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Newly Elected Economy Borough Councilman Barred From Key Meeting Over Controversy

A newly elected Economy Council member believes he was barred from the board’s first meeting this month and missed the opportunity to be a board officer because of his stance on fracking in the borough.

“I’m not against fracking but I am against fracking in people’s backyards and that’s exactly what they want to do,” Roger Kowal said.

“I absolutely think that’s why they didn’t want me voting at that meeting. They wanted to keep their same people in place so they could keep running roughshod over everybody.”

Borough officials told Kowal he couldn’t participate in the Jan. 6 reorganization meeting because he hadn’t proven he met his legal obligation to resign his school board post. State law says it’s a conflict of interest to serve on both a school board and a municipal council.

But another outside attorney said there is no legal basis for a municipal official having to submit proof of their resignation from a previous position. Christopher Cafardi, a former school board solicitor with a firm that also provides municipal services from its offices in Sewickley and Oakmont, said the Ambridge school board would have no basis to reject Kowal’s resignation after he had submitted his letter.

“I don’t know what proof is required other than his word. It is not the job of the solicitor of Economy to require proof that he had resigned,” Cafardi said, adding that the “over-officious” move went too far and had the effect of blocking Kowal’s chance of becoming council president.

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Sam Bojarski
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Sam Bojarski is a BeaverCountian.com contributing reporter who focuses on business development and the environment. When not writing, he can be seen running through city parks, reading history or playing his mandolin.

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rick
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rick

It sounds like they don’t want Mr. Kowal as a Councilman.

economyresident
Member
economyresident

Kowal had EVERY opportunity to resign from the School Board beginning in November when he won his seat on the Borough Council. The fact that he chose to wait until the last minute just goes to show his true colors. He was playing the game, even reportedly said he wasn’t going to resign from the School Board if he wasn’t appointed President of Council. (classy guy) but hey, you voted for him. A call to the state AG should clear up this nonsense and show that by not having been officially removed from his seat on the Ambridge School Board, he was NOT eligible to be sworn in let alone voted Council President. Just because you lost your game doesn’t mean it was right. You got owned by the LAW now take your pity party elsewhere. Our local Government has enough childish self-centered participants like Patty and her frivolous lawsuit costing the Borough thousands of dollars. And one last thing Mr. Councilman, you are an adult elected to a public office. You knew what was required and thought you could maneuver your way around it. It’s not their responsibility to ensure you have done what was needed. Trying to say you didn’t know is laughable and shows ineptitude on your behalf. Just another joke in Economy Borough politics…

economyresident
Member
economyresident

Ooooh ”thumbs down” reactions… Guess it’s to hard to type a response and express an opinion of your own when you’re in the pocket of Kowal and Skonieczny…

economyresident
Member
economyresident

I’m going to print that picture of Kowal and hang it out in the barn so the rats can see their leader!

thomasstring@ymail.com
Member
thomasstring@ymail.com

Roger Kowal was voted in, what’s the problem ?

economyresident
Member
economyresident

And sworn in once he was OFFICIALLY no longer a seated member of the School Board as required by PA law.

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