Barry Louise Awarded Council Member of the Year 2014

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Barry Louise, Emlenton Borough Council President was awarded Outstanding Council Member of the Year.

 

The Pennsylvania Borough Councils Association has awarded Emlenton’s Borough Council President, Barry Louise as the "Outstanding Council Member of the Year 2014 in Western Pennsylvania.

An informal surprise announcement was made on Monday, April 7th just as Louise was walking into the Emlenton Borough Chambers for their monthly meeting. He was greeted by his fellow council members, community leaders and family for the surprise announcement. Louise was caught off guard by the greeting, as he had no idea what all the fuss was about. He quickly learned that he was going to State College the next day to be presented with the award by the State’s Borough Councils Association.

The presentation took place on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at State College, PA at the PSAB Annual Conference Awards Ceremony. Louise was cited for his outstanding accomplishments, and his 42 years of service with the borough council and his other community services such as the Vol. Fire Department. He was presented the award by Jack Lawver, President of PBCA and Kathleen DePuy, President of PSAB.

Led by the Emlenton Borough Manager, Nancy Marano, many letters of nomination were sent to the association on Barry’s behalf. A common theme in the letters of nomination and support were statements of Louise’s commitment, his ability to get things done, his love of his community and the surrounding communities, and the many projects achieved under his leadership.

Louise attributes his success, however, to the people around him. He says, "When you work with good people, good things happen." He mentioned that Emlenton and the surrounding area have lost a lot in the past 40 years, and he credits a hard working borough council for keeping the town going, for being positive about the community." He continued, "We now have a lot to offer, if a larger industry is looking to locate in a small town. We have new infrastructure with our natural gas and water systems." He hopes that the town can start to market these assets.

Louise has had a lot of memorable moments while serving the community, and when asked what his favorite time was, he said, "It had to be when we had the New York City Firemen, after 9-11, as our guests of honor during our 2012 Summer Festival. We were honored that they would come, which gave us the opportunity to show-off our town, our fire department and the other community fire departments and the surrounding area."

Louise also thanked all the community leaders, boroughs, townships, the City of Parker and the business community for their support in being given this award. He also commended Nancy Marano for her leadership and for all that she does for the borough as borough manager.

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