Kennett eyes open space

In a 15-minute meeting Wednesday, the Kennett Township supervisors approved a confidential settlement agreement and an open space grant application formally appointed a chief administrative officer for pensions and finalized two appointments to the planning commission.

The confidential settlement agreement that was unanimously approved was for a matter of personnel, according to township Manager Eden Ratliff.

Ratliff said at Wednesday’s meeting, held at the New Garden Township building, that it was for “litigation involving personnel that had been turned over to insurance a while ago. A compromise has been reached.”

No other details were made public at the meeting.

Another action by the board was to unanimously approve a grant application to Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for a woodlands and trails acquisition.

“Negotiations are ongoing, so the board of supervisors is not prepared to discuss the location,” Ratliff said. “It’s a worthy open space acquisition opportunity.”

The supervisors also formalized township Treasurer Amy Heinrich’s role as chief administrative officer of the township’s non-uniform and uniform pension plans. Whoever serves as the township treasurer will also oversee the pension plans, according to Ratliff.

“Since (Heinrich) came on board as treasurer, she’s been serving in this role,” he said. “This is just the board formalizing that. The pension plans require there to be an administrative officer assigned to them.”

In other business, the supervisors approved Shawn Knudson, currently a member of the township planning commission, as an alternate, and approved Anne Verplanck as his replacement.

“Mr. Knudson currently serves as a voting member of the planning commission,” Ratliff said. “He is going to be stepping down from that position, and they are doing a swap.”

About Monica Fragale

Monica Thompson Fragale is a freelance reporter who spent her life dreaming of being in the newspaper business. That dream came true after college when she started working at The Kennett Paper and, years later The Reporter newspaper in Lansdale and other dailies. She turned to non-profit work after her first daughter was born and spent the next 13 years in that field. But while you can take the girl out of journalism, you can’t take journalism out of the girl. Offers to freelance sparked the writing bug again started her fingers happily tapping away on the keyboard. Monica lives with her husband and two children in Kennett Square.

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