The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 16, 2013

Lewisburg monitors day-to-day business as manager recovers

By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item

— LEWISBURG — There were no announcements at Tuesday night’s Borough Council meeting about an interim borough manager as Chad Smith continues to recover from a broken back suffered in a vehicle accident on Friday.

“There’s no pressure to make a decision,” council Vice President Susan Mahon said. “We have a very good staff, and they’re working hard to keep things running. We’ll diligently take this day by day.”

The council did hold an executive session at the end of its meeting to discuss the matter, along with solicitor Andrew Lyon and Mayor Judith Wagner.

Meanwhile, offers to help in Smith’s absence continue to come in from around the Valley, Councilman Trey Casimir said.

“We’ve had numerous offers of assistance from other local municipal officials who’ve worked with Chad. They like him and know how hard he works,” Casimir said. Council members said they’re grateful for the outreach.

The town of Bloomsburg, the William Cameron Engine Company, SEDA-Council of Governments and the Lewisburg Neighborhoods Corp. are among those who have offered to help.

Smith, 41, of Mifflinburg, was listed in serious condition Tuesday night in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. His pickup truck went out of control and spun out on a wet Interstate 80 on Friday night, state police reported from a witness.

Smith endured roughly eight hours of surgery to repair his broken back. He was thrown from the vehicle after it went off the road, flipped end over end for about 300 feet and came to rest against an embankment.