2014-01-09 / Front Page

Buterbaugh To Again Lead Boro Council

Reorganizes for 2014
By Jean Snyder

STAFF WRITER

McConnellsburg Mayor Mike Chilcote presided over the reorganizational meeting of McConnellsburg Borough Council last Wednesday as officers were elected and other appointments made.

Council President Travis Bard, on a Pat Booth/Rick Buterbaugh motion, was nominated to serve another term as president and declined the nomination and nominated Rick Buterbaugh to the position. Buterbaugh, a former longtime council president, was elected unanimously on a Bard/Pat Frazier motion. Buterbaugh then took the gavel.

Travis Bard was then elected unanimously to the vice president’s position on a David Washabaugh/Pat Booth motion.

Council unanimously named Jack Fields to hold the positions of borough secretary/treasurer, acting borough manager, maintenance department head, zoning and landuse officer, COA of the police pension fund, open records officer and tax officer. Fields has held the multiple positions for many years.

Councilwoman Pat Frazier was appointed as the assistant zoning and land-use officer to help Fields as needed.

Also during reorganization, the council members, on a David Washabaugh/Pat Frazier motion, reappointed attorney Carlton Walker as solicitor to a two-year contract. She will be paid a retainer fee of $300 per year and be paid $115 per hour for any work performed for the borough.

Council, on a David Washabaugh/Pat Booth motion, also reappointed Keller Engineers of Hollidaysburg as the borough’s engineer. There is no retainer fee and the firm will be engaged on an as-needed basis.

Buterbaugh was reappointed as the borough’s emergency management officer.

Buterbaugh appointed Travis Bard, David Washabaugh and Adam Gress to the Street Committee and appointed Pat Booth, Pat Frazier and Jim Smith to the Light Committee. President Buterbaugh and Mayor Mike Chilcote will serve on both committees.

Following the reorganization, council conducted a brief regular meeting. See separate story on page A3.

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