HOLLIDAYSBURG - The Borough Council said goodbye to two outgoing members and recognized the contributions of those moving into new positions at its meeting on Thursday night.
Councilmen Tim Baranik, who represents Ward 6, and Harold Burket, who represents Ward 2, sat at their final meeting as members of council. Baranik said that, though there have been heated discussions at times, it's "been a pleasure to serve" the borough.
"I'm a better person for having known all of you," Baranik said.
Baranik said he feels "no animosity" toward any of his fellow councilmen despite a few disagreements over his tenure.
He called his first time in public office "a learning experience."
Burket said he had no political agenda coming to council, but he's glad to see that the borough is beginning to right itself after years of financial concerns.
He thanked the councilmen for working alongside him.
"I'm glad you guys put up with me," Burket said.
Both were presented with certificates recognizing their service to the borough.
Members of council also took time to note the accomplishments of Hollidaysburg Mayor Joseph Dodson, whose two-term stint in the office ends this month. He will make a return to the borough council beginning in January, after a write-in campaign.
Council president John Stultz, who will move into the mayor's office next year, said Dodson has done an "exemplary job for the borough."
As part of his report, Dodson said he's looking forward to working with Stultz and the rest of council, as a unified group will do a better job for the community. He also thanked the community for putting faith in his leadership.
"It's been an honor to be your mayor," Dodson said.
In other business:
n Council approved the final development plans for the Hollidaysburg American Legion's ambulance shelter and rentable event hall at Legion Park. Dodson said the plans will also change the road going into the park, making it "much, much safer" for patrons.
n Council authorized solicitor Nathan Karn to prepare for a public hearing to discuss vacating Good Lane Alley. The hearing will be held at council's meeting next month.
n Council approved the purchase of two iPads for the borough police. The department had already purchased six iPads for its officers, but eight allows each to have one.
Mirror Staff Writer Paige Minemyer is at 946-7535.