5-year-old drowns in pond

A 5-year-old autistic boy drowned in a pond in Kennett Township on Monday afternoon, April 29. “The detective from the Kennett Township Police Department and the Chester County Detectives are investigating the facts and circumstances that led to the boy’s death,” according to a press release. Kennett Township Police said they would not release the boy’s name until “all next-of-kin notifications have been made.” The…

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New manager in Kennett Twp.

Kennett Township has a new township manager. Alison S. Dobbins, 44, officially begins April 22. Her new responsibilities will also include acting as township secretary and right-to-know officer. She was introduced and formally voted in at the April 17 supervisors’ meeting and told those in attendance that she deeply believes in municipalities' impact on the community. “I believe work at the municipal level is most…

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Police coverage changes in Kennett Twp.

Beginning March 1, the Pennsylvania State Police will respond to emergency calls in Kennett Township between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. The Kennett Township supervisors voted Wednesday to make that change to the police coverage. That means the township police department, which has been operating 24/7 for several years, will cover the township from 6 a.m. to midnight. There is no charge to…

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New building planned for Greenwood Elementary

Plans for a new Greenwood Elementary School moved a step closer to reality after the Feb. 7 Kennett Township meeting. Township supervisors approved the conditional land development plan to build a new 105,000-square-foot building on the same property as the current school at 420 Greenwood Road. The township’s planning commission voted to recommend approval for the supervisors. Diane Hicks, Kennett Township’s director of planning and…

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Kennett embezzlement update

Kennett Township has recovered 82 percent of the money embezzled by the former township manager and will no longer try to recover additional funds. Lisa Moore, whose embezzlement of more than $3.2 million in township funds was discovered in 2019, will be responsible for paying the remainder through restitution, according to the township. Current Kennett Township Manager Eden Ratliff announced that at the Jan. 17…

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Gore settlement in Kennett Township

Kennett Township will recover an additional $56,000 in the embezzlement case involving the former township manager. The supervisors issued a statement Monday announcing that the township and Brian Gore, former township manager Lisa Moore’s significant other, reached a settlement “regarding potential claims arising out of Moore’s embezzlement of township funds. “Without admitting or conceding liability or wrongdoing, the parties have determined that it is in…

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Kennett Township manager resigns

The Kennett Township manager will resign on Feb. 1 to take a new position in Virginia, according to a press release sent out this morning. Eden Ratliff will be the deputy city manager for administration for the city of Charlottesville, Va. “Charlottesville is on a mission to sustain stability within its local government and as I join that effort, I know the experiences I have…

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New supervisor in Kennett

The Kennett Township Board of Supervisors welcomed its newest member during the annual reorganization meeting on Jan. 2. Pat Muller, who was elected in November to fill Scudder Stevens’ seat, was sworn in and then addressed the residents and township staff in attendance. “I love Kennett Township, and I will continue the work to help find solutions to problems,” she said. Muller encouraged the township…

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Kennett Twp. plans budget

Kennett Township’s 2024 budget could include costs to insource larger public works projects. “This is a paradigm shift from what we’ve been,” Amy Heinrich, the township’s finance director and treasurer, said at the supervisors’ Sept. 20 meeting. Wednesday marked the first of several budget discussions through the rest of the year. The next meeting, on Oct. 4, will look at the operating budget, while the…

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Kennett Township plays ‘Name that stream’

If this was “Jeopardy,” someone in Kennett Township could choose “Name That Stream” for $50. That $50 is the application fee to name an unnamed stream in the township. It’s refundable if the name is rejected. The Kennett Township supervisors approved guidelines at Wednesday’s meeting allowing residents to “name heretofore unnamed naturally running year-round streams of water lying in whole or in part in their…

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Budget talks to begin in Kennett Twp.

The Kennett Township supervisors will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. and start looking at capital project priorities for the 2024 budget. The board, which meets on the first and third Wednesdays, canceled the Sept. 6 meeting out of an abundance of caution because the 13-day manhunt for escaped convict Danelo Cavalcante included parts of Kennett Township in the search perimeter. The supervisors will discuss the…

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