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Rudick says goodbye to Sellersville council


Some people follow their parents into politics. In an interesting twist, Robert Rudick followed his daughter.

Maggie Rudick was the first junior councilperson to serve on Sellersville Borough Council. Through her, Robert – Bob to friends -- got a firsthand look at the workings of local government. It inspired him to get involved.

“Based on Maggie’s involvement, I decided I wanted to try to help the town move forward,” said Rudick. “I enjoy living in Sellersville and wanted to be involved with the community.”

Rudick followed through on the desire for civic service. For 12 years, he was a constant on Sellersville’s Borough Council, helping lead the borough during a time of dynamic change in the local and national economy.

For six of those years, Rudick served as council president. But with the start of 2018, Rudick’s time on council came to an end. Changes in his job – he manages a plastics research and development lab for Penn Color – prevent him from continuing in borough government. As such, he did not run for re-election.

Still, the longtime councilman is proud of advancements he and his fellow council members made during his time in office.

For example, he cited the new focus on downtown revitalization in recent years. The borough has formed a Revitalization Committee to spearhead the creation of a revamped downtown Sellersville that is a more attractive place to visit, shop and live.

“I am looking forward to the future of the downtown area and am hoping for a positive impact from the Revitalization Committee,” said Rudick.

The outgoing councilman was also encouraged by the progress the borough and its partners have made in efforts to create the Sellersville Business Campus.

The six-lot property, once home to the now defunct US Gauge operation, is being redeveloped as a business park for light industrial companies. Sellersville – and the Bucks County Industrial Development Authority heading up the property – scored a significant win in late 2017 when Solar Manufacturing, an industrial furnace maker, decided to relocate to the campus.

“I'm very excited for construction to start in the industrial park,” said Rudick.

While perhaps not as headline-grabbing as the industrial park or downtown revitalization, Rudick is also encouraged by the progress Borough Council has made in the way it operates.

“I feel the operational philosophy has changed to be more progressive. We now operate based on a longer term plan,” said Rudick who noted that he learned a lot from being on council, including how to be a better listener.

“I discovered that most people that want to discuss issues need someone who is willing to listen,” he said. “We cannot solve all of the issues that are presented, but we need to be courteous regarding the residents’ concerns.”

Going forward, Rudick said he plans to stay active, for a short period of time, in some committees he has been on as a councilman, helping to ensure a smooth transition to new committee members.
Rudick will miss serving the town he loves, but is glad he had the opportunity to do so.

“I hope,” said Rudick, “that the community and my fellow councilors feel that I had a positive impact in town.”

Sellersville Borough Manager David Rivet had high praise for Rudick, saying the former council president was a pleasure to work with who always was available to address borough concerns.

“During Bob’s time as president, the Sellersville Business Campus on the former AMETEK site was established; the 54 housing unit Carillon Hill development built; Township Road sewer pump station replaced; 1.13 miles of borough streets resurfaced; the 110 year old windows in borough hall replaced and 500 trees planted in Lenape Park to list a few highlights,” said Rivet.

“On behalf of the borough staff and myself I would like to thank him for his leadership and years of dedication to Sellersville.”



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