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Jersey Shore Mayor resigns, fills 1st ward vacancy on borough council

JERSEY SHORE — Dennis Thompson, Jersey Shore mayor, submits his letter of resignation after being unanimously approved to fill the first ward vacancy on borough council on Monday night.

The letter of resignation was also unanimously agreed upon by council.

“I just felt that it was a much better way to serve the residents,” Thompson said. “I can better serve the residents of the first ward by being on council. I can have a voice and a vote.”

From there, Cody Hoover, assistant borough manager, will be notifying the county about this vacancy and will advertise for letters of interest to eventually appoint a new mayor.

In other business, borough council approved a resolution to apply for the multimodal transportation fund grant which could accumulate upwards of $3 million for the borough’s project on Lawshe Run, which is a stream that runs under the borough’s main road, Allegheny Street.

The project is part of the borough’s stormwater management.

Two members from the Town Meeting non-profit organization came to discuss a possible holiday fair, coupled with the annual Christmas parade, the selling of hot chocolate, hot dogs and soup as well as the decoration and lighting of the gazebo lot.

All of the above are set to take place on Saturday, Dec. 5. At next month’s meeting, the borough is to discuss and approve or deny Santa Hut hours, the route for the parade and the holiday fair.

Borough council also approved an easement agreement with SEDA-Council of Government Joint Rail Authority. This agreement is to put in a bike path to cross the railroad tracks at the Rails to Trails entry on Railroad Street. This path will bring bicyclists onto Allegheny Street.

A handicap parking space in front of the property located at 414 S. Broad St. was also approved on Monday evening. The space will be available to the resident living at the property until he decides to move or passes away according to the borough’s ordinance.

The Election Day Dinner at First United Methodist Church is going to look differently this year after borough council approved to make the dinner available by curb-side pick-up only due to the ongoing pandemic.

Thompson Street will be closed from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. for this dinner pick-up.

Borough council also amended their Community Block Development Grant agreement for the 2020 project to move the expiration date of the project from June to December of 2020.

Members present include: Sean Simcox, Barb E. Schmoulder, Scott Bierly, Paul Garrett, Kenneth Scheesley and Mike Zellers.

The next Jersey Shore Borough meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.

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