Fox Chase’s loss on town board, gain for the state

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By Thomas Barr

 FOX CHASE – Rocky Comito was not looking to go back to work.

But, when the call arrived, it was an opportunity that the Fox Chase resident could not resist.

Comito has been hired as the deputy secretary for the Labor Cabinet for the state of Kentucky.

Unfortunately, the state’s gain will be Fox Chase’s loss as Comito was required to resign from his seat on the city council.

“I’m very honored,” Comito told members of the council at its July meeting.

“I didn’t pursue this position,” said Comito, who retired from Ford Motor Co., where he spent 25 years as a top union official.

When a new labor secretary was appointed, it was someone Comito had worked with in the past. When the offer was made to join the cabinet, Comito said he was humbled.

“I couldn’t pass up the opportunity,” said Comito.

He will still reside in Fox Chase and would remain involved in the community.

Besides serving on the Fox Chase City Council, Comito was chairman of the county salary committee and was a regular at other governmental meetings.

In the middle of his first term, Comito thanked his fellow city officials and those who voted for him for their trust and confidence. He was the top votegetter in his first race during the November 2012 election.

Mayor Bill Broughton said Comito was offered a fantastic opportunity and the council would miss his work for the city.

The council placed only one name into consideration for the filling of the vacancy.

Jamie Wolz, who ran for the council seat last fall, said she would serve out the remaining 17 months of Comito’s term.

There was no opposition from the council in making Wolz the sixth member of the town board.

In other business:

*The council voted to spend no more than $1,600 on curbing work at the front entrance on Fox Chase Drive.

Border Magic of Shepherdsville had the lowest bid.

*The bid from Blade Magic was accepted to clean up a lot and vacant home on Hickory Acres. Broughton said he would get the company on the job immediately.

*Broughton said the city’s website had been hacked. This has delayed the posting of a few items. It should be back in operation in a couple of weeks.

*Councilmember David Selby asked residents to report any dark areas where additional streetlights might be needed or some existing ones relocated.

The city pays for the streetlights.

*Broughton will get new estimates on some drainage work on Fox Chase Drive. Estimates were solicited a couple of years ago with prices ranging from $3,000-$7,600.

The next meeting of the Fox Chase City Council will be on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Larry Belcher Community Room of Jewish Hospital Medical Center South. The public is invited.