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West Homestead council president resigns

| Saturday, June 15, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

West Homestead council president Dave Weir has resigned.

“They've got some important decisions to make about the new borough manager and things,” Weir said after his resignation at Tuesday's council meeting. “I felt it was more important for them to get a replacement in there and for them to work on deciding who's going to be their borough manager. I think it's important for them to pick someone they're comfortable with and lead the borough.”

Borough manager Ray Fonos announced earlier this year he will be leaving his post for personal reasons after a little more than 2 12 years of service. An official departure date was not announced. Council voted in late April to advertise the open position.

Weir said he hopes council will consider Ashley Nicole Cain as his possible replacement.

Cain was the second top vote-getter for a Democratic nod in the primary election for four seats. Incumbents William Stasko, David Harhai and Margaret Chervenak Holder also ran in the Democratic primary.Weir declined to seek re-election. He's in the last year of his third term.

Weir served on council for the 12 years, and 10 as council president.

“It was time for me to move on,” Weir said. “I'm pretty proud of what we've been able to accomplish during that time. We didn't raise taxes. In fact, we lowered taxes twice and still managed to improve the infrastructure of the borough roads, maintain all the levels of service and manage to improve the administrative efficiency within the office here.”

Weir said he will remain on the board of the West Homestead Development Corp. and continue to work on making the borough a better place.

“We've got a lot of areas around the borough that need some improvement and enhancement that I think I can help with,” Weir said.

He plans to spend more time with family and tend to his work obligations as president of UPMC Work Partners.

Weir is the third councilman to resign within the past year. Councilmen Dean Collins and Daniel Isaacs resigned in July.

Council has 30 days to appoint a new council member to fill the vacant seat.

The matter goes before a vacancy board if no appointment is made within that time. If the vacancy board cannot select a new councilor, the Allegheny County courts will make the appointment.

In other matters, council awarded the $83,103.50 bid from Peter J. Caruso and Sons Inc. for street paving.

Streets to be paved are Manorwood Drive between Laurel Hill Drive and Breezewood Drive, Edgewood Drive from Pinewood Drive to 1302 Edgewood Drive, and Neel Street from Seventh Avenue to Eighth Avenue.

Council hired Tracy Carson and Randy Ernst as part-time patrolmen.

A public hearing is scheduled for July 9 for Community Economic Development Block Grant Year 39 demolition.

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