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Borough Council

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, Amanda Zimmerman, 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:


Council Members

Council President, Mr. Peter LaMontagne

Peter LaMontagne

Peter began his term on Council in January 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, Mr. John Wolff Jr.

John Wolff, Jr. has lived in New Britain Borough 40+ years. John and his wife Caroline raised their two children in the borough, and feel there is no better place to raise a family. Their children attended the Cover Bridge Park camp for many years and loved it. John has been a sitting and active member of the Borough’s Zoning Hearing Board for 28 years and an member of the Financial Advisory Committee since its inception 6 years ago. John has watched with great interest and enthusiasm the Borough’s growth and change. John is presently employed by Hatfield Township in Montgomery County, has been for 17 years, first as the building inspector/code enforcement officer and now Director of Public Works and Code Enforcement. John’s background is heavily focused on municipal infrastructure. He supports the growth of businesses in the community and wants to continue to improve and develop the infrastructure throughout the borough, including roads, utilities and walkability. John is excited to be serving on Council for the residents of New Britain Borough.

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, Ms. Loren Frasco

Loren is a Certified Paralegal and Notary Public with many years of estate planning and elder care experience. She holds a B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture from Delaware Valley University and was active in the floral industry for many years after graduating. Today, Loren is the Executive Director at HIghPoint Law Offices in Chalfont, PA where they specialize in long term care and estate planning.

Council Member, Ms. Lori Kesilman

Coming Soon


Council Member, 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, Ms. Jennifer Salisbury

Coming Soon!

Mayor, Mr. James Donovan

Jim was born in Tonawanda, NY and is one of six boys in his family. Jim moved to Doylestown in 1975 and is an Archbishop Wood H.S. graduate.  Jim and his family moved to New Britain, PA in 1996. Jim also attended Bucks County CC and Kutztown University.  Jim and his wife were married in 1992 and two children who are Central Bucks West graduates. Jim was a volunteer coach and referee for Lenape Valley Soccer and Basketball.  Jim worked in technical sales support for an electrical manufacturing company for 20 years.

Junior Council Member, Vacant


Junior Council Member, Vacant