New board member appointed to represent 7th Ward in Ross Township
Paul Trilli has joined the Ross Township Board of Commissioners as the new 7th Ward representative.
Trilli, operations director for Aramark at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, was chosen for the position in a 4-0 vote Dec. 20 during a meeting of the Ross Township vacancy board.
He replaced Gerald O'Brien, who resigned on Nov. 18 after being elected earlier in the month to serve as the township's tax collector.
Township commissioners Grace Stanko, Grant Montgomery and David Mikec and vacancy board chairman George Tunney voted for Trilli. The vacancy board includes the township's commissioners and Tunney.
Commissioner Lana Mazur attended the session but abstained from the vote.
Commissioners Peter Ferraro, John Sponcer, Chris Rand Eyster and Daniel DeMarco did not attend the meeting.
Retired truck driver Patrick Mullin was nominated for the position but did not receive any votes during the vacancy-board meeting, which had to be convened after commissioners failed to name a replacement for O'Brien on Dec. 16 because of a tied vote.
During the public-comment portion of the vacancy-board meeting, Mullin asked Tunney to step down from the vacancy board because he is employed by the township and employs Mazur at his cleaning business, which Mullin called a conflict of interest.
“There is absolutely no conflict of interest,” said township Solicitor Bonnie Brimmeier, who noted that the only qualification for the position of vacancy-board chairman is that he or she must reside in Ross and be a registered voter.
Mullin told the board he and his lawyer would take the issue to court.
Commissioners' votes at a Dec. 16 meeting were split 4-4, with half supporting Trilli and half supporting Mullin.
Brimmeier suggested immediately bringing in Tunney to break the tie, but debate over the legality of calling a meeting of the vacancy board without publicly advertising it drove commissioners Ferraro, Sponcer, Eyster and DeMarco, who did not think the meeting would be proper, to walk out.
Ferraro, Sponcer, Eyster and DeMarco voted for Mullin on Dec. 16, while Mazur, Stanko, Montgomery and Mikec voted for Trilli.
Trilli is one of three new commissioners who will be sworn in during January. Newly elected commissioners Jeremy Shaffer and Stephen Korbel are replacing Ferraro and Eyster, respectively.
Kelsey Shea is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6353 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Hampton woman’s quilt makes magazine cover
- Pine-Richland student earns opportunity to study in Germany
- Hampton school officials to review valedictorian requirements
- Shaler students will see advances in technology when they return to class
- Photo Gallery: Etna Community Day
- Etna completes 2 projects to keep storm water out of sewer lines
- Harvest Home Dinner celebrating 125th year at St. Alphonsus in Pine
- Northern Tier Regional Library in Richland names new director
- Kids eschew presents for donations to Ohio Township’s Animal Friends
- Fundraiser slated for for local charities at Marshall’s Generoasta Coffee
- Nonprofit resale shop prepares for move to new spot in North Hills