Youngsville voters OK residency referendum

The Youngsville Borough manager no longer has to live with in five miles of the borough.

Residents affirmed a home rule charter referendum question in Tuesday’s primary election by a vote of 167 to 99.

The question read, “Shall the residency requirement for the Borough Manager be revised to extend the boundary to all Warren County instead of the current up to 5 miles radius outside the borough?”

Youngsville Borough Council adopted Ordinance 584 on Feb. 11 which read, “The Manager need not be a resident of the Borough at the time of the appointment, but during the tenure of office, he or she may reside outside the Borough only with the approval of a majority of the members of the Council. However, he or she must reside in Warren County.”

Under the current form of the charter, the borough manager must live within the borough or, with council approval, within a five-mile radius.

When Borough Manager Terry Williams’ contract was not renewed by council last year, Lisa Hagberg was appointed to take her place. Hagberg lives in Sugar Grove, approximately 10 miles from the borough line.

The discrepancy was described at the time as being attributable to human error and Hagberg was named acting borough manager until the situation could be resolved.