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Motion to oust mayor fails

Published September 13. 2012 05:02PM

A Lansford borough councilman's motion to ask Mayor Ron Hood to resign failed Wednesday on a split vote.

Councilman Lenny Kovach made the motion, saying Hood has not attended public meetings since July 2011. Council subsequently voted 4-3, with Kovach, Danielle Smith, and Tommy Vadyak in favor of the request, and president Rose Mary Cannon, Mary Kruczek, Samantha Yasson and Andy Snyder opposed.

Hood has said he would not attend the meetings due to the incessant infighting among council members. Cannon on Wednesday said Hood continues to do his job, and is not required by law to attend the meetings.

"I will resume attending once the personal agendas and vendettas are done, and we all can work together for the good of Lansford. The total lack of respect to other council members and the attitude that certain members have, that they don't need to follow proper procedures all figured into my decision," Hood wrote in a July 12, 2011 letter to council explaining his decision.

In other matters Wednesday, council hired Crown Contracting to replace the roof on the borough hall at 1 E. Ridge St. for $25,567. The money will come from insurance coverage, as the roof was damaged by a hailstorm.

Council also agreed to buy a security system for $9,000 from Northeast Remote Surveillance and Alarm, Slatington. Half the payment will be made upon installation of the system, and the other half when the job is completed.

Council also agreed to buy 16,000 gallons of heating oil from K&K Oil Co., Weatherly, for $3.25 a gallon.

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