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Schurko takes Indiana Twp. seat

| Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Sharon Drake | The Herald
Michael Schurko was sworn in last week as the new Indiana Township superintendent by Magisterial District Justice Elissa Lang.
Sharon Drake | The Herald
Michael Schurko was sworn in last week as the new Indiana Township superintendent by Magisterial District Justice Elissa Lang.

Indiana Township's annual reorganization meeting began with the swearing in of Supervisor Michael Schurko.

“I have an interest in the community and want to give back to the community,” said the new District 5 representative. District 5 covers the areas around Fairview Elementary and Fox Chapel Road.

Schurko, 64, who lives on Fox Chapel Road, is next-door neighbor to former supervisor George Dull.

“I want to continue some of the things George Dull did,” Schurko, a Republican, said.

Schurko said fiscal responsibility is a priority for the municipality. He joins four other Republicans on the board.

Budget interests are right up Schurko's alley.

He is “retired at the moment,” however, he most recently served as chief financial officer for LeWinter Moulding & Supply in Sharpsburg. In addition, he served as treasurer-at-large for O'Hara Township 30 years ago.

In other township news, Cecil Tranquill was reappointed to the planning commission, Michael Kotchey to the zoning and hearing board, Ken Berneberg as alternate to the zoning hearing board, and Michael Newland to the vacancy board.

Robert Newland was appointed to the parks and recreation commission, a position he held for a number of years, including serving as chairman before he took a term off.

Action was tabled for the open positions on the parks board and the Deer Creek Drainage Basin Authority.

Meetings for 2014 were reestablished for the second Tuesday of each month except November.

Sharon Drake is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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