Greencastle Borough Council readies for 2014

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot

The president remains the same and a new person will serve as vice president, following the Greencastle Borough Council biennial reorganization meeting on Jan. 6. Charles Eckstine was elected president, and Frank Webster Jr. vice president. He replaces Harry Foley, who did not run for re-election. Magisterial District Justice Duane Cunningham issued the oath of office to new council member Larry Faight, and incumbents Eckstine, Craig Myers, Matt Smith and mayor Robert Eberly.

Appointments to various committees were deferred until council members could indicate their preferences to Eckstine. Ben Thomas Jr. and Myers were named representative and alternate again to the Franklin County Emergency Services Alliance.

Myers asked that the board consider using a borough email address for any correspondence concerning council business, since the feature was available through the software system. He said it would allow their personal emails to remain private if anyone ever requested data through the Right to Know law.

"I think it would be healthy for us to do it that way," he said.

Borough manager Susan Armstrong supported the switch, which would also send constituent emails to her inbox.

Council approved a deed of dedication from Divinity Investments LLC for the portion of Avalon Avenue that was in the borough. The street is off Walter Avenue in Heritage Estates.

A resident on Homestead Drive had written a letter to council asking for a remedy to a neighbor feeding feral cats. Armstrong said if the person continued to feed the cats, she was considered the owner and had to take responsibility for them.