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Council member steps down

April 08, 1998|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

MONT ALTO, Pa. - The full house on the Mont Alto Borough Council didn't last long.

Longtime Councilwoman Mary Lowson resigned this week, she said, so she could have more time to care for her 3-month-old grandson.

"I want to be with him. That's what grandmothers are for," Lowson said.

Having a full board is not something the Borough Council has been accustomed to in recent years.

The board was beset with resignations last year. In addition, none of the incumbents chose to seek re-election. The borough went into the November election without a candidate on the ballot.

Borough voters saved the day when about 40 percent of them wrote in candidates' names, enough to keep the council going after the write-ins accepted appointments at the beginning of the year.

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Lowson was among the incumbents who chose not to seek re-election. She received enough write-in votes on Nov. 4 to get her seat back.

Among those who accepted appointments to the council was Tom Lowson, Mary's husband and another longtime incumbent.

Tom Lowson, who until Dec. 31 served as council president, received enough write-in votes to become mayor, but declined the office, choosing instead to remain a council member.

Mary Lowson served on the council's electric committee, a post that helped in her decision to resign, she said. The proposed deregulation of the electric utility industry in Pennsylvania would require even more meetings of the local committee, Lowson said.

"I wouldn't have time to go to them all," she said.

Mary Lowson said the council needs a borough manager to run its business, especially since a state survey pointed to the borough's need for more professional help.

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