Council seeks to fill vacancy; Reesman resigns because family is moving out of borough
PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council began the search for another person to fill a vacancy after receiving a resignation letter from council member Robert Reesman Thursday.
Reesman had served on council previously, but did not seek re-election because he was moving out of the borough. However, council President Larry Chenoga asked him to return to council when former president Susan Glessner resigned at the end of last year.
Reesman said he was putting his house up for sale and didn’t think it would sell that fast. But as it turns out, it did, so he submitted his resignation to the borough this week.
The Reesmans are moving to Frostburg, where his wife, Sharon, grew up.
Chenoga said that he thinks a lot of Reesman and is sorry to see him leave.
“He’s an excellent council member and person on top of that,” he said. “He always used his head and gave a great deal of thought regarding the decisions he had to make whether they were big, small, good or bad.”
Chenoga said he would like for any borough residents, no matter what political party, to submit a letter to him by May 11 at the borough office or his home at 212 South Main Street.
Council hopes to appoint Reesman’s replacement at its May 14 voting meeting. Whoever is appointed will serve the rest of Reesman’s term, which is a year-and-a-half.
Chenoga said council has 30 days to fill the position.