Russ Noll an­nounces plans to re­sign

The Community Connection - - LOCAL NEWS - By Evan Brandt ebrandt@pottsmerc.com @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

It looks like the board of com- mis­sion­ers may have a new mem­ber even be­fore the Novem­ber elec­tion oc­curs.

Long­time Com­mis­sioner Russ Noll an­nounced at the June 15 meet­ing that he is selling his Hanover Drive home and will move out of the area and so will have to re­sign his seat on the board.

“We’re down­siz­ing and we had an op­por­tu­nity to sell the house,” Noll told The Mer­cury.

His res­ig­na­tion, Noll said, will not be sub­mit­ted un­til the sale of his house is closed, which may not hap­pen un­til the end of Au­gust.

“But I just wanted to let the com­mis­sion­ers know,” he said.

Com­mis­sion­ers’ Chair­man El­wood Tay­lor said he was un­aware of what Noll was plan­ning, but said un­til Noll sub­mits an of­fi­cial let­ter of res­ig­na­tion and the board ac­cepts it, noth­ing is of­fi­cial.

How­ever, once that hap­pens, the board has 30 days to act, he said.

And it can’t be as sim­ple as ap­point­ing France Kraza­lkovich, who with Tay­lor won the two Repub­li­can bal­lot lines in the Novem­ber elec­tion.

Pre­sum­ing there are no Demo­cratic can­di­dates — and Up­per Potts­grove does not of­ten have them — both he and Tay­lor are likely to win the two seats.

“Russ still has two years left on his term, so we will have to fill that va­cancy for a two-year term,” Tay­lor said. “France is up for a four-year term, so ap­point­ing him to that seat would ac­tu­ally com­pli­cate things.”

Iron­i­cally, Noll was first ap­pointed to the board in 2000 to com­plete the last two years of an un­ex­pired term.

He is cur­rently in the mid­dle of his fourth full term.

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