SILVERDALE — Silverdale Borough Council President Clair Black received the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs (PSAB) “2022 Council Member of the Year” award on May 23 in Hershey.
The Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs (PSAB) is a statewide, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to serving 956 borough governments. Since 1911, the PSAB has represented the interests of the boroughs and helped shape the laws that laid the foundations.
Clair Black joined Silverdale Borough Council in 1988 and has been chairman of the council since 2006. He first moved to Silverdale in 1968 where he was employed as a production manager for Standard Press Steel, SPS Technologies, in Jenkintown.
“Silverdale has always been a family-oriented community,” Black said. “It’s a great place to raise your family and will continue to be.”
“Silverdale Borough is a small town located at the junction of Routes 113 and 152 with a population of 875 and a median household income of $85,000,” a statement read.
“I was first involved with the Silverdale Fire Company in 1970 and continued to be involved, then served on the borough’s planning commission before joining borough council” , explained Black. “Since then, I’ve helped lead the process and get residents more involved. We tried to find solutions to the problems to move us forward.
“The Borough’s current economic revitalization project has helped to better define people’s needs for the future of Silverdale and how to get there,” Black noted.
“Silverdale Borough, over the past two years, has embarked on an economic development and visioning initiative to shape and plan for the financial future and land use of Silverdale,” the statement read.
“We are a small municipality and we have come up with new ideas to keep the borough growing, either by itself or through new growth opportunities,” commented Black.
“I’ve always believed in bringing groups of people together to come up with ideas and plans,” Black said. “That has been my philosophy here and during my working years as well.”
In 2020, the borough council established the Silverdale Community and Economic Development Committee to engage the community. Since then, the committee has produced two community surveys, the first with a 61% response rate and the second in June with a 41% response rate. The borough held two public town hall meetings; the most recent in June drew over 100 attendees and established Silverdale Community Day for residents.
In 2020, Silverdale hired Barth Consulting Group, an economic development consultancy, to assist and gain community feedback and engagement. Then in 2021, the borough hired the Bucks County Planning Commission to work with the Silverdale Planning Commission to oversee the updating and modification of Silverdale’s overall plan.