Q&A with Kathy Costello
Why are you running for Borough Council in Collegeville?
I see the wonderful potential in Collegeville where I live with my husband John, where I raised my son and where my son and his family are now residents.
I’ve always hoped that Collegeville would be able to attract and keep businesses on Main Street and in our shopping centers that would appeal to both residents and the college kids.
I realized I could keep hoping or do something about it by running for Committee person, joining the Business Development Committee, the CEDC and now running for Borough Council where I plan to use my skills, energy and enthusiasm to help make Collegeville a better place to live.
What do you love about Collegeville?
- The Perkiomen Trail where I ride my bike and walk my dog
- Ursinus College and all the great things it has to offer the residents of Collegeville
- The Perkiomen Valley School District where my son graduated from and where my grandchildren will be attending school in a few years.
What would you change about Collegeville?
- Continue to work on the revitalization of Collegeville’s business district, by helping to recruit restaurants, coffee shops, entertainment venues and retail stores that will appeal to both students and residents.
- Improve communication between Borough Council and the residents of Collegeville to ensure that the residents are informed about what is happening in the borough and that they have a voice.
- Implement the current Code enforcement that applies to distressed and abandoned buildings like the Perkiomen Bridge Hotel.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
- I repaired navigation equipment on large cargo aircraft while serving in the USAF.
- I lived in a tent for 7 months in West Virginia while I was building a log cabin.
Kathy has been a resident of Collegeville for the past 24 years. She served our country as a Sergeant in the United States Air Force and studied Environmental Science at East Stroudsburg University. Kathy retired from Quest Diagnostics in 2013 after 24 years, where she was a group lead/subject matter expert and trained employees at various Quest Diagnostics sites across the country.
Currently Kathy and her husband John are Committee People for Collegeville 2. Kathy started an Indivisible group after the 2016 election and is still an active member of that group today. She served as Chairperson for the Katie Muth 2018 Senatorial Campaign.
She is an active member of the Borough Business Development Committee as well as the CEDC. Kathy is dedicated to the revitalization of Collegeville and working with Ursinus College and Collegeville residents to achieve that goal.