Topton Borough Council makes changes to find cost savings

Topton Borough Council recently made a few staff changes in an effort to find cost savings.

Council appointed Marcus Dolny as its new Borough Secretary and voted 4-2 for Michelle Lorah to fill his vacated seat on Council.

The Borough Secrectary position was created in January, after Council eliminated the borough manager position in December. Council decided in 2013 to go in a different direction, Dolny told The Patriot. To find significant cost savings, council decided to downsize the office from three employees to two.

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Dolny could not give the exact cost savings as the result of eliminating the borough manager position, which was a position held by Anthony Branco. Dolny was able to say it was a six figure savings.

The two office employees include an office administrator, Bonnie Stauffer, and Dolny as borough secretary. Dolny resigned his seat on Council Jan. 13, the day of his appointment to secretary.

Im doing everything as financial officer and over seeing daily operations of the borough, Dolny said. His duties include over seeing code enforcement, working with permits and zoning, day to day interactions with residents, making sure preparations are in place for such events as snowstorms.

Its a new challenge but I think its one Im capable of doing. Im looking forward to this new opportunity and doing whats best for our community, said Dolny, a life-long Topton resident. I take a lot of pride in our community and the events and even our problems and challenges. I welcome the opportunity to be part of the solution.

The Kutztown University marketing and management alums prior experience includes general manager for Ruby Tuesdays. For the past six years he has served as Topton Boroughs financial officer and aquatic facility manager, roles he will continue. Im now adding a new hat.

Dolny said the best part about Topton is that, while we become a more technological society, Topton still has its small town flare and described Topton as being safe with caring people who are willing to help their neighbors.

After taking his new position for the borough, Dolny stepped down as a council member, leaving a vacancy on Borough Council.

At its Feb. 10 meeting, Council interviewed three candidates, Alane Falcone, Leon Miller and Michelle Lorah, all Topton residents.

We had three great candidates to pick from. They all had significant time as residents in the borough and all three over the past year have shown a tremendous interest in Topton, said Dolny, noting that all three are involved in the Topton and surrounding communities.

Council voted 4-2 appointing Lorah to the two-year term. Council members Bill Gehman and Robert Ardnt voted no.

Also during the Feb. 10 meeting, Council hired a fourth public works member, just in time for the next round of snow.

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Lisa Mitchell

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