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Vacant seat first task of 2014 for Baldwin Borough Council

| Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Stephanie Hacke | South Hills Record
Baldwin Borough Council members and the tax collector are sworn-in to office on Monday night. They are (from left) Councilman Francis Scott, council Vice President John Conley, Councilman Kevin Fischer, tax collector Gail Dobson Mikush and Councilman Michael Ducker.

Baldwin Borough Council members will discuss next week how they plan to proceed with filling a two-year vacancy on the board.

The options: Advertise the open seat, or discuss possible appointments, borough manager John Barrett said.

Council members meet on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in council chambers for their agenda-setting meeting.

They have 30 days to fill the open seat created Monday night, when former council President David Depretis resigned his seat to be sworn in as Baldwin's mayor. Depretis, a Democrat, won a four-year term as Baldwin's mayor in the November election.

Depretis had two years left on his council seat. He was sworn in as Baldwin's mayor Monday by Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Mark Tranquilli.

Council incumbents John Conley and Michael Ducker were sworn in for a four-year term on borough council Monday night, along with former Baldwin-Whitehall School Board member Kevin Fischer and Francis Scott, all Democrats.

Council members elected Michael Stelmasczyk as council president. Conley was elected council vice president, and Ducker was appointed president pro-tem.

Council members opted to make no changes to the 2014 budget that was approved in December.

Council members also were appointed to oversee various committees for 2014 that includes: Fischer for the finance committee; Stelmasczyk for parks and recreation; Ducker for public safety and to serve on the Baldwin Emergency Medical Services board of directors; Conley for planning commission and zoning hearing board liaison; and Scott for personnel.

Barrett will read the monthly public-works reports, and a library-board representative will be named in the future.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or

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