Councilor steps down after move

Sunday Times Newspapers

RIVERVIEW — No city council seats were up for grabs during the recent general election, but election week still resulted in a council shakeup.

Councilwoman Betty Priskorn resigned during the council’s regular Nov. 5 meeting. In the process of moving out of the city, she is no longer eligible for the seat she’s held for 13 years.

She said she and her husband, Mike, decided to move after his recent leg injury made negotiating a house with stairs difficult and they could not find a suitable house without stairs within city limits.

Her resignation was effective Nov. 9.

After the announcement, a suprise for the council, Priskorn wiped away tears as she explained her reasons for leaving the council and recounted memories of her service.

Her seat will be offered to the next highest vote getter, David Ryan.

At the meeting, councilors praised Priskorn’s dedication to her community.

“You’ve just been a pillar and a lady and a true elected offical of the people,” Councilwoman Lynn Blanchette said. “You will be sorely missed, not by everyone, but especially me.”

Councilman Thomas Coffey echoed those sentiments.

“We’ll lose a good councilperson,” he said. “But we’ll also lose a good neighbor.”