By Monday's borough council reorganization meeting, Alexander Kovach, Joseph McFarlane and Julie Morgan Gaudan had submitted resumes to the borough.

Council could have made a decision at Monday night's meeting on who would fill the seat but opted instead to table the decision until Jan. 13.

Each candidate will take part in a 10-minute public interview session with council and discussion will follow at the Jan. 13 meeting.

"The process works," said Buckwalter. "Politics shouldn't play any role in it. Our council has the opportunity to interview each candidate in an open forum and choose the best qualified."

Gaudan serves as Judge of Elections for Precinct 479 and is a graduate from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. She obtained a master's degree in business administration from the University of Rhode Island.

Gaudan is a five-year Phoenixville resident and has lived in several small towns including a town in Iowa and Newport, R.I.

She said that she enjoys living in Phoenixville.

"Bridge Street has a lot of potential and I hope that it comes to fruition," she said. "I don't have any particular agenda. I look at this as an opportunity for community service. I would serve at the pleasure of council and the pleasure of the people."

Kovach would bring political experience to the position. He served on council for 20 years, the planning commission for 10 years and spent 18 years on the Shade Tree Commission. He also said that he has served on the recreation committee, zoning hearing board, housing code revision board and various other area boards and commissions.

The lifelong Phoenixville resident and 46-year veteran Phoenix Steel worker said about borough council, "Nothing seems to be getting accomplished."

He said that council has been "neglectful" and needs to "bring more attention to borough finances." He also said that the current area highway system is a detriment to the community.

Kovach also said that the Phoenixville Area Economic Development Corporation (PAEDCO) and the Main Street programs are both inefficient.

Retired engineer and retired Schuylkill and East Pikeland townships police officer Joseph McFarlane has also thrown his hat into the ring for the open seat.

The longtime Phoenixville resident hopes that council will run more efficiently and he wants to bring "a way of thinking from an engineering standpoint."

McFarlane said that he will look at issues, consider all alternatives and then dissect, compare and consider.

"I believe that citizens are entitled to a fair return on their investment," he said about government's role to oversee the use of taxes.

Councilman Bob Tigro (R- North) said that "all three candidates bring something unique to the table."

"I'm hoping that with the appointment for the two-year seat that we'll be able to move forward," said Tigro. "I'm hopeful that council will seat the best qualified applicant for the position."

Mayor Leo Scoda laughed when he talked about selecting a new councilperson.

"Politics makes for strange bedfellows," said Scoda. "You would never think that certain people would support each other."

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