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Berkeley Lake council member resigns

BERKELEY LAKE -- Councilman Frank Lombardi resigned his council seat Thursday evening, announcing that he and his family are moving outside the city limits. The city charter requires elected officials to live in the city. Lombardi, nearing the end of his second term on the council, said that his resignation is effective immediately.

Mayor Lois Salter, referring to Lombardi's two stints on city council, said, "That's a lot of service." Salter added, "In every instance, even when we've disagreed, his motive was always to serve the city Frank has brought intelligence and attention to detail" to the job.

Berkeley Lake resident Bob Smith was appointed to serve the remainder of Lombardi's term, which extends through the end of this year.Early warning siren to be repairedCity officials voted Thursday to approve the use of BLEMA funds to repair the early warning siren, used to warn residents of impending weather or other emergencies. According to city administrator Tom Rozier, $2,600 was already set aside in the city's budget for BLEMA, and the necessary repair cost will not be anywhere near that amount.