Two Bellefonte residents earned their seats on council Monday.
All they had to do was receive votes from sitting members.
Former council members Karen Harvey (South Ward) and Paul Spicer (North Ward) resigned within days of each other in early April, leaving vacancies on the nine-person council.
Filling the South Ward seat was smooth, largely due to only one resident from the ward applying for the position before the April 27 deadline. Council members voted 6-1 to appoint Kevin Clark as a representative for the ward. Council member Joanne Tosti-Vasey was the dissenting vote.
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I think we all felt that all of them were outstanding candidates with great credentials that were interested in making their community a better place.
Assistant Borough Manager Don Holderman said three residents — Jon Eaton, Nancy Perkins and Melissa Hombosky — applied for the North Ward seat, complicating the voting process. Borough rules state that each name be randomly selected for a voting order, which council did by pulling each name out of a hat.
Eaton was first, but did not receive a vote. Perkins was second, but only received votes from council members Paul DeCusati, Tosti-Vasey and council President Gay Dunne, one shy of a majority. Hombosky earned the seat with a 4-3 vote. Council members Joseph Beigle, Renee Brown, Randy Brachbill and Doug Johnson voted in her favor.
“The reality of it is that even though some candidates didn’t receive votes or didn’t get enough to join council, that was not an indictment of their qualifications,” Holderman said. “I think we all felt that all of them were outstanding candidates with great credentials that were interested in making their community a better place.”