The first meeting of Johnstown Redevelopment Authority board following last week’s indictment of its former director, Ronald Repak, was markedly uneventful.
Routine matters filled the 45-minute midday meeting, with no mention of the indictment or today’s scheduled arraignment for Repak on three counts each of extortion and bribery.
Repak is accused of receiving more than $22,000 worth of construction and excavation work and Steelers tickets over a three-month period in 2009. Those close to the investigation say more charges are likely, noting the five-year statute of limitations was approaching on the 2009 allegations.
The Tribune-Democrat and others have publicly called for board members to resign, but there was no discussion of any changes. In fact, the authority re-elected its board of officers.
Each of the five board members holds an office. They are: Monsignor Raymond Balta, chairman; former Mayor Thomas Trigona, vice chairman; radio station manager Brian Vuletich, secretary; accountant Karen Varga, treasurer; and retired businessman M. John Mavrodis, assistant secretary-treasurer.
Trigona and Mavrodis were not in attendance due to illness.
When The Tribune-Democrat asked if there would be any comment from the board about the indictment or calls for resignation, the three board members responded with silence.
Randy Griffith is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/photogriffer57.