The Dec. 6 township meeting marked the last official West Marlborough meeting for township engineer Al Giannantonio, who is retiring from his position at Yerkes Associates.
Both the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors passed resolutions thanking Al for his years of service.
Planning Commission member Roy Jackson took the opportunity to ask Al whether the planners should be doing anything differently. He thought for a moment and responded, "I've been to a lot of planning commission meetings, on both sides of the fence, for 46 years, and I think you've got a pretty astute group of people here." He said meetings in some other townships last into the wee hours and degenerate into "arguing and confrontation," but "I've never seen that here."
Al also noted the township's "efficient, low-cost township building" (the township hall is rented and also serves as the township garage and the local polling place).
Al said he would not be idle in his retirement: he has a long list of household projects to complete and also plans to spend time working on his antique cars.
Replacing Al as the township engineer will be Fran Greene, who also works for Yerkes. He lives in West Chester and has bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from Villanova.