West Homestead councilors take action on demolition list
Ashley Cain voted as a member of West Homestead council for the first time at Tuesday evening's meeting.
Cain voted no along with Councilman Robert Cherep, while council vice president William Stasko and Councilmen Joseph Baran, David Harhai and John Karafa voted yes to condemn a property at 666 W. Eighth Ave.
“I have all the confidence in the world that the resident will repair that house,” Cain said in explaining her vote.
Cain went along with 6-0 votes on condemning properties at 216 W. Tenth Ave. and 302 W. Eighth Ave. The latter came with a condition that the property owner pay for what repairs may be needed after the demolition on a neighboring house at 304 W. Eighth.
Council authorized Steel Valley Council of Governments to apply for $38,000 in Year 40 Community Development Block Grant funding for demolition, as well as a resolution declaring an area near W. Eighth Avenue as eligible for CDBG funding because of blight.
Cain, the daughter of a West Homestead volunteer firefighter, was named at council's workshop last week to succeed David Weir, who chose not to seek a fourth term. He resigned last month saying, “It was time for me to move on.”
Cain won a Democratic nomination for council in the primary, placing second behind Stasko.
Harhai and Councilwoman Margaret Holder were on the May 21 ballot. Holder was absent from Tuesday's meeting.
Cain's first day as a voting councilwoman was marked by problems near her home, too.
Fire Chief John G. Dindak said a 12-inch water main broke under Breezewood Drive, tearing up two yards and some of the roadway.
Dindak said no house damage was reported, and that most of the water went into nearby sewers and a creek.
Council authorized entering into a confidentiality agreement and authorization with Jordan Tax Service Inc. as tax officer for the Southwest Allegheny County Tax Collection District.
Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or email@example.com.
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