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Pottstown PA borough manager petition

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Justin Keller is the current Pottstown Borough manager, and doesn't live in the borough. He resides in Phoenixville, which is a change to previous managers that held this position. The requirement for this position is to reside in the borough, but it was changed by the previous manager, Mark Flanders, when he lived in Coventry. It costs the borough more money to retain Keller as the manager, while living in Phoenixville.

Keller is provided a car, gas/mileage, car insurance, and a cell phone. Commuting between the two towns raises the cost of his car insurance and wear and tear on the vehicle he is provided. This is why this position is awarded to a resident of Pottstown. Did I mention that Keller makes more than our superintendent of the school district?

Four years ago, councilman Dan Weand applied for this borough manager position. He lost it to Keller. Weand has lived in the borough for nearly 40 years, knows the inside and outside of the town, is on several committees, and works them as a full time job with just a small stipend of $100/month to hold his elected seat as borough council president. Four years ago we made the wrong decision to award this position to Keller. Weand is knowledgeable, understands the finances, community involvement, and business ideas, to welcome new businesses here in town.

Keller's full contract expires Dec 2022. Every Dec his contract is up for review. It is fiscally irresponsible to continue to pay for a position to someone that lives more than 10 miles away, outside of the borough with no vested interests in this town. We need to fire Keller, and hire Weand as the borough manager.

By signing this petition you are in support of reviewing all borough contracts, including Keller's; you are in support of his removal due to not living in the borough (by law 5 'residency' was changed by previous manager); and appointing Weand as the new borough manager.

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