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East Marlborough reorganizes, votes to include Pledge of Allegiance at meetings

01/18/2024 08:02AM ● By Monica Thompson Fragale

The East Marlborough Township Board of Supervisors welcomed its two newest members at the Jan. 2 reorganization meeting.

Ellen Sosangelis and Jake Elks were sworn in, having been elected in November in a contest that saw four candidates vying for two seats.

The board also elected Kathryn Monahan as chair and Sosangelis as vice chair.

The supervisors voted to reinstate the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of meetings. Township Solicitor Ryan Jennings had said the decision to have the pledge was one that had traditionally been made by the board chair.

“In recent years this board has not (had the pledge),” Jennings said. “It’s entirely up to the desire of the board. Tonight we have four of the five supervisors here.”

The only requirement of the township is that an official American flag be in the township building, which Jennings explained it “always has.”

Supervisor John Sarro explained that two previous board members were Quakers, “and the way it was explained to me was Quakers don’t swear before anything,” he said. “I’m fine with going back to [the pledge].”

For those who don’t want to recite the pledge, they don’t have to, the supervisors said before they approved the motion.

The supervisors also appointed Neil Lovekin the township manager, secretary and administrative open records officer, Peter Barsz as the township treasurer, Jeffrey Simpson as the road master and public works director, Robert C. Clarke, Jr. as the police chief, emergency management coordinator, assistant fire marshal, and police open records officer, and Charlie Shock as the codes and zoning official, among other appointments. The solicitor will again be Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees, and the fire marshal is United Inspection Agency.

Cuyler Walker and Sarro were appointed to the Kennett Fire and EMS Commission, with Walker as the primary commissioner and Sarro as the alternate.