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Connellsville Community Center advisory chairman resigns

| Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, 5:15 p.m.

Jim McIntire, chairman of the community center advisory board in Connellsville, has resigned his position on the board. It was effective Feb. 1.

Connellsville City Councilman Gregory Ritch said McIntire said the position required a tremendous amount of time, which McIntire felt he could no longer commit.

In recent months, there has been a level of discord among advisory board members as well as between the board and city officials, but Ritch said there was nothing hostile or negative mentioned by McIntire as to the reason for his resignation.

McIntire is the second advisory board member to step down. Robin Bubarth resigned at the beginning of the year.

Ritch said council will probably not replace McIntire.

“Our initial concept was to have five members, but when we had eight individuals respond, we decided that it was in the center's best interest not to deter anyone willing to help, so we agreed to place all eight interested individuals on the new advisory board,” he said.

With the two resignations, Ritch said that still leaves six individuals on the board who are capable of making the community center a success.

“We will continue to work with the advisory board,” he said. “The last meeting we had was one of the most refreshing and positive meetings that we've had so far. This board is coming together.”

Gary Colatch, vice chairman of the advisory board, will be acting chairman until the advisory board picks a new chairman.

“I'm going to miss Jim (McIntire),” he said. “He had a vast wealth of experience and was very eloquent and knew meeting procedures. We became friends while we were serving together.”

Colatch said he was also disappointed when Bubarth left.

“Unfortunately things like this happen and are out of your control,” he said.

An attempt to reach McIntire for comment was not successful.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.

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