Corry city councilman David Maryott is taking his hat out of the public ring.
Maryott, a Republican who has just begun his 12th year on the five-member board, will not seek re-election to a fourth consecutive four-year term in the May 17 primary. He was last elected to council in November 2007 and will serve until his term expires Jan. 2, 2012.
“I’ve been on council for 12 years, and I figure that’s enough,” said Maryott, 69, who retired in 2006 as manager of Jamestown Electric in Corry.
Maryott and his wife, Connie, who also is retired, hope to spend more time visiting their six children once his tenure on council concludes a year from now.
“We like to travel, but we always schedule our traveling around council meetings and that’s tough,” he said.
Maryott first was elected to council in November 1999. At the time, a movement was afoot to sell the city-owned North Hills Golf Course. Maryott said he ran on a platform to keep the 18-hole course under city ownership.
“I thought selling the course was a bad idea,” Maryott said.
As it turned out, the sale never happened and the city still owns North Hills.
Maryott was appointed as the city’s director of streets and public improvements, a position he has retained since joining council. Another one of his main goals has yet to materialize during his tenure.
“I would have liked to get all the dirt streets in the city paved,” he said. “It’s easier said than done. Sometimes, it’s hard to get things done.”
The hardest part of serving on council is crafting the city’s yearly budget, which is supported by taxes paid by the city’s property owners, Maryott said. Piecing together the city’s $3.76 million spending plan for 2011 was particularly difficult, he said.
Thanks in part to rising insurance costs and a burdensome increase in what the city must pay for pension plans for city employees, council raised taxes for property owners by 1.1 mills, without cutting services for police and fire protection or eliminating public works’ positions.
“We had no choice this year,” Maryott said. “It’s easy to say, ‘Let’s raise taxes,’ but it’s awfully hard to do when people are struggling. It might not be so hard on some, but somebody else might be out of a job.”
Reducing services — which costs jobs for city employees — also can be difficult, he said.
“It’s hard letting people go,” Maryott said.
In his early years on council, working on the budget was hard to get used to.
“The first year, I couldn’t get to sleep at night,” he said.
Maryott also is council’s liaison on the city’s municipal authority, the Corry Community Development Corp. and the Northwest Pennsylvania Tri-County Council of Governments.
Whoever is elected to take his place on council is expected to be just as busy. The council post pays $900 per year.
“Basically, whoever wants to be on council has to pay attention to what’s going on. It’s a learning process,” Maryott said. “You just don’t go in there and get everything done.”
There could be some sleepless nights, too.
“You’ll be frustrated sometimes,” he said. “You have to have an open mind.”
3 seats open on council
By Stephen Sears
David Maryott’s soon-to-be-vacated four-year seat on Corry City Council isn’t the only council seat up for grabs this year.
A four-year seat filled by Councilman Pat Migliaccio also will be contested.
So will a two-year seat on the board now held by James Myers, who was appointed in September to fill the seat vacated by Candy Sliker. Sliker resigned her post after being elected to a four-year seat in November 2009.
Here’s some dates to remember for anyone who wants to run for an elected seat on Corry City Council in the May 17 primary.
• Feb. 15 is the first day to circulate and file nomination petitions.
• March 8 is the last day to circulate and file nomination petitions.
• March 9 is the first day to circulate and file nomination papers.
• March 15 is the last day to submit objections to nomination petitions.
• March 23 is the last day for withdrawal by candidates who filed nomination petitions.
Candidates must win their party’s nomination in the May 17 primary to be included on the ballot for the Nov. 8 general election.