PORT ALLEGANY — The latest borough council meeting here was tactful and corporate in nature, with many new developments and arising sources of conflict that may be unavoidable.
After the resignation of now former borough manager, Bob Veilleux, there has been much speculation about who his successor will be. Requests for his immediate replacement will go unacknowledged for the time being as no suitable employee has been found as of yet. Veilleux’s empty chair sat in a corner for the duration of the meeting.
The board elected new leaders this year in a mandated election, with Richard ‘Dick’ Kallenborn coming out of the meeting as the board president in a nine to one vote. He accepted his appointment with gratitude and after changing his position at the table to be in the center as a symbolic representation of rank, he began to delve into the bureaucratic affairs of the evening.
The board voted to bid out its engineering contracts as members expressed dissatisfaction with the current contractor, Uni-Tech. Uni-Tech has worked in cooperation with the board for the past four years and went as far as to send an open letter to the board thanking them for their partnership. These qualms arose when New Year approvals demanded the council make a vote to approve the organizations they partner with, in which these seemingly spontaneous grievances were voiced.
Briefly discussed was the broken traffic light on main street, which the board said they have the controller in a shop and it will be repaired any day now. Other projects mentioned were bridge repairs on Mill Street, drainage modifications on Main street and various other maintenance projects.
The Boy Scouts of America showed up in numbers to view the meeting to gain their Merit Badge. Asking questions, patiently listening and observing the government process that takes place in their local community. Seven in total made an appearance, with added Scoutmasters and chaperones filing in rows of chairs to watch and learn.