AVOCA — Joseph Satkowski Sr. passed away more than a year ago but his memory will continue to live on in the borough.
At their monthly meeting on Thursday, the council members approved the motion to name the council chambers at the new borough building the “Joseph Satkowski Sr. Council Chambers.”
Satkowski Sr. served as council president for over 31 years and died June 13, 2015.
John Boone, current council president, said the decision was an easy one and that 31 years of dedication to one borough is deserving of recognition.
“Speaking with some other guys that are council presidents throughout the area and telling them that he served for 31 years, they ask me ‘Does nobody come to your meetings? How does anyone last that long as a council member?’” he said. “Sitting in this seat now, I know exactly the time it takes and the strains it has. It’s certainly befitting to do something for Joe.”
Boone also noted Satkowski Sr. started the process to find a new borough building, which began in 2014 after council member acquired the former Ss. Peter and Paul Church and tore it down.
“He was a big advocate in getting out of here and getting us a new borough building,” said Boone. “It’s really sad that he’s not going to be here to see it and I’d like him to be remembered in some way.”
No completion date was given for the new borough building, but hopes are it will be finished by the end of the summer.
Also during the meeting, the council members voted to have the borough engineer look into acquiring a Community Development Grant towards demolishing the current borough building.
The 106-year-old building, Boone said, has had its share of molding issues and roof repairs, and it would be easier to tear it down to make additional parking on Main Street instead of expecting someone to buy it and care for it.
“I don’t think it’s in the best interest of the town to just turn around and try to sell this,” he said.
In other business, the council members approved:
• A paper shredding event that will be announced at a later date.
• A donation of $200 to the Avoca Ancient Order of Hibernians for a scholarship fund.