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Resident questions residency of member

| Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002

FORD CITY - Councilman Jerry Miklos had to defend himself Monday when questions were raised concerning his Ford City residency.

Jo Ann Scopel, asked council if all members of council must live in the borough.

"I feel council members must be living in town," said Scopel.

"I want the public to know you (Miklos) don't live there all the time."

Scopel said that she was aware that the borough has had the water shut off at Miklos' residence for a long while and that he spent his time living away from the area.

"Why isn't this mandatory for council members when it is for borough workers," said Scopel. "It's not fair either to business people in the borough who live elsewhere and could do the same thing.

"How can I get a hold of my councilman when he's not here?"

"This is a personal issue," said Miklos.

Council asked its borough solicitor, Frank Wolfe, for his opinion on residency.

"It has to be a place you stay that you declare as where you live," said Wolfe. "And get mail there."

"Case closed," said Miklos. "I live at Sixth Avenue."

Miklos said after the meeting that he had lived at a house on Fifth Avenue from 1996 until Sept. 2001 when he moved to Sixth Avenue.

According to Miklos, he's been working to remodel that house and has spent much of his time staying with a friend outside of the Ford City area.

"I'm not spending 100 percent of my time in Ford City but I am there every single day, more time there than not there," he said.

Miklos said the water is not on because there is uncompleted plumbing. The other utilities are on and he receives his mail there, he said.

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