Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

MON VALLEY BRIEFS [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

MON VALLEY BRIEFS [Derived Headline]

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Duquesne

* Frank Piccolini was appointed Duquesne city manager. He will replace Dave Poljak, who is retiring April 30 after 30 years of service in Duquesne.

Piccolini was one of six candidates who applied for the position and will begin his training next week with an annual salary of $35,000.

* Council adopted an ordinance that allows the Duquesne Volunteer Fire Department to collect reimbursements from insurance companies for the use of their fire and rescue equipment.

Mayor Phil Krivacek said the ordinance was only for the insurance companies' reimbursement and would not affect the residents. "There will not be a charge for our [firefighters] to come out for the residents here in Duquesne," he said.

Homestead

* Council approved a three-year contract last week with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal employees.

The contract, which affects the borough's road department employees, runs through 2006.

In the contract, the borough has agreed to an additional personal day per year for each employee as well as a pay increase of 75 cents per hour for the first year and an additional 35 cents per hour for each of the next two years.

* Council voted 7-0 with two absences to donate the property at 705 Amity St. to the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County.

The property, block and lot number 130-K-203, includes a severely fire-damaged building that the authority plans to renovate.......

When newly elected council member Jonathan Stewart asked why council was not trying to get some compensation for the land, solicitor Bernard Schneider explained that the donation was council's best option from a financial standpoint because the property will go back on the tax rolls after the redevelopment.

White Oak

* Council voted to buy four new police cars for about $20,000 each, before options, under a state program. The cars will be financed over five years, and should arrive in the next four to six weeks. …

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