BP council looking to fill Allen’s seatPublished Dec 13, 2013 at 9:32 am (Updated Dec 13, 2013 at 9:32 am)
Bethel Park municipal officials are seeking resumes from residents wishing to fill the seat left empty by Jack Allen’s mayoral victory.
On Dec. 9, council accepted Allen’s resignation, so that the councilman can begin his term as mayor beginning in January. Allen, who served as the council representative from Ward 2 for 16 years, was elected mayor in the November. He is taking the position vacated by Cliff Morton, who served as mayor for 16 years.
Interested residents, who must reside in Ward 2, and should submit a letter of interest as well as a resume and their qualifications to the municipal offices by Jan. 17.
Morton, attending his last meeting as mayor, was recognized by council for his service. In addition, Allegheny County District 5 Councilwoman Susan Means presented him with a county council proclamation recognizing his accomplishments as Bethel Park’s longest serving mayor.
In other business, council approved the ordinance authorizing the transfer of seven properties from the Bethel Park Volunteer Fire Company to the municipality. Council members also approved the agreement between the municipality and the fire company. The agreement is a result of the voter referendum authorizing a .34 mill dedicated fire tax, which was approved during the November election.
The municipality will now be the fire company’s “landlord,” collecting the tax and paying the fire company’s operating expenses, explained council President Tim Moury.
“The way it is set up, they will only have to worry about one thing, the thing that they do best, fighting fires,” Moury said.
The fire company membership voted to approve the agreement at their meeting, which was held at the same time as the council meeting.
Municipal officials reminded residents that Jan. 1 is the beginning of the new garbage contract, which was approved last month. Starting next month, residents will see blue and red Republic Inc. trucks instead of the green Waste Management trucks in their neighborhoods, but should see no difference in their service as routes and pickup days will remain the same. However, the contract with Republic includes a feature not offered by the previous hauler. Republic will pick up yard waste, in large brown paper bags, on the third Saturday of each month from April through September.