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Winters announces his resignation from Waynesboro council

January 20, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro Borough Council member Ardie Winters announced his resignation from the council Wednesday, saying health concerns have "forced my hand."

Winters, 89, of 119 Garfield St., said he treasures the many friends he's made in his years of service to the community, including current and past members of the council.

"I will miss you all and trust you will continue making decisions in the best interest of the community," said Winters, who ended a 16-year run on the council. "I'm going to miss all you fellas. You've all done a wonderful job."

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His resignation takes effect Feb. 28.

Mayor Louis M. Barlup Jr., himself a 23-year council veteran, including 17 as mayor, recalled that Winters swore him in as mayor in 1989 when he was appointed to fill the remaining year of the term for the seat vacated by then Mayor Pat Fleagle when he resigned to take a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Barlup called Winters "a man most respected and admired" for service to his community. "I will miss you."

Barlup said earlier this week that he also is ending his political career when his term expires at the end of the year.

Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger quoted John F. Kennedy's Jan. 20, 1961, inaugural speech in which he said, "Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country." Hamberger said Winters exemplified the spirit of Kennedy's plea.

"No government can function without guys like you, Ardie," Hamberger said.

Hamberger said the council has 30 days after the resignation takes effect to appoint a successor. If the council fails to do so, the issue goes before the borough's vacancy committee consisting of the council members and one citizen.

The council will advertise for interested residents in Ward 2, which Winters represents, to submit their names for consideration, Hamberger said. Ward 2 includes the northwest portion of the borough running roughly from North Church Street to Price's Church Road and from Main Street to Orchard Road.

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