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Council Meetings

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

The Borough Manager, Samantha Bryant, is the primary link to Council and can be reached at the New Britain Borough Municipal Office located at 45 Keeley Avenue, New Britain, PA  18901.  Please call ahead to schedule your appointment.  Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.  The Borough Manager can also be contacted via phone at 215-348-4586 or email at:  sam@newbritainboro.com


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Council Members

Council President, Mr. Peter LaMontagne

Peter LaMontagne

Peter began his term on Council in Janaury 2009.  He decided to run for Council to help Council meet the needs of a modern municipality.  At the time, 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 are 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 University to the business district with a bike and hike trail.

 


Council Vice President, Ms. Robyne Kelemen

Robyne Kelemen

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 Member, Mr. Eric VanDerSluis

Eric’s term on Council began in January 2020.  He has lived in the borough for eight years with his wife and three young daughters.  He decided to run  for council in an effort to support the work underway to modernize New Britain Borough, and continue to make it a great place to raise a family.  Eric is excited about the progress on the hike and bike trial network, and looks forward to representing the needs of the community.  Eric’s career has primarily been in human resources, working as a consultant, and internally with fortune 500 organizations.  Currently, Eric works in financial services as a global head of leadership development.


Council Member, Ms. Mary Pat Holewinski

Mary Pat

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

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. Steve Ascher

Steve began his term in January 2020, and is excited about the opportunity to help shape the Borough’s future.  He was Secretary of the Community and Business Committee in 2018, and was Chair in 2019.  Our Borough’s motto is:   New Britain Borough, a friendly place to live.  Steve would like to see the Borough become an even friendlier place to live, a more beautiful place to live, and a great place to do business.  Through the University Village site and other Borough attractions we hope to attract visitors and businesses, and thereby transform us from a pass-through community to a destination community.  To help resolve resident concerns, Steve will try to improve communication between Borough residents and Borough Council.

Steve and his wife, Ellen, have lived in the Borough since 1986.  Ellen rides horses, and is an avid knitter.  Their daughter, Bonnie, is an equine veterinarian in Connecticut.  Steve has a PhD in Statistics and spent nearly 40 years as a statistician, five as a professor at Temple University, and 33 in the pharmaceutical industry – mainly with Johnson & Johnson.  He retired in 2016, and spends his time volunteering for the Borough, announcing horse shows, being an officer in the NJ Chapter of the American Statistical Association, traveling with his wife, and tending to his Tom Seaver memorabilia collection.  Steve frequently gives talks to high school students about careers in Statistics, in addition to helping with STEM programs.


Council Member, 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

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.


Junior Council Member, Miss Alivia Tremmel

Alivia Tremmel graduated with honors from Central Bucks West High School in 2019, and is currently enrolled at Bucks County Community College having been awarded a Dean’s Academic Scholarship.   Miss Tremmel plans to transfer to West Chester University in January 2021 and major in Political Science.  Alivia has been active in community service projects over the past few years; volunteered with her school’s Cooking for the Homeless club, volunteered her time helping at In Full Swing (benefits a Woman’s Place) in Doylestown, volunteered with the Borough’s Shade Tree Commission, and now is exploring the borough’s Financial Advisory Committee, in addition to serving as the New Britain Borough’s first Junior Councilperson.  Alivia has worked her way up to a managerial role in her current job, and enjoys attending college full-time.  She is passionate about learning more about municipal government, and pursuing a career in public service.  Alivia is an avid American history buff, a very talented ceramist, and also loves spending time with her dog, Castiel!