EDDYSTONE — Council appointed a new borough manager at its first regular meeting of the new year. Dawn Jones of Brookhaven will replace Possenti Consulting.

Jones serves as president of Brookhaven Recreation Board and she also served as assistant borough secretary.

Jones appointment was by a split 4-3 vote, with Republican council President Bill Stewart joining the three new Democratic members of council in favor of the hire.

Democrats Christopher Sprague, Glen Wilson and Rob Yannuzzi all backed Jones for the job.  Jones was sworn in by Mayor Allen Reeves. Her husband, William, held the Bible as his wife took the oath of office. The couple are the parents of three daughters.

"This is a great community with great people," Jones said, adding that she grew up in Eddystone and graduated from Ridley High School.

Jones will also serve as borough secretary, and as the right-to-know officer.

Council made changes at its reorganization meeting on Jan. 6, including naming a new borough solicitor and building code officials. Pressman & Doyle law firm will be replaced by Rudolph Clarke LLC as solicitor. Barry Isett Associates will take over building code duties, replacing John Lyman, Evan Hosbach and Michael Possenti, who was health inspector. The vote for solicitor and building code officials was by the same 4 to 3 vote as occurred with the Jones appointment. The same vote ratio applied to the appointment of Eugene Wylie as vacancy board chairman.

A unanimous vote approved the following professional appointments: borough engineer, Catania & Associates; labor relations solicitor, McNichol, Bryne & Matalawski, PC; planning commission solicitor, Pressman & Doyle; Civil Service solicitor, John F.X. Reilly; IT Support, Steve Giancristoforo; financial director, Possenti Consulting LLC; auditor, Mingis, Gutowski & Co.; actuary for police pension plan, Thomas Anderson.

In another matter, Stewart announced that the 2020 budget will be reopened. There will be a public meeting on the budget at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at borough hall. Reopening the budget is permitted under the Pennsylvania Borough Code. Stewart, Sprague, Wilson and Yannuzzi voted at the reorganization meeting to freeze all salaries at the Nov. 1,2019 levels pending finalization of the 2020 budget.

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