Mayor won’t replace open city planner position

The city planner position will not be refilled due to the city’s financial picture, Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said.

“I won’t be putting it into the proposed budget,” Campana said Wednesday.

The position formerly held by Chelsea Myers won’t be refilled in 2019, he said.

Myers’ salary of $43,000 a year is among the cost-cutting that must be done in preparation for the proposed 2019 budget, Campana said.

Myers’ work up until the time of her departure will include efforts to revitalize Park Avenue neighborhoods and assisting on the levee recertification.

Myers was helping to get surveys out to individuals who were impacted by Grafius Run flooding.

She remained an important bridge to communicate city plans, especially on engineering because the hired city engineer Mark Benner has been prohibited from state Department of Transportation meetings for a year due to his prior employment with PennDOT, Campana said.

Benner also is working on his professional engineer certification, which he must obtain in the next five years, Campana said.

Myers also supported an effort to bring more signs downtown as a means of helping direct people to shop, eat and visit for entertainment and educational purposes.