Annual G7 Summit deemed a success
By Marilyn Forbes
Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Working together in an informal setting of open discussion with questions and answer periods, the G7 Summit Conference covered three days of topics of shared interest to the seven participating municipalities.
Scottdale, along with Mt. Pleasant and Connellsville, was one of the three original towns to take part in the first G Conference held three years ago and borough Manager Angelo Pallone said he feels the conferences are a great source of interest and aid to the town of Scottdale.
“I thought this year's was really good,” Pallone said of the three-day event held at the Laurelville Mennonite Church Camp. “I got a lot out of it and I have a lot to take back with me.”
One of the sessions featured the continuing of inter-municipal agreements, which is something the towns have been doing on an informal basis through the sharing of equipment and services.
“The inter-municipal agreements are a great thing for all of us,” Pallone said. “We have already saved money with them in the past.”
Pallone said he thinks that the idea of the seven now joining together for even more inter-municipal opportunities is a great thing that could be a benefit to all.
“We just need to cooperate with each other and work together,” Pallone said.
Pallone also stated he was impressed with how other neighboring communities carried out some of their services and how they handled issues and concerns.
“It's always so interesting to hear how other towns do things,” Pallone said. “I was really impressed with the way that Youngwood is doing their recycling program.”
The event this year welcomed town representatives from Scottdale, Connellsville, Everson, Mt. Pleasant, South Connellsville, New Stanton and Youngwood.
“What we can accomplish and what we have accomplished here is amazing to me,” said event cofounder and Mt. Pleasant borough Manager Jeff Landy. “We are small towns and boroughs that can now work together to achieve big things. The sky is the limit if we can work together for things that will be of benefit to each of our communities.”
“I am really pleased with this year,” Pallone said. “We all gathered together and talked about a number of things at no cost to our taxpayers and these are things that could actually save our taxpayers money. I really feel good about the outcome and I feel that we all acquired a vast amount of knowledge. This is a good thing for us to do.”
Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.
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.
- Southmoreland sets June 4 graduation date
- Benefit to aid Mt. Pleasant man whose fall resulted in multiple surgeries
- Southmoreland senior youngest member of women’s football team
- Southmoreland middle schoolers raise ‘Eye Browse’ with invention