New Hope Borough has a new council president.
At January’s reorganization meeting to kick off the new year, Councilperson Ken Maisel was appointed as the borough’s new council president.
Maisel, a Democrat, has served on the borough council since 2016. His term will last four years and will end in 2027, per Borough Manager Peter Gray.
A seasoned local politician, Maisel served on the finance committee and the land use and historic preservation committee as a council member prior to being appointed council president.
The longtime council member will be succeeding former council president Connie Gering, who has served as council president for several years.
Gering announced she didn’t attend to seek the role of council president during summer 2023 and remained in the role until the end of the year.
Although Gering isn’t council president anymore, she will still have a role in borough affairs as a council member.
Councilperson Louise Feder was appointed to serve as vice president.
In their first meeting, the newly-reorganized council voted to approve naturalizing the New Hope Program, a wildlife habitat conservation program. One of their goals is to help the borough achieve certification through the efforts of the committee.
Another interesting agenda item on the borough’s agenda was an amendment related to the Verizon Tower Lease Agreement. This agenda item wasn’t voted on and will be considered at a later date, according to Borough Manager Peter Gray.