Shoemakersville Borough Council president steps down, vice president now acting president

Paul Gruber stepped down as president of Shoemakersville Borough Council citing work responsibilities as the reason on Sept. 2.

“I’m not the right fit as president,” Gruber said. “I have a stressful and demanding job and don’t have the time needed for president.”

“I apologize if I let anyone down,” he said.

Gruber nominated Councilman Joseph Wertz, Jr. to fill the position, but the nomination failed to receive a second.

Vice President Mark Kimmel will be acting president until council agrees on a new president.

Gruber, who had been council president for less than a year, said that he would like to remain on council.

In other news, council voted to have paving work done at the intersections around the new Perry Elementary Center Dedicated to Esther H. Ludwig at a cost of $4,500.

Hamburg Area School District has agreed to pay for repair work to specific parts of the roads around the school, but the borough will pay for work beyond the scope of the school project, according to borough engineer Brad Smith.

In other news, council authorized the borough’s engineer and solicitor to contact the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in regards to a planned traffic detour during the bridge reconstruction on Miller Street.

Some council members were concerned about damage to borough roads during the project.

In other news, council announced that an inspection of the borough’s wastewater treatment plant by the Department of Environmental Protection found no violations.

The inspections are periodic, Smith said.

The next borough council meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at St. Luke’s Church.