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Grubb Resigns from Council After One Meeting
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2018-01-18

            After one public meeting, Eric Grubb is leaving East Greenville Borough Council. Grubb, who submitted his letter of resignation Jan. 3, admits that the timing could be perceived as curious.  "I don't know what else to do," he said the following day.

            Grubb cited health concerns for his decision. He said he has not been able get his illness under control and cannot handle the "stress of what needs to be done" on borough council. 

            "I have a severe health problem that I need to take care of," Grubb said. "I can't do that and be on council. People need to understand that." 

            Municipal officials plan on disclosing the resignation during council's next public meeting, according to Mayor Keith Gerhart.

            One week after winning election to council on a platform of returning the Upper Perk Police Department to East Greenville, Grubb lost his job.  He said the severity of his condition became serious in the first week to December.

            Grubb claimed he contacted the Montgomery County Board of Election on December 7 to find out what he needed to do to step down before January. He said it took two weeks for the call to be returned, and that he did not return the call because "I was now moving forward again," Grubb wrote in a text message.

            According to Grubb, he made the motion during the January 2 meeting to table a resolution that would have approved an interim contractual agreement for police service with Pennsburg and disbanded East Greenville's police department because he lacked all the pertinent information.

            "I couldn't be involved with this issue at that speed," Grubb said. "I do not object to disbanding the police department. My objection that I didn't have all the information I should have had."

            According to Grubb, he received paperwork on the temporary agreement between East Greenville and its neighboring municipality. However, he got no information on the consequences of disbanding the borough's police department.

            Grubb said he expected to see the potential costs in dismissing the three officers during a executive session. However, he was not prepared to expose himself or the borough to a lawsuit from the department's three officers.

            He also expressed uncertainty over how the agreement with Pennsburg would impact his borough's current legal action between both municipalities over East Greenville's 2016 decision to dissolve the Upper Perk Police Commission.


 

 

 

 

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