Judge allows Pa. borough council to shrink to 3

MOUNT CARBON, Pa. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a borough council in northeastern Pennsylvania can shrink from five members to three.

The Republican-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/18yWH4a ) Mount Carbon council had requested the change. Solicitor Chris Riedlinger says it’s been difficult to find people to fill the seats in recent years, given the borough’s limited population.

Census figures show the borough has a population of 91.

Schuylkill County Judge John Domalakes granted the request at a hearing Thursday. He says there are many municipalities in the county that are represented by three officials and have greater populations than Mount Carbon.

Riedlinger says voters don’t have to approve the borough’s petition. He says it only requires signatures from 5 percent of the borough’s registered voters.

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Information from: Pottsville Republican and Herald, http://www.republicanherald.com

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