Anderson steps down from Delmont Council
By Daveen Rae Kurutz and Matthew Defusco
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Cher won't be making appearances at Delmont Council anymore — Cher Anderson, that is.
Anderson, vice president of Delmont Council, resigned last week after 19 years of service to the borough. Her resignation was effective Tuesday. Council accepted her resignation with what officials called a reluctant 5-1 vote, with Randy Cupps dissenting.
“It's with great reluctance, I think we can say, for all of us,” said Solicitor Dan Hewitt.
Hewitt said her resignation was due to family obligations. Anderson, who was up for re-election this year, said it was just time for her to step down.
“After 19 years, I enjoyed it,” Anderson said. “The thing I wanted to get into motion before leaving was the (sewage) pump station repairs. It's being solved.
“It was just time. I have other things I have to do. Nobody can do it all.”
During her tenure, Anderson worked on most of the borough committees. Most recently, she served on the public works and personnel committees. She commends the public works department for taking on so many projects and seeing them through to completion.
“I am so proud of Bill Heeps and Chad Caldwell. The work they are doing now is fabulous,” Anderson said. “We're doing more projects in-house than we ever have before, and that will continue because of them.”
Looking back, Anderson said she is most proud of being involved in creating the borough police department and moving the Cramer Pump Station project along. The pump station has been in disrepair almost as long as she has been on council. Thanks to an agreement with Salem Township — which owns the pump station — work will begin on a large-scale renovation as early as this year.
Anderson said she doesn't feel the excitement she once did for serving on council. That's how she knows it's time to move on.
“My attention span is only 19 years long,” she joked. “Seriously, though, the rest of the people on council can certainly take care of the things that are going on.”
Anderson will be missed, officials said. Mayor Gill Sanchez said Anderson was “hard as nails” and always looking out for what was best for the community.
“Cher was protective of her community,” Sanchez said. “She always opened up everybody's mind to options, whether she was in favor of something or just playing devil's advocate. It was good that we had someone like that on council.”
Council President Jim Bortz suggested holding a dinner to show Anderson how much council appreciated her work.
“Cher has served the Delmont borough quite nicely for some time,” Bortz said. “I think that we at least have to do something.”
Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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