Palmerton Borough Council can once again run on all cylinders.

In a move that brings it back to full capacity, council on a 6-0 vote Thursday agreed to appoint Jeremy Barbosa to fill a vacant seat.

Barbosa takes over for former Councilwoman Sherri Malik, who resigned last month because she plans to relocate. Barbosa will fill the remainder of Malik's term, which expires Dec. 31, 2011.

A member of the borough planning commission for about four years, Barbosa, 33, of 560 Lafayette Avenue, thanked council for its decision to select him.

"Thank you everyone; I appreciate it," Barbosa said. "I look forward to working with you."

Barbosa was chosen over Gerald Robertson, the only other resident who submitted a letter of interest to the borough.

Council President Terry Costenbader suggested that council send Robertson a letter of thanks for the interest he expressed in the post.

Barbosa, who owns Mauch Chunk Boat Rental and also works as an aide for the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit, said he believes the borough should stay on its current path.

"I've always had an interest in local government," Barbosa said. "I just want to keep Palmerton the way it is; a strong little borough."

Council is still in search of someone to fill Malik's term on the Civil Service Commission, which also expires Dec. 31, 2011.

In other business, council:

Ÿ Agreed to have officers contribute 5 percent of their salary toward the police pension plan.

Ÿ Agreed to reappoint France, Anderson Basile and Company as auditor at its annual retainer.

Ÿ Announced that leaf collection will soon wrap up, and urged residents to pick up and bag their leaves.