AVOCA — Jonathan Gedrich is a lifelong resident of the borough. Now, he’s in a position to make it an even better place to live.
At Thursday’s borough council meeting, Gedrich, 45, was appointed to fill the council seat left vacant by Thomas Goul, who passed away July 26 due to health complications at the age of 66.
Goul served on the council for 24 years and was a former vice president.
Gedrich said when he heard of the vacancy, he approached council president John Boone right away about becoming a council member.
“I like the way council’s doing things and the way the town is progressing,” he said. “I saw the vacancy come up and I expressed interest.”
Council president John Boone said he looks forward to Gedrich being on board and what he will bring to the table.
“He’s young and I’m sure he’s got some good ideas,” said Boone. “He’s raised kids in this town and raised his family here. I’m sure he’s got some ideas and he knows most of the people on board here.”
Gedrich said he is looking forward to serving on the council and hopes to make Avoca a better place for the children of the area.
“I’m looking forward to helping the town progress and doing things for the kids,” he said.
In other business, the council members:
• Appointed council member Mike Fuller, with a 4-1 vote with Mary Ann Tigue voting no, as a representative to the Lower Lackawanna Valley Sanitary Authority (LLVAS) board to complete the Goul’s term.
• Approved the following payments for the new borough building: $130,170 for general construction and $29,922.85 for electrical to Spotts Bros.; $4,109.30 for plumbing to LH Reed & Sons; $9,063 for heating, ventilating and air conditioning to AirCon Service Co.
• Adopted a resolution to execute a bond in the amount of $10,000 to repair a broken sewer lateral on Main Street.