Michael Vuckovich is finally a member of the Johnstown Housing Authority.
He was seated during a special board meeting Tuesday afternoon.
Johnstown City Council selected Vuckovich for the position in August. His official appointment was delayed because of a legal dispute between the authority and council.
The conflict culminated last month when three Cambria County judges ruled Vuckovich should be seated forthwith.
Vuckovich declined to comment about joining the board when approached for an interview.
“It’s a relief to get it resolved one way or the other,” authority Solicitor Timothy Leventry said. “The primary purpose is so that the board of directors can get down to business and do its business without the interference of a lawsuit that’s pending. It’s good to have that over with.”
The authority never challenged council’s right to make the appointment. However, authority members felt that some required steps involving the collection of applications and review of candidates had been ignored.
The judges found the noncompliance was de minimis, meaning the oversights were too minor to merit consideration.
With the legal issue settled, the board’s three members voted unanimously to accept Vuckovich.
“The board and housing authority have not filed an appeal to the decision of our local court system,” Leventry said.
“From the housing authority board, the matter is concluded.”
Vuckovich is a resident of the authority’s Town House Towers.
“He knows a lot about the things that are going on in the Town House,” said board member Brian Vuletich. “He’ll be a leader for this board. (He will) bring some new ideas to the board.”
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