Coaldale Council reorganizes; Solt renamed president
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Coaldale borough council members are, front from left, President Susan Solt, Steve Tentylo, and Nancy Lorchak; and back, Mike Doerr, David Yelito, Joe Hnat and Thomas Keerans Sr.
Coaldale Borough Council welcomed a new member, Republican Mike Doerr, on Tuesday.
After solicitor Michael Greek swore in newly-elected members Doerr, and Republican incumbents Nancy Lorchak, Thomas Keerans, and Steve Tentylo, council reappointed Susan Solt as president and appointed Lorchak as vice-president.
Lorchak was the top vote-getter in the November general election with 375 votes. She was followed by Doerr, with 322 votes; Keerans, with 257 and Tentylo, with 254 votes.
Mayor Richard Corkery, who has not attended meetings since charges of downloading child pornography were filed against him in July, did not attend the reorganization.
Also at its reorganization meeting, council appointed Robert Demyanovich to another term on the Lansford-Coaldale Joint Water Authority, with Joseph Hnat and Keerans opposed.
Hnat was unsuccessful in two tries to appoint other people: His nominations of Ted Bortnick and Tom Marushak both fell to a 5-2 vote, with only Hnat and Keerans voting for those candidates. Solt, Lorchak, Tentylo, Doerr and David Yelito opposed Bortnick and Marushak, voting in favor of Demyanovich.
Demyanovich's previous term ended Dec. 31. Lansford council elects three officers to the authority board; Coaldale appoints two.
In other matters, council appointed Bob Ames to the sewer authority; and agreed to retain Greek as solicitor; Alfred Benesch as engineer; Richard Marek as fire chief; Louise Lill as secretary-treasurer; Cindy Ray as zoning hearing board solicitor; and Mark Richards as Board of Health officer. Solt will be the borough's delegate to the Carbon County Tax Collection Committee, with Yelito as alternate.