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New Britain Borough Council

2016 Borough CouncilEDITED(top row from left) Mary Pat Holewinski, Mark Hintenlang (Borough Engineer & Roadmaster), Robert Binkley, David Holewinski (Mayor), Thomas Price, Jeffrey Gilmore
(bottom row from left) Lori Kesilman, Michael J. Savona (Solicitor), Robyne Kelemen (Council President), Peter LaMontagne (Council Vice President), Sam Bryant (Borough Manager), Carrie Gamble (Borough Secretary)

The New Britain Borough Council consists of seven voting members and Mayor David Holewinski. The President, Robyne Kelemen, and Vice-President, Peter LaMontagne, of Council are elected by the seven voting members. The Elected Term of Office for Council and the Mayor is four years. The Mayor votes only in the case of a tie. There are five non-voting members of Council which include the Borough Manager, Borough Secretary, Borough Solicitor, Borough Treasurer and Borough Engineer.

Borough Council Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM at Burkart Hall, 56 Keeley Avenue.

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The Borough Manager, Sam Bryant, is the primary link to Council and can be reached at:
New Britain Borough Municipal Office
Office Hours:  Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
45 Keeley Avenue
New Britain, PA 18901
by phone at 215-348-4586
or by email manager@newbritainboro.com

Current Council Members

Council President Ms. Robyne Kelemen

Robyne Kelemen

Ms. Robyne Kelemen – Council President: Robyne began her term on Council in January of 2014.  She has been a resident of New Britain Borough for 11 years.   Robyne has worked in the pharmaceutical industry in technical and management roles for more than 20 years.  Robyne looks forward to representing the needs of the New Britain Community on Council.  She believes we are at the cusp of great changes for the Borough, with more walkability and trail access, as well as enhanced efforts toward positive planning and development aimed at securing New Britain as a regional destination.

Council Vice President Mr. Peter LaMontagne

Peter LaMontagne


Mr. Peter LaMontagne – Council Vice-President: Peter has been on Council for four years.  He decided to run for Council to help Council meet the needs of a modern municipality.  He felt the Borough was 15 years behind adjoining municipalities in building bike and hike trails.  Peter and his wife have raised three daughters and lived in the Borough for 35 years.  Peter is a consulting engineer, specializing in centrifuges which thicken and dewater wastewater sludges throughout North America. His goals for the Borough is to make the Borough more attractive to home buyers.  His number one priority is to use income from the endowment funds to expand the Wilma Quinlan Nature Preserve and secondly to improve the Butler Avenue corridor and tie Delaware Valley College to the business district with a bike and Hike trail.

Council Member Mr. Jeffrey Gilmore

Jeff Gilmore

Mr. Jeffrey Gilmore: Jeff’s term on Council began in January of 2012. He began his involvement with the community by becoming a member of the Zoning Hearing Board. Jeff has lived in New Britain Borough for many years. He and his wife were the first buyers on Heritage Lane and have lived there since 1990.  Jeff has spent most of the past 30 years as a finance executive and also teaches finance courses as an adjunct professor at Delaware Valley University.  His vision for the Borough is to improve walkability, revitalize the Borough by creating new development and land uses and utilizing the key assets such as Delaware Valley University and the Knoell property.

Council Member Ms. Mary Pat Holewinski

Mary Pat

Ms. Mary Pat Holewinski: Mary Pat has been on Council for over 20 years. Mary Pat’s participation in Council was motivated by her interest in being involved in the community and her desire to make a difference.  Mary Pat and her husband David have lived in New Britain Borough for over 30 years. She is a retired special education teacher, a mom and grandmother.  Mary Pat would like to see the Borough become more like a small town – more community events where neighbors can get to know one another. She supports businesses in the community and looks forward to the Borough becoming more of a pedestrian friendly place.

Council Member Ms. Lori Kesilman

Lori

Ms. Lori Kesilman: Lori lives in the Borough with her husband and twin daughters.  She grew up in the area and went through the Central Bucks School District.   She is currently a language arts teacher at Palisades Middle School.  She not only teaches four traditional classes, but also teaches two cyber classes.  Lori feels blessed to live in such a caring community and enjoys giving back to the Borough she loves.

Council Member Mr. Robert Binkley

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Mr. Robert Binkley: 

Bob grew up in Narberth, PA, went to college in New York (Columbia) and taught music in Philadelphia schools for four years. He then spent thirty years in real estate development with an emphasis on historic rehab. Among his many projects, Bob was project manager for the historic rehabilitation of the Doylestown Agricultural Works. For the last 15 years, he has created garden structures in the Central Bucks area.
 
Avocationally, he is a musician and has directed or performed in over 50 musical theater productions. Bob started the Bucks County Gilbert & Sullivan Society, now in its eighth season, with a home at Delaware Valley University. Bob and his wife Winnie, who is also a musician, moved to the Borough in 1976 when his son Neil was just four. They have lived here ever since. Bob has volunteered in the Borough over the last few decades in various capacities including many projects in the Nature Preserve, the WWI Memorial reconstruction, and the new train station replica building at Covered Bridge Park. He serves on the Borough Council, Planning Commission, the Appointment Advisory Committee, and is the chairman of the Burkart Hall Renovation Committee, where he has spent time trying to cut the costs of the renovation. Bob even got his hands dirty, along with several other volunteers, ripping up the old carpet, installing insulation and painting.
 
According to Bob, “I want to help usher in new developments in the Borough. Change is happening along Butler Avenue in a significant way, and I may be able to bring my background to bear on keeping it as reasonable and attractive
as possible.”
Council Member Mr. Thomas Price

 

Thomas PriceEDITED2

Mr. Thomas Price: Tom Price and his wife, Beth, have lived in the Borough since 1994, where they have raised two sons. Tom and his family love living in the Borough and feel lucky to be part of a small, friendly community with much civic pride.

Tom has lived and worked in the Central Bucks area most of his life. His family moved to Chalfont when he was in junior high school and he graduated from Central Bucks West in 1973. After graduating from Gettysburg College with a BA in Political Science, Tom was hired as a Social Studies teacher by the Central Bucks School District. Tom’s first few years with the District were spent teaching at Unami and Holicong, but most of his career was spent at C.B. West, where he also served as the faculty advisor to the Student Government for many years and then as the Social Studies department coordinator. After thirty-five years in the profession, Tom retired from teaching in 2013.

Tom has spent many years serving on the Borough’s Nature Preserve Committee and, before being elected to Borough Council, served on the Planning Commission. He also currently serves on the Parks and Recreation Committee and coordinates the Bird Town program in the Borough.

Tom has continually been impressed with the dedication of the Borough’s volunteers and elected officials he has worked with over the last several years. He sees this as an exciting time for the Borough and believes that the development of the Butler Ave. corridor will be the largest challenge – and opportunity – facing the Borough in the coming years. As a member of Borough Council, Tom hopes to encourage this development while still maintaining the existing residential and small-town character of the community. He also hopes to encourage more of our residents to become involved in civic affairs.

Mayor Mr. David Holewinski

David Holewinski

Mr. David Holewinski – Mayor: David was appointed Acting Mayor when Mayor Robert Snavely stepped down, due to illness, and elected March in 2009 and again in 2013.  He and his wife have lived in the Borough since 1982.  They have five children between them and ten grandchildren.  He spent 23 years working as an Industrial Engineer, fifteen years as an advertising manager and the past thirteen years he has been owner and partner in Covered Bridge Media, a print brokering company.  David has been involved in the Borough since moving in and became mayor because he believes in giving back to and being involved in your community.  He also believes he can make a difference in the future of New Britain Borough.  He is presently working with other members of the community to transform the Borough into a more walkable, small town municipality.  He would like to see more robust business presence with an emphasis on small business owners.