Changing of the Guard on Lansdale Borough Council

Lansdale officials are saying goodbye to one of their own.   Borough council Wednesday night accepted the resignation of Council President Ben Gross effective April 21st.   He is moving out of his ward and into another part of town and has to give up his seat.   Rather than run for council in his new neighborhood, Gross is mounting a campaign for mayor.   He has no opposition in the Democratic primary next month and will face incumbent Mayor Andy Szekely or Borough Councilman Mike Riccio in the November election.   In the meantime, Council Vice President Carl Guenst will replace Gross in the leadership post.   He is not running for reelection this year and will wrap up 24-years of community service in December.   Guenst says job one after he gets the gavel next month will be selecting a new vice president for council as well as filling the seat left vacant by the resignation of Gross.