Birdsboro Borough Manager Aaron Durso is leaving his position at month's end amid a confluence of events certain to keep him busy until he departs.
Durso is moving to Missouri to join family there. He is also resigning his post on the Daniel Boone School Board.
His remaining time in the borough after nine years of service may prove tumultuous.
At Monday's borough council meeting, over 40 business owners and residents packed council chambers to complain about the borough codes enforcement officer's handling of a new commercial inspection ordinance.
Many of those in attendance said they had received letters threatening large fines and jail time if they did not comply to violations within five days.
The borough's inspector, Thomas Wargo of Yerkes Associates, West Chester, was expected to attend the meeting with answers. But officials said Wargo could not attend due to other business commitments, and would instead be at council's next meeting on Oct. 21.
Robeson Township Supervisor Joy Graham, who owns two businesses in the borough and received violation letters, said business owners were not notified of the new ordinance.
"There needs to be more community information by the borough," Graham said.
In August, council approved the ordinance, which requires biannual inspections of commercial. Council aid the inspections are needed due to an aging community and constantly changing safety and maintenance codes.
Kevin Orman of OZ Properties in the borough said he had no problem with Wargo, but that there were inconsistencies in the ordinance's enforcement and multiple complaints about it.
Dennis Ewing, 30-year owner of Birdsboro Beverage, said Wargo asked him to change one exit light, then sent Ewing a laundry list of violations in the mail.
Officials said council wants to encourage business in the borough, not prevent it.
"These business owners are frustrated," Mayor Joseph Peterson said. "Take a breath. He will be here in two weeks."
Solicitor Terry Weiler said a checklist should be developed for the inspections.
Councilman Austin Peterson said implementation of the ordinance "was horrible."
"The customer service aspect of this is not being adhered to," he said.
The business owners were assured they'd not be fined or arrested, and that correspondence could be delayed until they met with Wargo.
"Let us get a handle on this," President Richard Happel said.
Until then, Durso will likely be officiating damage control on both sides of the fence.
In the meantime, council is seeking Durso's replacement.