Bor­ough coun­cil calls for vol­un­teers

Res­i­dents wanted to fill va­can­cies on sev­eral bor­ough boards, com­mis­sions

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Slots are open on the bor­ough’s His­toric Ar­chi­tec­ture Re­view Board and Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion.

Now that the cal­en­dar has flipped over to 2017, North Wales Bor­ough is look­ing for a hand­ful of vol­un­teers, and get­ting ready to reap­point sev­eral more.

Bor­ough of­fi­cials an­nounced Tues­day a long list of res­i­dents who have reap­plied to serve on var­i­ous bor­ough boards and com­mis­sions, and are slated for ap­proval later this month — while call­ing for just a few more.

“We en­cour­age all of our citizens to try to par­tic­i­pate to what­ever ca­pac­ity they can. It is very re­ward­ing, in its own way,” said coun­cil Pres­i­dent Mike McDon­ald.

He and bor­ough Man­ager Chris­tine Hart de­tailed a long list of res­i­dents who have stepped up to serve in re­cent years, and the po­si­tions still seek­ing in­ter­ested res­i­dents.

Two spots are open on the bor­ough’s His­toric Ar­chi­tec­ture Re­view Board, one of which must be filled by a real es­tate bro­ker and one by an in­spec­tor. Both would be for fiveyear terms, and Hart said the bor­ough does have an in­spec­tor who is not of­ten avail­able, so an­other would be ap­pre­ci­ated.

The bor­ough Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion is seek­ing a res­i­dent to serve a six-year term through Dec. 31, 2022. Res­i­dent John Cot­ton served a six-year term through the end of 2016 and has asked not to be ap­pointed again.

The bor­ough’s His­toric Com­mis­sion is also down two mem­bers, and a new ap­pointee could serve the re­main­der of a five-year term through Dec. 31, 2018 or a new five year term through Dec. 31, 2021. The North Wales Area Li­brary by­laws and bor­ough codes state that coun­cil can ap­point two mem­bers to the li­brary’s board. Hart said she is check­ing with the li­brary to see if more vol­un­teers are needed, and will pub­li­cize the va­can­cies as needed.

Other ap­pointees who have al­ready ex­pressed in­ter­est in being reap­pointed, and could be ap­proved Jan. 24, in­clude the fol­low­ing:

His­toric Ar­chi­tec­ture Re­view Board: Charles Gut­ten­plan, five-year term through Dec. 31, 2021.

North Wales Wa­ter Au­thor­ity: Al Ten­ney, five-year term through Dec. 31, 2021.

Parks and Re­cre­ation Board: Dan Natale, fiveyear term through Dec. 31, 2021.

Pen­sion Com­mit­tee: Dan O’Con­nell, Lisa Hol­lis­ter, and Lynne Custer, one-year terms through Dec. 31, 2017.

Plan­ning Com­mis­sion: Mark Tar­lecki, four-year term through Dec. 31, 2020.

Shade Tree Com­mis­sion: Jim Cherry, five-year term through Dec. 31, 2021.

Va­cancy Board Chair­man: Lynne Fitzger­ald, oneyear term through Dec. 31, 2017.

Zon­ing Hear­ing Board: An­drew Beren­son, five-year term through Dec. 31, 2021.

“I would en­cour­age you all to think about any of these boards or com­mis­sions, and if you know any­body else that isn’t here, please pass it on,” McDon­ald said.

Staff are also in com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the NorGwyn Pool Com­mis­sion, which has changed its by­laws in re­cent months to ac­count for the dis­so­lu­tion of the North Wales Lions Club, Hart said. Three coun­cil mem­bers cur­rently serve on that board and no new ap­point­ments are needed.

Dur­ing their Jan. 10 meet­ing, coun­cil also dis­cussed and ap­proved cer­tifi­cates of ap­pro­pri­ate­ness for home re­pairs on sev­eral lo­cal prop­er­ties, at 110 E. Wal­nut St.. 205 W. Wal­nut, and 311 W. Wal­nut. Coun­cil also voted to deny a cer­tifi­cate of ap­pro­pri­ate­ness for a planned de­mo­li­tion of the home at 215 Church St. and heard feed­back from sev­eral res­i­dents re­gard­ing a pro­posal to build mul­ti­ple new homes on a par­cel at 432 Shearer St.

The Shearer Street project was dis­cussed by the bor­ough plan­ning com­mis­sion ear­lier this month, ac­cord­ing to Hart, but staff and con­sul­tants have not yet fin­ished their com­ments on the lat­est re­vised ver­sion of that project. Talks on 432 Shearer St. will con­tinue at the next plan­ning com­mis­sion meet­ing, sched­uled for 7 p.m. on Feb. 1, ac­cord­ing to Hart and bor­ough So­lic­i­tor Greg Gif­ford.

Bor­ough coun­cil’s next meet­ing is sched­uled for 7 p.m. on Jan. 24 at the bor­ough mu­nic­i­pal build­ing, 300 School St.

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