KNOX - Knox Borough Council kicked off the new year with two new members of the panel one by election and one by appointment.
Danielle Fye, a Democrat, won a four-year term on council in the November 2021 election, replacing Tom Goble who did not seek reelection.
Caleb Gilliand won a two-year term on council in the past election, but had to resign from his previous term in December and forego the two-year term due to employment obligations.
Council asked for letters of interest in the vacant seat and three people offered to serve the two-year term Melissa Pierce, Lon "Hoss" Bowers and Shane Zerbe.
All three attended the Jan. 3 session of council and presented a brief verbal presentation.
Council then opted to appoint Pierce, a Democrat, to the open seat.
Pierce said she is a life-long resident of the area and a 14-year resident of Knox Borough. She has been involved in numerous volunteer efforts at Keystone High School.
"I'd like to give back to the community," said Pierce. "Knox has been very good to me."
Council member Bill Henry, who won reelection to a four-year term last November, said it is very unusual to have three people show interest in a vacant council seat.
"We have three great people who are here tonight," said Henry. "We've never had this good of a response. Any of these three people would be good (on council)."
Prior to the regular business meeting, Knox Borough Council conducted its state-mandated bi-annual reorganization meeting.
During the reorganization session, council:
- Reelected Jack Bish Jr. as council president.
- Reelected Linda Runyan as vice-president.
- Reelected Henry as president pro tem. Henry would preside at council meetings in the absence of both Bish and Runyan.
- Reappointed Mike Leahy as vacancy board chairman.
- Reappointed John Marshall as borough legal counsel.
- Reappointed The EADS Group as borough engineer.
- Reappointed Bureau Veritas as building inspector.
- Reappointed Keystone Collections as earned income tax collector and local services tax collector.
- Reappointed Kristen Yeager as emergency management coordinator.
- Reappointed Sharon Heeter as open records officer.
- Reappointed Bish and Heeter as Clarion County Tax Committee delegates.
- Designated Farmers National Bank and Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust (PLIGIT) as depositories for borough funds.
- Monthly council meetings will continue to be held at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month at the borough offices.