NEWTOWN BOROUGH >> Newtown Borough Mayor Corky Swartz joined the Newtown Borough Council on Tuesday in thanking State Representative-elect Perry Warren for his service on Council and to the borough and to wish him well as he heads to Harrisburg.
Mayor Swartz presented the outgoing councilor with a plaque affixed with a Mercer Tile acknowledging Warren’s service on Council.
“On behalf of the borough council and the citizens of the community I wish you well out in Harrisburg,” said Swartz. “And thank you for serving the borough.”
Warren received a standing ovation from his colleagues on council.
For the past seven years, Warren has represented the first ward on Council. He also has served as council’s liaison to the borough’s Environmental Advisory Council, the Human Relations Commission, the Budget and Finance committee and the Shade Tree Commission.
“I’m honored by the support I’ve gotten from throughout the district and particularly here in Newtown Borough where I was first elected to council seven years ago,” said Warren.
“It’s been an honor to work with each of you,” Warren told council. “President Walker has done an outstanding job in leading this Council along with Mayor Swartz and our professionals - solicitor Bill Bolla, borough secretary Judy Musto, engineer Mario Canales, former secretary Marcia Scull, borough treasurer Pat Ours and Police Chief Anthony Wojciechowski.
“This is the town where my grandfather served on borough council in the 1950s. It’s really been meaningful for me and I really appreciate all the support I have received.
“As I move on to Harrisburg I hope to take along the same collegiality and respect that we have had with one another over the years,” said Warren. “I thank everyone here and I’m looking forward to continuing to represent Newtown as well as the larger district out in Harrisburg.”
Warren, who will resign his seat effective December 31, will be sworn in as District 31’s newest state representative in Harrisburg on January 3. The 31st District includes Newtown Borough and Newtown Township, Lower Makefield, Yardley Borough and three voting wards in Morrisville Borough.
Council will have the month of January to fill Warren’s seat on council. As of Tuesday night, one applicant - Nicole Rodowicz - had stepped forward to fill the seat.
Borough residents interested in filling the vacancy are encouraged to submit a letter of interest and their resume to Borough Secretary Judy Musto, 21 North State Street, Newtown 18940, or email to email@example.com.
Prospective candidates must be a borough resident living in the first ward, a registered voter, a resident of the borough for at least a year and at least 18 years old.
In other business, council unanimously approved the 2017 borough budget, which holds the line on taxes. The budget totals $3.923 million.
Council also approved a one year contract with Police Chief Anthony Wojciechowski.
He will receive a three percent salary increase in 2017.
And Council also voted to reappoint William Bolla as borough solicitor, Mario Canales as borough engineer and Barry Isett & Associates as the borough’s building, zoning and inspection firm in 2017.
In other action, Council approved a request by Mayor Swartz to suspend the three hour parking limit in the borough’s municipal lots and on State Street during the holiday shopping season.
Unlimited free parking will be available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15-17, 22-24 and 29-31.
The mayor also reminded the public that anyone shopping at select stores in the business district through Dec. 24 will be eligible to win gift bags.
The promotion is organized by the Newtown Mercantile Group.
And don’t forget to visit Santa at his house located in the parking lot of the Newtown Fire Association on Washington Avenue. He’ll be there on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 18 and 19 from 2 to 4 p.m.