Palmerton mayor resigns
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Mayor Brad Doll reads his letter of resignation before borough council on Thursday.
Palmerton is in search of a new mayor.
Borough council, on a 6-0 vote Thursday, accepted the resignation of Mayor Brad Doll, effective immediately. Councilman Jason Behler was absent.
In a prepared statement, Doll explained his decision to resign.
"This is not an easy thing to do, but my wife and I are moving out of the borough, which has been our home for three decades," Doll said. "Palmerton has always been a good place to live, and a perfect place to raise a family."
Doll served as mayor since November of 2009. Before that, he served as a borough councilman, and on the borough's planning commission.
"I've enjoyed working with the borough on various committees and on council, and, of course, as the reigning mayor," he said. "This town has given me a wealth of experiences and fond memories, which I'll always treasure."
Doll added, "I give permission to any or all borough employees, council members, or new mayor to feel free to call me anytime they think I may be of some assistance to a problem they are experiencing. I will remain always glad to help. I wish the council, new mayor, and all citizens the best of luck, good health, and happy lives for the future."
Council President Terry Costenbader expressed his thanks to Doll on behalf of council.
"I've known you since you've been on council, and I really enjoyed working with you in both capacities," Costenbader said. "We're going to miss you."
Afterward, council agreed to appoint Costenbader as acting mayor.
Anyone who would like to fill the post may submit a letter of intent to the borough office by Friday, Oct. 5.
Council plans to meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, at which time it may choose Doll's replacement.
Also on Thursday, council heard a request from Charles Laviolette, president of the Palmerton Area Library board of directors, who said he was "here to ask for your help."
Laviolette said the second annual Palmerton Area Library Open was recently held, at which time Palmerton native Billy Cyr, president and CEO of Sunny Delight Beverages Co., served as emcee, and challenged the community to raise funds for the library.
As part of the challenge presented by Cyr, Laviolette said the library will match every dollar up to $2,500.
"I'm here asking each member of council for $20," Laviolette said. "We will match every dollar."
In other business, council:
• Adopted the 2013 Minimum Municipal Pension Obligation for the Non-Uniformed Pension Fund in the amount of $22,108.
• Approved a one-year extension of the borough's solid waste agreement with Tamaqua Transfer & Recycling, Tamaqua, at the current rate.
• Agreed to put up for sale various police department and public works department items for sale at a municipal auction.
• Approved a request to hold the Carbon County Veterans Day Parade from 2-4 p.m. on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11. The rain date is Sunday, Nov. 18.
• Approved a request for the Palmerton Halloween Parade to be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. The rain date is Monday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m.
• Announced Trick-or-Treat will be held in the borough from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.
• Approved the continuation of the Regional DUI Enforcement Program.