One new face, as borough council reorganizes

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SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS — Two council members were sworn into office at the Spring Lake Heights Borough Council reorganization meeting on Monday.

Incumbent councilman John Casagrande was sworn into his second term on council and freshman councilman Peter Gallo, who replaced former Councilman James Shuler, was also sworn in for his first term. Both terms are for three years.

The two members were welcomed to the GOP-dominated dais after they had defeated Democratic challengers Christine Nevin Meloro and Mike Milano in the November election. Mr. Casagrande led with 1,842 [29.52 percent] of the votes, followed by Mr. Gallo with 1,757 [28.16 percent], Ms. Nevin Meloro 1,323 [21.2 percent] and Mr. Milano with 1,316 [21.09 percent]. There were two votes for write-in candidates. 

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Additionally, the new council tapped William Gaetz to serve as council president for the year. Mr. Gaetz was nominated by Councilman Casagrande and unanimously approved by the rest of council. 

No changes were made regarding council members’ committee chairs besides Councilman Chris Willms who moved from water and sewer chair to public works chair. Councilman Gallo was appointed to the water and sewer chair.

The borough council also unanimously approved all of the mayor’s appointments to various positions in the borough, of which Mayor Christopher Campion said there were no changes from the previous year.

“There are no changes for professionals here this year, we’re staying consistent this year. As I’ve said in the past, I’m not a believer in fixing things that aren’t broken,” Mayor Campion said at the meeting. “We have plenty of broken things to fix; we don’t have to waste time or energy changing things for the sake of change.”

The next Spring Lake Heights Council meeting will be on Monday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at borough hall, 555 Brighton Ave. and virtually via instructions on the borough website, www.springlakehts.com.

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