Longtime Grove City community member Kay Dannels was appointed to take her former neighbor’s seat on borough council at Monday’s meeting.
Dannels will be sworn in at the September meeting to represent Ward 5, which Todd Wood represented until recently purchasing a home in a different ward. His position expired at midnight Tuesday.
“I think we are a borough moving ahead and I want to be a part of it,” Dannels said in an interview before members at the meeting.
“I’ve always been interested in doing volunteer work.”
Dannels is a board member for Grove City Community Food Pantry and has been a 50-year member of Grace United Methodist Church in Grove City, where she sings in the choir.
She has been involved in different bowling groups, including the former Grove City Womens Bowling Association, of which she had been president of 800 members. She was previously a board member for the Mercer County Bowling Hall of Fame.
Dannels, 71, covered sports as a writer and editor for Allied News for more than 10 years, after which she became an assistant to the director at the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce. She retired from the chamber a few years ago.
She received a 5-3 vote in her favor for the council seat. Councilmen Shawn Myers and Jeff Hodge were absent.
“I’m really excited,” Dannels said after the meeting. Residents William Zimmerman and Michelle Hummel also expressed interest in the appointment and were interviewed before council.
Current council members by ward include George Pokrant and James Henry, Ward 1; Amy Gallagher and Kathleen Daley, Ward 2; Myers and Mary Kay Mattocks, Ward 3; Hodge and Joel Bigley, Ward 4; and Scott Jaillet, Ward 5.
A standard question asked by Daley included whether the candidates could make the commitment it takes to be on council. Pokrant joked about being told that he would only have to attend one meeting per month. Members attend two or three meetings, lead committees and become involved in projects. They also listen to concerns from the public, particularly in their ward.
Council also asked how the candidates felt about borough police and if they wanted anything to change about the borough. However, one important issue that was addressed was the board’s concern about its status as a municipal electric provider.
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