Council Holds off on Meeting Day Change, Approves Advertising Smoke Shop Code Change, and Censures Councilman
At last month’s borough council meeting officials decided to hold off on changing meeting dates until at least January, voted to approve advertising a zoning change, and censured one councilman.
Prior to a vote on the motion for changing meeting days, Councilman Justin Bowers said he could not support the meeting date change plan, from the third Monday of the month to the third Tuesday, since he would not be available.
Bowers said he has a prior meeting obligation for that day, monthly.
Councilwoman Helen Hlahol, noting Bowers is in his last months as a member of council, suggested the voting body table the idea until January when two newly seated members of council will come aboard.
Council members agreed and the motion was voted down.
In other council news, the next step forward in the process of changing the borough code to limit smoke shops and tobacco stores moved forward with a unanimous approval for advertising the potential change.
Solicitor Scott Holbert said the next steps for the change to happen would come with approvals from the county and borough planning commissions.
Lastly, in a 5 to 2 vote with one abstention, council voted to censure 4th ward representative Mike Yeager for answering a question about newly hired Judith Danko as Borough Manager from this publication.
Council member’s contended, Yeager broke the seal of executive session secrecy by sharing the information with Lower Bucks Source for a story published on Tuesday, June 22.
Yeager called the vote “silly.”
Holbert was asked to weigh in on the discussion and offer an opinion on the matter, which he declined to do.
Danko who observed the entire discussion, was not asked, nor did the new borough manager offer comment on the motion.
Much of the discussion centered on whether Yeager actually broke the seal of secrecy executive sessions offer by sharing information outside of that setting. Yeager said he shared information contained in an e-mail which was noted Danko had accepted the offer to take the manager’s position.
Council President Ted Parker said, that from here on out any topics discussed in closed door sessions that create follow up e-mails, etc would be labeled as executive session material, thus protecting anything discussed.
Yeager again said the vote and discussion was “silly.”
In terms of secrecy issues, etc, maybe Hlahol can explain why she sought the opinion of borough officials, last year, on whether she could hold office and the job of borough manager, which on the record, Scott Mitchell said she inquired about.
Lower Bucks Source awaits her on the record response.
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