(BEDFORD) – After serving almost 33 years on the Bedford City Council Mark Scherschel has decided not to run again for re-election.
As part of his dedicated service to the Bedford Community, the Bedford Revitalization Incorporated has chosen Mark to be Grand Marshal for this year’s Limestone Heritage Festival Parade.
The Limestone Heritage Festival is Friday, June 28 – Saturday, June 29. The parade is Saturday, June 29 from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Over the years, as a community member Mark has served in many capacities. He was active in the former Lawrence County Boys Club woodworking shop, he is a member of the Community Band and St. Vincent Catholic Church. For more than 20 years he served as Boy Scott leader and prior to that a Cub Scout leader and previously out of Troop 333 that encompassed the Knights of Columbus that is no longer active. He currently serves on the District level for the Boy Scouts.
He was a past president of the Bedford Revitalization Inc.
Scherschel was first appointed to the City Council around 1987, then was re-elected for 8 four year terms, serving on a variety of committees. These include the Lawrence County Community Corrections, Tax Abatement Committee and Redevelopment Commission just to name a few where his hands have touched.
As a city councilman, he has been a part of many large projects which included the Beech Street extension, John Williams Blvd. Construction, Plaza Drive Extension, Becky Skillman Way, as well as Patrick Robbins Way. One of the most monumental projects that he was a part of was the Stellar Project.
“I think the Mayor and City Council Campaigns are going well. It will be interesting how everything turns out with election. With a great group of candidates with new ideas. It is a very excellent opportunity for them to get involved in various ways.” Scherschel added. “In giving advice to future city council candidates,” he stated. “Just stay out there, get involved, stay connected to various community organizations and the people.”
City of Bedford Councilwoman Adele Bowden Purlee stated, “it had been a pleasure working with Mark. His insights in making sure every I was dotted, and every T was crossed in a matter that came across the city council, was remarkable. He wanted to make sure that an issue did not come back on the council. He knew just what questions to ask. We looked towards him for advice and consultation on matters. His knowledge and grasp of a situation were always amazing.”