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New Hanover Supervisors Accept Garner’s Resignation
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            Rather than waiting until his term expires at the end of the year, Vice Chairman Charles Garner, Jr. officially resigned from the New Hanover board of supervisors. Last week, the remaining supervisors voted unanimously to accept his written resignation.

            Multiple members expressed regret after their vote during the June 3 regular meeting. Chairman Kurt Zebrowski described Garner's resignation as "hard to accept." Zebrowski said the former member helped the board navigate some tough times.

            Marie Livelsberger thanked Garner for his service. She said she understood his position, but added that the person who succeeds him "would have large shoes to fill." Supervisor Ross Snook said Garner would be sorely missed.

            No further explanations were offered for the supervisor's decision to leave the board six months before his six-year term expires. Garner, who informed the members of his decision during a May 6 public meeting, declined to offer any specifics for his resignation the day after the meeting.

            In a text message received June 4, Garner said he was leaving the board for "many reasons." He added that "personally I just knew it was time to step down."

            On Tuesday, May 18, Garner sent an email to Zebrowski and township Manager Jamie Gwynn confirming his verbal resignation as of May 31. Garner described himself as "very privileged and honored to serve in the capacity of supervisor for five and one-half years. I enjoyed working with each and every one of you on the board," Garner wrote in the message. "Thank you."

            Garner, an attorney with a firm in Pottstown, who served as the solicitor of Pennsburg for many years, was elected to the board in November of 2015. He took office on Jan. 1, 2016.

            The supervisors expect to appoint a replacement within 30 days. The chairman directed all interested candidates to submit a cover letter, resume and complete a questionnaire posted on the township's website to the municipal building by the end of business on June 23.

            During his resignation announcement, Garner endorsed Gregory L. Maskrey for the seat. Garner, who previously decided not to run for re-election, expressed the opinion that "one candidate is far more qualified than the other candidate and suggested that Mr. Maskrey would make an excellent supervisor," according to meeting minutes posted on the township's website.

Maskrey's opponent, Bob Youse, is a former township police officer who won his party's primary by 101 votes (780-679).

Youse also won the Democratic Primary with 134 votes, according to unofficial totals posted on Montgomery County's website. He plans on applying for the vacant position.

The members approved an $87,000 change order for repair of a bridge on Rosenberry Road over the Swamp Creek. A unanimous vote will raise the total cost of repairs to approximately $300,000, according to Gwynn.

            The township's new engineer, Bob Flinchbaugh, told the members that the underside of the structure had more damage than originally suspected. He said that one of the 10 sections of two-culvert bridge had rebar that was compromised and needs to be removed.

            In other news, Snook discussed a municipal plan to convert a 15-acre parcel at an organic farm on Swamp Picnic Road as well as 0.3 acres at the New Hanover Township Community Park, into meadows. He said the work, which will be completed without herbicides, is expected to cost approximately $15,000.

            The supervisor said the township is seeking a grant to cover the entire cost. According to Snook, soil analysis is currently underway. He said planting could occur in October. Additionally, it will be utilized as a Boy Scout project.





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