Personnel changes addressed in Chadds Ford

Chadds Ford Supervisors, Wednesday night, began taking steps to address some personnel changes in the township.

With the departure of Maryann Furlong as township secretary and treasurer, the board made two temporary appointments. Judy Thorpe, wife of Supervisors’ Chairman George Thorpe, was appointed temporary secretary while Joe Barakat–the township manager, roadmaster and emergency management coordinator–was appointed temporary treasurer.

The board also announced that Paul Koch would go from alternate to full member on the Zoning Hearing Board. That change was necessitated because long time resident and active volunteer Ed Wandersee, who was the zoning board chairman, has moved out of Chadds Ford.

A new zoning board alternate will be named later. Barakat said anyone interested in the position should submit a resumé and letter of interest.

Other business

Supervisors passed a resolution thanking Delaware County Council for agreeing to contribute $55,000 to help operate the Brandywine Battlefield Park once the state ceases its operation of the site.

Barakat said the township is preparing a business plan for the park, located on Route 1 and Ring Road across the street from the township building. He said the township would like to get $150,000 from the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission even though PHMC members voted in June to cease funding the park.

Supervisor Garry Paul said the board gave the formal recognition to County Council because council members responded quickly and should be commended.

“The next biggie is Chester County,” Paul said.

He said the township is looking to get $55,000 from both Chester County and from the Chester County Visitors’ Bureau.

• The board approved a moon bounce request by PNC Bank for a planned grand reopening of the branch at Route 202 and Marshal Road. The event is planned for Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The board also approved a request for a temporary tent to be put up at Hannum Harley Davidson from Aug. 20-25.

About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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