After four terms on Borough Council, Brookhaven Council President John Wilwert, Jr., last week, announced he’s calling it quits and won’t seek a fifth term when his current term expires at the end of this year..
Wilwert said his decision is based on several factors, including that he is now a grandfather and wishes to spend more time with his grandchildren. He said his regular full-time job also requires more of his time.
“I don’t think it’s fair to the borough for me to barely hang on, so I will finish my term this year and will not be running again,” Wilwert said. “I have enjoyed my time here. There have been ups and downs, but I am very proud of the relationship I have with the police and fire departments and I really bonded with the Public Works Department and office staff. I’m going to stay involved. This was a hard decision for me and I am going to miss being on Council very much.”
Wilwert said he appreciated all who helped him be a good representative of the borough.
He has lived in the community for 57 years and been a member of Council for 20 years. During his tenure he has served in various capacities including founder and president of the Town Watch organization, member of the Fire Committee, deputy emergency management coordinator, and member of the Technology and Historical committees.
At the conclusion of last week’s meeting, Council members took turns expressing appreciation to Wilwert for his service, adding that he will be greatly missed.
In other matters, Council accepted with regret, the resignation of longtime borough clerk Mary Jo Ruth.
Jonathan Zebley was promoted and sworn-in as a full-time police officer. A cop for 17 years, he has been working part-time in Brookhaven for the past eight years.
Police Chief Randy McGoldrick said Zebley is an EMT, firefighter, and first aid CPR instructor who has taught those skills to members of the department, and over the past several years has saved three lives.
“We are an extension of his instruction,” McGoldrick said. “We welcome you and wish you the best of luck.”
Mayor Mike Hess read a resolution congratulating Bruce and Julie Thomason, celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Residents of Brookhaven for 37 years, the couple was married April 8, 1957.
Council recognized the nine year-old boy’s baseball team that went undefeated in Brookhaven’s tournament and won the championship. They finished second in the Aston tournament and won the tournament in Plymouth Meeting, defeating Ridley.
Councilwoman Donna Fooks reported that Firehouse Subs has submitted an application to do business in the community and, if approved, will be located next to the AT&T store.
Minutella’s Florist will close for good in mid-April and their clients will be serviced by Blair’s Florist in Aston. The building has been sold and Fooks said she will announce the new owner in May.