The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 11, 2012

Sunbury's Elm Street manager takes new job with SEDA-COG

SUNBURY —  Kristin McLaughlin, who spearheaded the Northumberland County Hometown Veterans banners project and helped secure $1 million in funding to beautify an industrial strip along Wolverton Street and a neighboring economically depressed neighborhood, has resigned as the city’s Elm Street manager after four years.

McLaughlin, who held the job since 2008, has taken a position with SEDA-Council of Governments near Winfield.

“It was a difficult decision to leave Sunbury,” McLaughlin said. “But I am excited for the new challenges and opportunities ahead.”

The state Department of Community and Economic Development created the Elm Street manager position as a way to bolster older historic neighborhoods. The southern portion of the Hill Neighborhood, from Highland Avenue to Wolverton Street, was designated as an Elm Street community in 2006.

McLaughlin assisted the Hill Neighborhood with construction of Phase 1 of the Market Street Enhancement Project, a facade improvement program on Market Street, and landscaping projects. McLaughlin secured $1 million in funding for the Wolverton Street Project, which is scheduled to break ground this fall.

McLaughlin was instrumental in the veterans banners program. Nearly 100 banners were sold, and McLaughlin was visible throughout downtown Sunbury, helping to hang and organize the opening ceremony for the official dedication. McLaughlin solicited support from more than 200 people who gathered in Cameron Park to admire the banners earlier this year.

McLaughlin was paid $38,000 annually. SEDA-COG officials have not said what role she will play in the organization.

“It is with great regret that we at Sunbury Revitalization Inc. accept the resignation of Kristin,” SRI President Janet Yonkoskie said. “She has been a great asset to the Hill Neighborhood Council by having completed many different projects in that area.”

Yonkoskie said she spoke on behalf of SRI when she said, “Thank you.”

“She will be extremely hard to replace,” Yonkoskie said. “Her expertise in all areas of this position showed her flexibility to work either independently or in a team environment.

“She is motivated and has a strong work ethic. All we can say is thank you for what you have done for us here.”

Yonkoskie said she was unsure whether McLaughlin’s position would be filled.

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