Denver Borough Council welcomes new members and a new mayor

By on January 15, 2014

Mayor Rodney Redcay

Mayor Rodney Redcay

The honorable Rodney Redcay, new Denver Mayor, conducted the election of new officers, including President Blake Daub, Vice-President Mike Gensemer and President Pro Tem Walter Fink during Denver Borough Council’s Jan. 6 reorganization meeting. Three new council members also took their seats &tstr; Christopher Flory, Matthew Stover and Jason South.

Former Mayor Adam Webber was among approximately 17 residents in the audience. Webber was appointed to a three-year term on the Denver Borough Zoning Hearing Board. Appointed to be an alternate on the zoning board was Kevin Brandt, former Denver Council president.

Another former council president, Danny Rabold, was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Shade Tree Commission. His term will expire Dec. 31, 2015.
Former councilman Stephen Binkley fills a five-year term on the Shade Tree Commission. Other members of this important commission, which consistently meets criteria to help Denver win the annual designation as a “Tree City, USA” include Christine Binkley, Doug Musselman and Bill Walters.

Vice-president Gensemer and John Weaver, resident, were appointed as representatives to the Police Board. Serving as an interim representative until Weaver’s appointment was President Daub.

The Recreation Board, which provides park and recreation programs and maintains and evaluates facility needs, appointed Matt Anthony, Karl Vaitl and Dennis Worley to three more years each on the Board. All three have terms that expired Dec. 31, 2013 and all three expressed interest in continuing to serve the recreation board.

Christina Stover, wife of newly elected councilman, Matthew Stover, will fill the Rec. Board vacancy created by her spouse. Her term expires Dec. 31, 2014.

In other business, Borough Manager Mike Hession reported 17 vehicles were parked on the snow emergency routes, causing snowplows to detour around the vehicles. Because it’s been two years since the borough declared a snow emergency, letters reminding the car owners of the borough ordinance were placed on each vehicle’s windshield. No further action will be taken at this time. Future non-compliance with other declared snow emergencies will be prosecuted.

Hession reminded residents that snow emergency declarations are issued on the website, WGAL and by email and telephone call to the properties on the Snow Emergency Route via the Borough’s Swiftreach 911 Emergency Contact Center.

Council unanimously approved donating their old, black-and- white copier, a Ricoh Alicio MP 2000 to the Denver Fire Company. The borough replaced the copier in 2013 with a new color copier/scanner/fax machine. Denver Fire Company officials reported that not only were they faced with purchasing two copiers, one of their computers just “went down.” The fire company assumes all costs associated with the copier.

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