2014 brought big changes to several municipalities in south eastern York County.
Peach Bottom Township, Delta borough and the South Eastern School Board seated new representatives and made new appointments, some of them surprising to the community.
In Peach Bottom, the board of supervisors ousted codes officer Michelle Poole and solicitor Gilbert Malone. Poole enforced the township's sewage, zoning and building permit regulations for 20 years, while Malone had served as the township's attorney for 43 years. He was instrumental in writing agriculture land preservation ordinances and other zoning laws that later became the models for many Pennsylvania communities.
New board member David Gemmill and vice president Janet Wiley voted to hire Keith Hunnings, owner of South Penn Code Consultants, to replace Poole. Supervisor S. David Stewart, who was elected chairman of the board, dissented.
However, he joined his fellow board members in an unanimous vote to hire Craig Sharnetzka of CGA Law Firm to replace Malone. Stewart told the audience Malone had talked about retirement, though he had not handed in a resignation letter.
Several residents spoke in favor of Poole, saying she had served the township fairly during her tenure. A few audience members accused Gemmill of voting against Poole as retaliation for the township ruling against his family's plans for a large animal operation.
He denied the accusation, saying he was looking to the future, not to the past.
By removing Poole, Kathleen Squires lost her position as Poole's alternate.
The board also voted to change its monthly meeting date from the first Monday to the first Wednesday of each month. The supervisors' meeting had been held on the first Monday for as long as anyone could remember, officials said.
In Delta, write-in votes from the November general election determined the makeup of this year's borough council.
E. Jane Crothers, the only incumbent on the ballot, was elected council president. Write-in Larry Smith was elected vice president and Dave DiBiase was named president pro tem.
Joining the threesome on the council are write-ins Maria Knott and Cathy Young. Council members Tim Haller and Maxine Moul were not up for re-election.
For South Eastern, two former leaders returned to positions of power. Jennifer Tobias and Tonia Wright were elected president and vice president, respectively. Both have previous experience serving as the board's top officer.
The new year also brought three first-time representatives to the board: Patricia Capps, William Streett and Carrie Traeger. Mary Hyson was re-elected to her seat and Ruth Ann Robinson returned to the board after not serving for several years.
Elsewhere in southeastern York County, the following were elected and appointed:
Gary Seitz, president; Richard Bisker Jr., vice-president; Martha Miller, secretary/treasurer; Ronald Hershner, solicitor; James R. Holley & Associates Inc., engineer; Stephen McKeon, sewage enforcement officer; and Keith Hunnings, zoning, codes enforcement and building permit officer.
Meetings: 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Cross Roads United Methodist Church, 6881 Church Road.
East Hopewell Township
Dean Miller, chairman; William Rinas, vice-chairman; Richard Seitz Jr, roadmaster; Martha Miller, secretary/treasurer; William Poole Jr., solicitor; James R. Holley & Associates, engineer; Stephen McKeon, sewage enforcement officer; and Keith Hunnings, zoning, codes enforcement and building permit officer.
Meetings: 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at the township building, Hickory Road.
J. Gordon McFadden, president; James Morris, vice president; Cathy Kirkwood, secretary; Connie Cooper, treasurer; Craig Sharnetzka of CGA Law Firm, solicitor; James R. Holley & Associates, engineer; and Michelle Poole, zoning, codes and sewage enforcement officer.
Meetings: 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at the Citizens Volunteer Fire Company, 171 S. Market St.
Robert Lloyd, chairman; Jonathan Hash, vice-chairman; LuAnn Julius, secretary/treasurer; Randy Lowe, roadmaster; Craig Sharnetzka of CGA Law Firm, solicitor; Blaine Markle of James R. Holley & Associates, engineer; and Keith Hunnings, sewage, zoning and codes enforcement officer.
Meetings: 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at the township building, Alum Rock Road.
Aaron Manifold, chairman; David Wisnom, vice-chairman;; Patricia Schaub, manager and secretary/treasurer; Donnie McCauslin Jr., roadmaster; MPL Law Firm, solicitor; Martin & Martin, engineer; Ethan Poe, sewage enforcement officer; and Keith Hunnings, zoning, codes enforcement and building permit officer.
Meetings: 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month at the township building, Route 851. The lone exception is July when the board will meet on the first Tuesday.
Gordon Wisnom, president; William Gemmill, vice-president; Kenton Kurtz, president pro tem; Melissa Matthews, secretary; Stacy Myers, treasurer; Craig Sharnetzka of CGA Law Firm, solicitor; Dennis Sarpen of James R. Holley & Associates, engineer; and Wade Portner of New Freedom Borough, zoning, codes enforcement and building permit officer.
Meetings: 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month and workshop 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month at the borough office, 6 N. Main St.
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