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Jersey Shore looks to fill empty seat on borough council

JERSEY SHORE — The Jersey Shore Borough Council is searching for a resident of its 3rd Ward to fill a new vacancy in its ranks.

The position opened after Kenneth Scheesely, councilman for that ward, resigned for personal reasons.

Borough Manager Cody Hoover said the borough will seek letters of interest from individuals seeking to fill the vacancy beginning today. The borough will accept these letters through July 21.

Scheesley was up for re-election come November, and whoever fills the open position will serve the borough until the term expires in December.

In the meantime, Borough Council unanimously voted in replacements for Scheesley’s seats on committees.

Councilwoman Barbara Schmouder, formerly president pro tempore, will now be borough council vice president, while Councilman Sean Simcox will become the new president pro tempore.

Scott Bierly will take a seat on the highway committee, Dennis Thompson will take a seat on the police commission and Simcox will take a seat on the personnel committee.

Borough Council also created an interview committee, which is comprised of Thompson, Bierly and Simcox.

Finally, the YMCA committee position will remain empty for the time being.

In other news, during the public comment session, borough resident Brian Edwards raised concerns about owners not cleaning up after their animals, specifically service dogs, during the Town Meeting celebrations.

According to Edwards, Town Meeting thoroughly advertised that animals were prohibited from the premises, while Borough Solicitor Denise Dieter said borough ordinance prohibits animals from being on the grounds.

“Town Meeting does not want to exclude anybody. I just don’t want an 80-year-old woman or man slipping on it,” Edwards said.

Hoover explained dog feces is prohibited by borough ordinance, to the effect of a $25 to $600 fine.

“We’ll look into it and see what we can do,” Borough Council President Mike Zellers said.

In another matter, council unanimously authorized Penn Strategies to apply for a state Department of Community and Economic Development grant of $3 million.

The borough previously applied and did not receive the grant money, which it intends to use for its active transportation plan.

The buildings and grounds committee is working with the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police to determine key locations to place cameras around the borough pool and softball area to cover current “dead spots” in surveillance, and hope to have quotes for borough council to review in the near future.

Finally, borough council approved a food truck event for the Masonic Lodge and Independent Fire Co. The trucks will be set up in an L-shape wrapping around the corner of Smith and South Alley streets from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 14 and 15.

Jersey Shore Borough Council will next meet Aug. 9 in Jersey Shore’s municipal building.

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