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Residents Officially Step Up To Save Town of Hartly

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HARTLY, Del.- Five residents were officially sworn into office Tuesday as town council members.

Just five months prior, state officials warned residents that there hasn't been a functioning town government in years and if no one stepped up to fill those roles, the town would dissolve.

Christine Oldham, Mark Maguire, Raymond Morris, Suzanne Morris and Victoria Norris took the first step in bringing a formal government back to Hartly hoping to make a change.

People within the town were glad to see the new council members officially take their positions.

"I'm glad to see it happen. I mean it's needed to happen," said Hartly resident Calvin Sparks. "The town has been in disrepair for quite a few years now and I'm honestly glad to see that they're doing something."

"We look forward to what they're going to do," said local hardware store owner David Brown. "It should be an exciting time."

Residents say they understand the changes won't come easy and will take some time. But they are hopeful for the future.

"To see the town get back on its feet and eventually attract some businesses and maybe some some jobs for some local people, that would be a good thing in my opinion," said Sparks.

"It is our home. It's got a lot of history," said Brown. "It's time to make some history and put it back together the way it should be."

Hartly will host town meetings every four months. The next meeting is set for August 11th.

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