McKeesport officials can't agree how to proceed with $14 million in city coffers

Dec 7, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: PittsburghLive.com

Jennifer R. Vertullo is a McKeesport Daily News staff writer and can be reached at 412-664-9161 x1956 or via e-mail. As McKeesport council prepares to adopt the city's 2012 spending plan, officials still disagree on how to proceed with a $14 million sum intended to support future budgets.

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Cherepko is a putz. FACT!!!!
Why would you put that on here? Placing several exclaimation points at the end doesn't help. Even if you didn't like the mayor he is still is trying.
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Why would you put that on here? Placing several exclaimation points at the end doesn't help. Even if you didn't like the mayor he is still is trying.
You obviously do not known how the mayor operates his den of deception and bullyism.
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Arguments stall McKeesport meeting By Annie Siebert / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
April 5, 2012

McKeesport council argued about the intent of the city's home rule charter so much during last month's meeting that one councilman suggested forming a committee to revise parts of the charter.

During Wednesday night's meeting, three citizens were appointed to the city's Home Rule Charter Revision Committee, but that didn't solve the problem quite yet.

That arguing continued Wednesday, when council Vice President Dale McCall repeatedly urged council President Darryl Segina and other members to reread the charter, insinuating they didn't have a firm grasp on the content of the document.

Mr. Segina ultimately asked the police officer in the room to remove Mr. McCall from council chambers, but Mr. McCall got up from the table and went willingly. On his way out, Mr. McCall again yelled that council should read the charter.

After a heated argument -- again concerning language in the home rule charter -- between Mayor Mike Cherepko and Controller Raymond Malinchak over a payment to Mr. Malinchak for an investigation of garbage collection in the city, the measure to pay the bill failed after a 3-3 vote.

Mr. Cherepko then debated Councilwoman Fawn Walker-Montgomery on the merits of a resolution she proposed that would create committees on community development, finance and taxes, and public safety. Ms. Walker-Montgomery said she wanted to create a structure for council to meet publicly to develop ordinances and resolutions. Mr. Cherepko questioned the need for the resolution and said there was nothing preventing council from holding such meetings without the resolution.

With Mr. McCall absent, the resolution ultimately failed after council voted 3-3, with Ms. Walker-Montgomery, Mr. Tedesco and Councilman Keith Soles voting for it.

Mr. Cherepko said the city will face a "serious deficit" next year. He and Mr. Malinchak threw around a lot of numbers and had heated debates about the state of the city's financial affairs throughout the meeting, but no decisions were made regarding the deficit or the financial state of the city. Mr. Segina encouraged Mr. Cherepko to be prepared to give council a report on the city's finances during its July meeting.

Council also voted to appoint William R. Miller as emergency management coordinator for the city and passed a resolution encouraging the state Legislature to pass a statewide lost or stolen handgun reporting law.

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Guns in the wrong hands a issue?
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Judge: McKeesport cut corners, but not as promised
By Moriah Balingit / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The order requires that the city complete the 1,000 curb cuts by Sept. 30, 2012, and that it provide documentation of the ramps it has completed by Nov. 14. Additionally, it was required to schedule more committee meetings by yesterday and it's required to send a city official to the meetings.

Mr. Elash cited fiscal problems in the city's inability to complete the ramps according to schedule. City Administrator Dennis Pittman said one curb cut costs about $500 to install.

"Of course, there were unforeseen financial problems," Mr. Elash said.
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Financial problems is a lie:
McKeesport officials can't agree how to proceed with $14 million in city coffers (Dec. 7, 2011)
Source: PittsburghLive
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1. Fix the abandoned houses! 
2. Do not make new ones by choice!

Vacant buildings an issue in McKeesport
Thursday, December 01, 2011
By Jonathan Barnes
They look like large gaps in an otherwise bright smile -- vacant houses and buildings that once were part of a vibrant, industrial McKeesport but now draw trash, vermin and the anger of neighbors.

The question of what to do with these empty buildings looms large, and the topic is broached at nearly every city council meeting.

Although the city demolishes some buildings every year, no real consensus has been reached on what to do about the problem in the long term. Sometimes, the subject is raised by residents pleading with city officials to demolish a vacant building next to their home. Other times, city officials bring up the subject.

Read more: http://old.post-gazette.com/pg/11335/1193662-...

After one of the fires in early 2012 mayor Cherepko said McKeesport lacks funds. This was on a local Pittsburgh news station broadcast.
McKeesport: Stop lying to the public!
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Read more: http://old.post-gazette.com/pg/11335/1193662-...

After one of the fires in early 2012 mayor Cherepko said McKeesport lacks funds. This was on a local Pittsburgh news station broadcast.
McKeesport: Stop lying to the public!
Was this the first and only time he bullied to an erroneous conclusion?
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The money can be spent for McKeesport officer false charges. For every false charge made, court cases get continued. The cost to McKeesport residents are astronomical. False charges lead to court continuations the most.
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Example of evidence
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Glenn Roohoo use the Justice League force. Fight the crime and evils that lurk in McK, you must. Your cool brother Ben learn from. Give up your nerd ways, you must. Hmmmmmm.
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Judge: McKeesport cut corners, but not as promised
By Moriah Balingit / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The order requires that the city complete the 1,000 curb cuts by Sept. 30, 2012, and that it provide documentation of the ramps it has completed by Nov. 14. Additionally, it was required to schedule more committee meetings by yesterday and it's required to send a city official to the meetings.
Mr. Elash cited fiscal problems in the city's inability to complete the ramps according to schedule. City Administrator Dennis Pittman said one curb cut costs about $500 to install.
"Of course, there were unforeseen financial problems," Mr. Elash said.
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/nei...
Financial problems is a lie:
McKeesport officials can't agree how to proceed with $14 million in city coffers (Dec. 7, 2011)
Source: PittsburghLive
http://www.topix.com/forum/home/TSO6192U4TTDH...
1. Fix the abandoned houses! 
2. Do not make new ones by choice!
Vacant buildings an issue in McKeesport
Thursday, December 01, 2011
By Jonathan Barnes
They look like large gaps in an otherwise bright smile -- vacant houses and buildings that once were part of a vibrant, industrial McKeesport but now draw trash, vermin and the anger of neighbors.
The question of what to do with these empty buildings looms large, and the topic is broached at nearly every city council meeting.
Although the city demolishes some buildings every year, no real consensus has been reached on what to do about the problem in the long term. Sometimes, the subject is raised by residents pleading with city officials to demolish a vacant building next to their home. Other times, city officials bring up the subject.
Read more: http://old.post-gazette.com/pg/11335/1193662-...
After one of the fires in early 2012 mayor Cherepko said McKeesport lacks funds. This was on a local Pittsburgh news station broadcast.
McKeesport: Stop lying to the public!
Excellent point.
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Arguments stall McKeesport meeting By Annie Siebert / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
April 5, 2012
McKeesport council argued about the intent of the city's home rule charter so much during last month's meeting that one councilman suggested forming a committee to revise parts of the charter.
During Wednesday night's meeting, three citizens were appointed to the city's Home Rule Charter Revision Committee, but that didn't solve the problem quite yet.
That arguing continued Wednesday, when council Vice President Dale McCall repeatedly urged council President Darryl Segina and other members to reread the charter, insinuating they didn't have a firm grasp on the content of the document.
Mr. Segina ultimately asked the police officer in the room to remove Mr. McCall from council chambers, but Mr. McCall got up from the table and went willingly. On his way out, Mr. McCall again yelled that council should read the charter.
After a heated argument -- again concerning language in the home rule charter -- between Mayor Mike Cherepko and Controller Raymond Malinchak over a payment to Mr. Malinchak for an investigation of garbage collection in the city, the measure to pay the bill failed after a 3-3 vote.
Mr. Cherepko then debated Councilwoman Fawn Walker-Montgomery on the merits of a resolution she proposed that would create committees on community development, finance and taxes, and public safety. Ms. Walker-Montgomery said she wanted to create a structure for council to meet publicly to develop ordinances and resolutions. Mr. Cherepko questioned the need for the resolution and said there was nothing preventing council from holding such meetings without the resolution.
With Mr. McCall absent, the resolution ultimately failed after council voted 3-3, with Ms. Walker-Montgomery, Mr. Tedesco and Councilman Keith Soles voting for it.
Mr. Cherepko said the city will face a "serious deficit" next year. He and Mr. Malinchak threw around a lot of numbers and had heated debates about the state of the city's financial affairs throughout the meeting, but no decisions were made regarding the deficit or the financial state of the city. Mr. Segina encouraged Mr. Cherepko to be prepared to give council a report on the city's finances during its July meeting.
Council also voted to appoint William R. Miller as emergency management coordinator for the city and passed a resolution encouraging the state Legislature to pass a statewide lost or stolen handgun reporting law.
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/nei...
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/nei...
Guns in the wrong hands a issue?
http://mikeb302000.blogspot.com/2009/06/mckee...
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Judge: McKeesport cut corners, but not as promised
By Moriah Balingit / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The order requires that the city complete the 1,000 curb cuts by Sept. 30, 2012, and that it provide documentation of the ramps it has completed by Nov. 14. Additionally, it was required to schedule more committee meetings by yesterday and it's required to send a city official to the meetings.
Mr. Elash cited fiscal problems in the city's inability to complete the ramps according to schedule. City Administrator Dennis Pittman said one curb cut costs about $500 to install.
"Of course, there were unforeseen financial problems," Mr. Elash said.
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/nei...
Financial problems is a lie:
McKeesport officials can't agree how to proceed with $14 million in city coffers (Dec. 7, 2011)
Source: PittsburghLive
http://www.topix.com/forum/home/TSO6192U4TTDH...
1. Fix the abandoned houses! 
2. Do not make new ones by choice!
Vacant buildings an issue in McKeesport
Thursday, December 01, 2011
By Jonathan Barnes
They look like large gaps in an otherwise bright smile -- vacant houses and buildings that once were part of a vibrant, industrial McKeesport but now draw trash, vermin and the anger of neighbors.
The question of what to do with these empty buildings looms large, and the topic is broached at nearly every city council meeting.
Although the city demolishes some buildings every year, no real consensus has been reached on what to do about the problem in the long term. Sometimes, the subject is raised by residents pleading with city officials to demolish a vacant building next to their home. Other times, city officials bring up the subject.
Read more: http://old.post-gazette.com/pg/11335/1193662-...
After one of the fires in early 2012 mayor Cherepko said McKeesport lacks funds. This was on a local Pittsburgh news station broadcast.
McKeesport: Stop lying to the public!
Lies, your officials at work.
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The City with the help and leadership of the MDC is rapidly on it way back.

The 150 businesses will by found be the new mayor and beleaguered solicitor. Putting them on the tax list will revitalize the Port. There is no need for MACM refinancing.
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The money can be used to fix the broken fire hydrants. McKeesport can reimburse other city fire departments for services. McKeesport can pay for other cities gas, work time. The cost to other cities to pick up McKeesports slack is needed.

McKeesport owes residents, renters for losses from negligence. Fire hydrants need fixed.
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If not enough hydrants, then use the 14 million to add more. McKeesport is liable for negligence.
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If not enough hydrants, then use the 14 million to add more. McKeesport is liable for negligence.
Purchase a fleet of water tanker trucks with the $14 million.
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Seems like someone was tapping the petty cash fund for years. Seems like the AG is involved but declined to reveal their position on this matter. But the bad persons got caught. This is most important to the citizens.
The amount was over $200,000 in Elizabeth Twp. In comparison at McKeesport the MACM had expenses of over $350,000 and the City over $90,000 for a transaction orchestrated by Cherepko, Shermenti, and McShane that resulted in no interest on $14 million since September 1, 2011.
Cherepko’s friends, Gobel ($25,000), Elash ($25,000) and McShane ($10,000), cleaned up on the deal. The city lost tens of thousands on the deal. How did Cherepko let this happen, he was in charge and introduced the ordinance?
Someone has to be held accountable for the exorbitant fees and commissions and why a M&T Investment Group was permitted to hold $14 million at no interest. This is criminal.
Like the Elisabeth Twp $200,000n thief lawsuit, this should be investigated by the Attorney General or SEC. Should the MPD Chief Washowich be investigating this now?
With the illegal gambling exposed and government funding cuts, McKeesport officials are broke. I suspect the mayor as a friend to Porky had a cut of the machine money. All the post that mention (bend over to the machine here on Topix are suspect) as part of the illegal gambling. All of the renovations for The Viking, and McKeesport may have been paying for favors with the illegal money. Mckeesport politics have been called the machine for years, because if the relationship of the mayor with the illegal gambling.

McKeesport had over a 14 million dollar surplus in 2011. Elash runs the meetings, choosing to rudely speak out if place. The city obviously, Cherepko gave funds to Brewster not due him for refused funds over several years! The money was found, but stolen from the McKeesport citizens Cherepko!

You paid Brewster back for his endorsement by way of refused pay over years, not found money! Once exposed, the funds were said to be donated to organizations, but the public has no information. Money belonging to the city for residents was abused by handing it to Brewster, the fund should have been properly called The McKeesport Tax Payor Fund!

You squandered over 14 million, and now failed to call Segina as council president, McKeesport Democratic Comittee. You don't call anyone you promise, in fact.

The money from the 14 million was for Cherepkos council owned "slush fund" at tax payir residents expense. Foremost, McKeesport is reduced funds from the government because Cherepko and his rogue 2x DUI city solicitor are money abusers.

About the Miller working for McKeesport, is he related to the American Recovery owners that stole from a boys dads death benefits? Yes.

Now the $900,000 was blindly voted on, its not about 5th grader math Cherepko, its about proper bills to pay. I believe it's a scam for Elash to trump up hours and pay him without the public knowledge! Cherepko is expected to say it was owed to him, bypassing the exact accountability.

McKeesport is known for everything shady from illegal scrapping, illegal gambling, illegal abductions of minors (Tanya Kach) went national. Like her or not, the story is another mark against McKeesport. The city has a mysterious murder of Kimberly Krimm, a young innocent girl. Elash made a big mouth statement then saying he couldn't know k on every door! If that were your child, you'd do just that Elash! Your so sarcastic and condescending no one can accept you as a serious representation of anyone or any business!
Problem is, they told you the exact dour to knock on to locate Tanya Kack in McKeesport, and you defended the police refusing to properly do just that!
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Slush2 Back to the $900,000 slush fund without whom the money gues to exactly! We suspect foul play, not actual expenses based on your track record of losing or giving city money away to friends for jobs not worth it, but are losses!

I think your 5th graders would say Elash is your largest problem as you are the problem baby John Jason Elash nanny by nature!

What do you intend to do for the city should emergency expenses? Nothing! As a teacher, you know the math, but you can use the money for ill purposes!

I suspect you'll also try to help yourself by using the $900,000 toward some if your new house building expenses. Your not to be trusted Cherepko and city solicitor John Hason Elash. You lie about the law to defend yourself and McKeesport.

McKeesport is the most corrupt failing in all Allegheny County!

Refuse the tyrant his taxes, this nation was built on tossing tea into the ocean to deny self serving kings! Elash and Cherepko are just that, self serving kings by nature.
http://www.bostonteapartyship.com/the-tea-act

America was used as a source of income by way of tax to pay off debts to Britain. Sewage gate and other taxes in McKeesport are raised to pay the corrupt McKeesport illegal gambling associated politicians. The McKeesport politicians have no merits of credit but by way of government money foremost.

The McKee family ancestors would be apalled at the McKeesport corruption.

You have it by the meeting outcome, McKeesport mayor Cherepko needs $900,000 to cover end of November expenses. McKeesport is in its worst condition ever, with extra expenses expected for December. Emergency expenses are never in the calculations. Cherepko, the saying goes if you abuse the numbers enought, they will do anything you want. Emphasis on abuse!

Segina, we are with you! I'd suggest sticking with Ray, possibly Nick Shermente. Quite obvious, you need trusted allies because council is rogue, always doing as the mayor wants, regardless of how unresponsible to the public of McKeesport. I'd say you need a attorney you can trust, Elash isn't a solicitor you can trust Segina.

McKeesport is ready to go bust, secure yourself and you did everything right by McKeesport citizens. You did all you can to date, but now you will need to find trusted council to protect your own pension and future interest. Your a trusted citizen and care about McKeesport.
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Money is there wrote:
Flames rip through abandoned building's roof in McKeesport
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A ten year old and a fourteen year old are accused.
Kids can get in these abandoned buildings. Falling debris pose a risk to public walking or driving by.
The cost of blight: vacant and abandoned properties
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Spend the 14 million on tearing down abandoned houses. WPXI showed the mayor saying if he could only find the money. They asked what he planned to do about the abandoned buildings.
McKeesport has 14 million now collecting interest.
http://old.post-gazette.com/pg/11342/1195507-...
McKeesport has the money.
Vacant buildings an issue in McKeesport
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Someone, owner or city could also be sued for knowing already. Abandoned vacant buildings are a definite liability in McKeesport.
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All that will break McKeesport is about to occur. Lawsuits will ultimately finish McKeesport off as Elash charges the city $75 a hour. His pay is all the $900,000 will be used for, and to make some settlements. McKeesport is due lawsuits for its illegal police actions, controlled by Elash.

Emergencies can start of finish McKeesport.
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McKeesport police, UPMC reach new pact
Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 4:51 a.m.

Council on Monday authorized city administrators to execute a five-year agreement with UPMC McKeesport at an annual rate of $425,000 with 3 percent increases over a minimum of three years. McKeesport police would be on-site 24 hours a day, seven days per week.
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Where did the money go? McKeesport pockets of Cherepko and John Jason Elash.

Has retirement age been lowered or not?

McKeesport is pinpointed for this type of contract 1. McKeesport is in serious financial trouble, see the articles about the Delta Report. That's how the idea started up for the McKeesport contract with UPMC. Not to help, but for McKeesport political pundits to pocket extra money.$425,000
2. McKeesport has a high rate of crime in the area of UPMC McKeesport. McKeesport has numerous gun shootings every year. UPMC McKeesport is where they all go to get treated: victims, criminals, other times the McKeesport police harass victims that need hospital services.(The problem is, the McKeesport police are allowed to poke into any emergency patients business with full authority at UPMC McKeesport. McKeesport police are known for crimes and toying into patient confidentiality, against the law.
3. UPMC McKeesport is the only area (Mon Valley in Allegheny County) with several serious crimes of patients attacking hospital employees! UPMC McKeesport probably is sued currently for not monitoring known criminals. Patients have been attacked by other patients in UPMC McKeesport. It's been a poorly run hospital in McKeesport.
4. Both patients and staff are at risk, but I don't think McKeesport police care or are trained to retain hospital safety.(I think they more likely want to stay in everyone's normally legally private patient, doctor confidentiality.)
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Not only wrote:
McKeesport police, UPMC reach new pact
Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 4:51 a.m.
Council on Monday authorized city administrators to execute a five-year agreement with UPMC McKeesport at an annual rate of $425,000 with 3 percent increases over a minimum of three years. McKeesport police would be on-site 24 hours a day, seven days per week.
http://triblive.com/neighborhoods/yourmckeesp...
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Where did the money go? McKeesport pockets of Cherepko and John Jason Elash.
Has retirement age been lowered or not?
McKeesport is pinpointed for this type of contract 1. McKeesport is in serious financial trouble, see the articles about the Delta Report. That's how the idea started up for the McKeesport contract with UPMC. Not to help, but for McKeesport political pundits to pocket extra money.$425,000
2. McKeesport has a high rate of crime in the area of UPMC McKeesport. McKeesport has numerous gun shootings every year. UPMC McKeesport is where they all go to get treated: victims, criminals, other times the McKeesport police harass victims that need hospital services.(The problem is, the McKeesport police are allowed to poke into any emergency patients business with full authority at UPMC McKeesport. McKeesport police are known for crimes and toying into patient confidentiality, against the law.
3. UPMC McKeesport is the only area (Mon Valley in Allegheny County) with several serious crimes of patients attacking hospital employees! UPMC McKeesport probably is sued currently for not monitoring known criminals. Patients have been attacked by other patients in UPMC McKeesport. It's been a poorly run hospital in McKeesport.
4. Both patients and staff are at risk, but I don't think McKeesport police care or are trained to retain hospital safety.(I think they more likely want to stay in everyone's normally legally private patient, doctor confidentiality.)
You see, this is what I mean always place blame on certain individuals and not a "gang" blame?.......surely you dont think that just the mayor and solicitor scam all the money? First it was Brewster and his puppets but this mayor has no puppets on council? You cant keep blaming the mayor year to year can you?

Place blame where blame is due. The mayor and solicitor have no votes in the kitty for spending all they can do is 'suggest ' doing this and that The mayor and solicitor have NO votes in spending money.....I mean who approves all this spending?

Does council overspend? Sure they do ,because you wouldnt be in the mess you are in if council did their job for a $333.00 a month stipend, would you?

Now you will tell me that the mayor pays off the 4 votes needed to pass EVERYTHING?.........Seriously? ?? LOL! You going to fall for that trick again after Brewster? If you believe that, I got some oceanfront property to sell you in Arizona....

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