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Board elections are the highlight of Slopes membership meeting


Elections highlighted the brief Oct. 11 meeting of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) held at the Brashear Center in the South Side Flats.

The elected slate of candidates consisted of Brad Palmisiano, Candice Gonzalez, Kristin Raup, Donna Tarkett, and Blake McLaren.

President Brian Oswald said members Sarah Shea and Laura Officer will be stepping down from the board.

He will also be stepping down after five years as president. Treasurer Pavel Yakovlev is also leaving, which means a new president and treasurer will be needed.

In other business, Mr.Oswald reported the mosaic steps at 27th and Josephine streets, or the Oakley Way steps if walking, are completed. The 77-step art installation project, costing about $6,000, used stair treads to create an image of a woman standing over the old steel mill, with smoke stacks emitting flowers to signify the greening of the city.

Volunteers did all of the tiling following the design of artist Laura Jean McLaughlin.

The steps’ structure is in need of repair, for which a $100,000 grant was obtained, with another $60,000 needed. The latter has been budgeted by the city, Mr. Oswald said.

The Oct. 1 StepTrek, the non-competitive, self-guided walking tour of the Slopes, went “fantastically well,” Mr. Oswald said. There were 626 participants, with 749 total tickets sold. About 235 of those tickets were sold the day of the event.

The funds raised through sponsorships was $14,725, the highest StepTrek total ever. Also setting new records was the grossed $22,495, and the netted $11,529 to the SSSNA.

There is a new city website for obtaining up-to-date information on all building permits, code violations, and licenses, and on all pending and approved zoning applications. Called Building Eye, it is accessible at:

In committee reports, Dawn Lorincy said the beautification committee wants to do an 18th St. cleanup before winter. An E-Blast for volunteers will go out.

In the South Side Park update, $60,000 was spent on trail work the past two years.

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is engaged in the park running cleanups, and in supporting the city in its application for funding for a master plan.

The park is also serving as a city pilot program for signage. Informational signs will be erected at the city’s expense.

In announcements, the Brashear Association will hold its 99th Annual Awards Luncheon at noon on Oct. 27 at the LeMont Restaurant. Tickets may be purchased at through Eventbrite.

The SSSNA’s annual holiday party will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 13 at St. Paul of the Cross Monastery. More details will come in an E-Blast and in the next newsletter.


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