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Rollo Vecchio

Rollo Vecchio

Rollo Vecchio

"A Reliable Voice For Pitcairn Borough" 

His Record Speaks for itself...
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  Leadership •  Service  •  Experience  •  Accountability   

           My name is Orelio “Rollo” Vecchio.  I was born in Pitcairn 75 years ago to Francesco and Maria Vecchio.  I am one of 6 siblings, being the first to be born in this country.  Two of my sisters and one of my brothers were born in Italy, prior to my family immigrating to this country.  After I was born, my parents preceded to have one more son and one more daughter. 

          I have resided in Pitcairn my entire life and I am very proud of my participation in our community.  My wife MaryAnn and I have two sons, Frank and Carmen who we raised in Pitcairn.  Frank is married to Debbie and they have two girls Natalie and Angelina. Carmen is married to Nina.

          As a child I learned the value of hard work from my parents.  My father was a railroader and my mother worked at several jobs.  In my earlier days I worked as a shoe shine boy, where I learned most aspects of the shoe repair business.  From there, I went to work in the supermarket business.  My first job was in Star Market, which was located in Pitcairn.  This is now the location of Joe’s Butcher Shop.  From there I worked for larger Star Markets, Loblaw and Giant Eagle.  While working for Loblaw, I left to serve in the United States Air Force, coming out as a Staff Sergeant.  I then returned to Loblaw until the division closed.  That is when I started working for Giant Eagle.  I was with Giant Eagle for 15 years before changing careers once more.  At age 50, I went to work for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue for 22 years.  My title with them was a Revenue Enforcement Agent.  In October of 2009, I decided it was time to retire.

          I have been on Pitcairn borough council for thirty-two years, many of which I served as president.  In addition, I am a member of the Allegheny County Boroughs Association where I have served as president twice.  For forty-six years I have been an active member of the Allegheny County Democratic committee, serving as chairman of Pitcairn for forty-two years.  I have also been an alternate delegate on Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments.

          My involvement with the community goes beyond politics.  I am a member of the Pitcairn Parks and Recreation committee, coordinator of Community Days for ten years.  Other organizations in the community that I am a member of include Pitcairn American Legion, Lions, Italian Club, Fire Company #2 Social Club, Pitcairn Civic Association, Knights of Columbus and the Rankin Christian Center where I am a board member serving as Treasurer.  I am also involved with Camp B and Saint Michael’s Roman Catholic Church where I served on parish council and the parish finance committee.

          My involvement also goes outside of the community where I am a board member of six senior housing corporations serving as Treasurer.  I am a member of the board for the Allegheny County Vision committee, where our report has been completed and turned over to County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and County Council.  In addition, I am an honorary member of the Allegheny County Sheriff Association and a member of the State Sheriff Association.  Lastly, I am involved with the Westmoreland Columbus 500 where we give scholarships to assist kids with college.

          While being on Pitcairn council for thirty-two years and serving as president for the majority of those, my esteemed colleagues and I were able to secure many grants and projects.  The grant money we secured went to the following…

Bullet A military grant for the Korean War Memorial

Bullet Numerous Parks and Recreation areas…

a.   Broadway Tot Lot Reconstruction

b.   New fencing for the little league field

c.   Hauling of clay to cover glass and stone in Summers Field

d.   Topsoil for improvements at Summers Field

e.    Laser and crown on Cliff Adams Baseball Field

f.     Overhead lights and speakers for Cliff Adams Field

g.    Additional fencing on little league fields

h.   Goal post for Cliff Adams Field

i.     Bleachers for the fields

j.     Sewage and new bathroom facilities for Markosek Complex

k.    Electronic scoreboard Cliff Adams Field

l.     Improvements to T-ball field and Friendship Park

m.  Summers Field wall

n.   Tables for the Park Building

o.   Small and large pavilions at Sugar Camp

p.   Pitcairn Baseball and Pitcairn Junior Mohawks

Bullet Areas of safety…

a.   Police cameras

b.   Police vehicles

c.   Gear for Fire Company’s #1 and #2

d.   Renovations to the police station

e.   Traffic lights Broadway and Center Avenue

f.    Traffic lights Broadway and Wall Avenue

g.   School Zone warning light on Agatha Street

h.   Overhead safety lights on Broadway

Bullet Buildings and property…

a.   Demolition of other half of borough building

b.   Construction of borough garage, now all crews are under one roof

c.   Sidewalks at the Park Building and on Center Avenue

d.   Handicap ramps

e.   Merchant Alley

f.    Second Street Alley bridge

g.   New roof Fire Company #1 and roof repairs for Company #2

h.   Steps Highland Avenue

i.     Police station windows

j.     Improvements and revitalization Broadway

k.    Park Building roof

l.     Paved the business parking lot

m.   Walls 5th Street and Center Avenue

Bullet Community Organizations…

a.   Several times for the Food Bank

b.   Several times for Meals on Wheels

c.   Several times for Camp G and Camp B

d.   Centennial Museum

e.   Fire Companies #1 and #2

f.    Pitcairn Ambulance

g.   Police posse box

h.   Leg set restraints

i.    Color t.v. and vcr for training

j.    Crime scene materials, evidence storage

k.   Borough share of unsafe structures

l.    McGinnis Avenue demolition

Bullet Miscellaneous…

a.   Shoot and chip alleys

b.   Paving

c.   Borough vehicle trucks and police cars

d.   Borough equipment

e.   Business signs on decorative light poles

f.    Our very first Community Days

g.   Grant to purchase North Pitcairn garage

h.   Demolition of North Pitcairn garage because this was blocking stream

i.     $500,000.00 assistance for 1997 flood

j.     Computer and register for the office in the borough building

Bullet The numerous projects that my esteemed colleagues and I have been involved with mainly under my leadership are…

1.   Salt bin blocks

2.   Initiated flood control program

3.   Rebuilt substation

4.   Added additional substation

5.   K Street wall

6.   Numerous walls along creek

7.   Creek wall in alley, 700 block Wall Avenue

8.   Creek wall at Markosek Complex

9.   Hiring of outside auditor

10. 6th Street drain pipe to Center Avenue

11. Blighted Property Project, encourage and assisted citizens to participate

Bullet In 2011 we applied for and received a PIP Loan from the state at a rate of 2.25%.  With this money we paved almost all the streets and in addition some older streets that needed attention were repaved.  Also, with a special program that we saved money in monthly, we were able to resurface almost every alley.

          This is just a portion of what has been accomplished under the leadership of Mr. Vecchio and with the help and cooperation of his esteemed colleagues.  Thank You to our local, county, state and federal friends who have been very good to us.  Our connections with these individuals and their cooperation have helped to make all of this possible.  In closing, I would like to Thank You for taking time out of your busy schedules to read this.