Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Young Professional takes position on Perkasie council

Perkasie council filled a board position Monday night with a 19-year-old woman they said had less ''baggage'' than two other applicants who were publicly grilled for their past criticisms of borough leaders.

Nickole Collins, a Republican who served as a junior council member while a senior at Pennridge High School two years ago, was tapped as the person to replace C. Lee Metzger, who resigned last month after having missed nearly 60 percent of council's meetings during a three-year period. Collins will serve the remainder of Metzger's four-year term, which expires at year's end. The seat will be up for grabs in the November election.

Collins, who hopes to attend college in the fall as a special education major, said she would bring a ''fresh view to Perkasie'' and the nine-person board. Council members are paid $208 per month.

''I'm younger,'' the Penny Lane resident said during a brief, public interview. ''I would represent the younger part of the community.''

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