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Without opposition, Lloyd remains borough council president; Reddinger chosen as vice president

By Dan Miller

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Posted 1/8/20

If there were any concerns about re-electing Angela Lloyd as president of Middletown Borough Council, they didn’t surface during council’s reorganizational meeting Monday …

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Without opposition, Lloyd remains borough council president; Reddinger chosen as vice president

District Judge David Judy swears in to new four-year terms for Middletown Borough Council members Angela Lloyd, Richard Kluskiewicz, and Ellen Willenbecher. Newly elected Councilor Scott Sites was not present at Monday's meeting but participated and voted by phone hookup.
District Judge David Judy swears in to new four-year terms for Middletown Borough Council members Angela Lloyd, Richard Kluskiewicz, and Ellen Willenbecher. Newly elected Councilor Scott Sites was not present at Monday's meeting but participated and voted by phone hookup.
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If there were any concerns about re-electing Angela Lloyd as president of Middletown Borough Council, they didn’t surface during council’s reorganizational meeting Monday night.

Council voted 6-1 to retain Lloyd as president, with only Councilor Richard Kluskiewicz dissenting. He did not voice a reason.

Lloyd was the only person nominated to be president, her name being put forward by Councilor Dawn Knull.

Kluskiewicz then nominated Ian Reddinger for vice president. Councilor Jenny Miller nominated Knull, who had been serving as vice president under Lloyd since September following the resignation of Michael Woodworth.

Council voted 4-3 for Reddinger for vice president over Knull, with Kluskiewicz, Ellen Willenbecher, newly elected Councilor Scott Sites and Reddinger all voting for Reddinger.

Knull voted for herself and was also supported by Lloyd and Miller.

Woodworth had resigned over what he considered Lloyd’s heavy-handed approach in shutting down concerns that Mayor James H. Curry III had expressed over Lloyd wanting to start a new public safety committee.

Concerns over Lloyd’s handling of council’s public meetings resurfaced last month, when Lloyd as president refused to allow a woman to speak about council’s handling of the Santa house issue, because the woman was not a borough resident or taxpayer.

But there was no reference to either of those controversies during Monday night’s meeting.

Several residents praised the job Lloyd had been doing as president since first being elected to the post in an October 2018 council shake-up called for by Woodworth. The residents urged council to retain Lloyd as president.

Lloyd has been on council since April 2018, when she was appointed to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of Diana McGlone. Lloyd, a Democrat, won election to a four-year term in November.

“I’m excited and happy to serve again as president,” Lloyd said after the meeting. “It’s a new year, new beginning, and every one at the table, we all need to just move forward with the business at hand in making the best decisions for the borough.”

Lloyd said she plans to continue with public meetings of the new committees, including community development in addition to public safety. The public safety committee has met twice so far, the community development committee once.

She has no plans at this time to propose adding more committees, although “if there is a need for that we can address it. I think the two that we have are good and we need to continue with those.”

Reddinger was appointed to council in 2016 to fill a vacancy, and was elected to a four-year term in 2017. He has missed a large number of council meetings since mid-July, but had told the Press & Journal in September he had no plans to resign.

Reddinger also chairs the Industrial and Commercial Development Authority, which owns the Elks Theatre and has put the theater up for sale. Lloyd is also a member of the ICDA.

Prior to the start of Monday’s meeting, District Judge David Judy swore in Kluskiewicz, Lloyd and Willenbecher to new four-year terms following November’s election.

Sites was not present but participated in the meeting by speakerphone.

Council approves alcohol in parks for special events

Middletown Borough Council voted 6-1 with Dawn Knull dissenting to adopt an ordinance that would allow alcohol at borough parks during special events.

Each special event will have to be considered on a case-by-case basis for approval by the council. The ordinance was prompted by a request from the Middletown Area Historical Society to allow a vendor to serve alcohol during the upcoming craft fair in June in Hoffer Park.