Coun­cil: ap­pli­ca­tions for up­com­ing va­cancy due Dec. 31

Ward 1 va­cancy to be filled in Jan­uary

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LANSDALE >> If you’d like to be the next mem­ber of Lansdale’s bor­ough coun­cil, start up­dat­ing your re­sume now.

Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Den­ton Bur­nell an­nounced de­tails Wed­nes­day night of the time­line to fill an up­com­ing va­cancy, when cur­rent coun­cil­man Steve Mala­gari steps down to head for Har­ris­burg.

“I did re­ceive a let­ter from Mr. Mala­gari let­ting me know, let­ting us know, that at the end of this year he will be for­mally re­sign­ing his po­si­tion on coun­cil,” Bur­nell said.

“As I’m sure you all know, what that means is we have to go through a process whereby we fill that seat,” he said.

Mala­gari, a Demo­crat who has rep­re­sented the town’s Ward 1 since 2012, de­feated fel­low coun­cil­man Leon An­geli­chio in the May pri­mary, then topped for­mer Mayor Andy Szekely and Lib­er­tar­ian can­di­date John Walden­berger on Nov. 6 to be the next rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the state house’s 53rd Dis­trict.

With his im­pend­ing res­ig­na­tion, Bur­nell said, coun­cil is now ac­cept­ing let­ters of in­ter­est and re­sumes from res­i­dents of Ward 1, who have lived in the bor­ough for at least one cal­en­dar year.

“We will be ac­cept­ing those, ei­ther hand-de­liv­ered to the of­fice or via email, through 4 p.m. on De­cem­ber 31 — so the end of this month, the end of this year,” Bur­nell said.

That in­for­ma­tion will be shared with coun­cil mem­bers as it is re­ceived, he said, so coun­cil mem­bers can meet and dis­cuss the va­cancy with in­ter­ested can­di­dates.

“You don’t nec­es­sar­ily need to wait un­til the end of the month. If they come in be­fore, you’ll have an op­por­tu­nity to con­tact those in­di­vid­u­als,” he said.

Coun­cil has yet to for­mally ap­prove a 2019 meet­ing sched­ule, but Bur­nell said his plan is to open the floor for can­di­dates to say their piece and be for­mally put for­ward, with a vote on fill­ing that va­cancy, dur­ing a coun­cil meet­ing on Jan. 16, 2019.

“We will be able to make nom­i­na­tions, and have a vote here, as we have done in the past,” he said.

The next ap­point­ment will be coun­cil’s se­cond in less than a year, as cur­rent coun­cil­man Bill Hen­ning was also ap­pointed to fill a Ward 1 va­cancy af­ter prior coun­cil­man Ja­son Van Dame stepped down to take a job with the bor­ough in April. When Hen­ning was ap­pointed in June, a to­tal of seven can­di­dates ap­plied to fill the po­si­tion, four spoke to coun­cil, and four were for­mally nom­i­nated, but only Hen­ning re­ceived a for­mal vote — a process Bur­nell said Wed­nes­day will likely change in Jan­uary.

“I will prob­a­bly say more about that process be­fore we get there, be­cause I know there was some con­fu­sion and con­cern about how that went down,” Bur­nell said.

“I want to be very trans­par­ent about that, how that will hap­pen, so there are no hard feel­ings, and every­body feels like it was a fair and open process,” he said.

Bor­ough Man­ager John Ernst prompted Bur­nell to clar­ify that any can­di­date who has pre­vi­ously ap­plied, such as those who sought the va­cant seat last sum­mer, will not au­to­mat­i­cally be con­sid­ered again.

“I would ap­pre­ci­ate, even if you have sub­mit­ted pre­vi­ously, that you re­sub­mit your ap­pli­ca­tion for this po­si­tion,” Bur­nell said.

Ward 1 con­sists of the south­ern and eastern por­tion of Lansdale, with bound­aries run­ning roughly along East Main Street, a por­tion of Se­cond Street, Richard­son Av­enue, York Av­enue, Susque­hanna Av­enue, and Whites Road. A de­tailed ward map is avail­able on the bor­ough’s web­site Lansdale.org.

In­ter­ested ap­pli­cants can send their let­ters of in­ter­est and re­sumes to the bor­ough’s Ap­point­ments Com­mit­tee, 1 Vine Street, Lansdale PA 19446, or by email to bor­ough Record­ing Sec­re­tary Sta­cie Maile at [email protected]

Coun­cil next meets at 7 p.m. on Dec. 19 at the bor­ough mu­nic­i­pal build­ing, 1 Vine St.

SUB­MIT­TED IM­AGE COUR­TESY OF LANSDALE BOR­OUGH GIS DE­PART­MENT

On this map of Lansdale Bor­ough, Ward One is high­lighted in yel­low.

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