2013-07-11 / Front Page

Boro Council Names Gress To Vacancy

Shaffer resigns, Adam Gress to fill Shaffer’s unexpired term
By Jean Snyder

Adam Gress Adam Gress STAFF WRITER

McConnellsburg Borough Council members, with regret, accepted the resignation of council member Mack Shaffer at their regular meeting last Wednesday evening and voted immediately to fill the vacancy with borough resident Adam Gress.

Shaffer, in his written resignation, gave no reason for stepping down from the position in a move that surprised many of his fellow council members. Council could have taken up to 30 days to fill the vacancy.

On a David Washabaugh/Pat Frazier motion, council voted unanimously to appoint Adam Gress, 29, to fill the unexpired term. Gress lives on South Second Street in the borough. He is a McConnellsburg High School and a Pa. College of Technology graduate and is employed in sales for L.R. Wilson Gutters, McConnellsburg.

Gress will serve until Shaffer’s term expires on December 31, 2015. However, should he want to continue on the council, he would need to run for office in the spring of 2015.

Gress said that he welcomes the appointment because “I want to learn more about the borough and about what I can do to help out.” He also said that he plans to run for the office in 2015.

In other business during Wednesday’s regular meeting, council heard from borough secretary Jack Fields that paving bids will be advertised for paving of North Street from Third to Second Street. Fields was also given permission to have crosswalks painted before school starts.

Fields also reported that the borough will receive $13,084.44 in reimbursement for the traffic light at Third Street and Lincoln Way that was taken out earlier this year by a tractor-trailer truck.

Council reviewed a list of planned curb cutouts from CDBG planner Karen Hann and approved proceeding with them on a Pat Frazier/David Washabaugh motion.

Fields told council that he had no update on the United Methodist Church project, but did say that the church received a permit to proceed with the building project. It was during last month’s council meeting that then-Councilman Shaffer cast the lone “no” vote on the church’s plans, saying that Lincoln Way West could not handle anymore stormwater runoff that he believes will come about as a result of the project.

Council members briefly discussed parking in the alley at the Sheetz store but decided to take no action. A brief discussion was also held on council attendance, with no further comment made.

Regular business

During regular business, council voted to pay June bills in the amount of $69,423.33. Receipts for the same period totaled $79,134.11. Checks were written for $64,546.61, and the July 1 balance was $48,748.94.

Council members in attendance included Travis Bard, David Washabaugh, Rick Buterbaugh, Pat Frazier and Mayor Mike Chilcote.

Borough Council meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Fulton House at 7:30 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting is August 7, 2013.

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