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New mayor calls on community in efforts to revive Charleroi

| Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, 10:45 a.m.
Chris Buckley
Outgoing Charleroi Council President Mark Alterici, left, hands over the gavel to newly-appoiinted council President Paul Pivovarnik during council's reorganization meeting Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 in the Charleroi American Legion post home.
Chris Buckley
Washington County judge John F. Bell administers the oath of office to Charleroi Mayor John Mollenauer during the reorganization meeting Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 in the Charleroi American Legion post home.
Chris Buckley
Charleroi council members, from left, Larry Celaschi, Ed Bryner and Debbie Buck are sworn in by Mayor John Mollenauer during council's reorganization meeting Monday, Jan. 7, 2014 in the Charleroi American Legion post home.

Assuming the leadership position in Charleroi is the largest challenge he's ever faced, Mayor John Mollenauer said Monday night.

Reviving and restoring Charleroi will take a team effort from the whole community, he told a crowd of more than 100 people who attended council's reorganization meeting at the American Legion post.

“That's the only way we can revive and restore Charleroi,” he said. “We need you now more than ever.”

Mollenauer quoted Henry Ford: “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”

Mollenauer was joined by his Team Revive Charleroi running mates, newly-elected Councilman Larry Celaschi and Debbie Buck and incumbent Councilmen Paul Pivovarnik and Terry Newstrom.

Newly-elected councilman Ed Bryner also swore the oath of office.

Pivovarnik was elected council president. Outgoing council President Mark Alterici, who did not to seek re-election, handed over the gavel to Pivovarnik.

“I want to thank Mark for all of his leadership over the last 20 years,” Pivovarnik said. “It's an honor to lead this board.

“I'm looking forward to an exciting year ahead.”

Buck was elected vice president.

Alan Benyak was named solicitor, replacing Mike Lucas, who last week became a Washington County Common Pleas Court judge.

The following committee appointments were made: finance, Buck and Bryner; personnel, Newstrom and Jerry Jericho; public safety, Randy DiPiazza and Celaschi; public works, Jericho and Newstrom; parks and recreation, Bryner and DiPiazza; and community planning and economic development, Celaschi and Buck.

Chester Engineering was named borough engineer.

Jodi Cheplic was named to the vacancy board. Sidonia Simsic and Alan Agamedi were named to the planning commission. Cynthia Whiten was appointed to the zoning board. Ken Scheponik was reappointed to the Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority board.

The borough's representatives to the Charleroi Regional Police board are DiPiazza and Celaschi. Pivovarnik will serve as an alternate.

Pivovarnik and Mollenauer were named to the regional enterprise zone board. Glenn Shipley was named emergency management director. Borough Manager Donn Henderson is the open records officer.

New Eagle

In New Eagle, newly-elected Mayor Charles “Chas” Fine was sworn in along with returning Councilmen Jack Fine, Archie Caseber and William Sherry.

Jack Fine was re-elected council president, and Archie Caseber, vice president.

Committee appointments are public works, Sherry and Barry Williams; parks and recreation, Caseber and Charles Wyandt; finance, Sherry and Williams; and borough property, Caseber and Wyandt.

The engineer will be HMT and Associates Inc. of Canonsburg.

Tim Berggren was reappointed as solicitor. His fee was increased to $100 an hour, in line with his fee for other municipalitiess and school districts he serves.

Jack Fine said legal fees were $2,000 below budget for 2013.

Cathy Pro is the tax collector and Jack Fine was named constable. He was also named to a vacancy on the sewage authority.

Other committee appointments are: Tri-Community Ambulance, Caseber and Jack Fine; Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority, Chris Carroll; and Monongahela Area Library Board, Norman Core.

Council announced that garbage collection will be Wednesdays, with the exception of pickup on Jan. 13 and 15 and collection on Thursdays during the weeks of Memorial Day and Labor Day.

North Belle Vernon

Magisterial District Judge Charles Christner administered the oath of office to four North Belle Vernon council members Monday.

Newcomer Barb Peters was joined by Councilmen Mark Frederick and John Wasicek. Councilman John Ross lost his re-election bid, but was appointed to council in December following the resignation of Diann Donaldson.

Mayor Craig Ambrose was sworn in to a full term after running unopposed in the general election.

Council appointed Ambrose as mayor after former Mayor Ed Lyons retired April 30.

Dennis Simboli was re-elected to a two-year term as council president. Councilwoman Betty Shine-Hill will remain vice-president.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2667 or

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