CANTON - There was an emotional moment at the Canton Borough Council meeting this week, as council accepted the resignation of member Sheila Riggs.

"This one breaks my heart," said council president Ken Robertson, before reading Riggs' resignation letter.

In the letter, Riggs said it was "with regret" that she had to inform council of her resignation, effective Dec. 31.

She wrote that her decision to move on from the position did not come "lightly or easily," but she found it necessary, due to family obligations.

She wrote that she invested more than six years in working with the borough council, and would continue to help the people of Canton any way she could

Riggs said it was a privilege to work with those in Canton Borough, and she would be forever grateful to the opportunities she was provided.

Also, she said her time with the borough was "rewarding" for her and thanked council members for letting her work with them in improving the borough.

"Sheila, we are going to miss you," Robertson told Riggs, after reading her letter.

He said her resignation letter was accepted with "deep regret."

Robertson wished Riggs "all the best," and she thanked him.

He thanked her for her service and noted that council would be advertising for Riggs' replacement.

During her time with council, Riggs provided the reports each month on the Green Free Library.

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