Longtime Hooversville council member Jack Gaudlip resigns
A longtime Hooversville Borough Council member resigned Tuesday after serving for approximately 30 years.
Jack Gaudlip said in a letter to the borough that he could no longer serve on the board for health reasons.
Council members decided not to act on Gaudlip’s resignation, so they have 45 days to appoint a new board member. They would have had 30 days otherwise.
If the council doesn’t find a new member, a court will appoint someone.
The new member will serve until the municipal election in November, when a newly elected council member will serve the remaining two years of Gaudlip’s four-year term.
Paul Gaudlip, Jack Gaudlip’s son and fellow council member, said his father served for many years and was council president at one point.
“He’s always cared about the town and the employees,” Paul Gaudlip said. “He’s always been very proactive.”
He said one of the bigger achievements that his father completed on the council was the construction of Hooversville’s new water treatment plant.
The council members said that they hope Jack Gaudlip’s health improves, and they’re sad to see him resign.
Council President Ken Karashowsky said that Jack Gaudlip was a wealth of knowledge to the council. He knew a great deal of history and little-known facts about Hooversville that helped in resolving issues.
Once, there was a large water pipe that was gushing water from an old coal mine, and Jack Gaudlip helped officials locate the pipe.
“We’re going to miss him,” Karashowsky said. “We always appreciated his input on all matters.”
He said that it will be hard to find a replacement, but he would like to keep seven members on the council.
“Some boroughs have narrowed down to five, but I feel like we should keep seven as long as we can,” Karashowsky said.