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Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, 12:26 a.m.

The new year brought a couple of changes to Ford City and Manor Township during their respective reorganization meetings Monday night.

Ford City

Council voted to cut back from two meetings a month to one.

The board plans to meet the second Monday of each month, with a work session at 5 p.m., followed by a voting meeting at 6 p.m.

“We only need that amount of time to come together and get on the same page before we vote,” said Councilman Josh Abernathy.

Next Monday, which marks council's first meeting of 2014, is set to begin at 4:30 p.m., which is a half-hour earlier to give council more time to discuss committee appointments, Abernathy said.

Mayor Marc Mantini administered the oath of office Monday night for council's three new members: Kathy Bartuccio, Scott Gaiser and Abernathy.

Soon after, council voted Bartuccio as its new president, with Abernathy, Bartuccio and Councilman Jerry Miklos voting in her favor.

Council members Eugene Banks, Kim Bish and Gaiser voted for Bish to become president.

Mantini cast the tie-breaking vote, which named Bartuccio president.

“The people spoke in the November election, and that's why I cast my vote,” Mantini said.

During the November election, Bartuccio received 277 votes, making her the top vote-getter.

Council named Miklos as its vice president in a 4-2 vote, with Miklos, Banks, Abernathy and Bartuccio voting in his favor. Bish and Gaiser voted for Banks.

Manor Township

Manor Township's three-member board reappointed Jim McGinnis and Paul Rearick as chairman and vice chairman, respectively.

The board named Robert Southworth as the township road foreman, at a rate of $18.54 per hour.

Southworth, who was previously a member of the road crew, replaced McGinnis, who retired from the position at the beginning of the year.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or

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