By Lauren Linhard – firstname.lastname@example.org – @LinhardReports
Since I arrived on the scene at the end of January things have been all abuzz about Hanover Borough and the council. Residents have accused council members of hiding things from the public and the council has said residents are not paying enough attention to know better.
In an effort to bridge the gap, I’ve compiled a few Q&As with council members, both to remind them as to why they joined in the first place and to remind residents that council is a group of people just trying their best.
Raymond Morris declined to participate while the following simply never returned my attempts at contact: John Gerken, William Reichart, Robert J. Marcoccio, Sonny Eline and James Roth.
This week I’m featuring Henry McLin and Kim Griffin. Check out last week’s post for Sylvia Yingling and Gerald Funke.
Public Safety, Planning and Trafﬁc, Streets, and Finance and Personnel committees
“I joined the Hanover Borough Council to use my experience in public administration and budgeting to serve the community. I was a member of the National Association of State Budget Ofﬁcers for many years having worked in the Governor’s Ofﬁce of Budget and Administration. I have spent most of my life in Hanover and have deep roots in this area. I have been active in the community through my church, Emmanuel UCC,, the Hanover Area Council of Churches, the Hanover Community Players, and service clubs.
There are many beneﬁts from serving the community through council. People seem to think it is a thankless job, but actually many people appreciate and often express gratitude for our community work. I am very encouraged by the community involvement with municipal government. I wish things could change for the better at a faster pace, but I am optimistic that progress will happen.
The biggest issue facing the borough is escalating costs without offsetting revenue increases. We have to do a better job of involving the community in dealing with our budget issues. That will come with better communication regarding our needs and resources. Our infrastructure needs major improvements that will require improved planning and implementation.
Everything good is in our back yard of Hanover and surrounding communities. We have a safe, clean, beautiful community. It is not perfect, but we are working to make it better. The residents, businesses, Chamber of Commerce, visitors, schools, library, community groups, social clubs, service organizations, churches, parks and playgrounds all make Hanover a special place. Our ﬁre and police departments, public works, water and sewer departments all do a fantastic job to give us a wonderful quality of life.
I like to squeeze a nap in on Saturday afternoons. I spend a lot of time looking for birds to photograph at Codorus. I enjoy doing that wherever I go, but Codorus is my favorite spot.
Sunday dinner at my grandmother’s house is one of my favorite childhood memories.
Hobbies are singing, acting, photography, bird watching, shooting pool, history, theology, genealogy, and traveling.
My agenda is the welfare of the community.”
Kimberly Griffin (did not submit a photo)
Age- declined to answer
Finance, Public Service, Sewer and Street, Recreation Board committees
1) Day job? Healthcare Field
2) Why did you join Hanover Borough Council? Interested in garbage and recycling back in 1999.
3) What do you like and dislike about serving on council? Like being part of community and dislike negative perception about local politics.
4) What are some local issues that you consider of high importance? Fiscal responsibility, maintaining accountability and reliability.
5) What is your favorite part about living in Hanover? Location
9) It’s a lovely Saturday afternoon, what are you most likely to be doing? Napping or reading during winter months, outdoors when able.
10) What is your favorite childhood memory? Declined to answer.
11) Any hobbies? Outdoors, gardening, reading.
12) What is one thing you want residents of Hanover to know about you? Working hard to do what is best for the community.