City Boards, Authorities, and Commissions

Below are the following public Boards, Authorities, and Commissions currently active within Monessen City Government. If you are interested in being appointed to a vacant or expired position, please contact City Hall for more information.

Blighted Property Review Board (4 Year Term, 7 Positions)

The purpose of the Monessen Blighted Property Review Board is to administer certification to the Monessen Redevelopment Authority, of all properties deemed to be vacant or abandoned, as required by the Urban Redevelopment Law, in order to promote reuse and reinvestment in properties in the City of Monessen. Further, the board may also advise the Redevelopment Authority, City Community Development Department, City Council, and other appropriate agencies of the city, on the establishment and modification of policies, procedures, and rules for the purposes of the rehabilitation of properties in Monessen.

Don Gregor (City Council Representative) 3/9/2021 -12/31/2021
Michael Kelly (Redevelopment Authority Representative) 3/9/2021 -12/31/2022
Marc Bellora (Planning Commission Representative) 3/9/2021 – 12/31/2024
John Harhai (Executive Branch Representative) 3/9/2021 -12/31/2023
Frank Lopresti (Citizen Representative) 3/9/2021 -12/31/2021
Mary Jo Smith (Citizen Representative) 3/9/2021 -12/31/2022
Joshua Lindsey (Citizen Representative) 4/13/2021 -12/31/2023



Environmental Advisory Board (3 Year Term, 5 Positions) 

The purpose of the Environmental Advisory Board of the City of Monessen is to advise the City of Monessen on matters dealing with protection, conservation, management and use of natural resources, including air, tree, land and water resources located within the limits of the City of Monessen; to assist in the ongoing efforts of City of Monessen to preserve open space within the city; to help educate residents of the City of Monessen about the importance of environmental protection; to better activate and seek creative uses for the abundance of city-owned vacant lots in Monessen that shall help the common good – these uses shall be geared towards sustainable and environmentally conscious practices, such as urban farming, apiaries, and other creative and productive solutions; to help the City of Monessen take official steps to make decisions that are sustainable, both environmentally and practically; and to work with the City Engineer to help educate the public on the City’s MS4 program, and other environmental programming.

Mary Jo Smith, Chairwoman 01/01/2021 -12/31/2023
Marsha Adams, Secretary 01/01/2021 -12/31/2023
Jean Aiello, Treasurer 01/01/2021 -12/31/2023
Marc Bellora 01/01/2021 -12/31/2022
Candis Kelley 01/01/2021 -12/31/2022



Human Relations Commission (5 Year Term, 5 Positions)

The purpose of the Monessen Human Relations Commission is to act as an advisory, educational, and research-based board, that shall study any issues related to the subject matter, laid out in the Monessen Human Relations Ordinance, regarding discrimination in Monessen, in housing, commercial property, employment, and public accommodations, based upon race, color, religious creed, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, handicap or disability, or the use of a guide or support animal because the user is a handler or trainer of support or guide animals. The Commission does not have the authority to engage in enforcement proceedings nor proceed with a cause of action. The Commission may also make recommendations to agencies of the City and Mayor and Council to effectuate such policies and procedures as seen fit by the subject of the Human Relations Ordinance. The Commission may also study the problems of discrimination and foster goodwill among groups within the City population. The Commission may also issue publications of its findings, and present a report of findings or studies, at least once per year, to City Council.

Alan C. Duncan Sr. 3/9/2021 – 12/31/2023
Darla Holmes 3/9/2021 – 12/31/2025
Matthew Kowasic 3/9/2021 – 12/31/2022
Courtney Moran 3/9/2021 – 12/31/2021
Julian Naphier 3/9/2021 – 12/31/2024


Mid-Mon Valley Transit Authority (5 Year Term, 1 Position)

Monessen’s Representative to the Mid-Mon Valley Transit Authority Board serves as a voice for Monessen residents, to aid in the management of the Mid-Mon Valley Transit Authority, which operates a bus system throughout Monessen and other Mid-Mon Valley Communities. For more information, please visit their website at

Fred Naccarato 01/01/2021 – 12/31/2025


Monessen Planning Commission (4-Year Term, 5 Positions)

The Monessen Planning Commission is a Five-Member Commission, and by ordinance is a part of the Monessen Department of City Planning and Urban Development, under the jurisdiction of the Department of Public Affairs of the City of Monessen. The Monessen Planning Commission has all of the powers and duties authorized for City Planning Commissions by the Third Class City Code under the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Code, and in part, is responsible for providing recommendations to the city in matters of planning, zoning, code enforcement, land surveying, land development, subdivision, and feasibility studies.

Marc Bellora, Chariman 01/01/2020 – 12/31/2023
Devona Carter 01/01/2021 – 12/31/2024
Daryll Ray 01/01/2019 – 12/31/2022
Milton Sanders 01/01/2021 – 12/31/2024
Josh Turkovich 01/01/2019 – 12/31/2021


Monessen Police Civil Service Commission (5-Year Term, 3 Positions)

The Monessen Police Civil Service Board is responsible for providing for and overseeing the examination of applicants for appointment to and promotion to any position within the Monessen Police Department. The board consists of three members, each with five-year terms.

Craig Rice, Chairman 01/01/2020 – 12/31/2024
James Quattro
8/22/2017 – 01/31/2021

Ryan Hess 01/01/2021 – 12/31/2025

Monessen Public Library Board of Trustees (3 Year Term, 7 Positions)

The Monessen Library Board of Trustees is responsible for helping to manage the Monessen Public Library, by establishing creative programming to attract patrons to the library, supporting Library Staff, and meeting major fundraising goals each year; in order to keep the library growth and success moving in a positive direction.

Fred Natali, Chairman 01/01/2020 – 12/31/2022
Joe Bozik 01/01/2019 – 12/31/2021
Cindy Gigliotti 01/01/2019 – 12/31/2021
Zachary Hursh 01/01/2021 – 12/31/2023
Dawn McKechnie 09/13/2018 – 12/31/2021
Angelo Loulis 01/01/2021 – 12/31/2023
Kathleen Mappas 01/01/2020 – 12/31/2022



Monessen Recreation Board (5 Year Term, 5 Positions)

The Monessen Recreation Board is responsible for assisting in providing recreational opportunities in public parks, sports facilities, and other recreational areas within the City of Monessen. This board was founded in 1971, and after going on hiatus, was reformed in 2017, with an amendment made to its founding ordinance in 2018, and another amendment in 2021. The Mayor and City Council select five members to each serve a five-year term.

Valarie Weible, Vice-Chair 01/01/2021 – 12/31/2025
ReAnna Merritt, Treasurer 01/01/2021 – 12/31/2025
Mark Panicucci 4/13/2021 –
Raynelle Mays 4/13/2021 –
Karla Spangler 4/13/2021 -12/31/2024


Monessen Redevelopment Authority (5 Year Term, 5 Positions)

The Monessen Redevelopment Authority Board consists of five members, who each serve five-year terms. The Redevelopment Authority was founded in the 1960s and is responsible for acquiring, selling, rehabilitating, and redeveloping vacant properties within the City of Monessen. The Authority owns roughly 150 vacant properties in Monessen. The Authority is tasked with working with other city boards and commissions, as well as City Government, to bring equitable development into the city. They are also responsible for providing a regular report to the city council. The Authority holds monthly public meetings, which are subject to Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Laws.

Donald Byron 01/01/2018 – 12/31/2022
Bill Hans 01/24/2017 – 12/31/2021
Michael Kelly 01/01/2021 – 12/31/2025
Lou Mavrakis 01/01/2018 – 12/31/2022
Ron Mozer 11/21/2017 – 12/31/2021


Monessen Shade Tree Commission (5-Year Term, 5 Positions)

The Monessen Shade Tree Commission is a five-member board that consists of three members familiar with horticulture, botany, forestry, or a related field, and two members who are not. The Shade Tree Commission shall regulate the planting, maintenance, and removal of trees on streets and other publicly owned property, to ensure safety or preserve the aesthetics of such public sites. All actions to plant new trees, or prune or remove existing trees shall be taken following an advertised public meeting, and by approval from Mayor and Council.

Marc Bellora, Chairman 01/01/2021 –12/31/2023
Marsha Adams, Treasurer 01/01/2021 –12/31/2023
Jean Aiello
01/01/2021 –12/31/2022
Karen Cosner, Secretary
01/01/2021 –12/31/2022
Mary Jo Smith 01/01/2021 –12/31/2023

Monessen Zoning and Hearing Board (3-Year Term, 3 Positions, 1 Alternate)

The Monessen Zoning and Hearing Board is responsible, in part, for hearing and deciding appeals where it is alleged by the appellant (a person affected or any agency of the City) that the Zoning Officer has failed to follow prescribed procedures or has misinterpreted or misapplied any valid provision of Monessen’s Zoning Ordinance; hearing challenges to the validity of Monessen’s Zoning Ordinance, as filed with the Zoning Hearing Board in writing by the property owner affected, any officer or agency of the City or any person aggrieved; hearing requests for variances filed with the Zoning Hearing Board in writing by any property owner (or any tenant with the permission of the property owner); or granting Special Exceptions, based on the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code.

Mark Shire 01/01/2021 – 12/31/2022
Te’Querra Turner 01/01/2021 – 12/31/2023
William Manus 01/01/2021 – 12/31/2021



Mon Valley Refuse Authority (5 Year Term, 4 Positions)

The Mon Valley Refuse Authority is a joint authority with the Borough of North Belle Vernon. The Purpose of the Mon Valley Refuse Authority is to manage refuse collection for the City of Monessen and the Borough of North Belle Vernon. The board consists of four Monessen representatives and three North Belle Vernon Representatives. The Authority holds monthly public meetings, which are subject to Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Laws.

R. Ted Harhai 02/02/2020 – 12/31/2023
Robert Hornak 01/23/2017 – 12/31/2021
Candis Kelley 01/01/2020 – 12/31/2024
Karen Marinos 01/01/2021 – 12/31/2025



Mon Valley Sewage Authority (MVSA) Board (5-Year Term, 3 Positions)

The Mon Valley Sewage Authority Board is a joint authority between the City of Monessen and the Borough of Donora. The board is responsible for managing the stormwater and sanitary sewage systems and their facilities, within Donora and Monessen, and for collecting applicable fees associated with the systems in each municipality. The Authority holds monthly public meetings, which are subject to Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Laws.

Paul Beradelli 01/01/2021 – 12/31/2025
Brooke Farmer 01/01/2020 – 12/31/2024

Catherine Tucker 01/01/2020 – 12/31/2024
Aaron Bialon (Solicitor)



Police Accountability and Internal Affairs Board (5-Year Term, 5 Positions)

The purpose of the Police Accountability and Internal Affairs Board is to provide an enforcement mechanism for the City’s Police Accountability and Internal Affairs Policy, which was adopted in 2020. The objects of the accountability reviews conducted by this board are Protection of the Public; Protection of the Police Department; Protection of employees; Review of Police Department policies, procedures, rules, and regulations to evaluate their effectiveness and appropriateness; and recommendations for revision and additions of policies, procedures, rules, or regulations. Additionally, the objectives of internal affairs investigations are Protection of the Public; protections of the Police Department; Protection of the Employees; Removal of unit personnel; and Correction of procedural problems. This board shall submit its findings and recommendations to City Council. This board’s work shall be required to remain confidential since it deals with personnel matters. The Board consists of the Mayor and four appointed community members.

Karen Cosner 08/11/2020 -12/31/2022
Alan Duncan, Sr. 08/11/2020 -12/31/2021
Raynelle Mays 08/11/2020 -12/31/2024
Mayor Matt Shorraw 08/11/2020 –
Bob Stark 08/11/2020 -12/31/2023


Youth and Young Citizens Board [Proposed Board]  (2-Year Term, 7 Positions)

The City of Monessen Youth and Young Citizens Board will seek to ensure that all Monessen City Youth are aware of and have access to positive opportunities to meet their basic needs to:

Be safe, feel cared for, be valued, and be independent, and;
Build skills and competencies that allow them to function and contribute to society in a productive manner.

More specifically, the board will advocate for supportive policies, facilitate enriching experiences, work with established groups and organizations in Monessen and the region, who cater towards supporting youth; and will regularly assess how well the City and other local youth-serving organizations are doing in achieving the following intended outcomes for youth:

Academic Success: Academically prepared for post-secondary opportunities;
Good health and wellbeing;
Strong character;
Informed decision making;
Civic engagement;
Developmentally-appropriate levels of independence;
Cultural awareness and sensitivity: Educated and exposed to their own, as well as other cultures.

The Board may use such reference materials, data, and research-based methods, such as the Pennsylvania Youth Survey, or other relevant, similar publications, in order to meet its objectives.

One of the long-term goals of the Youth and Young Citizens Board shall be to establish Youth Participatory Program in the City of Monessen. The goals of a Youth Participatory Program would be to establish a program led by youth that focuses on promoting youth’s understanding of city government work, developing youth leadership, elevating youth voices in the City of Monessen, and providing a platform for youth to propose and fund projects that directly relate to their concerns.

VACANT (Youth Representative)
VACANT (Youth Representative)
Joe Brandsma (Young Adult Representative) 4/13/2021 –
VACANT (Young Adult Representative)
VACANT (Education Representative)
VACANT (Education Representative)
VACANT (At-Large Representative)



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