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Council member's ownership of former Kittanning website causes email problem

| Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 1:06 a.m.

A Kittanning Borough website, owned by a member of council, is causing problems for the council president.

“I can't access my email,” President Randy Cloak said during a Monday meeting.

He asked Councilman David Croyle, who owns the domain rights, to address the issue about the kittanningborough.com website.

Croyle replied that he wasn't prepared to discuss the matter in a public meeting until he met privately with Cloak.

In the meantime, Croyle said, he would continue to service the site. He said he had not been aware that there had been any issues with Cloak's email account and told the council president he would try to resolve the issue.

Croyle is minister of Family-Life Church and president of Family-Life Media-Com, which owns Family-Life TV, WTYM-AM 1380 Radio and the Kittanning Paper. He is in the process of acquiring WAVL-AM 910 radio from Evangel Heights Assembly of God in Sarver pending approval from the Federal Communications Commission.

He acquired the Kittanning Borough web domain several years ago when council let it lapse and joined council in January when he was elected to the seat in November.

“I licensed it through 2018,” he said after the meeting.

Croyle's media outlets are the only items listed under the website's links tab.

He said he and the rest of council had been talking about transferring ownership back to the borough.

But first, he said, he wants to discuss with Cloak the reason for the sudden decision to remove him from the finance and personnel committee and to find out why he was replaced by newly appointed Councilman Wilbur Stitt.

“I had no idea I had been removed until last month,” Croyle said.

Cloak could not immediately be reached for comment after the meeting.

Croyle argued that his removal from the finance committee has a direct bearing on the website.

While acting as chairman of the finance committee, Croyle said he had been developing a three-year finance plan for the borough and had reviewed bills that involved thousands of dollars in annual redundant or unnecessary fees.

“Like renting phones and paying for multiple internet provider accounts,” he said. “The website is part of that, and I want to know how to administer that.”

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or bbeatty@tribweb.com.

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