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Councilman resigns in Wilmerding

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 1:56 a.m.

Wilmerding Councilman Jack Mason has resigned.

Borough secretary Joe Hartzel read Mason's one-sentence resignation letter prior to council accepting it at Tuesday night's meeting.

Mason, whose resignation was effective Feb. 23, did not explain his decision in his letter, and did not attend the meeting. He could not be reached for comment by presstime.

He was the borough's public works chairman and Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments alternate representative. Mason was instrumental in obtaining the borough's new salt bin last year.

Councilors were surprised at Mason's resignation, and agreed to send him a letter thanking him for his service.

“I thought Jack did a pretty good job with the street department,” council president Stephen Shurgot said.

Mason was appointed mayor in August 2011 to fill the vacant seat of Dominick Pomposelli. Pomposelli resigned on July 12, 2011, and died on June 30, 2012.

Mason left that seat to take his place on council to start a four-year term in January 2012.

Dominic Parisi was sworn in as mayor at that month's council meeting.

Council has 30 days to appoint a new councilor. If no one is named within that time, the matter goes before a vacancy board for an additional 30 days. Allegheny County Common Pleas Court will fill the vacancy should the board not find a replacement after that.

Letters of interest can be submitted to the borough office during normal business hours.

“Hopefully someone will be interested,” Shurgot said.

The next regular council meeting is on April 2 at 7 p.m.

Parisi announced he's considering running for re-election this year. He's serving the last year of the late Pomposelli's four-year term. He said he has until Tuesday to register with the Allegheny County Elections Division.

Council hired Alan Hitchen as a seasonal helper at $10 per hour; and authorized a $50 donation to Turtle Creek Valley COG's Seven Springs conference and a $50 donation to East Allegheny Association's cheerleading competition for a quarter-page ad in its program.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or

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