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Manor Council opts for Ira to fill vacancy

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Manor Council chose a relatively new borough resident last week to serve the remainder of Chuck Konkus' term until the end of the year.

Council voted 5-0 to appoint Steve Ira, who is the vice president of global field services for Westinghouse Nuclear Services.

Ira, 52, moved to Manor about a year and a half ago after living in Penn Township for 15 years.

“What's important to me is to have a strong community for our family, and I want to ensure that happens in the future,” he said.

Konkus, who was council president, resigned last month because he moved to Penn Township. Democrat Michael Matrisch, 36, was the only other person who applied to fill the vacancy.

Ira is one of three Republicans who filed nominating petitions for the four open council seats on the May 21 primary ballot. No Democrats are on the ballot.

Councilwoman Dawn Lynn, who made the motion to appoint Ira, said she and other council members were familiar with Ira because he came to the borough building and showed interest in serving before getting on the ballot.

“We're grateful that we actually had people to come out and want to volunteer,” she said.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or

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