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By Rachel Basinger
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, 10:21 p.m.

Two more members of the Connellsville Community Center advisory board have submitted letters of resignation. The board now is at four members.

Connellsville City Council this week accepted the resignations of Patty Firestone and Ron Michaux. They also accepted the resignation of Jim McIntire, who announced his resignation the beginning of February.

Firestone nor Michaux gave reasons for resigning. McIntire suggested time constraints.

“I want to thank them for their service,” said Councilman Greg Ritch. “I think a lot of people are finding out that the community center takes a lot of time and effort.”

Advisory board member Gary Colatch, who is acting chairman of the board, said it is his understanding that “several things transpired over the past week to make it impossible for them to continue to serve.”

He said it is truly a sad situation to lose four of the original eight board members.

“I believe the board did, at one time, have the potential to do great things,” Colatch said.

At the beginning of this year Robin Bubarth resigned from the advisory board.

Ritch said in an earlier interview that the city's initial concept was to have five members but when eight individuals respond, council decided it was in the center's best interest not to deter anyone willing to help so it agreed to place all eight interested individuals on the new advisory board

With the three new resignations, the board will have just four individuals serving.

Ritch said Wednesday council did not have any plans of dissolving the advisory board at this point.

He said would discuss the matter with Mayor Charles Matthews. He said council may add one more member some time in the future to make it the five-member board originally envisioned.

“Contrary to popular belief, the community center is continuing,” Ritch said. “There are two new businesses that have opened up and I invite the public to come out and see what's happening there.”

In other city council business this week, council accepted the resignation of Wesley A. Wilson from the police department; reappointed Barbara Mongell to the Police Civil Service Board; reappointed Jodi Enany to the Connellsville Municipal Authority and appointed Ralph Stiner to the senior citizens board of directors.

City Treasurer Judy Keller reminded residents March 1 is the deadline to pay 2011 per capita taxes. They will be turned over to Berkheimer on March 15 for additional fines and fees.

Residents can also expect to receive 2013 city real estate and per capita tax notices by March 1.

Keller also wanted to clarify that the $10 annual per capita tax is not based on age, but rather income.

“If you are 18 years old or older and have an income of $5,000 or more a year from all income sources, you are subject to the tax,” she said.

Keller added that this is not the occupational tax, but rather a head tax or per capita tax.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.

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