election results, Municipal Elections

Connellsvile City

Mayor 4 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. D/Greg Lincoln / 612 / 97.61%

City Council 4 Year Term, Vote For 2

  1. Robert Topper Jr. / 665 / 61.01%
  2. Tom Karpiak / 413 / 37.89%
  3. Shawn Basinger / 2 / 0.18%
  4. Bruce Witt / 2 / 0.18%

City Controller 4 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. Bruce Witt / 150 / 63.55%
  2. Blaine Brooks / 74 / 31.35%

City Treasurer 2 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. Marilyn V. Weaver – 598 / 99.67%

Voter Turnout  – City Wide

Ballots Cast – 796
Registered Voters – 3,922
Voter Turnout – 20.30%

Ward 1

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Constable, 6 Year Term, Vote for One:

  1. Albert Rocky Younkin – 226 / 100.00%

Judge of Election 4 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. Susan Joy Lewis / 212 / 99.53%

Inspector of Election, 4 Year Term, Vote for 1

  1. Donna Welsh / 2 / 20.00%
  2. Shaun Basinger / 1 / 10.00%
  3. Lucy King  / 1 / 10.00%
  4. Neil Zampella  / 1 / 10.00%
  5. Rain Garletts  / 1 / 10.00%

Voter Turnout – Ward 1

Ballots Cast: 302
Registered Voters: 1,301

Voter Turnout / 23.21%

Ward 2

Constable 6 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. D/Hubie Coleman / 132 / 99.25%

Judge of Election 4 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. Patty McGregor / 2 / 33.34%
  2. Carla Asbury / 1 / 16.67%

Inspector of Election 4 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. Betty Flynn / 4 / 50.00%
  2. Thomas E Marciewk / 1 / 12.50%

Voter Turnout – Ward 2:

Ballots Cast – 184
Registered Voters: 1,165
Voter Turnout: 15.79%

Ward 3

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Judge of Election 4 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. Adrienne Murphy / 1 / 25.00%
  2. Gregory Ritch  / 1 / 25.00%
  3. John Wagner  / 1 / 25.00%
  4. Raymond Wormack / 1 / 25.00%

Inspector of Election 4 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. Peter Jandura / 1 / 20%
  2. Tom Karpiak / 1 / 20%
  3. James Lukowsky / 1 / 20%
  4. Paul Whipkey / 1 / 20%
  5. Ray Wormack / 1 / 20%

Voter Turnout – Ward 3:

Ballots Cast: 116
Registered Voters: 582

Voter Turnout: 19.93%

Ward 4

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Judge of Election 4 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. D/Donna Karwatsky/151/100.00%

Inspector of Election 4 Year Term, Vote For 1

  1. D/Rita Nolan/152/100.00%

Voter Turnout – Ward 4

Ballots Cast: 194
Registered Voters: 874
Voter Turnout: 22.20%

 

election results, School Board Elections

Connellsville Area School Board

4 Year Term vote for 4

  1. Davd Panzella – 3,826/25.13%
  2. Michael J, Omatick – 3,826 / 25.13%
  3. David J, Martray – 3,812 / 25.04%
  4. Donald S. Grenaldo – 3,658/24.03%

In the 17 Precincts, 5,029 ballots were cast out of a 19,080 registered voters, resulting in a 26.36% Voter Turnout

Municipal Elections, School Board Elections

Connellsville Area School Director

Connellsville has four seats available with no contest for them during the general election.

  1. David Panzella – 3,864
  2. Michael J. Omatick – 3,823
  3. David J. Martray – 3,811
  4. Donald S. Grenaldo-  3,657
election results, Municipal Elections

Connellsville City

Greg Lincoln, the sole candidate and incumbent for mayor will likely retain his seat with  611 votes

Tom Karpiak will retain his seat with 413 votes. Robert Topper Jr. will be invited to the table garnishing a total of 388 democratic and 275 republican votes.

The conroller vote will be decided later via a write-in process.

Marilyn V. Weaver will retain her seat as city treasurer with 596 votes

The two constables up for reelection, Albert Rocky Younkin and Hubie Coleman for Wards 1 and 2 Respectively will retain their seats with 226 and 132 votes respectively.

Judge of Elections in Ward 1 Susan Joy Lewis will retain her seat with 212 votes. There was no candidate for Inspector in Ward 1

In Wards 2 and 3, write-in contests will tell the fate of the seats for Judge and Inspector of Elections

However at Ward 4 on the West Side, Donna Karwatsky and Rita will more than likely retain their seats as Judge of Elections and Inspector of Elections, respectively.

 

Candidate List

Connellsville City Candidates

Connellsville City  
Mayor – Four Year Term – Vote for One  
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICAN
Greg Lincoln

 

Council – Four Year Term – Vote for Two    
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICAN
Tom Karpiak Robert Topper, Jr.  
 Robert Topper, Jr.

 

  City Controller – Four Year Term – Vote for One    
  DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICAN  
  No Candidate Filed for either party for this office  
       
  City Treasurer – Two Year Term – Vote for One    
  DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICAN  
  Marilyn V. Weaver  
     
  Constable – Six Year Term – Vote for One    
  Ward 1    
  DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICAN  
  Albert Rocky Younkin  
  Ward 2    
  DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICAN
  Hubie Coleman  
  Ward 1    
  Judge of Election – Four Year Term – Vote for One    
  DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICAN  
  Susan Joy Lewis  
Inspector of Election – Four Year Term – Vote for One    
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICAN  

No Candidate Filed for either party for this office

 

 

Ward 2  
Judge of Election – Four Year Term – Vote for One  
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICAN
No Candidate Filed for either party for this office
Inspector of Election – Four Year Term – Vote for One  
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICAN

 

Ward 3  
Judge of Election – Four Year Term – Vote for One  
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICAN
No Candidate Filed for either party for this office
Inspector of Election – Four Year Term – Vote for One  
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICAN

No Candidate Filed for either party for this office

   

 

Ward 4  
Judge of Election – Four Year Term – Vote for One  
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICAN
Donna Karwatsky  
Inspector of Election – Four Year Term – Vote for One  
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICAN
   
  REPUBLICAN
Rita Nolan  
Election Notices, Municipal Elections

Lincoln seeking second term as Connellsville mayor

Connellsville Mayor Greg Lincoln said he will seek the Democratic Party nomination to run for a second four­-year term in office.

The city’s finances have dramatically improved, and many new businesses have opened during his first term, he said, and he wants to keep the city moving forward.

“It was an unbelievable feat for us to get our finances straightened out. Our financial state held us back for years. It really was a chaotic mess,” Lincoln said.

The city now has a firm handle on spending and revenue, he said.

“We are down to the penny now. That’s a big deal for us,” Lincoln said.

He said the city had a debt of $675,000 and a tax anticipation (TAN) loan with no plan to pay it off when he took office.

The TAN was paid off in December, and the city borrowed a smaller $300,000 TAN loan for this year. But Lincoln said he hopes it is the last TAN loan.

“I’m very hopeful this is going to be the last year we have to do that. We have a good handle on finances, and I hope not to need a TAN to get through January and February. I hope not to borrow one in 2018,” Lincoln said.

Increases in revenue and savings led to allocating $250,000 in this year’s budget for paving streets, alleys and sidewalks, he said.

Replacing old streetlights with LED lights has resulted in cutting the electric bill by $3,600 a month, he said.

“We are on the uptick here. 2017 is shaping up to be a very good year for Connellsville,” Lincoln said. “We can’t stop. We have to keep moving forward.”

He said almost every business property that was vacant when he took office is now occupied by businesses that support the city. “We need to reciprocate that support,” Lincoln said. He said he would like to see new restaurants open in town, especially along the Youghiogheny River.

The recent opening of the Cobblestone Hotel and Suites was a major accomplishment that will impact the city economy, Lincoln said.

He said 75 to 100 jobs will be created after Highlands Hospital renovates the old Zach Connell School into a new facility.

Currently, he said the city is planning a new memorial for more than 2,500 military veterans from the city in the veterans plaza at city hall. Lincoln said drawings are being prepared, and the city will begin seeking grants and private donations for construction after a design is selected.

Lincoln said he believes in government transparency and accountability. He said he regularly provides information on the city website and his Facebook page.

“As long as I am on council, our city government will be transparent in everything we do,” Lincoln said.

He said he enjoys public service and wants the city thrive so his children can find good jobs there after they graduate college.

“I really enjoy the public service part of working for the city. I’m proud to live here,” Lincoln said.

Lincoln graduated from Connellsville Area High School in 1992 and received a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of South Carolina in 1996. He works for the North Fayette County Municipal Authority.

Information Articles, Vacancy News

Jaynes to resign as city treasurer at end of year

BY TONY SONITA, Connellsville Daily Courier 

Connellsville City Treasurer Bruce Jaynes said Wednesday that he will step down at the end of the year.

The announcement came during the city’s budget meeting.

“I told (Connellsville mayor) Greg (Lincoln) I gave it two good years, but I don’t want to be not coming down here and short-changing the city and not doing a good job,” Jaynes said Wednesday. “I’ve been thinking about it for a few months.”

Jaynes said that he recently got married and would like to travel with his family. He will stay on until the end of the year, but has turned in a letter of resignation. The letter will be acted on at city council’s November meeting.

“I respect (Jaynes) for not staying and just collecting a paycheck,” said Lincoln.

The city will accept letters of interest to fill the remaining portion of Jaynes’ term. A new treasurer will need to be elected.

City officials used Wednesday’s meeting to continue to fine-tune the preliminary 2017 budget, due by the end of the year.

The city’s focus continues to surround the city’s $10 per capita tax and mercantile tax.

“I have racked my brain trying to figure out a way to update the address list,” Jaynes said. “Even at that point, how do you send it out to collect it?”

Lincoln noted that the city needs to look at expenditures and issues that can be fixed in 2017. Among them, Lincoln was critical with Pennsylvania American Water for how it handles road construction to fix water lines.

“I know that South Union puts a timeframe on (Pa. American Water),” he said. “As soon as they start digging, they’re on the clock.”

Lincoln said the city should look into adjusting their contract with Hoffman Kennels, saying that Connellsville is overpaying because the state’s third-class city code requires a kennel of record and Hoffman “is the only game in town.”

In 2016, the city will pay $4,800 to Hoffman. Lincoln said he compared the prices with surrounding municipalities and found that Southwest Greensburg is paying $100 a month and $75 for emergency calls, well below what Connellsville pays.

Still, city clerk Vern Ohler said that he believes the city’s budget is well on its way.

“I think we’re a year or two away from where we want to be, but we’ll get there,” he said.

“I think we’re in good shape. I think the city’s in good shape,” Jaynes said. “Tying up some of these loose ends is a good thing.”

Tony Sonita is a Daily Courier staff writer. He can be reached at 724-628-2000, ext. 111, or at tsonita@dailycourier.com.