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Health care leaders re-elected to boards

Dedicated leadership with a defined vision is the foundation of a progressive organization. On June 19, Monongahela Valley Hospital and its parent organization, Mon-Vale Health Resources Inc., re-elected their boards of directors..

John D. Fry of McMurray, president and owner of Procurement Specialty Group Inc., has been re-elected chairman of the board of directors of Mon-Vale Health Resources Inc. and chairman of the board of trustees of Monongahela Valley Hospital Inc.

This marks Mr. Fry's fourth term as the leader of the boards.

In addition, R. Carlyn Belczyk of Monessen was renamed vice chairman, and Jeff M. Kotula of Washington, Pa., was re-elected secretary of both bodies. These officers also will serve their fourth terms beginning July 1.

Mr. Fry was elected to the parent organization board of directors in 1998 and to the hospital board of trustees in 2000. He was elected secretary of both boards in 2005 and is a member of the executive committee of both organizations.

In addition, he has served on the Nominating, By-Laws and Executive Compensation committees and as chairman of the Joint Conference Committee and was appointed chairman of the Finance Committee in 2007.

Mrs. Belczyk is a certified public accountant, accredited in business valuations and is a certified valuation analyst.

She began her career in public accounting in 1986 and together with Randy Guthrie formed Guthrie Belczyk & Associates PC of Washington in 1993. She has served on the boards of numerous professional and community organizations, including the Washington County Community Foundation.

Mr. Kotula is president of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

He leads the activities of the largest chamber in Washington County and the fourth largest chamber in southwestern Pennsylvania.

In this capacity, he serves as the chamber executive and as director of economic development for Washington County through a public/private partnership that includes the Washington county commissioners, Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Washington Industrial Development Corp. and Washington County Industrial Development Authority.

In addition to the election of officers, 12 directors were re-elected to the parent organization board for three-year terms: Patrick Ballon of Brownsville; Richard A. Barcelona of Canonsburg; Bradley M. Bassi of Charleroi; Mrs. Belczyk; Andrew G. Bury of Roscoe. Carl Crawley Jr. of New Eagle; Carol Doman of Belle Vernon; Henry R. Glaneman of Eighty Four; William D. Hope Jr., V.M.D. of West Newton; Ronald L. Lombard, D.Ed., of Perryopolis; Anthony M. Lombardi of Charleroi; and Charles E. Stacey, Ph.D., of Donora.

Those re-elected to the Monongahela Valley Hospital's board of trustees for three-year terms include Mrs. Belczyk, Mr. Barcelona, Mr. Bassi and Mr. Crawley.


Cost of being late with taxes could go up

Commissioners unanimously approved advertising an ordinance Tuesday that would establish a 10 percent a year penalty for all late payments of real estate taxes. The same rate would apply, too, to interest charges on delinquent taxes.

Commissioner Bill Wells commented that the higher fee "might get people to step up to the plate."

Officials also agreed to advertise a proposed $9 million bond issue that would include about $6 million in new money. The remaining money would be used to refinance two 2007 bond issues.

Scott wants to use the money in part to finance capital improvements, including repaving of Swallow Hill Road and Kane Boulevard.

However, borrowing may be postponed because of market conditions, advised investment banker Joe Muscatello of Boenning & Scattergood.

If the bonds don't sell immediately, he recommended postponing further advertising until after July Fourth.

Mr. Muscatello said Scott's high bond rating and smaller debt compared with many other communities should work in the township's favor.

Scott's bond counsel is Dodaro, Matta & Cambest.

In other action, Mr. Wells asked whether Scott had heard anything from Allegra Printing or the U.S. Post Office in Green Tree concerning approximately 500 spring newsletters that were not delivered to Ward 2 residents. Only a few households in the 400 block of Lindsay Road received the newsletter, he noted.

Scott's other eight wards were not affected.

Board Secretary Kathy Gazda said a claim has been filed with the post office.

Officials also decided to collect available remaining newsletters from the municipal building as well as several condominiums and apartment buildings for delivery to Ward 2.

Because the newsletters are stacked in the main lobbies of large complexes rather than being delivered to each unit, not all residents pick them up, they said.

Also, Commissioner Stacey Altman requested that the township's Right-To-Know form be posted on Scott's website, where it can be easily downloaded by residents. She also asked that Scott's ordinances be posted online, too.

Commissioner David Calabria said new traffic signals and patterns are in order at Raceway Plaza and Route 50. Police Chief Jim Secreet added that directional signage is a big problem there, as well as at the nearby Walmart.

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