Ambridge likely won’t hire a new manager until October, but the borough is receiving expert help with the process.
Council President Michael Mikulich announced that the board met Tuesday night with Michael Foreman, a local government policy specialist with the state Department of Community and Economic Development, who will facilitate the hiring using a merit-based system.
“All applications will be sent directly to Michael Foreman’s office,” Mikulich said. “…He will see all applications. We will see none of them.”
Foreman will review resumes and meet with council Aug. 26 to present the data without including applicants' names.
Mikulich said council will not know who the final candidates are until about a half hour before the interviews. As for a timeline, he said a hiring won't happen until fall.
“We’re looking at probably October to hire a new manager,” he said.
Ambridge's previous borough manager Whitney Brady resigned last month.
Council voted to hire Marilyn Sheleheda as interim manager until a new manager is chosen. Sheleheda previously worked in the borough for six years and will be paid $17 an hour.
Meanwhile, council instituted a spending freeze, effective immediately, that requires spending amounts of $50 or more to receive prior approval.
Mikulich said the borough routinely does a freeze in September, but without a manager in place they want to keep a better handle on the budget.
First-round interviews for the vacant code enforcement officer position will take place Monday when council members meet at 6 p.m. in executive session.
In other business council:
- Approved refunding $315 to Kenneth Miller for a building permit that was never used and returned to the borough; also approved refunding $500 to Crivelli Enterprises for an appeal fee. The company wanted to build a three-quarter drug and alcohol center on First Street, which is not a permitted use, but decided to withdraw the appeal. Council voted 5-1 on both, with Councilwoman Janet Caldarelli voting against because she felt these fees should be non-refundable.
- Approved street sweeping of the Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge.
- Announced the Aug. 12 meeting has been moved to Aug. 26.
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