Plum Borough officials celebrate new terms

| Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The temperature outside was below zero Monday night, but the atmosphere in the Plum Borough council chambers was full of warmth as family members gathered to witness Mayor Richard Hrivnak and four members of council take their oaths of office.

“I think it's pretty cool,” said Richie Hrivnak, 11, who, with his mother, Charlene Hrivnak, looked on as Plum District Judge Linda Zucco administered the oath to the mayor.

“I am really happy he won the election. He has big responsibilities.”

Richard Hrivnak, a Democrat, is beginning his third term as Plum's mayor.

Zucco, during the reorganization meeting, also swore in councilmen Mike Doyle, a Republican who also is in his third term; councilmen Michael Dell and Leonard Szarmach, who each are beginning their second terms and are Republicans; and Dave Vento, a Democrat who previously served as a borough councilman from 2000-04 and 2006-10.

The four-year terms expire on Dec. 31, 2017.

Aidan Doyle, 10, Mike Doyle's son, said he has learned a lot from his father's tenure as a Plum councilman.

“It gets pretty interesting around the house,” joked Aidan Doyle who said he may run for public office in the future.

Doyle, who was reappointed council president, aims to keep his eye on the ball with regard to borough business over the next year.

“We have a lot on our plate,” Doyle said.

Doyle cited as an example the building set to house a new station for the Renton Volunteer Fire Department and a new base for Plum Emergency Medical Services off Renton Road at the borough property site.

Doyle said the building is going to be named in honor of the late Al Franci, former Plum mayor who was a major proponent of a municipal ambulance service in Plum.

Franci, Plum's mayor from 1990-1997, died on Nov. 22 at the age of 81.

Doyle said he also looks to keep taxes low and keep providing services to residents.

The tax rate is 3.78. A mill generates a little more than $1 million. The last borough real-estate tax increase was 1 mill in 2008.

And he would like to pursue the development of the Route 909 corridor.

In other reorganization business, council members also reappointed Bruce Dice & Associates of Plum as the borough solicitor; R.F. Mitall & Associates of Plum as the engineer and Michael Thomas as manger/secretary and treasurer.

Doyle also selected council members to chair the various committees. They are:

• Finance — Dell.

• Intergovernmental Committee with the Plum School District — Doyle and Dell.

• Parks and Recreation — John Anderson.

• Personnel and Management — Szarmach.

• Planning and Economic Development — Vento.

• Public Safety — Don Knopfel.

• Road, Equipment and Grounds — Steve “Skip” Taylor.

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8753, or

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