Reynlows.com has confirmed that Reynoldsville Borough Council President TJ Sliwinski submitted his resignation after the last council meeting held on October 2.
In a statement, Sliwinski told reynlownews.com:
“When I was appointed to council, I was honored to be the voice of the citizens. Over the past several months my professional life has taken me away from giving the time needed to head the council and give the citizens the voice the deserve.
With the upcoming election there are many candidates that I believe can devote the time needed to continue to better the borough.
This has been a decision that I have reflected about for a while now and feel that it is time for the best candidates be elected to the borough that have the knowledge, skills and abilities to take on the challenges of the borough head on.
It has been an extreme honor to serve the citizens of Reynoldsville.
There are four seats up for grabs in the November election, but this resignation will not affect that according to advice the council received from borough solicitor Joe Ryan:
“[The] resignation cannot be accepted until the next meeting. From that point, council needs to appoint a replacement within 30 days. If that does not happen, the vacancy board has an additional 15 days to act to appoint somebody. If the board fails to do so, the Court of Common Pleas will appoint somebody, upon petition by the board.
Whomever is appointed will hold that seat until the next municipal election cycle. This will not affect the November election this year. The appointment will be for two years.”
Borough council was to meet October 23, but that meeting has been cancelled due to the lack of a quorum. No date has been set yet for the next meeting.