Clarks Green Planning Commission member Emil Pieski resigns

By Elizabeth Baumeister - | April 25th, 2016 12:41 pm

CLARKS GREEN — The borough council voted at its regular meeting Wednesday, April 20 to accept the resignation of Emil Pieski from the planning commission, bringing the number of empty seats on the volunteer advisory board to four.

Former planning commission member Ben Brown resigned in April 2015 and the terms of two other members, Mark Roe and Gary Davis, expired on Dec. 31, 2015. The first three vacancies – and the council’s failure to immediately fill them – were a topic of debate at last month’s meeting on Wednesday, March 16. At that meeting, the council members discussed the possibility of eliminating the planning commission and assuming its role themselves.

During this month’s meeting the board discussed the possibility of reducing the number of planning commission seats from seven to five, with two of those seats filled by council members.

Borough Solicitor Atty. Alfred Weinschenk said this is within the law, but an ordinance will have to be drafted and approved by the council. He added terms will have to be staggered so they don’t expire at the same time. The council voted, all yes, to authorize Weinshenk to draft the ordinance.

In other business, various financial, legal and committee reports were presented.

No public comment was made.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, with a work session at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, both at the borough office building, 104 N. Abington Road.

By Elizabeth Baumeister

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