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The members of the Borough Council in Allentown presented Councilman Robert Strovinsky with a plaque honoring his service on the governing body during their Dec. 21 meeting, which was the final gathering of the governing body in 2021.

Strovinsky did not seek re-election to the council this year and his term will end on Dec. 31. He began his service as a councilman on Jan. 1, 2016 and served two three-year terms.

In thanking Strovinsky for his service to the community, Mayor Thomas Fritts said, “Your work ethic is incredible” and he thanked Strovinsky for his efforts on several initiatives during the past six years.

Strovinsky said, “Allentown is very lucky with its professionals and its employees. We have to take care of everyone and make sure they are appreciated.”

During public comment, Greg Westfall, who served as mayor before Fritts took office, thanked Strovinsky and said, “we hope he will be around to help.”

In other action during the meeting, the council members passed a resolution rejecting all of the bids that were received for the construction contract for the Historic Streetscape Project – Phase IIB, because the bids “substantially exceedd the engineer’s cost estimate and also substantially exceedd available funding.”

Business Administrator/Municipal Clerk Laurie Roth said the bids Allentown received ranged from $784,600 to $1.2 million. Municipal officials said the Historic Streetscape Project – Phase IIB will be rebid.

And, council members accepted the resignation of Municipal Court Administrator Sandra Brodbeck; accepted the resignation of Claudia Lilley from the Senior Committee; and appointed Jen Elder-Brady to the Green Team as the representative from the Planning Board.

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