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By John Guerriero, Kevin Flowers Erie Times-News staff bloggers
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Posted: January 13th, 2014
Millcreek Supervisor Richard Figaski/ETN file photo

Millcreek Supervisor Richard Figaski/ETN file photo

Millcreek Township supervisors generally meet four times per month.

But that could change starting in 2015.

Millcreek Supervisor Richard Figaski voted with his colleagues to approve the 2014 schedule of supervisors’ meetings, with a caveat.

“I would still like to see the board go to a two-meeting-a-month schedule,” he said at the supervisors’ annual reorganization meeting.

Figaski said he doesn’t think the supervisors have the volume of votes to justify four meetings per month, but said he would see how the year plays out. Figaski would need a second vote from either Supervisor John Groh or Brian McGrath to make the change.

Supervisors meet once a week, with some exceptions for holidays, election days and township business that takes them out of town.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: January 8th, 2014

It wasn’t big news, on the surface, but two votes at the Millcreek supervisors’ first meeting of 2014 signaled a potential shift in power.

Supervisor Richard Figaski moved in separate votes to replace two longtime authority members, Millcreek Sewer Authority member John DiPlacido and Millcreek Water Authority member Thomas Putnam. They were replaced with Dan Bensur and George Hazuda, respectively.

New Supervisor John Groh, who defeated three-term incumbent Joseph Kujawa in the Nov. 5 election and who was sworn into office Monday morning, joined Figaski in approving the new appointees. Supervisor Brian McGrath,  in that capacity since January 1994, cast the lone “no” vote, saying he just found out about the changes shortly before the meeting.

McGrath said he would have wanted to inform DiPlacido and Putnam that their tenures would be ending.

Figaski talked about the need to inject “new blood” into the two authorities.

Groh said that he and his colleagues might have different ideas about various issues, but he said that doesn’t mean they can’t work together.

Still, this could be an interesting year for Millcreek Township government.

– John Guerriero

 

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Posted: November 14th, 2013

It appears that at least two losing candidates in the Nov. 5 election haven’t been soured by politics.

Don Tucci/File photo

Don Tucci/File photo

Don  Tucci, the Republican who lost to Democrat Kathy Dahlkemper for county executive, and Republican Joseph Kujawa, who lost his bid for a fourth term as Millcreek supervisor to Democrat John Groh, were among the supporters attending Gov. Tom Corbett’s news conference Wednesday in Erie.

Corbett made Erie the last stop on his weeklong tour of Pennsylvania cities as he formally announced his bid for re-election to a second term.

Corbett spoke to about 80 people gathered in a second-floor meeting room, overlooking Presque Isle Bay, at the Bayfront Sheraton Hotel.

Before the governor spoke, taking the stage for a few comments were: Jean Craige Pepper Victor, president of the Erie County Republican Women; Joyce Haas, vice chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party; and Susan Corbett, the governor’s wife.

Joseph Kujawa/ETN file photo

Joseph Kujawa/ETN file photo

 

Susan Corbett said about her husband, “It’s not about ego or power for Tom. It’s about making a difference.”

– John Guerriero

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Posted: October 22nd, 2013

More fundraisers for candidates are in the works.

A fundraiser for Eddie Whiteman, Republican candidate for Erie County sheriff, will be held Thursday at Jr.’s Last Laugh, in downtown Erie on Thursday at 6 p.m., said campaign co-chairperson Barbara Maksin.

Eddie Whiteman/ETN photo

Eddie Whiteman/ETN photo

Another one for Whiteman will be held at American Legion Post 773, 4109 W. 12th St., on Oct. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

John Groh/ETN file photo

John Groh/ETN file photo

 

 

 

A fundraiser for Millcreek Township supervisor candidate John Groh, a Democrat, will be held at Stephany’s Catering, 1022 Wyoming Ave., on Oct. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15 each. Call Groh at 449-7264 or e-mail him at jgroh@verizon.net for more information.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: May 29th, 2013

The Millcreek Township supervisors’ meeting was delayed about 20 minutes Tuesday night for a good reason.

The delay came about because Supervisor Richard Figaski wanted to see his wife, Debbie, a guidance counselor, get an “educator of the month” award during the Millcreek School Board meeting at the nearby Millcreek Education Center.

Figaski’s attendance at the supervisors’ meeting was needed for a quorum because Supervisor Brian McGrath was on vacation.

John Groh/file photo

John Groh/file photo

So while Supervisor Joseph Kujawa, Solicitor Evan Adair and Treasurer Gerald Wolf waited for Figaski at the dais - along with those in the audience – John Groh suggested to a reporter that he could fill the vacancy.

Groh was joking, of course, but he’d like to join the supervisors after the Nov. 5 election. Groh, a Democrat, will face Kujawa, a Republican, in that Millcreek supervisor’s election.

– John Guerriero

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