Earl A. Butterfield's resignation letter said he was leaving early for the safety of his family.
By HAROLD GWIN
VINDICATOR SHARON BUREAU
GREENVILLE, Pa. -- The president of borough council, whose term was set to expire Dec. 31, is stepping down early.
Earl A. Butterfield submitted his resignation to council by letter Tuesday. He didn't attend the meeting, but his letter said he was stepping down "for the safety of my family."
He said this morning that his residence has recently been toilet-papered, people have been taking pictures of him when he leaves the house and he has been verbally assaulted by people outside his home.
Council accepted his resignation and Vice President Bryan Shannon took over as president. Council then elected Michael D'Alfonso vice president.
Butterfield, a Republican, had refused a demand from some borough residents that he resign last month.
Criticized president: Carmen Surano, a Democratic candidate for mayor this year and head of the Committee of Concerned Taxpayers of Greenville, had issued the demand at the July council meeting, charging that Butterfield was no longer living in the borough but was living with his wife in Sharpsville.
Butterfield, who served on council for eight years, confirmed that his wife was living at a Sharpsville address but said he still lived at 8 Lancaster Ave. in Greenville and that he would not leave before his term expired.
Borough Manager Peter Nicoloff said council is accepting letters of interest from those who want to serve the remaining four months in that term.
Council is expected to make that appointment within 30 days, he said.
Other issues: In other business, council took several steps to curtail traffic and parking problems in the area of Davis Street and Ridgeway Avenue adjacent to Thiel College.
Residents there say Thiel students park in the residential neighborhood rather than rent a parking space on campus.
Council approved several 90-day trial periods for parking changes there, designating Davis and Ridgeway for residential permit parking only between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Council also approved an ordinance setting the fine at $25 for parking violators.
Residents of those streets will get placards for their vehicles, Nicoloff said.
Council also authorized the painting of speed control lines on the two streets for police to use in clocking vehicles.
Nicoloff said the residential permit parking will also apply to 24 spaces in the municipal parking lot between Shenango and Main streets for residents of a senior citizen apartment complex.