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West Homestead Office

456 West Eighth Avenue
West Homestead, PA 15120
412-461-1844 ext. 1
Office Hours:
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

West Homestead ABCs (Authorities, Boards, Commissions)

Applications to serve on a Committee, Authority, Board or Commission

To assist the Borough in providing knowledgeable and efficient government, the Borough Council appoints qualified citizens to committees and ABCs. Council invites citizens who are interested in serving to submit an application for consideration. Applications are available at the Borough Building. If you have any questions regarding applying for a committee or ABCs, please contact Borough Administration at 412-461-1844.

Council encourages you to apply even if the committee or ABC you wish to serve on has no openings. All remaining applications are reviewed throughout the year to fill vacancies.

Zoning Hearing Board

The Zoning Hearing Board is a board appointed to hear and grant requests for Variances from the zoning standards of the Unified Construction Code (UCC). This Board also makes decisions regarding requests for Special Exceptions from the UCC standards. This is a quasi-judicial board and any appeal of its decision must be taken to a court of law.

Members (3 members; 3 year terms)

  • Linda Dindak (term ends 12/31/2021)
  • Bill McLaughlin (term ends 12/31/2023)
  • Gary Pfirrman (term ends 12/31/2022)

Meetings

This Board meets only as needed at the West Homestead Borough Building.


Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is an appointed seven-member body assigned the task of reviewing various types of development related applications and providing recommendations on such to Borough Council. These applications cover topics such as future land uses planned for the Borough, zoning amendments to determine current land uses and development standards, the subdivision of properties, residential additions and many more.

Members (per MPC, 3-9 members, per ordinance, 7 members; 4 year terms)

  • Ray Fonos (Acting Chair) (term ends 12/31/2022)
  • Kathy McLaughlin (term ends 12/31/2021)
  • William Stasko (term ends 12/31/2023)
  • Pat Deasy (term ends 12/31/2023)
  • David Weir (term ends 12/31/2021)
  • Dave Scott (term ends 12/31/2023)
  • Andrea Harhai (term ends 12/31/2022)

Meetings

4th Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the West Homestead Borough Building.


Civil Service Commission

The Civil Service Commission is responsible for adopting, maintaining and enforcing rules governing the hiring process in the West Homestead Borough Police Department. The Commission is comprised of three commissioners appointed by Borough Council.

Members (3 members + up to 3 alternates, 6 year terms; requires Oath of Office)

  • John Karafa (term ends 12/31/2025)
  • Ken Hudak (term ends 12/31/2024)
  • Duane Sakanich (term ends 12/31/2023)

Alternates:

Dave Scott (term ends 12/31/2023)

Meetings

The Civil Service Commission will meet on an as needed basis at the West Homestead Borough Building.


Pension Board

Members (Established by Ordinance, 1 Member of Council; 3 year term)

  • David Harhai (term ends 12/31/2022)

Meetings

Meets on as needed basis at the West Homestead Borough Building.


Shade Tree Commission

This Board ensures that trees located in Borough Right of Way are planted, maintained, and fostered with due regard for public safety, environmental benefits, and enjoyment.

Members (3 members, must be residents; 5 year terms that must be staggered)

  • Barb Ferson (term ends 12/31/2023)
  • Linda Dindak (term ends 12/31/2022)
  • Kathy McLaughlin (term ends 12/31/2021)

Meetings

2nd Tuesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. at the West Homestead Borough Building.


Steel Rivers Council of Governments

Members (1 Member of Council with alternate, 2 year term)

  • Ashley Cain (term ends 12/31/2021)
  • Barbara Ferson-Alternate (term ends 12/31/2021)

Meetings

1st Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m., location varies.


Steel Valley Historic Architectural Review Board

Members (3 members, 3 year terms)

  • David Harhai (term ends 12/31/2023)
  • William Roth (term ends 12/31/2022)
  • William Stasko (term ends 12/31/2021)

Meetings

1st Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m., at the West Homestead Borough Building.


Steel Valley Enterprise Zone

Members (2 members of Council, 2 Business Reps, 2 year terms)

  • Ray Fonos (term ends 12/31/2021)
  • Barb Ferson (term ends 12/31/2022)
  • Dan Kelly (Bus. Rep.) (term ends 12/31/2021)
  • Joel Feldman (term ends 12/31/2022)

Meetings

3rd Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m., at the West Homestead Borough Building.


Main Street TIF Committee

Members (2 Members from each Borough, West Homestead Only, 2 Year Terms)

  • Ray Fonos (term ends 12/31/2021)
  • Joel Feldman (term ends 12/31/2022)

Meetings

Meets on an as needed basis, location varies.


UCC/IPMC – Board of Appeals

Members (3 members; 3 year terms)

  • Craig Siniawski (term ends 12/31/2023)
  • Dan Churma (term ends 12/31/2022)
  • Jason McMichael (term ends 12/31/2021)

Meetings

Meets on an as needed basis at the West Homestead Borough Building.


Waterfront Maintenance Committee

Members(President of Council & Borough Manager)

  • Joe Baran (term ends 12/31/2021)
  • Bill Etherington (term ends 12/31/2021)

Meetings

Meets on an as needed basis at the Steel Rivers COG Building.