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Longtime Leetsdale secretary Petalino plans to retire

| Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Leetsdale is working to hire a new secretary-treasurer after the community's longtime secretary announced plans to retire.

Elizabeth Petalino, who has worked as borough secretary for nearly 30 years, advised that she plans to retire Dec. 31, council members said on June 12. Petalino will train her successor.

The borough voted to advertise for the position last month.

The borough received 17 applications and resumes so far, and they are in the process of setting up interviews for seven candidates, council President Melanie Dunn said. Interviews were scheduled to begin this week.

“We want to get another 26-year secretary-treasurer,” Councilman Tom Belcastro said.

A person could be almost in place next month if all goes well, Dunn said.

In other business:

• Council hired Elizabeth Porter as summer parks program coordinator and Kendall Levin as concession stand manager. The positions run from June 16 to Aug. 8.

• Council approved the borough's participation in the Duquesne Light Co. Street Lighting Conversion pilot program at a cost of $109 per light for 10 lights.

Larissa Dudkiewicz is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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