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Duquesne puts finishing touches on little league fields on Polish Hill

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By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Thursday, July 10, 2014, 12:51 a.m.

Duquesne's public works department is putting finishing touches on Little League fields on Polish Hill.

Council members Eugene Capristo and June Wilson reported on the project's status during Wednesday's meeting. Capristo said 18 tons of loam were spread on the field, and Wilson spoke about the field getting more use.

The Hawks Baseball Organization plans to use the field for practice and fall tournaments. The group agreed to maintain the field throughout the year, Wilson reported.

“The city is very excited about this partnership,” she said. “It could lead to further expansion.”

The city's building inspector Donald McCrimmon said extensive work was needed to ready the field for the incoming league.

“It was left in complete disrepair by the previous organization,” McCrimmon said.

In other business, council approved the addition of 15 properties in the third and fourth districts of Duquesne's First Ward to a condemnation/demolition list. Solicitor Patricia McGrail said official notification will be sent to the property owners, who will have 30 days to appeal.

“We're cleaning up a neighborhood,” city manager Frank Piccolino said. “That's a neighborhood with a lot of vacant homes.”

From the 2014 community development budget, council approved a $35,000 finalized demolition plan for structures at 220 Auriles, 908 Orchard, 709 Catherine, 18 N. Fifth, 707 Catherine and 110 Doney streets.

Also in the budget is a $90,800 street reconstruction allotment for work on West Grant Avenue, Hamilton Avenue and Monterrey Street.

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

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