Active Chambersburg resident recommended for council seat

April 21, 2004|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Outgoing Third Ward Councilman Carl Helman on Monday night recommended that the Chambersburg Borough Council select a former businesswoman and nurse to replace him when he steps down next week.

Kay Landman, 61, of 232 S. Main St., founded Helping Hands Medical Services Inc. in 1985 and sold the home health care business last year. Helman said Landman, a borough resident since 1990, is an original member of the Third Ward Community Task Force, a former judge of elections and a volunteer at the Capitol Theatre Center.

"She is guided by principles and not by personalities. ... she will be nobody's puppet or pawn," Helman said.

"I really want to see the constituents in the Third Ward represented, and Carl Helman has just done a wonderful job in the Third Ward," Landman said.


She is a member of the board of directors of the Chambersburg Hispanic-American Center, which represents a fast-growing segment of the borough's population.

"I have no personal agenda. It would basically be what my constituents' needs and wants are. I'm here to listen to them and take it to the board. I just want a clean, safe environment," Landman said.

"I am not a politician. I just care about my community and the people," she said.

Last week, Council President William McLaughlin appointed Vice President Robert Wareham, Third Ward Councilwoman Elaine Swartz and Fourth Ward Councilman John Redding to a committee that will review Helman's recommendation, as well as those of anyone else who submits a letter of interest about filling the vacancy.

Helman, 43, of 1089 Progress Road, said he is stepping down after more than eight years on the council because he has purchased a home outside the borough. The person selected to replace him will serve out the balance of his term, which expires at the end of 2005.

Borough Manager Eric Oyer said anyone interested in filling the vacancy must be a registered voter and a resident of the Third Ward. All letters of interest must be received by Borough Secretary Tanya Mickey by the close of business Monday, Oyer said.

Helman's last day in office will be April 23. Under state law, the council has 30 days from that date to appoint his replacement. If they do not, the borough's vacancy board has another 15 days to fill the seat.

If a replacement has not been chosen by then, an appointment will be made by the Court of Common Pleas for Franklin County.

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