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Borough wins case in court

| Sunday, Aug. 12, 2001

Bellevue officials have won a case against a local business operating in a residential neighborhood.

Borough Solicitor Michael Georgalas said Allegheny County Judge Joseph James ruled in favor of the borough in a case against Ronald Mataya, owner of a duplex along South Balph Avenue in which Nuco Inc., a computer company, has been operating.

Georgalas announced the borough's victory Wednesday during his report to council.

Previously, Mataya told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he was not using the duplex for a business and has rented out first- and second-floor apartments in the building.

Georgalas said earlier that the business in the building uses computers and has numerous deliveries.

Briefs for the case were submitted April 17.

During court proceedings, Mataya never denied the operation of a business at the location, Georgalas said.

'Judge James ruled in our favor and they have 30 days to appeal,' Georgalas said. 'If they do not appeal, then we are in a position to order them to cease and desist.'

Mataya did not return phone messages Friday seeking comment.

Edward Olczak, who lives next to the duplex, said he finally is happy.

'I've been into this since 1996, and it took me two years to get evidence,' said Olczak, who went before the borough's zoning hearing board in October. 'We've got Yellow Pages since 1996 through this year. The business is right in the book.'

Olczak said he does not think that Mataya will appeal James' decision. But if Mataya appeals, Olczak said he is ready to fight some more.

'If he ain't out of there, I'll be before the borough hall. I'm happy it's over. I finally got justice after five years,' Olczak said. 'I'd have fought for the next three years.'

Mark Berton can be reached at mberton@tribweb.com or (724) 779-7108.

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