(Front row: Mayor Patty Lawler, Council President Gerrie Carey,
Council Vice-President Dominic Scott, Borough Solicitor Daniel Mulhern.
Back row: Councilman Vincent Cruciani, Councilman David Jenkins,
Councilman Herman Johnson, Councilman Patrick Williams, Police Chief
Chris Yarns, Councilman Jim Klein, and Borough Manager Virginia Kehoe)
During the Clarks Summit Borough Council Meeting held
June 4, 2014, 8 year old Cam Czubek was sworn in as an honorary junior
police officer by Mayor Patty Lawler and Chief Chris Yarns presented Cam
with a badge and police uniform patch.
Representatives of the Abington Area Classroom and
The Gathering Place Dori Waters and Mary Ann Nichols donated $200 to
the Clarks Summit Borough for Christmas lights.
(Pictured above Dori Waters, Gerrie Carey, Mary Ann Nichols)
Council President Gerrie
Carey (Term Expires 31 December, 2017)
Councilman Vice-President Dominic Scott (Term
Expires 31 December, 2015)
Councilman Patrick Williams (Term Expires 31 December, 2017)
Councilman Herman Johnson (Term Expires 31
Councilman David Jenkins (Term Expires 31 December
Councilman Vince Cruciani (Term Expires 31
Councilman Jim Klein (Term Expires 31 December
TERM OF OFFICE
The term of Office for an elected Councilperson is four (4) years.
Regular Borough Council Meetings are conducted the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. in Borough Council Chambers. Council Public Hearings and Special Meetings are conducted as required. Normally, these meetings are advertised in the Abington Suburban Weekly but may be advertised in the Scranton Times/Tribune.
COUNCIL WORK SESSIONS
Regular Borough Council Work Sessions are conducted the last Tuesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. in Borough Council Chambers. Council Work Sessions are conducted as required.
ROLE OF COUNCIL
Council plays the central role in borough government. Section 1202 of the Borough Code (a State/Commonwealth Law) places general supervision of the affairs of the borough in the hands of council. Councilpersons combine many of the roles found in separate branches or levels of the state and federal governments. Council serves as the legislative body of the borough, setting policy, enacting ordinances and resolutions, adopting budgets and levying taxes. Council may also perform executive functions such as formulating the budgets, enforcing ordinances, approving expenditures and hiring employees. Some boroughs (as in Clarks Summit) hire borough managers, while most boroughs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania use the borough secretary for general administrative purposes.
Because of the councilpersons elected status, an individual in that position is often looked to as a community leader. Certainly councilpersons are the proper recipients of complaints, ideas and suggestions concerning borough affairs. In many cases the councilperson is called upon to perform as a problem solver, acting as an agent for borough citizens with municipal or even outside agencies. The councilperson has a role in representing the borough's communal interests, past, present and future. Although assisted by a planning commission, a paid administrator or historical commission, many of the final decisions must be made by the elected councilperson.
The extent of any one councilperson's activities in these roles will be defined by the individual's own view of civic responsibilities, particular fields of individual interest and personal skills and talents. To a large degree the councilperson's role is also defined by the local political culture, the generalized local attitudes toward municipal government and commonly-held expectations of how elected councilpersons will operate.