After serving 14 years as a councilwoman in Parkside Borough, Jackie File-Barlow resigned during a recent meeting of borough Council.
In a prepared statement, File-Barlow announced she was moving to Aston Township and would no longer be eligible to serve as a Parkside elected official.
“It has been an honor serving on Parkside Council and I will miss the borough very much,” said File-Barlow. “I have learned so much being a part of this special group. I have been involved in making several major decisions that, hopefully, will have a lasting affect on our borough. I’d like to thank all of you for your hard work, sacrifices and support. You have all made a difference in this borough and in my life. I grew up here and lived here most of my life. Parkside is in my heart.”
File-Barlow was especially dedicated to recreation activities including the annual Community Day and Easter egg hunt.
After being given flowers by borough secretary Linda Higgins and residents Michael and Roberta Cole, Solicitor Jay Wills expressed his appreciation.
“Jackie has taught me a lot about Parkside,” said Wills, “she is a wealth of information. If I ever had an issue and needed historical context, when I went to Jackie she would give me a chronological history. I know she is leaving a legacy because Jackie was one of the moving forces behind the construction of this new municipal building. She and a few other Council people really moved the project forward. We will all miss her very much.”
Residents interested in serving on Council must submit a letter of interest and resume to: Parkside Council, 22 E. Elbon Road, Parkside, PA, 19015.
In other matters, Council voted unanimously to approve a $525 service contract with Signal Service, Inc. for maintenance of borough traffic signals.
Councilman Douglas Bull announced that 11,480 pounds of recycling were collected in July and Council also approved $54,628 for the 2014 police pension plan.