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Council to Hire New Borough Manager

Yesterday, Ellwood City Borough Council voted 5-2 not to renew [previous] Borough Manager Robert Villella’s contract for another two years – effectively ending his term yesterday. Starting today, a collaborated effort between the new Council President Judith Dici, council, and the other Borough employees, will be used in place of the Borough Manager to perform day-to-day duties while council searches for an individual replacement. Council did not release an official statement on the reason for letting Villella go, however, new council members Rob Brough and Lisa Guerrera released their own statement: According to Borough Secretary, Linda List, there is no…


Local Dog Owner Starts Petition for Ellwood Dog Park

A dog park is longed for by many Ellwood and surrounding area residents, including a woman named Ashley Fisher, a resident of North Sewickley, who decided it’s time to initiate a change. Fisher started a petition last week, called “Let’s build a Dog Park!” on The Petition Site, which already has nearly 100 signatures. The end goal is to have 1,000 signatures before being presented to council. “I would love a place to socialize with other dog lovers while my dog is having some supervised fun off leash,” Fisher, who owns a three year old Goldendoodle named Winston, stated. She…


Lawrence Avenue Developer Seeks Potential Businesses

The area of 509 to 515 Lawrence Avenue has been awarded to Lutz & Myers Inc. for redeveloping, and now Ron Lutz says the next step for developing is finding potential businesses. Lutz & Myers will be relying on the help of potential businesses to decide on which blueprint design they will choose for construction since they have several possible blueprints drawn up for the area. The blueprints contain anywhere between 3 to 8 businesses – each one catered to different needs of potential businesses. “Depending on the amount of space needed, per each potential business, will be the deciding…


December 2017 Regular Meeting Recap: 2018 Budget Approved

Yesterday was the December regular meeting for Ellwood City Borough Council, and also the last meeting for Council President Connie MacDonald, Vice President David DeCaria, and Councilman Brad Ovial. The newly elected council members will be taking their places starting next month. Visitors Paul Dici praised the work of the street department for their quick and thorough work during the snow storm last week. On the flip side, he scolded the residents of Ellwood City who parked on the side of the streets, making the snow clearing messy and less effective, when they could have been parking in their driveway….


December Council Meeting Recap

Next Monday Ellwood City Council will be voting on some important topics including the 2018 budget and tax rate. Here are the official Suggested Items for Discussion at yesterday’s Council Committee Meeting:   FINANCE (Mancini, DeCaria, Ovial) Resolution – adopt 2018 Budget Ordinance – adopt 2018 Tax Rate, 8.75 mills Authorize the Tax Collector to add the assessment of the EC Medical Center $9,395,000 to the 2017           tax duplicate Payment – Rehrig Pacific Co. $6743.52 for Recycling Bins; pd from Recycling fund   HEALTH/PUBLIC SAFETY (Dici, Celli, Lamenza) Address Changes – submitted by Lawrence Co. Resolution – prohibiting the…


November Regular Meeting Recap

Yesterday night was Ellwood City’s November 2017 council meeting. All of the following items on the agenda sheet were approved: Approval of Minutes: A motion in order to approve the Special Meeting 10/10/17 and and Regular Meeting 10/16/17. Approval of Vouchers: A motion to approve the pre-paid voucher list dated 11/13/17 in the amount of $1,217,194.59 and the open invoiced (list of vouchers to be paid) dated 11/16/17 in the amount of $793,848.67 Departmental Reports: A motion to approve the departmental reports as submitted. Bid Openings NONE Ordinances A motion would be in order to adopt an ordinance, as submitted,…


Local Election Results

The following are Ellwood City’s running candidates final vote tally after last night’s election. Winners are italicized:       Ellwood City Council: Michele C. Lamenza (D), 775 James L. Barry (D), 765 Caleb Cragle (D), 652 John Pansera (D), 519 Lisa Guerrera (R), 840 Rob Brough (R), 841 John Cress (R), 725 Brandon Fisher (R), 712   Ellwood City School Board: Kathy Galbreath McCommons (D/R), 1,994 Renee L. Pitrelli (D/R), 1,812 Anthony J. Buzzelli (D), 1,306 Kathleen A. Pansera (D), 1,185 Norm Boots (R), 1,308 Barbara R. Wilson (R), 1,394   Tax collector Max A. Rossi (D), 541 Mary…


November 7 Election Information

It’s almost time to vote! Tomorrow, November 7, 2017, the public will vote for their chosen candidates to fill the four Ellwood City Borough Council and four Ellwood City School Board seats. The candidate list for both School Board and Council is here. Remember why voting is important – these officials make decisions about how YOUR taxpayer money will be spent for the betterment of the community! If you’re unsure about where your polling place is it will be printed on your voter registration card or you can call your county election office, or you can use this online tool…


Final Meet the Candidate Night

Updated – 11/2/2017 9a.m. Tomorrow evening, November 2, is the final Meet the Candidate night for this election hosted by the Ellwood City Kitchen Cabinet, voting for positions on both School Board and Borough Council is scheduled for November 7. There are four seats up for election for both of the committees. School Board member Matthew Morella and Councilman Brad Ovial are not seeking reelection. Current School Board members, Kathy Pansera, Renee Pitrelli and Anthony Buzelli are hoping to be reelected. Councilwoman Michele Lamenza is also seeking reelection. Councilmen David DeCaria and Connie MacDonald were running for reelection, however will…


Ellwood City Primary Election Results

The primary election results for Ellwood City and surrounding Lawrence County areas have been posted on Lawrence County’s official website. Republican incumbents, Connie MacDonald and David DeCaria lost to their challengers, running mates Rob Brough, John Cress, Brandon Fisher, and Lisa Guerrera, by over 100 votes. According to the site, Guerrera led the Republican party with 323 votes, Brough followed closely behind with 320, Cress with 305, and Fisher with 285. DeCaria finished with 173 votes – one more than MacDonald’s 172 votes. Democratic incumbent Michelle Lamenza lead the Democratic party with 335 votes – only five votes more than…