Chiaramonte resigns seat on Scottdale council
Scottdale Borough Council this week accepted the resignation of borough Councilwoman Alesia Chiaramonte.
In a letter to council, Chiaramonte cited health reasons for her resignation.
“I would like to thank all of you for making me feel welcome on the borough council and teaching me the ropes,” she wrote. “This resignation comes with a heavy heart, as I truly feel you are a great group of people with only the betterment of the community in mind.”
Councilman Bud Santimyer said the borough has 30 days to fill the vacant Second Ward seat.
“We already have one letter of interest submitted, but we don't want to make an appointment until our next regular meeting (April 8 at 6:30 p.m.) so that if there's anyone else interested, they can still submit a letter,” Santimyer said.
That letter was submitted by James Pallygus, the Democratic candidate who ran against Chiaramonte in the last election.
Santimyer said the practice of council in the past has been to let the other council member from the same ward (in this case Troy Soberdash) bring forth the first nomination. If that nomination fails, then any other council member can make a nomination.
Council has 30 days to fill the position before it goes to the election committee. If it's not filled within 45 days, it goes to Westmoreland County Courts.
In other business, bids were opened for a new garbage contract.
Currently Advanced Disposal (formerly Veolia) holds the contract with the borough, which expires at the end of May.
Borough Manager Angelo Pallone stressed that nothing will change with the new garbage contract at this point.
Pallone added that the bids need to be reviewed, but council hopes to award the new contract at its next regular meeting.
Bids were also opened for the infield mix that is needed in Loucks Park.
The solicitor is reviewing those bids as well, and council members hope to award the contract at the April 8 meeting.
Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- 11 Ligonier Township residents rescued by boat from floodwaters
- Spirit Airlines puts Chicago on its flight path
- Unity planners OK proposal for Route 30 retail development
- Westmoreland historical society holding antiques appraisal
- West Newton ponders adding to emergency call list
- Hempfield man to plead guilty to posing as policeman
- Harsh February leaves Westmoreland communities short on road salt
- Restitution payments top record in Westmoreland County
- Mt. Pleasant Glass Museum to kick off Speaker Series with stories of Jeannette
- Court in the Classroom program provides insight for Norwin High School students
- Zoning update raises fears in Ligonier Township