New Coaldale mayor, council members seated
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Newly-seated Coaldale Borough officials: left to right: Councilman Joseph Hnat, tax collector Cathy Papesh, Mayor Richard Corkery, Councilwoman Sue Solt and Councilman David Yelito.
Coaldale Borough council on Monday seated one new and two returning members and a new mayor.
Following a group recitation of The Lord's Prayer, David Yelito was sworn in by newly-seated mayor Richard Corkery. Corkery also swore in returning council members Susan Solt and Joseph Hnat for four-year terms.
Council will continue to meet at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. It meets next on Jan. 12.
Solt was elected president by a 4-3 vote. Corkery announced he will be at the borough hall from 11 a.m. to noon each Wednesday for residents to stop by and chat about whatever might be on their minds.
On Sunday, the public is invited to meet their public officials from 2-4 p.m. at the Coaldale Complex. Light refreshments will be served.
Corkery welcomed the new and returning council members, saying that much can be accomplished if officials "agree to disagree" in a civil manner while keeping their eyes on the goal of bettering the community.
He also extended sympathy to Councilman Steve Tentylo, who recently lost Helen, his wife of 58 years.
Solt, once seated, named committees: Buildings: Hnat, Yelito and Tentylo; Utilities: Hnat, Nancy Lorchak and Yelito; Recreation: Hnat, Andrew Girard and Yelito; Grants: Tentylo, Hnat and Thomas Keerans; Fire/Ambulance: Hnat, Yelito and Girard; Police: Lorchak, Keerans and Girard; Streets: Tentylo, Lorchak and Keerans; Handicapped Parking: Hnat, Tentylo, Girard, Police Chief Tim Delaney and Corkery; Finance: Lorchak, Keerans and Tentylo; Coaldale Complex: Tentylo, Yelito and Hnat; Demolition: Tentylo, Hnat and Yelito; revitalization: Lorchak, Hnat and Keerans; Personnel: Lorchak, Keerans and Tentylo; Police Pension: Bob Melloy, Lorchak, Delaney and Louise Lill.
Council also kept Michael Greek as solicitor, named Mark Richards to the Board of Health and Richard Marek as fire chief, pending approval by the fire company. Lill will remain as secretary/treasurer.