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Ford City Councilwoman Bish resigns

| Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Ford City Borough Council members are hoping someone steps in to fill the seat recently vacated by Councilwoman Kim Bish.

Bish, who was absent during Monday's council meeting, resigned because of failing health. She represented the 1st Ward.

“It's not like I didn't want to serve — I just couldn't do it anymore,” Bish said Tuesday.

Bish was sworn into office in January 2012 and had two years remaining on her four-year term. This was her first term on council.

Bish has multiple sclerosis and said she resigned to reduce stress and to better manage her symptoms.

“I'm proud of what I did while on council,” she said.

She said she hopes council goes ahead with plans to build a proposed water plant because she believes it is what residents want.

“The town wants to stay independent,” she said, referring to the option of building a plant rather than contracting with Manor Township for water.

And even though she has stepped down from council, Bish said she plans to remain involved in the community.

Council voted 5-0 Monday to advertise for a registered elector of the 1st Ward to fill Bish's remaining term.

“I'm hoping someone will take my place who has the same passion as me,” Bish said.

Borough Secretary Lisa Bittner said council members have 30 days to appoint someone to the position. Candidates must live in the 1st Ward and have been a resident for at least a year. Letters of interest should be sent to the Ford City Borough Building, 1000 Fourth Ave.

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or bbeatty@tribweb.com.

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