Borough town council attempts to fill vacant borough manager position

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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 at 5:35 PM

The council meeting for the Borough of Edinboro started off on Feb. 13 with a few absences. However, one of the absent councilors, James Kiley, was not about to let distance get in the way of his participation.

“It’s good to be here,” he said out of the speaker phone, followed by a laugh slightly distorted by static.

The meeting was brought to order at 6:33 p.m. by Mayor Mary Ann Horne, but soon entered executive session, which is closed off from the public, to discuss personnel matters. The normal meeting resumed upon the return of the council members.

During public participation, members of the public raised a few questions regarding the selection of a candidate to fill the position of borough manager, which has been vacant since the retirement of Taras Jemetz last November. However, due to the absence of Brenda Cannel, the personnel committee chairperson, they were unable to come to a resolute answer.

“The process is still very active and ongoing, so there have been no decisions made,” said Aaron Gast, a member of the personnel committee.

The next order of business was the announcement of Barb Baron’s resignation from the Zoning Hearing Board. A motion was then made and passed to promote R. Joseph Bufalino from an alternate on that board to a member, filling the vacancy.

During the manager’s report, given by Interim Borough Manager Jason Spangenberg, he announced that the work for the Shelhamer Drive sewage lift station upgrade is nearly completed. The council is also anticipating that the docks on Edinboro Lake will need either to be replaced or significantly repaired in the near future, and the options for that are being examined. There is a meeting planned for June to discuss the future of the docks with dock users.

It was also announced that the annual audit for the borough was completed during the week of Jan. 30. The process took around three weeks, and the result was a clean audit.

The council also made three important actions regarding emergency management for the borough. The first was to “enter into an intergovernmental cooperation agreement with West Erie County Emergency Management Agency (WECEMA) Council of Governments,” explained Solicitor Tim Wachter.

The second was to send a recommendation to the governor that Andrew Jarvi be appointed as emergency management coordinator for the borough. The third was to approve the signing of an intergovernmental cooperation agreement, which enters the Borough of Edinboro into a joint emergency operations plan with WECEMA.

Shortly after the approval of the actions, the council concluded the meeting. For members of the community who are interested in attending the borough council meetings, they are held on the second Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Edinboro Municipal Building. The next meeting is March 13.

Nathan Hirth is a staff writer for The Spectator. 

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