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Wilmerding's vacancy board to appoint new councilor this month

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 1:36 a.m.
 

Wilmerding's vacancy board is expected to appoint a new councilor later this month.

Council declined to select from two candidates, Coleen Loebsack and Bill Pricener, at Tuesday night's meeting to fill the seat of former Councilman Jack Mason. Loebsack submitted a letter of interest to the borough, and Pricener sent an email to council. Council accepted Mason's resignation on March 5.

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 had until Thursday to appoint a new council person or the issue would be moved to the vacancy board.

The vacancy board has 15 days from Thursday of this week to make the appointment, or the Allegheny County Common Pleas Court will name a person to the seat.

Wilmerding's vacancy board consists of all councilors and chairman Tony Frydrych.

The board is expected to interview the candidates on April 16 and appoint one to council prior to council's regular workshop meeting that evening.

Frydrych said he's looking for someone who will actively seek new businesses for the borough, have an interest in making the town better, and “somebody with a backbone.”

“A lot of things have to be changed with the way things are going right now,” Frydrych said.

Council approved Tyler Leonard and Dominic Zuccarelli as public works summer employees at minimum wage.

Borough engineer David Gilliland recommended council advertise for bids for paving projects soon because contractors have very competitive prices during this time.

Councilwoman the Rev. D. Reeves announced a new bus stop was installed along Station Street near the senior high rise. The stop has a new bench and glass covering.

Council announced that Wilmerding YMCA hosts a friendly bingo every Monday at Holy Angels Hall at 201 Caldwell Ave. Early bird games start at 6:45 p.m. with regular bingo at 7.

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

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