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Borough swears in mayor and three councilmen


Mount Oliver Mayor James Cassidy takes the Oath of Office from District Magestrial Judge Richard King at the Mount Oliver Borough Council Reorganization Meeting.

Mount Oliver Borough Council held its Reorganization Meeting on Monday, Jan. 6, swearing in Mayor James Cassidy and three councilmen.

The evening opened with Magisterial District Justice Richard King administering the Oath of Office to Mr. Cassidy. The mayor then conducted the swearing in ceremony for Frank Bernardini, Dave Lowe and Nicholas Viglione.

Dotty Smith was also sworn in as tax collector for the borough during the meeting.

Moving on to the reorganization portion of the meeting, Councilwoman Betty "Billie" Michener was elected president of council by a 5-1 vote. Mr. Bernardini dissented, casting his vote for Darnell Sains instead.

All votes for the rest of the evening were unanimous including those for Corey McGough for vice president and Darnell Sains as president pro tem.

Housekeeping items on the agenda included the following appointments:

Secretary, Kathy Connolly;

Treasurer, Diane Holzer;

Solicitor, Deron Gabriel;

Engineer, The Gateway Engineers;

Street Commissioner, John Michener;

Building Inspector/Code Official, Chuck Knaus;

Ordinance Officer and Emergency Management Coordinator, Steve Wilharm;

Advertising Agent, The South Pittsburgh Reporter;

Depository, Northwest Savings Bank;

Planning Consultant, Delta Development Group; and,

Electrical Inspection Agency, Middle Atlantic Electrical Inspections.

The council also affirmed "all appointed officials, now employed, continue to serve at the pleasure of council."

The appointments continued with naming representatives to the South Hills Council of Governments:

Board of Directors: Mr. Sains, primary; and, Mr. McGough, alternate;

Administrative Advisory Committee, Ms. Connolly;

Public Works Committee, Mr. Michener;

Police Chiefs advisory Committee, Matt Juzwick; and,

Code Enforcement Officer Committee, Mr. Knaus.

Ms. Michener was named the primary representative and Mr. Gabriel the alternate to the Allegheny County Borough's Association.

Serving on the Congress of Neighboring Communities will be Ruthann Omer, Rick Hopkinson and Mr. Knaus.

After the appointments, Ms. Michener requested all members of council sign a Code of Conduct, guiding behavior of all councilmembers, the mayor and the public at council meetings. The Code of Conduct will be posted in Council Chambers.

One of the final orders of business for the evening was to declare vacant the council seat won by Vanessa Talley in the last election. Although Ms. Talley moved out of the borough before the election, it was too late to remove her name from the ballot.

The borough council now has 30 days to appoint someone to fill the vacant seat although Ms. Michener said she would like to have the position filled by the regular council meeting on January 20.

The standing meetings of the Mount Oliver Borough Council include: Agenda Meeting on the second Monday of the month; General Meeting on the third Monday of each month; and, a Workshop Meeting on the fourth Wednesday of the month. The meetings are open to the public.


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