Marie Griglock files petition in county court to cut council from seven to five members.

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WILKES-BARRE — A Hughestown borough councilwoman has filed a request in Luzerne County Court to reduce the number of Hughestown Borough Council members from seven to five.

Marie Griglock, Rock Street, filed the petition Monday, asking a county judge to approve the reduction.

Griglock secured 83 signatures from registered voters in support of the move. Her petition says the downsizing “would provide cost savings and ensure a “more efficient government without affecting the quality of representation of the community.”

Griglock’s petition cites the population of Hughestown as 1,600, according to the last U.S. Census.

The councilwoman, elected in 2009, could not be reached for comment Monday.

She had previously worked as the borough secretary for seven years.

Hughestown council members now include: Griglock, Wayne Quick, Phil Falvo, Edward Strubeck, Paul Murphy, Barbara Gatto and Bob Gable. Paul Hindmarsh in the borough’s mayor.

A county judge has not yet scheduled a hearing date for the petition.

Once a hearing is scheduled, interested parties will present their sides.

A judge would then make a ruling.

Typically, members who are serving on council would be permitted to finish their terms. Any seats expiring by the next election date would not be refilled or put on the ballot.

Last year, West Wyoming and Laurel Run boroughs reduced the number of their council seats, as did Dallas and Luzerne boroughs in 2011.

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