Doylestown Borough swears in Mayor Ron Strouse
Dana M. Eckman
Residents jam-packed Doylestown Borough Hall Monday evening for what turned out to be a very special reorganization meeting.
"When I served on council, a packed room normally meant I was in trouble," joked District Justice Philip J. Daly, referring to the sizable crowd that had gathered.
There was no trouble, however.
In fact, it was a night to celebrate as Daly, a one-time borough councilman and president, administered the oath of office to new council member Joe Flood.
During a brief swearing-in ceremony, former Doylestown Mayor Libby White administered the oath to install her successor, Ron Strouse, using a Bible dating to 1818. It was borrowed from the Doylestown Historical Society for the evening.
Strouse then swore in new member Jack O'Brien. He joined returning members David Lausten, Susan Madian, Wendy Margolis and Noni West, who were re-elected in November.
Det Ansinn was re-elected president of the council by a unanimous vote of 9-0. Madian was unanimously elected vice president of council.
Jordan Yeager, the borough's new solicitor, represented Nockamixon against Arbor Resources in zoning disputes. The company dropped its legal battle last year, and Yeager also argued the case against Act 13 successfully before the state Supreme Court on behalf of several municipalities.
Ansinn described Yeager as a “champion of municipal rights” when he was introduced at the council reorganization meeting Monday night. Ansinn said Yeager’s record stood out.
Yeager, who still serves as Nockamixon’s solicitor, challenged Arbor Resources on its ability to drill for natural gas within the township. Bucks and Montgomery counties are under two separate moratoriums, but the company had signed hundreds of leases in the area.
Yeager, an attorney at Curtin and Heefner, also served as the chair of the Doylestown Democrats through 2010.
Curt Cowgill, a registered Independent, was appointed to the Vacancy Board. Karyn Hyland of Gilmore & Associates was reaffirmed as the borough engineer for zoning, planning and streets. C.K.S. Engineers was reaffirmed as the borough's water engineer.
Once seated, members set their meeting schedule. The council will meet beginning at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, except in January, February and September, at 57 W. Court St. The council will meet on the fourth Monday of January, February and September.
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