Gov. Mifflin senior makes write-in bid for Shillington council

Alec M. Ernst

Shillington Borough Council on Monday swore in an 18-year-old new councilman, Republican Alec Ernst.

Ernst ran uncontested during the November municipal election, winning a 4-year term that began Monday. His swearing-in ceremony was attended by a handful of family and friends.

“You should be very proud of him,” council President John W. Hoffert said, addressing Ernst’s guests. “It’s a feather in your cap for getting him to the point where he wants to be in government.”

Ernst fills a vacancy left by the departure of Dr. George Clark, who served his final term as councilman through 2019.

Council also reappointed Hoffert as president and Ronald Klee Jr. as vice president. No changes to the lineup of borough officials occurred during Monday’s reorganization meeting.

In other business, borough Manager Scott Brossman said the borough was awarded a $228,729 grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection’s recycling and leaf waste collection program.

The money will go toward buying a new Ford F550 dump truck, Brossman said, as well as resurfacing the road along the borough’s yard waste drop-off site, outfitting the waste site with gates and keycard access, and buying new recycling containers.

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