Borough council calls for volunteers
Residents wanted to fill vacancies on several borough boards, commissions
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.