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Borough council gets new look

September 09, 1999|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - The Mercersburg Borough Council has taken on a new look with the replacement of two veteran members by newcomers.

Council President Robert Brindle, a 21-year veteran, and Richard Rice, who had less than a year remaining on his second four-year term, announced their resignations in late August, according to Borough Manager James Leventry.

Brindle moved from the borough to adjacent Montgomery Township where he is restoring an old farmhouse, Leventry said.

"Bob was very knowledgeable about the community. He will be missed," Leventry said.

Attempts to reach Brindle were unsuccessful. His listed telephone number was no longer in service.

The council will appoint Brindle's successor at its Sept. 14 meeting if a qualified candidate can be found by then, Leventry said.

Council Vice President Tom Suddeth will run the meetings until a new president is elected by the council. Leventry said that won't happen until the council is back up to its full complement of seven members.

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Rice moved to Quincy, Pa., Leventry said.

The council replaced him with Michele Quattrociocchi, owner of a bed and breakfast on Linden Avenue and a supporter of Mercersburg's historic district rules.

Quattrociocchi had submitted her name to the council in June with an eye toward being appointed to replace Councilwoman Elizabeth Brown when she resigned. She lost by one vote to Brooks Harryman, Leventry said.

Last week she was appointed to replace Rice by a unanimous vote.

Quattrociocchi, who is chairwoman of the borough's Business Development Committee, a group appointed by the council to attract business to the community, said she will focus her efforts in that direction. "It's important to build up our tax base," she said.

Quattrociocchi said she plans to run to keep her seat in November.

Overall, Mercersburg voters will be asked to vote on five council seats in the November , including three for four-year terms and two for two years each.

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