By Libby Rosequist
The North East Borough Council will be looking for interested candidates to fill the remainder of a sitting Council member’s term whom is scheduled to resign their post at the May 2020 Borough Council meeting.
The interested candidates must be from Ward One and can send their resume/ letter of interest to: Patrick Gehrlein- Borough Manager; North East Borough; 31 West Main Street; North East, PA 16428.
A Borough Council member must be a resident of the Borough within that Ward for a one year period prior to the appointment and be a legal citizen of the United States and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
“This council member was just elected to a four-year term starting in January 2020 so the new appointee will be appointed for a term of three years and seven months,” Gehrlein said. “Then that Council member would need to again run for that office if they chose to.”
Final selections are expected to be discussed and decided by the Borough Council at the June 1, 2020 meeting.
“Until formal acceptance of the resignation we cannot discuss the possible Council member in discussion,” Gehrlein said. “Other than that, we are simply trying to get back to some sort of normal throughout town but given the current pandemic, “normal” is a bit difficult to achieve. I hope that all is well with the community and we are staying healthy and safe.”
Besides a new council member, the Borough has begun the 2020 project list starting off the spring season with removing downtown’s parking meters.
“The parking meter poles are coming out now and the Ordinance removing the parking meters throughout town has been motioned for advertisement and will be voted on in May 2020,” Gehrlein said. “The Ordinance is a consolidation of Ordinances that pertain to parking within the downtown as we needed to retain many of the components of the Ordinances and simply omit the areas that were specific to metered parking.”
The removal of the meter posts and the elimination of metered parking are intended to make it easier for residents and visitors to shop and enjoy the various businesses in the downtown area. This project is also a tool to attract and retain the businesses that were hindered by the metered parking of the past.
Overall, Borough Council is moving forward the best they can with their projected 2020 spring to-do list and working as safely and timely as they can during this pandemic.
“The next upcoming project for the Borough is a bit broad but I think some legislation changing current traffic patterns throughout town is probably next on our list,” Gehrlein said. “We have lots of projects slated to start this year but with this virus scare its truly difficult to predict what impact that will have on funding, State budgeting and federal funding for projects.”
The Borough office is still closed to the public but members can be reached at 725-8611.