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Wilson welcomes two new borough council members

WILSON, Pa. - Wilson community borough council has two new members.

Council voted Monday night to appoint Matthew Larimer and Pamela Taylor to take the place of two members who resigned recently.

Larimer, who replaces former councilman Dave Williams, is an Iraq war veteran and four-year resident of the borough, who works for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Taylor, who has lived in Wilson since 2002, replaces Ryan Woodring, who stepped down last month to take a new job in California. She is a music teacher and musician.

Also Monday, council agreed to reverse an earlier vote requiring Patient First, which has a clinic at 25th and Butler streets, to install a sidewalk.

Patient First representative, Barbara Hendricks, told council installing the sidewalk would hold up other work it wants to do on the property, including demolishing some old buildings.

Instead, she proposed giving Wilson a $4,000 fee that would allow the borough to eventually install the sidewalk on its own time.

"We'd like to keep it simple and keep it fast," said Hendricks, who later noted: "Nobody's asking for the sidewalk except for council."

"Because we live here," responded Councilwoman Joan Lilly-Kemmerer.

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