Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Acierno to serve as ‘mayor’ of Brookeville

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Michael Acierno will serve as president of the Brookeville Town Commission beginning June 1.

Acierno was chosen by fellow Commissioners Richard Allan and Robert Heritage at last week’s monthly meeting, held before the annual Brookeville Town Meeting.

The vote effectively means Acierno is the mayor of the small municipality of some 130 residents.

The commissioners passed a resolution designating Allan as the mayor of Brookeville for the remainder of his term of office, ending on or about the time Acierno will take over. Allan, who has served more than 20 years as a town commissioner, is preparing to move to Delaware with his wife.

At the town election held May 8, two seats were open for re-election, those held by Allan and Heritage. Acierno has one more year left on his two-year term.

Heritage was voted in to another term and Allan did no seek re-election because of his impending move, but said he would stay on until a new commissioner could be named. No other residents sought a seat on the commission. The commissioners have invited residents who are interested in the seat to submit a resume to the town by May 29.

In other Brookeville news, the commissioners plan to meet with representatives of the State Highway Administration (SHA) this week to finalize the sidewalk project that will provide sidewalks from Longwood Recreation Center, south of town, to Church Street.

The town is considering extending the sidewalks further towards Market Street and in front of the Brookeville Academy. The commissioners plan to discuss that project, along with options for mitigating stormwater runoff, with SHA engineers.

In a joint project of the town and Salem United Methodist Church, four willow oak trees have been planted in front of the cemetery to replace the old maple trees that died and were removed by the SHA.