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Jim Thorpe Pa Council Members for 2010

  • John McGuire - President -
    Justin Yaich - Vice President -
    Joseph Marzen
    Todd Mason
    Kyle Sheckler
    Joanne Klitsch
    Greg Stubinger

    Borough Secy.
    Louise McCafferty

    Borough Solicitor
    James Nanovic

    Mike Sofranko

Click HERE for a full list of Committee members as of 1/10/2010

Conflicts of Interest

"Borough councillors should be very careful to avoid the possibility of conflict between their personal and private interests and their role as a public officer. The Ethics Act states the people have a right to be assured thefinancial interests of public officers do not conflict with the public trust."

"In any issue brought before council where an individual member has a conflict of interest, or there is an appearance of a conflict of interest, that councillor should refrain from voting on the issue. Pennsylvania courts have long upheld as a fundamental public policy principle the rule that members of a governmental body cannot vote on any matter where they have a direct personal interest."

From: "Borough Council Handbook" pg 10

Governor’s Center for Local Government Services

Qualifications to Serve on Council

The basic qualification to serve as a borough councillor is to be a registered voter and resident of the borough. Councillors must have resided in the borough continuously for at least one year before their election. To continue serving as a councillor, an individual must retain residence within the borough. To qualify as a voter,person must be eighteen years of age and a resident of the election district. A person whose name appears on the district voting register but who is no longer a resident of the borough is not a lawfully registered elector.

Legal residence includes not only a person’s intention, but also a physical presence. The requirement of residence approximates domicile. Intention or voter registration is not enough; the actuality of an individual’s residence is better determined by conduct than by words. A person cannot declare a domicile inconsistent with the facts of where one actually lives. Where the borough has been redistricted all councillors serve the remainder of their terms.

Incompatible Offices. Code does not prohibit a councillor from holding other borough appointive offices, but it does stipulate a councillor may not receive compensation for discharging the duties of any appointed office.Code does prohibit from also serving as borough treasurer, secretary or manager. Councillors cannot also serve as a member of a School Board or Zoning Board. Borough councillors may not hold any other elective borough office.

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Carbon County Environmental Center

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Switchback Trail from Jim Thorpe to Mauch Chunk Lake

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