Fox Chapel Authority head earns recognition for service
For his commitment to public service, Mark Nicely has earned an Excellence in Local Government Award after two decades running the area's water distribution system.
At the helm of the Fox Chapel Authority, Nicely oversees service for more than 5,400 residents in Fox Chapel, O'Hara, Indiana Township and Harmar.
“I'm honored and a little bit surprised,” Nicely said, from his office along Alpha Drive in RIDC Park, O'Hara.
The recognition is part of the 17th Annual Governor's Awards, given this year to eight municipal leaders and 12 communities, and made available through the Department of Community and Economic Development.
Specifically, it honors dedication shown to strengthen communities and better serve residents.
Nicely was nominated by Douglas Bilheimer, executive director of the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association (PMAA).
“He is a worthy candidate,” Bilheimer said. “For his tireless commitment to public service, I was honored to offer him as a nominee.”
In addition to his work in the Lower Valley, Nicely is former chairman of the state section of the American Water Works Association and a member of the PMAA executive committee. He currently leads PA WARN, the state's Water/Wastewater Agency Resource Network.
“It's a mutual aid group of utilities helping utilities,” Nicely said. “When a manmade or natural disaster happens, we can help each other more quickly than the government can.”
The PA WARN was founded after lessons learned in Hurricane Katrina, Nicely said.
“We found that the state and federal governments don't have the specialized knowledge that we do, and that we need, to get back on our feet,” he said.
In the event of a disaster, Nicely has trained to work in the state's emergency operating center with other responders.
An engineer, Nicely graduated from Penn State University before working in finance and management at an environmentally-geared engineering firm. He managed Hampton Township Municipal Authority for a dozen years and Richland Township Authority for four years before coming to O'Hara.
“(Nicely) has actively served statewide and community organizations dedicating his time and expertise for the betterment of state communities,” Bilheimer said.
Lt. Governor Jim Cawley said Nicely is among those who show an immense responsibility to provide solutions that make the community a vibrant place to live.
“This is recognition of your dedication to public service, and a celebration of leadership and innovation,” he said.
Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, or at email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Love of birds leads Fox Chapel teen to national honor
- Fox Chapel natives’ service brings a shine to area homes
- Fox Chapel continues work on trails with help from grant
- Fox Chapel cleanup set for Earth Day
- Indiana Twp., O’Hara, Shaprsburg earn banner recognition
- Hulton Bridge work clogs up Blawnox
- Supporting Cooper-Siegel Library an act of love for Aspinwall woman