Northampton Press

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Council to vote on first ward replacement

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Three submit applications to fill empty seat; decision is expected tonight

Two men and a woman have submitted their names as candidates for the vacant council seat representing Northampton Borough’s first ward. The vacancy results from the resignation last month by Robert Coleman, who left for health reasons.

The three persons who submitted applications for the council seat are Michael Dempsey Jr., Shelby Hall and Kenneth Hall. A requirement for consideration is that persons applying for the position reside in the ward the vacancy exists.

There were reports of seven individuals picking up papers or showing interest in the council position, but only the above three persons filed the papers with the borough office.

Council is expected to vote to fill the vacant slot on council when it meets 7:30 p.m. this evening. An executive session will precede the open meeting.

The borough has eight council members, two from each of the borough’s four wards. Council Vice President Keith Piescienski is the other person from the first ward on council.

The appointee named this evening will serve until Dec. 31, the expiration of Coleman’s present term on council.

There were no candidates on Tuesday’s primary election ballot for the first ward council seat. However, if a person garnered sufficient ballots for the elective office, he or she would be on the November general election ballot.