STANHOPE BOROUGH, NJ - Sitting within the residents at the May 14 Stanhope Borough Council meeting was Patty Zdichocki, an active chairperson on the borough’s Recreation Commission, John Rogalo, chairman of the Environmental Commission and an active member on the Land Use Board, and Tom Romano, a member on the Board of Health.
Zdichocki, Rogalo and Romano all had something in common. All three had all been nominated to fill the newly vacant seat once occupied by councilman George Graham.
Graham resigned from his seat on the Stanhope Borough council on April 24, to be sworn in as a Sussex County Freeholder the following night.
Graham’s new absence had left current members of the council to make a decision as to who will be chosen to fulfill his seat and duties.
Each present member of the council including councilwomen Diana Kuncken and Doreen Thistleton, councilmen Bill Thornton and Mike Depew, along with borough administrator Brian McNeilly and Stanhope Borough Mayor Rosemarie Maio had all agreed that the decision was “a tough one.”
Depew was the first to nominate Zdichocki by labeling her as “hardworking” while the other council members agreed as they chose her to fulfill the seat.
All had clapped for Zdichocki as she stood up to take her oath of office, read by Stanhope Borough Clerk, Ellen Horak.
Maio had given Zdichocki a set of keys for access to the municipal building and to her mailbox, and also stated that she may schedule a day and time that fits into Zdichocki’s schedule to get her up-to-date on ordinances, resolutions and more within the borough.
The council had then taken a short recess to congratulate the other nominees as they shared hugs and handshakes.
After the recess, Zdichocki then sat down in the last chair to the left to serve her term as a newly elected councilwoman of Stanhope Borough.
One topic of discussion at the meeting was in regard to an upcoming bucket drop for the Stanhope Fire Department, currently scheduled to take place on Mckinley Street and Brooklyn Road.
This is the first year the fire department has chosen to do a bucket drop within the borough, which is where some of the confusion on the matter stems from.
“Is this situation going to cause a back up?” asked Maio to McNeilly.
“You are going to have a traffic situation,” replied McNeilly.
“Short distances cause a back up,” said Depew. “My personal preference would be I-83 and Linden Road.”
Thornton had gone on to suggest Dell Road while McNeilly stated, “Not a bad idea.”
The council concluded they will give the fire department the option between two locations, and let them select one which shall be presented at the next scheduled council meeting.
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