Decrease Burrell’s longtime zoning and ordinance Officer Michael Nedley has a plaque by his desk that reads “Love Thy Neighbor.” It’s a present from his secretary, who is aware of what he’s needed to take care of over time.
After greater than 32 years of listening to neighbor-on-neighbor complaints about excessive grass and junked automobiles — in addition to implementing metropolis zoning, ordinances, state constructing codes and extra — Nedley is ready to retire on the finish of Could.
He’ll miss the folks he labored with — not less than 4 mayors, 4 metropolis clerks and 5 police chiefs.
But it surely received’t be onerous to go away behind the feuding between neighbors over property upkeep points.
“Individuals don’t at all times get together with one another and that’s why they name,” he stated. “However, actually, it’s been an honor and a privilege to serve the neighborhood.”
In the long run, for Nedley, it’s the folks he labored with to construct what are actually landmark developments within the metropolis that matter most to him.
Amongst different these initiatives is the $3.3 million renovation of metropolis corridor, for which Nedley served as venture supervisor. Greater than 20 years in the past, he began work with metropolis officers and neighborhood volunteers to develop Wolf Pack Park, which later grew to become Kotecki Park.
Code enforcement was Nedley’s second profession.
A Decrease Burrell native, he labored in Pittsburgh within the constructing trades. All the things modified on Nov. 17, 1988, with a Route 28 truck crash that shattered his hip and triggered different trauma. Although he didn’t undergo a everlasting incapacity, the accidents left him unable to pursue the bodily demanding work he was in.
Along with his constructing commerce information, he stated he “lucked out” by discovering a place with town.
Over the many years, Nedley watched the event of single-family properties within the Nineties give option to condos within the 2000s. Constructing a brand new residence with prices of $500,000 and up is getting out-of-reach for the typical particular person, he famous. In his later years, town in addition to different communities have been combating blight within the metropolis’s older neighborhoods resembling Braeburn and Kinloch.
Considered one of Nedley’s favourite moments was present in creating Kotecki Park.
Bought in 2000, metropolis officers agreed to purchase the acreage for what was then generally known as Wolf Pack Park from resident Augie Moret. Nedley and then-Councilman Wealthy Kotecki have been instrumental in buying the land.
“It was evident that many residents wished the park when greater than 300 folks confirmed as much as clear up the positioning,” Nedley stated.
Former Decrease Burrell Mayor Don Kinosz stated, “Mike was the motive force — he took the bull by the horns and began designs.”
Metropolis resident Invoice Herman, now government director of the New Kensington redevelopment authority, designed the park, Nedley stated.
At the moment, town didn’t have the athletic fields the general public wished, Kinosz stated.
“Once we first went down there, all the pieces we pictured — bocce courtroom, soccer, baseball and softball fields, a one-mile path, got here into existence,” Nedley stated.
Former metropolis Councilman Frank Trozzi, who was elected in 2004 and headed up town’s parks fee, credited Nedley with mentoring him within the growth of Kotecki park.
“The park is a wonderful landmark of town and everybody ought to be proud,” he stated.
The title modified from Wolf Pack to Officer Derek Kotecki Memorial Park in 2013 after Kotecki’s homicide within the line of obligation in 2011. He was the son of Wealthy Kotecki.
Then Police Chief Tim Weitzel commissioned and had a brand new park entrance put in.
“Each time I drive previous, I take into consideration each Koteckis,” Nedley stated.
For his retirement, Nedley stated he intends to spoil his grandchildren and experience his Harley-Davidson bike.