Blawnox officials named George Quaglieri to the Allegheny River Towns Enterprise Zone (ARTEZ) as a business representative.
Quaglieri is the president of the Athletic Association Club of Blawnox and a former business owner in the borough. Councilman Dennis Chuvala, who is the borough's primary representative to the group, said they have wanted a business representative from the borough for several years. When the opportunity became available, Quaglieri volunteered for the position.
ARTEZ is an economic-development group that includes representatives of Aspinwall, Blawnox, O'Hara, Sharpsburg, Etna, Shaler and Millvale. Ingeburg Miller, who owns Inge's Recommendables in Blawnox, objected to Quaglieri's appointment. She volunteered herself for the position and questioned whether Quaglieri was able to hold the position.
Chuvala said the club Quaglieri is the president of qualifies him for the appointment.
“The Athletic Association Club of Blawnox is a business in this borough, and it has been since 1934,” Chuvala said.
Solicitor Jack Cambest said the requirements for the position from ARTEZ do not indicate that the representative be a business owner.
Cambest noted that the Athletic Association Club of Blawnox is a nonprofit organization in the borough.
Chuvala said Quaglieri does sign checks for the club. After Miller volunteered herself for the position, officials agreed to add her as a candidate.
However, Quaglieri still was unanimously appointed to the position.
Chuvala remains as the primary representative, with Councilman Randall Stoddard as the alternative.
Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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