Last updated: May 21. 2014 11:28PM - 2002 Views
By Susan Bettinger Times Leader Correspondent

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NANTICOKE — Mayor Richard Wiaterowski on Wednesday night appointed Andrew Gegaris as Nanticoke’s new city manager.

Gegaris was raised in Sugar Notch and at present resides in White Haven. He will relocate to Nanticoke within the coming year, in accordance with the city’s Home Rule Charter Agreement.

Gegaris said he is “excited to work with the mayor and council.” He added that he see “a bright future for Nanticoke.”

Gregaris also commented on how council and the mayor constantly make references to “we” and not “I,” showing the group’s concern for what is best for the city as a whole, rather than focusing on the leaders’ individual preferences.

Wiaterowski welcomed Gegaris to his new position, and said that he is confident that Gegaris will “move the city forward.”

The mayor also said that Gegaris attended PennDOT’s streetscape project meeting and drove around the city in to prepare himself for his new position, which will begin today.

His starting salary is $62,000.

Wiaterowski also thanked acting City Manager Donna Wall for the outstanding job that she did by taking on the responsibilities of the position until a permanent manager was appointed.

The person who previously was given the city manager’s job, Jay Zupa, who was supposed to report for his first day of work on March 24, wound up declining the position in order to take advantage of a new opportunity. He officially became city manager on March 5.

In another matter, Assistant Fire Chief Chester Prymowicz will retire from the Nanticoke Fire Department on May 30 after 25 years of service. Wiaterowski thanked Prymowicz for his dedication to the city and for his commitment to serving the fire department.

Council approved the purchase of two police department vehicles, and one street department vehicle. The money will come out of the police equipment fund and the highway aid fund, respectively, and will not cost the city taxpayers any money.

Rebecca Seman of the Nanticoke Community Garden organization has been granted approval to use the parking lot space behind Luzerne County Community College’s parking lot for the garden.

Seman also asked that all residents take just one hour per day to do something to improve the city, and to come together as a community.

Resident Lou Gianuzzi has been volunteering his services by painting the benches in the garden. Anyone who is interested in the organization can contact Seman at 570-793-7910.

The next council meeting will be on June 4 at 7 p.m.

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