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Media Borough Council Reorganization Meeting, January 3rd, 2012

Jan 06

Executive Summary

The purpose of this meeting was to swear in the newly elected officials, myself (Kent Davidson), Brian Hall, and Paul Robinson. In addition, we appoint borough professionals and boards and commissions.

In general there were no major surprises at the meeting. Sadly, Jeff Deitch was no longer able to be Treasurer for personal reasons, however, I am pleased that former councilman Peter Williamson agreed to take on that task. Otherwise, the changes which affect residents are:

  • Brian Hall is your new president. And we are glad he’s taken on this task. Monica Simpson will serve as Vice President, and we’ve re-animated an older role “Chairperson Pro-Tem” which is essentially the Vice Vice President, served by Dr. Eric Stein.
  • Legislative meetings (3rd Thursday each month) are now at 8:00 PM. The idea here was to give residents more time to get home from work with family, and if they wish to come to the meeting, 8PM seemed like it would accommodate more residents. In addition, for residents that watch the meetings on television, 8PM seemed like more of an “even time slot.”
  • We re-hired everyone again. The good news is that we have a great staff and we will continue to have a great staff this next year.

Meeting Details

The first legislative meeting took place tonight with the following votes (all votes were unanimous unless otherwise indicated):

  •  President: Brian Hall
  •  Vice President: Monica Simpson
  • Chairperson Pro Tem: Dr. Eric Stein (6-1 Dawn Roe against)
  • Committee Assignments (see below)
  • Borough Manager: Jeffrey Smith
  • Treasurer: Peter Williamson
  • Solicitor: Robert Scott
  • Civil Service Solicitor: Tracy Burns
  • Engineer: Gilmore Associates (Robert Johnston)
  • Auditor: Peterson and Viejo (spelling?)
  • Approve bonding of Manager, Treasurer and Tax Collector (approved)
  • Depository of Funds: Bryn Mawr Trust
  • Council Meeting Dates:
  • Working meeting: 1st Thursday at 7:30
  • Legislative meeting: 3rd Thursday at 8:00 PM (6-1 Dawn Roe against)
  • Code Enforcement: Jim Jeffery
  • Emergency Management Coordinator: Jim Jeffery

Appointments to Boards and Commissions

  • Board of Health: Barbara Domingos and Joseph Ferrante
  • Environmental Advisory Council: Walt Cressler, Paloma Gregory and Brian Taussig-Lux
  • ICC/Life Safety Appeals Board: Postponed until  January legislative meeting
  • Media Business Authority: Postponed until  January legislative meeting
  • Planning Commission: Emily Miller 
  • Recreation Board: Wendy Allen, Jennifer Farber, Brian Morris, Donald Trusty
  • Zoning Hearing Board: Greyson Franklin
  • Vacancy Board: Joan Hagan

Committee Assignments

The following committee assignments were made by the new Council president, Brian Hall:

Community Design Committee

  • Brian Hall (Chair)
  • Dr. Eric Stein
  • Kent Davidson

Finance

  • Kent Davidson (Chair)
  • Dr. Eric Stein
  • Brian Hall

Public Safety

  • Paul Robinson (Chair)
  • Brian Hall
  • Monika Rehoric

Properties

  • Monica Simpson (Chair)
  • Brian Hall
  • Kent Davidson

Third Street Dam/Bridge Committee

  • Paul Robinson (Chair)
  • Monika Rehoric
  • Dr. Eric Stein

Code Enforcement

  • Brian Hall (Chair)
  • Monika Rehoric

Technology

  • Dr. Eric Stein (Chair)
  • Kent Davidson

Personnel

  • Kent Davidson (Chair)
  • Paul Robinson
  • Monica Simpson

Public Works/Infrastructure

  • Paul Robinson (Chair)
  • Dawn Roe

Public Relations/Community Development (was Economic Development)

  • Monica Simpson (Chair)
  • Dawn Roe

Liaisons

  • Shade Tree – Dawn Roe
  • Library – Kent Davidson
  • MBA – Dr. Eric Stein
  • Recreation – Dawn Roe
  • Environmental Advisory Council – Dr. Eric Stein
  • Fire – Paul Robinson
  • Fair Trade  – Monica Simpson
  • Media Arts Council – Brian Hall
  • Health – Monika Rehoric
  • Historic Architecture Review Board – Monika Rehoric
  • Historic Archives – Monika Rehoric
  • Farmer’s Market – Monica Simpson

Committees by individual

Brian Hall

Community Design Committee (Chair)
Finance
Public Safety
Properties
Code Enforcement (Chair)
Liaison: Media Arts Council

Monica Simpson

Properties (Chair)
Personnel
Public Relations/Community Development (Chair)
Liaison: Fair Trade
Liaison: Farmer’s Market

Paul Robinson

Public Safety (Chair)
Personnel
Public Works/Infrastructure (Chair)
Third Street Dam/Bridge Committee (Chair)
Liaison: Fire

Kent Davidson

Community Design Committee
Finance (Chair)
Properties
Technology
Personnel (Chair)
Liaison: Library

Dr. Eric Stein

Community Design Committee
Finance
Technology (Chair)
Third Street Dam/Bridge Committee
Liaison: MBA
Liaison: EAC

Monika Rehoric

Public Safety
Code Enforcement
Third Street Dam/Bridge Committee
Liaison: Health
Liaison: Historic Architecture Review Board
Liaison: Historic Archives

Dawn Roe

Public Works/Infrastructure
Public Relations/Community Development
Liaison: Shade Tree
Liaison: Recreation

2 comments

  1. Brendan O'Riordan /

    Good luck to everyone and thank you all for your service to the borough, regardless of party. It’s a noble effort to serve one’s community.

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