Adamstown council reorganizes, appoints new member

By on January 14, 2015

Adamstown has a “younger” and “newer” council member and her name is Jessica Kelly.

Kelly, who will serve through the end of 2015, was appointed by a 6-0 vote to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Ed Zander who is moving to Arizona.

According to council President Randy Good, only two candidates applied to fill the post. They were Kelly and Mike Wetherhold, a former council member and current vice president of the board of the Adamstown Library. Wetherhold attended the Jan. 6 meeting where the decision. Kelly was at her home suffering from the flu at the time.

With little to no prior discussion, council voted 6-0 for Kelly.

After the vote, Vice President Dave Matz noted that Kelly was “younger” and “newer” to the borough than Wetherhold, saying “no offense” to Wetherhold.

“I was fine until you said that!” responded Wetherhold, in an apparent joking way that had those in attendance chuckling.

Wetherhold stayed for the remainder of the meeting and spoke about the library during public comment.

Good and Matz remain in their leadership roles.

In addition, the council re-appointed or appointed to their positions: Sam Toffy, secretary/assistant treasurer; Lisa Crouse, treasurer; Gary Russell, Jonathan Zaun, and Lynn Keene, recreation board, three-year terms; and Tom Berman, zoning hearing board (by resolution), three-year term.

Council also agreed to appoint: Barry Wagner of BRW Associates as the zoning officer; Robert Getz, rental inspector/code enforcement officer; Scott Brown and Christopher Taylor of Hanover Engineering were named the sewage enforcement officers; Diane Hertzog as deputy tax collector.

Josele Cleary of Morgan, Hallgren, Croswell, and Kane was appointed solicitor; Hanover Engineering was appointed engineer, and Dwight Yoder of Gibbel, Kraybill & Hess was named the zoning hearing board attorney.

One four-year planning commission vacancy remains.

Police board discussion couldn’t wait and immediately after Chief George C. Beever read his regular police report, Councilwoman Cindy Schweitzer questioned Beever about what he heard at the East Cocalico reorganization meeting the night before. East Cocalico was supposed to prepare a letter to send to the three other municipalities to ask for funding for the study, but they are “now talking it over.” Adamstown is “waiting for the letter,” Schweitzer said.

Schweitzer said that East Cocalico was concerned early on with releasing their census data about the police officers’ pensions and benefits for the actuary study. In a recent meeting, it was agreed that Adamstown was to take the lead and get the invoice from Conrad Siegel, actuaries hired to conduct the study, and then ask the other municipalities to reimburse them.

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