Birmingham still needs supervisor; township pushes back against state

See ***UPDATE***  below

Birmingham Township has yet to name a replacement for Al Bush, the supervisor who died Aug. 28.

The board has until Sept. 27 to appoint someone to fill the remainder of Bush’s term that expires at the end of 2013. To that end, the board scheduled a special meeting for 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 21.

There is no scarcity of people interested in the position, said Supervisors’ Chairman John Conklin. Two of those interested, he said, are former supervisors.

“There’s no absence of talent,” Conklin said. “We will have a good replacement.”

(ChaddsFordLive.com will update the story after the meeting.)

Other business

• Supervisors have rescheduled their Oct. 1 meeting to Oct. 2. There would not be a quorum for the first date, Conklin said. Oct. 2 was already scheduled as a public budget meeting. Both the budget and the regular meeting will be held together.

• Conklin and fellow Supervisor Bill Kirkpatrick are pushing back against a state requirement to update township’s National Pollutant Discharge System permit.

The NPDS permit deals with stormwater discharge and management plan.

Kirkpatrick has written a letter to be sent to the governor, Pennsylvania Environmental Protection Agency and the legislature saying the requirement to update the permit every five years is ridiculous and too costly.

Kirkpatrick said it costs the township a minimum of $20,000 and added that it’s a foolish requirement for Birmingham because “There’s been no significant building here for 15 years.”

“The only growth,” Kirkpatrick said, “has been regulatory growth.”

He added that more than 1,000 townships are in the same situation and some are also pushing back. Kirkpatrick cited Pocopson Township as another municipality writing a similar letter.

***UPDATE***

Scott Boorse has been appointed supervisor in Birmingham Township to fulfill the unexpired term of Al Bush.

Boorse, currently an alternate to the Zoning hearing Board, has previously served on the Recreation, Parks and Open Space committee and the Planning Commission.

Supervisors’ Chairman John Conklin said Boorse would be a “good contributor” to the board.

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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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