Kennett Twp. studying traffic, EMS services

The Kennett Township Board of Supervisors’ meeting on Wednesday, March 2, focused on studies and a swearing-in ceremony.

Supervisors' Chairman Scudder G. Stevens (from left) watches as

Supervisors' Chairman Scudder G. Stevens (from left) watches as Sophia V. Bilinsky takes the oath as Kennett Township's elected auditor.

Magisterial District Judge Matthew Seavey performed the latter duty for Sophia V. Bilinsky. She was elected in the fall as the township’s auditor.

Following the ceremony, the board voted unanimously to approve its Traffic Impact Land Use Report. The purpose of the report is to set the study areas for assessing fees for future road improvement projects within the township, said township engineer Thomas G. Wilkes.

Wilkes explained that the report was part of a longer process, but that approving it represented a first step. He said it was not a definitive plan for moving forward, but instead sets parameters and guidelines from which future plans can be enacted.

According to Wilkes, the report will be updated every five years to remain as accurate as possible. The report analyzed the township’s 14.8 square miles, which consists of 4,541 acres of residential properties and 4,950 acres of nonresidential properties, which include agricultural, commercial, and industrial zoned land.

The board also heard an update from Township Manager Lisa M. Moore on the regional Emergency Services Study, a collaborative analysis commissioned by six area municipalities. Kennett joined with East Marlborough, Newlin, Pennsbury, and Pocopson townships and Kennett Square Borough to hire consultants to study fire and ambulance services, a mission that includes assessing equipment needs and exploring the viability of shared resources.

Moore said that more input is being gathered; the consultant is meeting with area assisted living facilities. She said another meeting would occur in April and the study should be completed in May. At that point, township officials would decide how to respond to whatever recommendations are made.

Finally, Adam Singer, a Delaware lawyer and longtime township resident, was appointed as an alternate for the township’s Zoning Hearing Board.

 

 

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