Last official meeting for Concord supervisors

Concord Township supervisors still have to pass a budget for 2017, but Tuesday night they held the very last regular Board of Supervisors’ meeting.

As of Jan. 1, 2017, Concord will cease operating under Pennsylvania’s Second Class Township Code. Instead it will operate under a new Home Rule Charter, which changes the structure of the township’s government. concord-logo

Voters approved that change in April and the supervisors officially adopted the Home Rule Charter Ordinance during their Dec. 6 meeting.

The main changes concern the governing body. Instead of five supervisors serving six-year terms, there will be seven commissioners serving four-year terms. However, there won’t be seven members until the beginning of 2018.

All five of the current supervisors are to remain in office through next year. The terms of office for two of them — Dominic A. Pileggi and John Gillespie — expire at the end of 2017, so those seats will be up for election in November. Two other commissioners will also be elected in November to bring the board up to the required seven members.

“The Home Rule Charter will become the law of the land [for Concord],” said solicitor Hugh Donaghue.

The Home Rule Ordinance amends Concord’s township code by incorporating the charter that voters approved during the primary election on April 26.

A copy of the charter may be found here.

The bulk of the Dec. 6 meeting was routine, with the board accepting the resignation of Diane Nugent from the Parks and Recreation Board, and recognizing the Garnet Valley Girl’s Volleyball team for winning the state championship.

Supervisors will hold a preliminary budget review at 5 p.m. on Dec. 13, then vote on the budget at 6 p.m. on Dec. 20.

Concord’s Board of Commissioners will hold its reorganization and regular monthly meeting on Jan. 3.

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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