D’Loss recognized for time on Carnegie Council
Carnegie Councilman Richard D’Loss said he tries to follow the simple rule of “say little and do much.”
And that what D’Loss said he did during his more than eight years serving on council.
Carnegie Council will have a different look next year, as D’Loss did not seek re-election. Fellow council members at the Dec. 11 voting meeting recognized D’Loss, who quietly made an impact in the community in his two-plus terms.
Councilman Mike Sarsfield read a commendation signed by borough officials that highlighted the service of D’Loss, who was appointed in November 2009 and was elected to his first term in 2010.
During his tenure on council, D’Loss served as president and vice president. He served as board committee chairman for code enforcement, community development, finance and public works.
D’Loss was involved with several community groups and is a Carnegie business owner.
“I have a bad habit of volunteering for a lot of things,” D’Loss said.
The values of civil obligations and duties were instilled in D’Loss during his time in the Marine Corps, he said.
During his first term on council, D’Loss became involved in various positions. Two of the first four years was serving as council president. He was involved in the Carnegie Free Library’s major renovation and was president of the Jewish Congregation.
D’Loss considered stepping down after that first term, but then-Councilman Pat Catena, who now serves on Allegheny County Council, talked him into seeking a second term.
D’Loss played a key role in updating the borough’s zoning ordinance, which had not had any major changes since the early 1980s. The final version of the ordinance was approved last month and is expected to serve the growing community for years to come.
Councilwoman Stacey Riley, who will be the borough’s next mayor as Jack Kobistek steps into the district magistrate role, said she has a lot of respect for D’Loss despite not always agreeing with him.
“You were always open to discuss or debate issues.” Riley said. “You displayed a keen analytic mind as you evaluated borough issues.”
D’Loss said he will come to council meetings from time to time and will be available if council needs his opinion.
Despite the challenges, D’Loss said council members develop a strong bond as they work to better the community.
“Those bonds will long endure. It’s a very rewarding experience,” D’Loss said.
Jim Spezialetti is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.