PIEDMONT — After a summer of uncertainty marked by the deaths of two sitting officials and the resignation of a third, the Town of Piedmont is now back up to capacity, with a new mayor being named two weeks ago and a new streets commissioner appointed on Wednesday.


by LIZ BEAVERS
Tribune Managing Editor

PIEDMONT — After a summer of uncertainty marked by the deaths of two sitting officials and the resignation of a third, the Town of Piedmont is now back up to capacity, with a new mayor being named two weeks ago and a new streets commissioner appointed on Wednesday.
Former Commissioner Pat Amoroso was appointed as mayor on Aug. 16 and took his oath of office Wednesday evening, minutes before the start of the regular meeting.
Aaron Taylor, a newcomer to town politics, was appointed as streets commissioner Wednesday evening. Taylor had previously indicated his interest in serving the town, but was not present for Wednesday's meeting.
The two will fill vacancies created by the July 22 resignation of Streets Commissioner Jason Shears and the death a day before that of Mayor James “Ebbie” Gilmore.
The seat occupied by Finance Commissioner Mickey Racco, who had died suddenly on June 4, had been filled by former Commissioner Freda Fisher.
Wednesday, Housing Commissioner Bob Fike told the mayor and council that he had met with Taylor and that he “is more than willing to work with” town foreman John Shingler.
The remaining council members had previously considered Taylor for the finance commissioner position, should Fisher, who had been acting mayor during Gilmore's illness, have been appointed permanently to that position.
During the July 28 meeting, at which Taylor was present,  Fike had warned the newcomer that the position would “consume a lot of your time. As small as Piedmont is, there is still a lot to do,” he said.
Fike also said, however, that he was glad to see some of the younger residents, like Taylor, step up and want to serve their town.
“I think we need young people to come in with ideas and maybe try to jump start us a little bit,” he said.
“I was happy to see your face come in that door tonight,” he told Taylor.
Taylor, who is employed as a business office administrator at Heartland of Keyser, told the elected officials at that time that he was “interested in what I can help do for Piedmont ... to help move the city along.”
Wednesday, with the decision already made to keep Fisher in as finance commissioner, Taylor was unanimously appointed as streets commissioner on a motion made by Fike and seconded by Water Commissioner Chuck Dawson.
He will join Parks and Recreation Commissioner Brian Redman, Fike, Fisher and Dawson on the council.