Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Penn Hills Making 4th Try at Getting Its Business Done

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Penn Hills Making 4th Try at Getting Its Business Done

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Maybe the fourth time will be the charm for Penn Hills government.

Maybe tonight there will be quorum at a scheduled council meeting, and Penn Hills officials can get down to the business of running the municipality, which is in desperate need of a budget, a tax structure and another person on council.

Soon, maybe work can begin in earnest, and a $1 million U.S. Community Development grant application, due tomorrow, can be approved.

No-shows by two council members at three meetings that Mayor Anthony DeLuca called have stymied any efforts to get the government going or even reorganize council.

With DeLuca vacating his council seat to take over the mayor's office, three of four council seats are occupied. The mayor has full voting rights on the Home Rule municipality's council.

Three times, the latest on Monday, meetings had to be canceled because of lack of a quorum when neither Mary Rose Davis nor John DePietro appeared.

But tonight's meeting may be different.

Davis faxed a letter to officials Monday, saying she would attend tonight's session. She had written a letter earlier this month, saying she didn't plan to attend a meeting scheduled for last Wednesday because it was a special meeting she couldn't prepare for in the 24-hour notice she had. She made no official comment about her absence from the Jan. 5 reorganization meeting.

DePietro, reported to be ill, has made no official statement about his absences.

Tonight's meeting begins at 7 p.m. and includes a reorganization portion, a budget hearing and a vote on the community development grant application.

"All we want to do is reorganize this government and get going," DeLuca said Monday.

New Councilwoman Yvonne Lamanna agrees. She called Davis' absences "disgraceful."

Lamanna ran with DeLuca in the election, which bitterly divided Democrats in the municipality. …

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