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Summit Hill Michael Kokinda is elected president; vacant seat is filled

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    Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS William O'Gurek Jr., right, is sworn in as a new member of Summit Hill Borough Council by Mayor Paul McArdle. O'Gurek was named to fill the vacancy created by the resignation last month of Councilman Harry Miller.
Published January 04. 2012 05:01PM

Summit Hill Borough Council has a new president and three new members.

Michael Kokinda was unanimously elected to head the council, succeeding Joseph Weber who didn't seek re-election last year.

This is Kokinda's second time serving as the president. In 2004, he had been president for a one-year term. Since then, Weber has occupied the seat.

Re-elected as vice president was John O'Gurek.

Bill Chapman was named president pro tem.

Susan K. Gibiser was named secretary-treasurer at a salary of $28,050.

Attorney Michael Greek was appointed solicitor at a rate of $80 per hour. He succeeds attorney Joseph Matika, who was forced to step down as solicitor because he was elected a Carbon County judge.

Three new council members took seats last night, including one who was appointed at the meeting.

William O'Gurek Jr., 28, was selected among four applicants to fill a two-year term created by the resignation last month of Harry Miller. O'Gurek was chosen by a 5-0 vote, with Councilman John O'Gurek abstaining. John O'Gurek is a second-cousin to William O'Gurek Jr.

This is William O'Gurek's first time serving in public office. He is chairman of the Carbon County Democratic Committee. He is a lifelong resident of Summit Hill.

He was administered the oath of office by Mayor Paul McArdle.

The mayor also swore in new council members Francis O'Gorman Jr. and Jesse Walck, as well as re-elected councilmen Kokinda and Michael Alabovitz.

The council named James Yusella to a term on the Summit Hill Water Authority. He replaces Patrick Kane, whose term expired on Dec. 31.

There were three applicants for the water authority seat. Yusella, Kane and Nathan Halenar had sought the appointment.

Other appointments made by the council last night were:

• Consulting engineer Carbon Engineering of Summit Hill.

• Chief of police Joseph Fittos Jr.

• Fire chief Shawn Hoben at a salary of $400 for the year; ladder engineer Robert Henninger Jr. at a salary of $150.

• Zoning officer Larry Marek at a salary of $250 per month.

• Sewage enforcement officer Carl Wolfe Jr.; alternate SEO, Christopher Wolfe.

• Solicitor for zoning hearing board attorney Michael Garfield.

• Property maintenance code officer Barry Isett & Associates at a rate of $200 per four-hour day.

• Carbon County Tax Collection Committee O'Gorman, delegate; Walck, alternate delegate.

• Chairman of the planning commission, five-year term Joseph Kosalko. It was noted there are two vacancies on the planning commission. Anyone interested in serving is asked to submit a letter of intent to the borough secretary.

• Recreation Commission Delores McAndrew was renamed secretary; reappointed as members are Dean Founds, Russell Marshall, and Jamie Shelton. There are two vacancies on the recreation commission.

The council postponed approval of its garbage collection exemption list for the first quarter of 2012 until it can confirm that the properties are vacant.

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