Youngwood hires Lampl as solicitor |

Youngwood hires Lampl as solicitor

Youngwood council hired a Greensburg attorney to serve as borough solicitor.

In a unanimous vote during the regular meeting Monday, council hired Elsie Lampl.

She will receive $800 per month as a retainer for meetings, consultations before and after meetings and related expenses.

She will receive $125 per hour for duties outside her normal role as solicitor.

A committee consisting of President Lloyd Crago and council members Kris Long and Rita Naugle recommended Lampl.

The committee interviewed nine applicants over two days before reducing that number to a handful to consider. In all, 18 attorneys applied for the job.

Lampl, daughter of Pittsburgh attorney Robert Lampl, succeeds Gerald Yanity, who stopped serving as the borough’s attorney in August because he accepted a workers compensation judgeship in Altoona.

Yanity had been the borough solicitor for about five years.

Before that, he worked with his father, Gerald Yanity, who had represented the borough since the 1980s.

Lampl will be given a list of expectations and undergo a six-month review, Long said.

She received her law degree in 2008 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, according to her website.

In another matter, council revealed the 2015 budget of $997,721 during the meeting.

Property taxes will stay at 17 mills under the plan, said Long, chairman of the finance committee.

Council anticipates receiving $422,000 from real estate taxes and $290,000 through the earned-income tax, according to the proposal.

On the expense side, public works accounts for $411,813; administration wages, $64,902; medical insurance, $30,168; and property insurance, $38,500.

Council accepted the resignation of Councilman Ryan Crago, who is moving from the borough, effective Tuesday. A council member must live in the borough. Crago’s term expires Dec. 31, 2015.

Council plans to accept letters from residents interested in filling the unexpired term until Nov. 24. Appointment of a new member will occur in December, Lloyd Crago said.

Austin Erhard was hired as a public works employee for $10.50 per hour.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer forTrib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or [email protected].

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