Birmingham board checking with solicitor

Birmingham Township supervisors Monday made quick work of their monthly meeting for October. A light agenda had the board meeting for only 30 minutes.

The township lost one of its police officers to another township and the board voted to hire a part-time replacement, Robert A. Dowd, at the training rate of $19 per hour.

Supervisors also chose to talk with solicitor Kristen Camp before deciding on two other matters.

Anne Siemer, chairman of the Recreation and, Parks and Open Space Committee, asked the board about changing some the content on the township website regarding Sandy Hollow Heritage Park. She said the committee has had to deny use of the park for private events and wants the text changed on the website to reflect that the park may be used only for public educational events.

Supervisors said they want to talk with Camp on the wording before making any change.

The board also wants to confer with Camp before deciding on a request from Victor Leonhard who lost several large trees on his Brinton’s Bridge Road property. The board granted Leonhard permission to construct a 5,100 square foot structure and have a landscaping business on the 23.6-acre property in 2011. One of the conditions of the settled agreement was that Leonhard could not sell firewood from the location.

However, extremely wet ground caused about eight large trees to fall, one tree branch broke an electric meter on the side of the house. After talking with the insurance company, Leonhard said, more trees would have to be felled for the company to continue insuring the home. He wants to sell the firewood to help offset the cost of hiring someone to take down the trees.

Supervisors were sympathetic, with Chairman Scott Boorse saying it wouldn’t be a commercial enterprise operating on a regular basis, but the board would talk with the solicitor before deciding.

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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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