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Chiaramonte resigns seat on Scottdale council

| Thursday, March 28, 2013, 12:26 a.m.

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.

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