By a 5-1 vote, Jim Smith, former owner of Smith's Hotel was selected as the newest member of Columbia Borough Council tonight.
Council President Mary Wickenheiser voted against Smith's appointment, who will serve as a replacement for Anna Gerlitzki, who resigned last month.
With his appointment, Smith was forced to resign from the Civil Service Commission, which he held for more than 30 years.
As I said last week as much as it would have been nice to serve on Borough Council, it is not the end of the world. The sun will (okay might) come up tomorrow and life goes on. Yes, I will run for election next year.
Again, what I didn't like was some of the back door stuff that was going on with this appointment, which borough council apparently knew about. Learned today, that the other candidate for the position, Carmen Swinehart, was asked to drop out as late as tonight again and also offered $1,000 to do so.
I also question that if this was suppose to be debated on at a public meeting, and I was not the only one thinking this way, why was there no debate? And why did the new council member already have a name plate.
Again, there are no sour grapes, but something just isn't right with the way this went down.