New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
The time was right.
For Dom Viccari, that was reason enough to support his resignation from the post as Ellwood City’s manager.
Monday night, Viccari told Ellwood City’s borough council, “As you are aware, my contract expires at the end of March. I have been privileged to serve as your borough manager for a period of almost seven years. I feel it’s important at this time that council begin a search for my replacement.”
Viccari, now 80, has been working since he was 12. That’s when he began working in Steve Rubino’s The Korner Store at Franklin and Second streets. At the time, Rubino was a borough councilman. Viccari joked that his initiation into public service began then.
He also has served on borough council as well as various committees. But now, he said, it’s time to allow a younger person to take over.
He told council he will continue to work with the members “on the many exciting projects we’ve been developing and discussing over the past months.”
He added he will stay on the job until council has appointed his successor and to help with his or her orientation “to make the transition as smooth as possible.”
Among the projects is the downtown renewal, which council moved forward by approving the demolition of a structure at 629-631 Lawrence Ave. The work will be completed by Unis Demolition for $38,000. Council also approved the purchase of 312-214 Lawrence Ave. for $59,000.
Another project Viccari plans to continue working on after his retirement is the reforestation of Ewing Park and other improvements there.