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Concord Ventures hearings resume

Hearings for the proposed Concord Ventures planned residential development along Watkin Avenue resumed Tuesday with the same tedious testimony by the numbers they had before they were suspended. Attorney Marc Kaplin, representing Concord Ventures, had engineer Ben Crowder read sections of the Concord Township Zoning Code and then ask him how the proposal meets ...

 
 

Concord to advertise for marijuana amendments

Concord Township Council has authorized advertising a proposed zoning ordinance amendment to accommodate a state-approved marijuana dispensary in the township. A separate ordinance would accommodate a possible grow site. Council also authorized the engineer to proceed with engineering plans to improve two intersections in the township. And to council now has two vice ...

 

Concord passes budget

Concord Township has its budget set for 2019. It anticipates $4 million in revenue and expenditures with no tax increase. Taxes remain what they were for this year at 0.981 mils for those with property in fire hydrant areas and 0.848 mils for properties outside a hydrant district. (A mil is a tax of $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value.) The spending plan passed by ...

 

PSP Sobriety checkpoint

The Pennsylvania State Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint November 21 through November 25, 2018. A sobriety checkpoint is a traffic safety checkpoint wherein the Pennsylvania State Troopers systematically stop vehicles at selected locations to briefly observe drivers for articulable facts and/or behaviors normally associated with alcohol or drug impaired ...

 

Concord readies 2019 budget

Concord Township is ready to rock its 2019 budget with no tax increase. The township also has a general fund balance of $10 million which prompted Councilman Josh Twersky to propose a tax decrease. Twersky noted during the discussion that the surplus has increased $6 million since the $4 million in 2008. He suggested the decrease saying, “The people of Concord ...

 

Concord approves updated Ridge Road plan

Concord Township Council, Tuesday night, approved what was considered a “minor amendment” to the controversial Shops at Ridge Road plan that allows a new shopping center at Ridge Road and Route 202. A series of lawsuits in 2017 — with Chadds Ford Township involved — led eventually to the original plan going through, but a member of Concord Township’s Planning ...

 

Delco DA launches community-law enforcement camera program

In an effort to proactively address crime and also keep residents safe in Delaware County, District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland launched a countywide community camera partnership program for homeowners and businesses to register their camera systems. Joined by Delaware County Council Chairman John P. McBlain and police chiefs from Delaware County, the announcement ...

 

Andrew looks to topple Barrar

He might be a longshot, but Anton Andrew thinks he has a chance to oust Steve Barrar from the state House. Andrew is the Democrat running against Barrar, a 22-year state representative for Pennsylvania’s 160th Legislative District. The Democrats think Barrar is vulnerable. “Every day I become more convinced,” Andrew said Thursday night as the Kennett Area Democrats ...

 

Supervisors questioned on trail plan

In a relatively brief and uneventful meeting, Chadds Ford Township supervisors last night clarified the procedures and their position on a possible trail cutting through the township. The discussion was prompted by resident Bruce Prabel who asked to give a presentation on why he opposes using the former Octorara rail line for a trail. Prabel — who was a strong ...

 

Concord rescinds policy; grants Wawa, Maris Grove requests

In a rare move, Concord Township Council rescinded in September a policy it approved in August. During that Aug. 7 meeting, Council voted to disallow political tables at township sponsored community events such as Community Day and Senior Day. At the time, Council member Joshua Twersky said the members who voted for the ban were “spitting on the Constitution.” During ...

 

Residents hear plan for trails, some oppose

Chadds Ford Township residents got a glimpse of a concept plan that could bring some passive recreation and a series of trails to the township. Sheila Fleming, of the Brandywine Conservancy, gave the Open Space Task Force presentation before the Aug. 29 Board of Supervisors’ workshop. “This is just the beginning of the conversation,” she said. The plan won’t be ...