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Councilor Recognized Upon His Departure

Clair Dale Treese was recognized for his service at the last Elizabethtown Borough Council meeting he attended as an elected official.

Treese moved to Elizabethtown in 1981 and shortly after approached the Planning Commission for a special exemption that would allow him to open his dental practice next to his home. Soon after, he started serving on the Planning Commission, including serving 10 years as its chairman. He later was elected to the Borough Council and was re-elected until deciding not to seek another four-year term in 2017.

Borough residents thanked Treese for his service at the Borough Council meeting on Thursday, Dec. 21.

Stan Daubert said Treese’s service goes beyond what he has done in government. He noted that Treese organizes an annual golf tournament all by himself that raises money for Camp Ladybug, a summer program for people with special needs, and the Children’s Hospital of Hershey.

Daubert also noted that Treese was especially helpful in getting improvements made to the softball field in Community Park, which is used by the Slow-Pitch League and the high school girls softball team.

“Thank you so much for stepping up when we needed those improvements to that park field,” Daubert said.

Barry Acker, director of Greater Elizabethtown Area Recreation & Community Services, praised Treese’s work as a Boys Club baseball coach and youth basketball coach. He said Treese is kind, very smart and a forward thinker. He also praised Treese’s authenticity.

“What you see is what you get with Doc,” Acker said.

Councilors also noted that Police Chief Jack Mentzer is retiring at the end of the year and that a special recognition for him is planned at the council meeting that begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18.

In other business at the Dec. 21 meeting, councilors voted unanimously to set a tax rate of 4.3 mills, up from a revenue-neutral rate of 4.2 mills. Council President Marc Hershey said the increase would be $20 a year on a house with an assessed value of $200,000.

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