The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

April 11, 2013

Danville Borough Council president offers to fill vacancy on planning commission

DANVILLE — Borough Council President Dick Johns will serve on the Danville Planning Commission and also on the council.

Council members unanimously approved his appointment Tuesday night after solicitor Michael Dennehy said it is allowed.

The council filled the vacancy after learning last week a man living outside the borough expressed interest in serving on the planning commission.

Dennehy researched the matter and told council members borough residents need to serve on the commission.

There are some limited exceptions such as the historic review board, which requires certain positions, including an architect or a Realtor, he said. From time to time, people from outside the borough have been appointed to the board, he said.

Code Administrator Jackie Hart said planning commission bylaws allow a minority of elected officials to serve. That could be a council member or a borough employee, she said.

“I’m thrilled you offered,” councilman Bill Hause told Johns, who represents Danville’s Fourth Ward. Danville’s other three wards are already represented on the planning commission.

The vacancy occurred following the resignation of Pete Rickert.

“I’ll do my best for you,” Johns told council members. His council term expires at the end of the year.

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