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Public works employee takes added role as Apollo mayor

| Wednesday, May 26, 2004

APOLLO -- A laborer in the Public Works Department was named mayor Tuesday after there were no other takers.

Council members appointed Eric Andring, 37, who said he felt it was his civic duty to step forward and fill the position.

He turned down the annual $250 salary given to the mayor.

His father, James, is council vice president.

Andring will serve the remainder of former Mayor Don Careatti's term, which runs through 2005.

Careatti resigned a month ago because he moved out of state. He had been mayor for 10 years.

Andring, a lifelong borough resident, said he sought the appointment because no one else in the borough applied. He presented his application to council at Tuesday's meeting.

"With the seat open and nobody else willing to step forward, I felt it was my civic duty to step forward," he said.

There is no problem with Andring working for the Public Works Department and serving as mayor because of the borough's size, borough Solicitor Allan Opsitnick said.

Andring said he's not sure what his main focus will be as mayor, but he said that in general he'll focus on public service.

He could be sworn in as early as today, according to officials.

James Andring abstained from voting because the new mayor is his son. The vote was 4-0.

Council members Debra Shrecengost and Ray Bartha were absent.

In other business:

  • Apollo's annual clean up days are June 11 and 12. Borough residents may drop off trash 2 to 7 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Apollo will send out cards with further information to residents soon, officials said.

  • Council awarded a contract to Berlin Gardens of Berlin, Ohio for the Owens Grove gazebo project. Berlin Gardens was the lowest responsible bidder of the two bids submitted.

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