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Duquesne council moves forward on comprehensive plan

| Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, 1:36 a.m.

Moving forward with a regional comprehensive plan for zoning and land development, Duquesne is ready to work with the Pittsburgh-based Environmental Planning and Design firm.

During Tuesday's meeting, council authorized Twin Rivers Council of Governments to execute a $174,870 contract with Environmental Planning and Design. The decision was made in a 3-0 vote with councilors Timothy Petrisko and June Wilson absent.

Representatives of Duquesne and McKeesport governments met with COG officials on a steering committee to review proposals on zoning, subdivision and land development ordinances. Six interviews took place, and the committee recommended Environmental Planning and Design.

“I was very impressed with the firm's knowledge of the area and their experience,” Duquesne Mayor Phil Krivacek said.

Duquesne city manager Frank Piccolino said the city is in need of ordinance revisions that will come through working with Environmental Planning and Design.

“We haven't updated our comprehensive plan since 2000,” he said. “They're going to go through our zoning ordinances, some of which haven't been updated since 1992.

Piccolino said the updates are important as Duquesne pushes for redevelopment.

“A lot has changed. There are different buildings, different issues and different laws,” he said. “This will provide a clear vision of where we are and where we want to be.”

In McKeesport, where Twin Rivers COG was given the same authorization last week, officials share Duquesne's sentiment.

“We're excited to take part in this joint venture,” McKeesport city administrator Matt Gergely said. “We think it will be beneficial to both cities in terms of regional development.”

In other business, Duquesne council:

• Extended the city's police contract with Teamsters Local 205 by one year. At the city's request, the Teamsters agreed to an extension that addresses only wages. Wages for each officer will be increased by 45 cents, representative of approximately 2 percent.

• Approved the transfer of city-owned property to the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Duquesne as part of the Grant Avenue project. Lots include three parcels at the corner of Grant Avenue and Clark Street, 808 W. Grant Ave., 810 W. Grant Ave., 201 N. Second St., and 601 W. Grant Ave.

• Authorized the Duquesne Business Advisory Council to manage the Third Ward Project Fund, which holds a balance of $50,000.

Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1956, or jvertullo@tribweb.com.

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