Birmingham in brief: 2 hires, updated ordinance

Birmingham Township supervisors last night made two new hires for the township and updated the solicitation code.

The first hire was a new police officer, Tyler Devoe. Supervisors’ Chairman Scott Boorse administered the oath of office during the Sept. 10 meeting. With Devoe’s training completed, his salary is $21 per hour. During training, he received $19 per hour.

The board also hired a new office assistant, Kimberly Schmeltzer with a pay rate of $22 per hour.

In other business, the board unanimously voted to update the township’s solicitation code, expanding the hours of allowable door-to-door solicitation to 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The hours had been 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The idea to change the hours was brought up during the August meeting when Police Chief Tom Nelling said the change would bring Birmingham’s ordinance in line with other adjoining townships.

Solicitor Kristen Camp said a similar restriction in Kennett Township had been successfully challenged, and making the change could prevent a challenge in Birmingham.

During a discussion, a resident asked how the ordinance applies to homeowner associations that have No Soliciting signs in their developments. Camp said the township can’t enforce those unless it’s in the township code.

Supervisor Michael Shiring suggested adding such text to the ordinance at a later date, and the rest of the supervisors agreed. That change couldn’t have been voted on Monday because only the hour change had been advertised.

 

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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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