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Officials in Perth start new terms

December 29, 2013
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

PERTH - Town officials were sworn in for their new terms Thursday, as many familiar faces returned to their seats.

In a ceremony Thursday, town council members Timothy Korona and Walter Kowalczyk, and Highway Superintendent David Dopp were sworn in, along with Town Justice Wayne McNeil.

Kowalczyk, 83, has been a town councilman for 36 years.

Kowalczyk said he has been involved with the town for almost 50 years, either as a member of town government or by offering his help.

"I've been to every meeting," Kowalczyk said.

After he was first elected, Kowalczyk helped update the town's highway department.

According to Kowalczyk, the equipment, dating back to the 1940s, was old. He said the highway garage had no plumbing and only a dirt floor. The town built a new highway garage in the 1960s for around $10,000, and the town later added on to the structure. The town also bought new highway equipment.

Kowalczyk said he has fond memories of working closely with former Town Supervisor Bill Zierak.

"He was a supervisor for 26 years," Kowalczyk said.

Zierak has since died.

Kowalczyk said this year was the first time he had no election opponent. Kowalczyk's term will last for four years.

Dopp, who is entering his fifth term as highway superintendent, said he will continue the work he has been doing.

Dopp began serving in 1995.

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