By Kaylee Lindenmuth | firstname.lastname@example.org
ASHLAND - A member of Ashland's Borough Council submitted her resignation this evening, saying she no longer meets the residency requirement to be on council.
Kim McIntyre read aloud her letter of resignation at the meeting.
"It is with bittersweet emotion that I am writing to submit my council resignation due to no longer meeting residency requirements," said McIntyre. "The time I've served on Ashland's Borough Council has been a great learning experience for me. I'm grateful for the opportunity to help to serve the residents of the borough.
She thanked council, the mayor, solicitor, borough manager, and "all the others who play an essential role daily in making Ashland a great place to live and work."
"I am proud to have served on a council where political differences were put aside and the betterment and safety of the whole community is always the primary focus," said McIntyre. "I will continue to support the borough of Ashland and be an active community member."
Councilman Adam Bernodin made a motion to accept the resignation "with a sad heart because she was very helpful on council."
"She works well with all of us here, and you will be missed," said councilwoman Patti Wesner.
Anyone from Ashland interested in serving out the rest of her term should contact the borough, council said.
Wednesday evening's meeting began with a moment of silence for the victims of the police shooting in Philadelphia County.
At the meeting, borough council approved agreements to use grant money from the United States Department of Agriculture for the Ashland Reservoir and the Mahanoy Creek.
According to Borough Manager Ray Jones, the borough received a $98,845 grant to stabilize the banks of the reservoir, which were damaged by storm runoff, and $6,300 to clear blockages in the Mahanoy Creek near Oakland Avenue.
"After the storms last August, the outfall from the reservoir eroded the land underneath the water main," said Jones. "At that time, the USDA had stream money available so this is just affirming that they can go there and do the job."
In other business, borough council:
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