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Palmerton teacher chosen for borough council

  • TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Newly-appointed Palmerton Borough Councilwoman Holly Sell is sworn in by Mayor Chris Oliva on Thursday.
    TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Newly-appointed Palmerton Borough Councilwoman Holly Sell is sworn in by Mayor Chris Oliva on Thursday.
Published October 26. 2012 05:02PM

A Palmerton Area School District educator has been chosen to fill an open seat on borough council.

On a 6-0 vote Thursday, council selected Holly Sell as its choice for the vacant post. Other residents who applied were Jereme Barkanic, Gerald Robertson and Gerard Alfano.

Council President Terry Costenbader credited all those who put in for the seat.

"I want to thank everybody that applied," Costenbader said. "It shows that we have some interest in the borough, which is good."

Sell, who serves as a Title I Reading Specialist at the Parkside Education Center in the Palmerton Area School District, said she appreciated the selection.

"I'm very excited to be able to serve the community," Sell said. "I hope to bring a different perspective as the only female, and from a mom perspective."

Sell said she hopes to see the borough remain on its present course.

"I'd like to continue to see the community stay a safe, small community, but still have businesses prosper for our children," she said. "It's a nice place to raise a family with community values."

The seat had been occupied by former council Vice President Chris Olivia, who resigned after he was named the borough's new mayor earlier this month.

Sell will serve the remainder of Olivia's term, which expires Dec. 31, 2013.

Olivia replaced former Mayor Brad Doll, who resigned last month because he and his wife have decided to move from the area.

Doll had been mayor since November 2009. Before that, he served as a borough councilman, and on the borough's planning commission.

Also on Thursday, council heard a complaint from resident Bruce Porambo, who resides at 440 Delaware Ave., Apt. 1A.

Porambo, who said he is a combat-disabled veteran, told council he wanted to express "noise complaints" he has with Dedicated Fitness, located at 450 Delaware Ave.

The sound of weights being slammed, free weights being dropped on the floor, and loud music at various hours of the day, were among the noise complaints Porambo cited.

"They are not willing to do anything about this problem," Porambo said. "I think I have been very patient with this."

Costenbader told Porambo that while he couldn't accommodate his request at this point in time, his request would be reviewed.

"We're going to have to look into this about your plight here," Costenbader said. "We'll refer it to the committee."

In other business, council:

• Appointed Robertson as a zoning hearing board alternate

• Approved the first reading of a key lock box ordinance

• Approved the first reading of the Police Pension Fund amendment

• Approved a resolution to grant authorization to approve Berkheimer contract for collection of Local Services Tax

• Approved a resolution appointing Berkheimer as tax hearing officer for Local Services Tax

• Approved a resolution appointing Rodger Danielson and Donna McGarry as authorized representatives to Berkheimer regarding Local Services Tax.

• Approved an agreement with Berkheimer for collection of Local Services Tax.

• Approved the sale of items at municipal auction.

• Announced Trick-or-Treat night will be held in the borough from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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