NORTHERN CAMBRIA —
Northern Cambria Borough Council has been working to fill vacancies resulting from two resignations and the recent passing of two-term council President Eugene “Gig” Certo.
One vacancy previously had been filled, and Vincent Terrizzi Jr. was sworn in as the 2nd Ward council member by Mayor Carol Jarvis at the council’s Monday night meeting. Now, only the 3rd Ward vacancy, which was held by Certo, is left to fill.
Jarvis said requests for applications ran in Thursday’s editions of The Star-Courier. The deadline for applications is March 3, and Jarvis is expecting to swear in the final member on March 10.
“Down the road, we’ll always have a quorum now,” she said. For a time, the council was operating with few members, after members Sam Taranto and Jim Sabella resigned. “But we didn’t really have any problems (with quorums.)”
Acting council President Rita Montanaro said when she took office as council vice president in January, Taranto and Sabella’s resignations followed soon after, then Certo’s passing. In order to swear in Terrizzi, councilman Albert Legars Jr., who usually works an opposing shift, was called in to make the quorum.
Just days before Certo passed away, she said, he made it a point to attend a council meeting that needed his vote to get business done, despite his illness.
“He was a real trouper. He was a great person. He was very dedicated to council,” she said.
She also said, however, that the lack of interest in open council positions is a concern. Terrizzi’s letter of interest was the only one received, she said.
“Very few people run. Most of us run unopposed,” she said. “It’s good because you’re (a shoe-in for council), but in another way, you’d like to have people interested.”
Jarvis said she got a chance after the Monday meeting to speak with Terrizzi, whom she said operates a fireworks company with his family. She said she felt he was a perfect fit for the council.
“I really like the ideas he’s bringing to the table,” she said. She said they discussed ongoing issues with the police department, such as equipment needs and a relocation of the department office, to keep potentially dangerous suspects out of the borough office. She said he was receptive.
“I’m looking forward to working with the new council,” she said. “I hope we can work together and do something positive for this borough.”
Justin Dennis covers Northern Cambria Borough for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at Twitter.com/ JustinDennis.