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Another resignation, another open seat on Cheswick Council

| Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, 12:56 a.m.

Cheswick is seeking residents interested in filling two seats on borough council.

Council this week accepted the resignation of Councilman Neal Hohman, who was elected as a write-in candidate in 2011 but had not attended a council meeting for more than a year.

Council learned it will have a second vacancy when Councilman Kenneth “Sherman” Kephart announced he will be resigning because he will be moving out of Cheswick, council President Paul Jack said.

Kephart, who has served on council for 17 years, said he expects to step down in late September, although the timing is not certain. He and his wife are downsizing with the move to Harmar, he said.

Kephart said the borough might as well find a replacement for him while it's looking to replace Hohman.

Although he doesn't have to resign until he leaves the borough, Kephart may step down earlier should council have a candidate it wants to appoint sooner.

“I'm sure they'll replace me with someone as good if not better,” Kephart said.

Those appointed to council would serve through the end of 2015; the seats will be up for election in November next year.

The borough is accepting letters of interest through Sept. 8. Jack said applicants should include a resume or some description of their background.

Applicants need to be registered to vote and a Cheswick resident for at least one year.

Council will discuss the applicants at its Sept. 10 meeting and may make an appointment to replace Hohman at its Sept. 16 meeting. Council has to fill Hohman's vacancy by Sept. 26.

Hohman and Councilman Jonathan Skedel, who also was elected as a write-in in 2011, have not attended a council meeting since April 2013. Skedel has said he will not resign and will not attend meetings.

Both men continued to accept a $100 monthly stipend paid to council members; Hohman returned his payment for August.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4701 or brittmeyer@tribweb.com.

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