Vacancy filled on Redevelopment Agency

City Council confirmed the appointment of Joseph Gibilisco to the Redevelopment Agency, filling the unexpired term of Egon Behrmann, who died in August.

The governing body unanimously (9-0) approved a resolution (AR-215-16) during its regular meeting on Monday.

Berhmann served the last two years as chairman of the Redevelopment Agency and just this year had been reappointed to a new four-year term. Gibilisco of West Milton Avenue will serve the remainder of Behrmann’s term, which expires in 2020.

Gibilisco, owner, operator and manager of Lehrer-Gibilisco Funeral Home since 1984, has been a member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment for at least five years. Gibilisco, 65, will have to relinquish his seat on the Zoning Board to become a Redevelopment Agency commissioner. Behrmann also had to give up his seat on the Zoning Board when he was originally appointed to the Redevelopment Agency in 2014.

Prior to the unanimous vote, Fourth Ward Councilman David Brown praised the appointment, calling Gibilisco “a very good individual” and a good appointment by the mayor. “I’m looking forward to him coming to work on redevelopment programs,” he said.

The seven commissioners on the Redevelopment Agency are unpaid and meet the first Wednesday of the month, coordinating redevelopment within the city and overseeing a part-time executive director. Members of the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment also are unpaid positions.