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Cain to resign as councilman in Waynesboro

July 31, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro Borough Councilman Jahnathan Cain said Friday that he is resigning his seat effective Aug. 31.

Cain said he lost his job without notice Thursday.

"I'm out of insurance and I'm out of income," he said.

He and his wife, Melodee, have four children ages 3 to 8.

Cain said he and his family would leave for California later Friday. They already had airline tickets for a planned vacation to Los Angeles, where Cain has family, he said.

"I probably won't be back," he said. "My family will put us up until I find a job. The job market out there is good."

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Cain said his wife probably will come back to their home at 107 W. King St. to move the family's belongings after he finds a job.

"I didn't really get a chance to think about this," Cain said. "It was such short notice."

Cain, 29, ran unopposed for the council seat in November. He succeeded Douglas Tengler in Ward 2, and took office in January.

He is chairman of the council's personnel committee and a member of its property and public safety committee.

Charles "Chip" McCammon, president of the six-member council, said he is trying to find a replacement for Cain.

"I called one woman and asked her if she wanted to serve, but she didn't have time," he said. He also asked other individuals who live in Ward 2, but has not heard back from them, he said.

The council will have 30 days after Cain's resignation takes effect to find a successor, McCammon said.

The council only meets once a month in the summer. It's next meeting will be Aug. 18.

The members are expected to take up the controversial Rutter's Farm Store development proposed for the intersection of South Potomac and West Third streets that night.

The Waynesboro Planning Commission earlier this week voted to recommend that the council approve the project.

Cain said he would have voted for the proposal because it meets all zoning requirements. He said the council has no choice but to approve it. If the members vote to deny it, the developer probably would sue the borough, he said.

Cain's seat pays $150 a month, McCammon said.

Anyone interested in Cain's seat should call the borough office at 717-762-2101.

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