Petrus seeking third term as Masontown mayor

Masontown Mayor Toni Petrus said she is seeking the Democratic Party nomination to run for a third consecutive term in office.

A lifelong borough resident, Petrus, 62, said a lot has been accomplished during her tenure.

“I enjoy working with people. I enjoy working for the town and for the betterment of everybody. I think we’ve done a lot, but there is more that can be done,” Petrus said.

She said she has worked with Threshold Housing Development and the Fayette County Housing Authority to have new homes built, and more home construction is needed, she said.

Nine blighted properties have been demolished during her time in office, she said, but there is still vacant property that should be cleaned up.

She said she has an open door policy for all residents having concerns, problems or complaints.

Petrus said she and borough council have discussed hiring another police officer, but the borough does not have enough money.

“Would I like to see more staffing? Absolutely,” Petrus said.

The borough has a good police department, and the number of calls the department gets from Fort Mason Village is low, she said.

Petrus said she helped create a K-9 unit and secure a grant for part of the cost from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.

The borough’s first female police officer was hired during her tenure, and she said she worked with District Attorney Richard Bower on funding for much-needed equipment upgrades for the police department.

The Nixel police notification system was also implemented under Petrus’ administration.

In addition to overseeing the police department, Petrus has been actively involved in the annual Fourth of July and Halloween celebrations held at German-Masontown Park, and she is currently working on a fundraising drive to purchase new Christmas lights for Main Street.

She said she has worked for the county sheriff’s office for 22 years and is the office manager/real estate administrator. A widow, Petrus is the mother of two grown daughters and a member of the Italo-American Citizens Club in Masontown and the Messmore Rod and Gun Club.

She is a member of St. Francis of Assisi (formerly All Saints) Roman Catholic Church of Masontown and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fort Mason Post 423 American Legion.

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