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Kennett recoups $80K of $3.2 million

Kennett Township has recovered to date about $80,000 of the more than $3.2 million that was allegedly embezzled by the former township manager and has filed a claim on a $1 million surety bond that Lisa Moore had when she worked for the township. Both the recovery and the claim processes are in the early stages, current Township Manager Eden Ratliff said at ...

 
 

Supervisors curious about official map

According to Chadds Ford Township Supervisors’ Chairman Frank Murphy, there are no plans to adopt an official map for the township, but the board is curious about the process. “We want input even before deciding to go forward with an official map,” Murphy said. To that end Sam Haber of the Delaware County Planning Department gave a brief presentation on the what and ...

 

Leff to chair Kennett Twp. Board

Richard Leff was named the new chairman of the Kennett Township Board of Supervisors on Monday night. In nominating Leff, former chairman Scudder Stevens mentioned Leff’s increased role in the months following the start of the investigation into former township Manager Lisa Moore’s alleged embezzlement of more than $3 million. “Last April when we discovered the ...

 

Murphy to chair CF for another year

Chadds Ford Township Supervisor Frank Murphy will chair the township Board of Supervisors again in 2020. He and fellow Supervisor Noel Barbone voted to elect Murphy as chair during the state-mandated reorganization meeting on Jan. 6. Murphy has served as supervisors’ chairman since 2015. Supervisor Samantha Reiner was appointed vice-chairman. She was not on hand for ...

 

No tax increase in Kennett Township

In 2020, Kennett Township supervisors will help support the new library construction — but without the use of a tax increase. But sewer rates are going up. The supervisors unanimously approved the township’s 2020 budgets in a special meeting Monday night. The township will still contribute toward the new library, but the money in 2020 will come from an expected ...

 

Supervisors’ competence challenged

Hundreds of people turned out Tuesday night to demand answers from the Kennett Township supervisors about why it took so long to discover the former township manager’s alleged embezzlement of more than $3 million. The Red Clay Room was standing-room-only for the almost four-hour-long meeting. Many in the audience called for the supervisors to resign and questioned ...

 

Chadds Ford budget for 2020

Chadds Ford Township now has a budget for 2020 and, as previously reported, taxes will hold steady. Supervisors passed the budget during their Dec. 17 work session. The budget is balanced with revenues and expenses anticipated to be $1.145 million. Township property tax millage rates remain at 0.882 mils for properties in a hydrant zone and 0.787 if outside of such a ...

 

Longwood Gardens wins award

America voted and Longwood Gardens has been named the winner of the Best Botanical Garden Holiday Lights by USA TODAY’s 2019 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards! With over 500,000 outdoor lights, and fountains that dance to holiday classics, Longwood won the contest sponsored by USA Today and 10Best.com, topping a list of 20 botanical gardens from across the U.S. Rounding ...

 

A timeline of embezzlement

The following timeline of events relating to the criminal charges against former Kennett Township Manager Lisa Moore contains information from the Chester County District Attorney’s press release dated Dec. 10, a 43-page criminal complaint filed by county detectives, a Kennett Township press release dated Dec. 10, and Kennett Township Board of Supervisors’ meetings ...

 

Former Kennett manager arrested for embezzlement

Addendum: See below Former Kennett Township Manager Lisa Moore was arrested for embezzling more than $3 million from the township, according to a press release from the Chester County District Attorney’s office. The arrest follows months of investigation. It was reported in April that the fraud department of Capital One — the township bank — “had found a number of ...

 

Kennett eyes temporary tax increase

The Kennett Township Board of Supervisors voted to advertise a preliminary version of the 2020 budget Wednesday night that contains a temporary tax increase to fund construction of the new library and also a sewer rate increase for some residents and businesses. It also contains suggestions to hold public meetings next year to develop, including a capital plan for ...