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Board OKs retirement terms for Carnegie Borough Manager and police Chief

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Despite being on neither the Republican or Democratic ballot in last month's primary election, Carnegie Mayor Jack Kobistek already has beaten out any competition he would have had in the November election.

Kobistek – an Independent and not on the primary ballot – won the write-in vote for both Republicans and Democrats.

Current councilman Mike Sarsfield was the only candidate on the Democratic ballot.

He received 221 votes – roughly 34 percent of the votes. Kobistek received 404 write-in votes on the Democratic ticket. Seventeen write-in votes were cast for other candidates.

There was no candidate on the Republican ticket, and Kobistek received 123 write-in votes. Other write-in candidates received 17 votes.

Because he defeated Sarsfield on the Democratic ballot, Kobistek will be unopposed in the Nov. 5 general election.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Carnegie Borough Manager and police Chief Jeffrey Harbin will officially retire Aug. 9, though his last working day is June 28.

The Carnegie Borough Council officially accepted Harbin's retirement at its meeting on Monday night. Harbin will use his accumulated vacation days from June 29 through Aug. 8.

Stephen Beuter, borough project assistant, will serve as interim borough manager. He was also appointed open records officer.

Council held closed interviews Tuesday with three Carnegie police sergeants who have applied for the chief's position. A special meeting will be held June 24 to discuss personnel matters.

Council President Rick D'Loss encouraged the board to act quickly but not hastily in naming Harbin's successor. The hope is to have a replacement before Harbin leaves the area to ensure a smooth transition.

Sewer sector

Council voted to award the excavation-related portion of the sewer repair contract to Soli Construction for $381,165. A lining contract was awarded to State Pipe Services for $142,025.

A motion to award a specialty contract to Independent Enterprises was removed from the agenda because the totals of the first two contracts took up a majority of the 2013 sewer budget. Councilwoman Sue Demko said that public works officials are trying to scale down the cost of the two contracts so to free up money for the $32,000 specialty contract.

Millage matters

Council approved a 2013 millage rate of 5.37 mills.

This rate complies with the state law dictating that communities must sustain a revenue-neutral millage rate in the year following property reassessments – that is, the borough cannot generate more than 105 percent of the property taxes it did this year.

The borough is petitioning the state to allow more than the 105 percent. If that is allowed, the tax rate would be set at 6.23 mills.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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