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Mount Oliver council appoints new member


September 18, 2007

Mount Oliver mayor Jeff Repasky congratulates newly sworn in councilman Dennis Obeldobel at the Sept. 17 borough council meeting.

Mount Oliver Borough Council has appointed a new member to replace a non-participating member for the second time in as many months.

After being missing the past three months from borough meetings the council moved to vacate the seat of Kelly Prilla at a special meeting for that purpose on Sept. 10. In preparation for the anticipated vacant seat, the borough had advertised for candidates to fill out the seat for the rest of the term, until the end of the year.

Borough officials notified Ms. Prilla of the special meeting to determine the status of her council seat using regular and certified mail to her last known home and work addresses and by legal advertising in The South Pittsburgh Reporter. At the same time they advertised for Letters of Intent from borough residents who were interested in applying to serve out the term.

Four letters were received from residents who were interested in the position including three from candidates on the November ballot and a former councilman. Applying to fulfill the term were George Farneth, Pat Malloy, Dennis and Tammy Obeldobel. Mr. Farneth had also applied to serve out the term of Don Cornelius.

Borough solicitor James Perich notified the council that before swearing in a new member of council they would have to have a financial disclosure statement on file for at least 10 days prior. It was determined that all the applicants met the criteria.

All of those applying attended the special meeting, which was held on the same night as the borough council's regular caucus meeting, and were permitted to make a statement. After questioning each of the candidates briefly the special meeting was suspended temporarily while the caucus meeting was completed.

Council members Christine Brendel, James Cassidy, James Caylor, Billie Michener and John Smith along with Mayor Jeff Repasky and Mr. Perich then held a private executive session to discuss their choice. Councilman John Wagner was absent from the proceedings.

After a little over half an hour of confidential deliberations the council announced that Mr. Obeldobel would serve out the rest of the term. The former councilman is also on the November ballot, twice, running for a full four-year term and to serve out the remaining two years of an unexpired term.


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