BROOKVILLE — Randon Bartley, retiring editor of the Jeffersonian-Democrat was appointed last night to fill a vacancy on council for a 2-year seat.
Councilman Ken King, having won both the 4-year seat and the 2-year seat in the General Election in November, vacated the 2-year seat. That action made it necessary for council to appoint someone to fill the vacancy.
Councilman Dave Ferringer made the motion to appoint Bartley, seconded by Councilwoman Karen Allgeier. With an unanimous vote, Bartley was appointed and will be sworn in at the Feb. 6 meeting.
“After reporting on the council for 25 years, I felt this was an opportunity to contribute. The Brookville Borough faces many challenges but I believe the council and the people can rise to any occasion. I view this as an opportunity to move the borough forward,” Bartley said.
Bartley is a native of Brookville and a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army Reserves. He is well known in the borough serving on numerous committees, including being a current member of the Brookville Laurel Festival Committee, a board member of the Jeffeson County Historical Society, and a member of the American Legion Post 102 in Brookville. He is also a past president of the Western PA. Laurel Festival, a past board member of Historic Brookville Inc, and Victorian Christmas, and a past president of the Brookville Area Chamber of Commerce. He has received both the Arthur Altman Award from the historical society and the Dr. Walter Dick award from the chamber.
The recent snowfall was a topic at council with board members praising Dave Vallosio and borough crew for their excellent work during the past couple days in clearing borough roads.
Council President Phil Hynes noted that no complaints have been received in regards snow removal and commended Vallosio for a job well done.
Council unanimously voted to approve the police union contract. Borough manager Dana Schreckengost noted that nothing had changed since the tentative agreement was made and that the police union had already signed off on it.
Hynes noted that he had made committee assignments for 2018, placing veterans on some of the same committees they had been on in 2017 and new council members on committees according to their expertise. He said there are three people on each committee and noted that all three should be made aware of any issues coming to the committee. He said he did not want to see any committee recommendations that had not been seen by all three members.
Council went into executive session for personnel at the end of the meeting. No action was taken.