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Falls councilman submits resignation

NEWTON FALLS — Village Councilman Tarry Alberini submitted his letter of resignation Tuesday, and council plans to meet Friday to officially accept the resignation.

Alberini said after seven-and-a-half years of serving as councilman-at-Large, it is time for him to leave politics and focus on both his work and family.

“I turned in my resignation this (Tuesday) morning. I am officially done,” he said.

Alberini’s term was to end Dec. 31.

“I feel it is time for me to step away from politics and move on. I am humbled and appreciative to the residents who have supported me and elected me to two terms on council. I feel for myself that it is for the best now that I step down and move on,” Alberini said.

He said he will be able to spend more time on his company, which he said has been expanding in recent years with more opportunities. He also can spend more time with his wife and family. Alberini said the climate that has developed for serving on council has been challenging in recent months.

“It is not a positive situation in Newton Falls. … The culture of Newton Falls with all these recalls has to change,” he said.

Alberini said he has spoken to Mayor Ken Kline and feels that they are on good terms.

Despite his differences with the mayor, Alberini said he and Kline remain friends.

Alberini said he is proud of the many projects that council has been able to accomplish during his time on council.

He said he also is proud of the village for working with the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber to bring business and development to the area.

Alberini said the Lattes and Legislators program, which is held at various times throughout the year, has proven popular, with different guest speakers and topics. He said he plans to continue those events.

Council has scheduled a special meeting at 6 p.m. Friday, when it will officially accept Alberini’s resignation.

Also planned for Friday is to schedule interviews with residents Brian Kropp and Julie Stimpert, who are seeking to fill the at-Large council seat. They already are on the November ballot.

Alberini, Breymaier and Zimmerman did not attend Monday’s council meeting, which had to be adjourned due to the absence of a quorum.

Alberini had previously informed Kline before the meeting that he would be unavailable due to business concerns.

Village council also has scheduled an emergency meeting at 6 p.m. today to set the date for the recall election for 4th Ward Councilwoman Sandra Breymaier.

The item also has been placed on the agenda for the Friday meeting in the event no date is able to be scheduled for the recall at today’s meeting.

A complaint was filed in March against Breymaier, saying her comments during a meeting were unprofessional. The complaint was rejected by a vote of 3-2, and Breymaier was not disciplined. Residents of the city then submitted a petition for Breymaier’s recall.

Alberini was among the council members who oppose the recall of Breymaier, the object of some citizens’ anger for derogatory comments she made at the end of a past council meeting.

bcoupland@tribtoday.com

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