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Stability on council a focus among candidates


May 07. 2013 6:29PM
By ROB TOMKAVAGE



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The high volume of recent turnover within the Clarks Green Borough Council is a major issue among candidates vying for the positions.


Democrat Alan F. Hughes was appointed and has began serving council in January 2012. He’s most proud of the council’s ability to make a seamless transition for handling the collection of sewer bills in-house.


“We migrated the collection of sewer bills from the Pennsylvania American Water to collection in- house. It was a very complicated transition for a small borough. The credit goes to former finance chair Jill Shanrock, who unfortunately had to resign in July 2012.”


Hughes was then appointed as finance chair and was pleased to be able to work well together with council member Lynne Earley on crafting the 2013 budget.


Hughes hopes that Clarks Green continues to be able to support the Abington Area Joint Recreation Board.


“The Abington Area Community Park and new turf field are great for folks of all ages to enjoy,” he said.


Democrat David J. Rinaldi was appointed to council in August 2012. He is most proud of the fact the council was able to hold the line on taxes on last year’s budget, due to a $3,000 surplus from the previous year.


Rinaldi is hoping for consistency within the Council during the next term.


“There had been a lot of resignations on council and that was one of the reasons I applied,” he said. “One of things I conveyed in the interview process was that I wanted Council to have some stability.”


Repulican Joe Barrasse currently serves on the Clarks Green Zoning Board and would also like to see more stability on the council. Barrasse is also opposed to several recent proposals, including putting a bike path on Fairview Road.


“I think it would be a death trap for some children,” he said. “That proposal prompted me to become more heavily involved.


According to Barrasse, he is familiar with many of the council members and believes they can accomplish some good things down the road.


“I could care less if they are Democrats or Republicans, but we can’t have 50 percent of council changing every year or two,” he said.




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