Two new Mount Oliver council members and one incumbent were sworn into office Jan. 7 by District Magisterial Judge Richard King as the borough legislators rang in the new year with their bi-annual reorganization meeting.
Those who were sworn in included long-time councilman James Cassidy and newcomer Betty Michener. Both won four-year terms during the regular municipal election this past November. Mr. Cassidy has served as council president since March of last year. He was unanimously appointed to serve as council president this year during the reorganization meeting.
The other "new" member was actually a former council member, Carrick High teacher Dennis Obeldobel who won a four-year term and a two-year term to office. Mr. Obeldobel, who previously served from 2002 through 2005, accepted the four-year term.
The two-year term is the remainder of a four-year term originally won by former council member Pete Talak, who resigned more than a year ago and then had his replacement on council, Kelly Prilla, also leave office in the middle of 2007. The open council position is expected to be filled this month by one of three applicants.
Mrs. Obeldobel is the wife of Dennis Obeldobel who unsuccessfully ran in the November election after winning a Democratic nomination in last spring's primary. Mr. Farneth, an attorney, was a Republican candidate for council in November. He has reportedly changed his party affiliation recently to Democrat.
Council unanimously approved the re-appointment of all borough positions for the upcoming year, including municipal secretary Joanne Malloy, borough treasurer Diane Holzer, code enforcement officer/fire marshal Tom Pleitz, ordinance officer/emergency management coordinator Steve Wilharm and engineer Ruthann Omer (Gateway Engineers).
The only re-appointment that was not unanimous was that of solicitor James Perich who has handled the borough's legal services for many years. Mr. Perich was re-appointed solicitor through a vote by Mr. Cassidy along with council members Christine Brendl, John Smith and James Caylor.
Mr. Obeldobel nominated attorney Darren Gabriel who was also supported by Ms. Michener.
Council was expected to conduct an agenda meeting on Jan. 14 with its first regular business meeting slated for Monday, Jan. 21 in council chambers on Brownsville Road.