited efforts to beautify the borough as a highlight of his tenure.

“We spruced the town up,” DeLuca said.

With DeLuca's resignation, Sharpsburg now has two openings on council. Renee Procopio resigned effective Dec. 31 for personal reasons.

Anyone interested in DeLuca's seat can send a letter to council by Jan. 27. Council is expected to fill both positions at its next meeting on Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the borough building on Main Street.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513, or

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