Just a quick announcement. Two weeks ago, Paul DeCusati resigned from Bellefonte Borough Council due to time constraints with his work. As a result, council needed to make two administrative decisions at our meeting on Monday, January 17.
The first administrative item was to appoint a new member of council to replace Paul. There were four people interested in the position. After interviewing them and hearing from the public, Courtney Dickman was selected by a 4-3 vote as the third and newest representative of the third ward. When she is sworn in on February 7, there will be 5 women (3 Democrats and 2 Republicans) serving on a 9-member council. And for the third ward, 100% of the representatives are women. Which, FYI, is where I was elected in 2015. Congratulations Courtney.
The second administrative item was to elect a new President ProTempore of the council to replace Paul. I was elected unanimously. That means that in the rare instances when both the President (Gay Dunne) and Vice-President (Randy Brachbill) are absent, I will be leading the meeting.