West municipal reorganizations

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Borough councils and boards of township commissioners and supervisors elected officers as new terms began this week for members elected in November. Here's a roundup of some West municipal reorganizations:


At Monday's reorganization meeting, Republicans who won a majority of council and claimed the mayor's office in the November election, took control by electing Michael Tolmer president and Bruce Ghelarducci vice president. Both were elected unanimously.

Mr. Tolmer replaces Democrat Nino Petrocelli Sr., and Mr. Ghelarducci takes over for Democrat Joseph Colosimo, who was defeated in November.

Republican Pasquale DeBlasio was sworn in as mayor, replacing Democrat Donald Dolde. Repubican Neil Lyons and William Henderson — the only Democrat to win in November — were sworn in as new council members. Oaths of office were administered to Mr. Ghelarducci and William Colussy who were re-elected n to council.

Anne Marie Parisi took the oath of office for her eighth term as borough tax collector.

Council workshop meetings will be held at 7 p.m. the first Monday in the borough council chambers. The regular business meetings will be at 7 p.m. the second Monday. The workshop meetings will replace the agenda meetings formerly held at 6:30 before the regular council meeting.

— Bob Podurgiel


District Judge Gary Zyra of Scott swore in Democratic council members Patrick Catena, Richard D'Loss and newcomer Phil Boyd on Monday. He also swore in Mayor Jack Kobistek, an independent, and property tax collector Peg Bowman, a Republican, to new terms.

Mr. Catena was elected president and Susan Demko was elected vice president. Vote on the actions was 5-0, with council member Carol Covi absent due to illness.

Officials retained KLH Engineers as engineers and Joseph Lucas as solicitor. Hosack, Specht, Muetzel and Wood will remain as the borough's auditing firm.

Council meetings will continue to be held at 7 p.m. the first and second Mondays in the council chambers in the borough building, One Veterans Way.

— Carole Gilbert Brown


George Macino and Wilson Durisko were elected president and vice president respectively on Monday.

Recently elected members Wayne Chiurazzi and Nichole Kauer were sworn into office by Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Alex Bicket. Jason Oskamp, another new member, was sworn in earlier in the day. The trio will assume the seats formerly held by Commissioners Kay Downey-Clarke, Robert Schuler and Timothy Young, none of whom ran for re-election.

Mr. Schuler took the oath of office as Collier treasurer/tax collector.

The board's regular voting meeting will continue to be at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday.

— Carole Gilbert Brown

Green Tree

Mark Sampogna was re-elected president and Art Tintori was elected vice president Monday night.

District Judge Gary Zyra of Scott swore in Edward Schenck as the new mayor, as well as David Lorenzini, John Novak, David Rea and Mark Sampogna to council seats. All were elected in November.

Regular council meetings will continue to be held at 7:30 p.m. the first Monday.

— Carole Gilbert Brown


Richard Pattinato was elected president of council on Monday, Carrie Nolan was elected vice president and Ricky Jordan was elected president pro-tem.

Kenneth LaSota was sworn in for his fifth term as mayor, and Richard Pattinato, Carrie Nolan and Ricky Jordan were sworn in as new council members. Ted Gazda took the oath of office after winning re-election as tax collector.

— Bob Podurgiel


Supervisors on Monday re-elected Tom Gallant chairman and Janet Craig vice chairman.

Meetings will continue to be held at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday in the municipal building, 1271 Route 30.

— Andrea Iglar 


Marilou Ritchie was re-elected president and Pat Powell was re-elected vice president, in unanimous votes Monday.

Sworn into office were newly elected member Joe Rehak and returning members Ms. Ritchie, Raymond Miller, Tom Rockwell and Steve Matta.

Street department supervisor George Protch was appointed zoning officer.

Meetings will continue to be held at 7 p.m. the first Monday in the borough building, 151 School St.

— Andrea Iglar 


James Vitale was elected chairman Monday by a 4-1 vote with Marvin Eicher dissenting. Mr.Eicher had nominated Andy Gribben but he declined. Mr. Gribben was elected unanimously as vice chairman.

Oaths of office were administered to new member Joseph Wise and incumbent James Vitale. Catherine Tress also was sworn in for another term as tax collector. Supervisors will continue to meet at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday for their regular meeting. The workshop meetings will be at 6 p.m. the last Wednesday.

Jeanne Creese was reappointed manager, secretary and treasurer; Janet Sieracki was reappointed assistant township secretary; Malcolm W. Petroccia was reappointed township engineer; solicitor Tim Bish was retained; and Michael Baker Jr. was retained as consulting engineer and traffic engineer.

— Kim Lawrence


North Fayette

Supervisors on Monday re-elected Jim Morosetti chairman and James R. Mangan vice chairman.

Workshop and voting meetings will continue to be held at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday in the municipal building, 400 North Branch Road.

Also Monday, police Sgt. John Walls was promoted to lieutenant.

—Andrea Iglar


In unanimous votes last Thursday, Ron “Huck” Gamble was re-elected president — a post he’s held since 1996. Mark Maximovich was elected vice president.

New council member Bill Hartman Jr. was sworn in, as well as returning members Mr. Gamble and Jonathan DeBor, and returning Mayor Paul Hennemuth.

Meetings will continue to be held at 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday in the Oakdale Community Center, 104 Seminary Ave.

—Andrea Iglar 


Robinson commissioners on Monday re-elected Samuel Abatta chairman and elected Ronald Shiwarski vice chairman.

New members James Barefoot and Kenneth Kisow were sworn into office.

The board appointed the law firm Dodaro Matta & Cambest of Pittsburgh as solicitor. The post had been vacant since September, when Bruce Dice & Associates of Plum resigned after six months.

Also, former solicitor Goldberg Kamin & Garvin of Pittsburgh was appointed as special counsel. Attorneys from that firm had been the township’s legal counsel for more than 30 years, until the board terminated them in January 2013.

Township finance officer Gerald Kezmarsky was appointed treasurer, replacing John D. Perkey, who will continue to act as tax collector.

The meeting was continued to 7 p.m. next Thursday in the township building, 1000 Church Hill Road, to make further appointments, to set the regular meeting date and to vote on other business.

— Andrea Iglar 

Robinson, Washington County

After being sworn into office, newly elected supervisors took the reins of the Robinson, Washington County, board on Monday.

Rodger Kendall was elected chairman and Stephen Duran was elected vice chairman at Monday's reorganization meeting. Board member Mark Brositz abstained from both votes.

Alan T. Shuckrow of Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky in Pittsburgh was appointed solicitor to replace John Smith. The vote was 2-1 vote, with Mr. Brositz voting no.

In a voting meeting that followed, supervisors directed the newly appointed attorney to review revised zoning regulations that the outgoing board had approved in December.

Meetings will continue to be held at 7 p.m. the second Monday in the municipal building, 8400 Noblestown Rd.

— Andrea Iglar


District Judge Gary Zyra of Scott swore in William Wells, David Calabria, David Jason and Patricia Caruso to new terms of office on Monday. He also administered the oath of office to newly elected Commissioner Donald Guidici and tax collector Lisa Riley.

Mr. Guidici, a Democrat, was appointed a commissioner in January 2012 to fill in the vacancy of former Commissioner James Walther.

Mr. Guidici was elected board vice president by a 6-2 vote, with Commissioners Wells and Calabria voting for Commissioner Craig Stephens, also a Democrat, who did not attend the meeting.

Elected president was Republican David Jason, who has been a commissioner since January 2002. Mr. Wells and Mr. Calabria supported Mr. Stephens for that position, too.

In other action, the board voted 8-0 to continue the employment agreement for township manager/secretary Denise Fitzgerald for another two years, with medical benefits and raises to be the same as the clerical staff.

Kathleen D. Gazda was reappointed assistant secretary and Robert L. McTiernan was reappointed solicitor and Lawrence J. Lennon was renamed Scott's engineer.

David Henderson was approved as Vacancy Board chairman for 2014, and Mr. Stephens and Mr. Guidici were named as representative and alternate to the SHACOG Franchising Authority Board and the SHACOG Cable Television Joint Rate Review Board. These appointments are for the years 2014 and 2015.

Commission meetings will continue to be held the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7:30 p.m.

— Carole Gilbert Brown

South Fayette

South Fayette commissioners on Monday elected Joe Horowitz president and Lisa Malosh vice president in 5-0 votes.

New board member Jessica Cardillo Wagenhoffer was sworn into office.

Workshop and voting meetings will continue to be held at 7:30 p.m. the second and third Wednesdays in the municipal building, 515 Millers Run Road.

— Andrea Iglar

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