Denny Wagner, Boro Council Say Farewell
MILFORD — Borough Council President James Price and council members bid farewell to outgoing Councilperson Denny Wagner. At Monday’s regular council meeting held at the Pike County Library on East Harford Street, Price presented Wagner a recognition plaque for her four years of service on the council.
Ironically, Wagner edged Price to get on the council. Former Council President Matt Osterberg immediately appointed Price back on the council to fill a vacancy. Price then was elected as councilman in a subsequent election. The council is convening at the new Library building on East Harford Street during the ongoing renovation of Borough Hall on West Catharine Street.
Wagner said, “It was an honor and privilege to serve, even when I disagreed.”
Wagner said after the meeting that prior to running for councilperson, she had been involved in politics for the better part of two decades, either helping her husband Karl Wagner run his successful campaigns for Pike County commissioner or serving as a Pike County Democratic Committee member. The Pike County Library issue brought Denny out of her behind-the-scenes role to serve as an elected official. She wanted more direct input on public policy matters.
Wagner said she was gratified that historically she was only the second woman Democrat to serve on the council. The previous member served in the 1960s. Wagner has seen demographic changes in the borough in the past few decades as more and more people moved to the Milford area from the greater Metro area of New York, New Jersey, and even Philadelphia.
Wagner is old school and remembers how important local issues such as building design and streetscapes were in the local community. She is a Milford Borough native, and said that all her life she was engaged in local issues. Wagner learned to care about local issues, such as buildings and streetscapes, from her grandfather and dad, who were Matamoras Borough natives, and her husband of 32 years.
Wagner said that she grew up on Broad Street. Karl grew up around the corner on East Harford Street. Wagner said that a building design drew her into public service. She had a passion for the original Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Library building design as promoted by Rebecca Lindsey and the previous Library board... for complete story, get this week's issue.