TribLIVE

| News

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Retirement opens supervisor field to 2 Republicans in Unity

- Unity Township supervisor candidate Republican Thomas Ulishney
Unity Township supervisor candidate Republican Thomas Ulishney
- Unity Township supervisor candidate Timothy K. Thomas
Unity Township supervisor candidate Timothy K. Thomas

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Timothy Thomas

Age: 58

Political party: Republican

Education: Hempfield Area High School and Central Westmoreland Vocational-Technical School

Occupation: Surveyor

Family: Wife, Cindy; two sons

Thomas Ulishney

Age: 59

Political party: Republican

Education: Greater Latrobe High School

Occupation: Owner of Westmoreland Landscaping, Unity

Family: Wife, Anita; one daughter, one son

Daily Photo Galleries

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

The pending retirement of one of the three Unity supervisors has opened the race to two Republicans — one who promises not to work as roadmaster, and the other who would like to restructure township government and hire a professional manager.

Vying for the Republican nomination in the May 21 primary are Timothy Thomas and Thomas Ulishney.

The lone Democratic candidate, Domenick Scekeres, faces no opposition in the primary.

The candidates are seeking to replace Jacob “Jake” Blank Jr., who announced in February he would retire when his six-year term expires at the end of the year. Blank, along with fellow supervisors John Mylant and Michael O'Barto, are roadmasters who are paid a salary to supervise the public works department.

Thomas, a member of the township zoning hearing board since its inception in 1991, said he favors Unity hiring a professional manager and possibly a public works supervisor to oversee the road department, instead of having three supervisors serve as roadmasters.

Thomas, a surveyor, noted that North Huntingdon, Hempfield, Penn Township and Rostraver townships have a municipal manager and a professional staff.

“To run it efficiently and correctly, that's the way to go,” Thomas said. “That's the ultimate goal.”

Thomas said at a Concerned Citizens of Unity meeting on April 24 that he intended to work as a roadmaster.

However, the following day, Thomas said, “I said I was going to do it, but maybe I will change my mind.”

Thomas said he wants Unity's website to include more information about the township and prefers that the supervisors' meeting times be moved from the afternoon to the evening to allow more people to attend.

Ulishney, who operates a landscaping business in Unity, pledged that he would not serve as a roadmaster.

“Elected government employees should be public servants and not public employees,” Ulishney said.

“There already are two roadmasters and only 15 public works employees. You do not need three bosses for 15 workers. I feel one supervisor for 15 people is enough,” Ulishney said.

Ulishney, whose wife, Anita, is the township secretary, said Unity would save about $500,000 in salary and benefits costs if he did not serve as a roadmaster during the six-year term as supervisor.

As for restructuring township government and hiring a professional manager, Ulishney said he does not believe the township needs it “at this point.”

Whoever wins the Republican primary will face Scekeres, who as a Democrat has a voter registration edge. For the primary, 6,914, or 47 percent of the township's 14,628 voters, are registered Democrats, while the Republicans have 6,082 registered voters, equal to 41 percent of the electorate.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5252 or jnapsha@tribweb.com.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Westmoreland

  1. Police identify Acme man who died after crash
  2. Kecksburg celebrates its UFO history with annual festival
  3. Westmoreland County to receive more than expected from deep-well drilling impact fees
  4. Firefighters respond to West Newton chemical leak
  5. Elizabeth man dies after being pulled out of Yough River
  6. Kecksburg celebrates its UFO history with annual festival
  7. Fairfield Township resident honored by Loyalhanna Watershed Association
  8. Westmoreland County disability act celebration a time of reflection
  9. Classes set to begin at Westmoreland County Community College’s Latrobe Center
  10. Panhandler charged with taking wallet in Fayette County, state police say
  11. Ligonier Township Planning Commission backs recycling ordinance