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Simpson joins Saltsburg Council

| Thursday, March 7, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

A new face was seen on Saltsburg Borough Council at the regular Monday meeting. Recently appointed member Jim Simpson was sworn in to fill a seat left vacant by Michelle Jesko's resignation at last month's meeting.

Simpson grew up in the Saltsburg area but only moved within the borough limits three years ago. He owns Simpsons Stone & Fireplace, which has been in business for 14 years.

Simpson said his decision to make a bid for council was based on his sense of community.

“I just think we need everybody to work together,” he said. “I think it'd be a real nice community, it just needs everybody to get together.”

Council President P.J. Hruska said Simpson will likely join the streets and buildings committee and possibly the police committee. “He has an awesome construction background that I always look for because we're always running into situations with streets and buildings, especially with the new sewage plant,” Hruska said.

Hruska noted that Simpson lives in the downtown area and “has a good handle on what's happening in town, which I like. He's maybe somebody I can go to during the day when need be, for an opinion or to come look at a job, things like that.”

“I just want to help the community,” Simpson said. “I'm down at the other end of town and see a lot.”

Council members were reminded that petitions for candidates to be included on the ballot for election must be filed by Tuesday.

Five council positions will be up for grabs this year, with terms ending for Larry Jesko, Ed Ramsey, Kathy Muir and Terry Cumberledge. Also, Simpson will need to run if he seeks to remain on council.

Ramsey, Muir and Cumberledge all said they will likely be running again. Larry Jesko was absent from Monday's meeting.

Those interested in running for mayor are not expected to face an incumbent as Ron Wagner reportedly has indicated he does not intend to seek another term.

Gina DelFavero is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-459-6100 ext. 2915 or gdelfavero@tribweb.com.

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