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5 apply for Latrobe council spot

| Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Latrobe City Council will consider five people to fill a two-year vacancy after Mayor-elect Rosie Wolford is sworn in next month.

Two are council members who lost in the November election — Richard Jim and Robert “Stuffy” Forish, who were seeking second terms.

Forish said in his application letter he wanted to be considered for the vacant position to continue the progress he has assisted with in the past four years.

“I look forward to working as a team as we move ahead in anticipation of city growth and development,” he wrote.

John “Jack” Murtha, a councilman from 2001 to '07, applied for the position, along with Madalyn Smith, a 25-year city tax office employee, and Eric Bartels, a social studies teacher at Norwin High School.

Applications were due Dec. 20 for the appointment, which council may fill at its Feb. 10 regular meeting, city manager Alex Graziani said.

The term will last through Dec. 31, 2015.

Council will convene a special meeting on Friday to finalize an increase in the earned-income tax from 0.63 percent to 0.9 percent, which was a part of the 2014 budget passed on Dec. 9.

Council plans to finalize the elimination of the $10 city per capita tax, which applied to residents between the ages of 18 and 65.

At council's next regular meeting on Jan. 13, members plan to consider the appointment of an auditor, a cable franchise agreement with Comcast and removal of permit parking on West First Avenue from the alley west of Ligonier Street to Polk Street.

Graziani said the parking was permitted from a time when hospital employees were known to use the spaces.

Public Works Director Joe Bush said the spaces will not be metered, but designated as on-street parking for residents.

“It's just like what we've been doing, getting rid of some signs, cleaning things up in that area,” Bush said.

Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or sfederoff@tribweb.com.

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