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Kennett public works director retiring

Kennett Public Works Director Roger Lysle is retiring this week. Lysle, who in June marked his 40th anniversary on the job, will work his last day for Kennett on Jan. 14, according to a press release. Kennett Township, whose staff called Lysle “truly irreplaceable,” will begin searching for a new public works director. The public works staff “will be running ...

 
 

The mushroom will drop again

The Mushroom Festival and Kennett Area Restaurant & Merchant Association are again hosting the annual Mushroom Drop being held at State & Union Streets this year. This is the ninth drop and the eighth at Broad and State. Last year, because of COVID, the event was in the Genesis parking lot. Parking will be available at Kennett High School and at 600 S. ...

 

School well runs dry

Why did the well run dry at Greenwood Elementary School? That is a question the Kennett Township supervisors hope to find out, after hearing from the township manager Wednesday that Chester Water Authority will need to run a water line from Baltimore Pike down Greenwood Road to the school. Construction for the water line is expected to start early next year, ...

 

Kennett Twp. budget review

Kennett Township residents have about another week to review the proposed 2022 budget before supervisors vote to formalize it. The supervisors will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, to vote on formally adopting the 2022 budget and tax rates. The meeting will be both in-person and online through Zoom. A copy of the budget is available on the township ...

 

Addressing questions about Moore

Why did Lisa Moore do it? Why didn’t the Kennett Township supervisors realize what was going on? And what has been done since? Residents have repeatedly asked questions like those since the April 2019 discovery that Moore, the former township manager, had been embezzling what would later be identified as $3.2 million in township funds. Those questions and others were ...

 

Civil action against Moore

A civil action is ongoing in the case of former Kennett Township Manager Lisa Moore’s embezzlement of $3.249 million from the township. “We are currently negotiating with several parties about civil responsibilities, which means we can’t talk about them yet,” Supervisor Scudder Stevens said at a special public meeting Tuesday. “We are also considering legal action ...

 

Kennett after Lisa Moore

Two years ago, the Kennett Township supervisors held a public meeting after the former township manager was charged with stealing more than $3.2 million from the municipality. On Dec. 7, the supervisors will again hold a public meeting about Lisa Moore, this time updating what has happened since. Moore pleaded guilty Oct. 4 to theft by deception, dealing in unlawful ...

 

Kennett Twp. eyes tax hike

Kennett Township supervisors are expected to decide Wednesday whether to include in next year’s budget a tax increase for future capital projects. The 0.2-mil increase would mean an average annual increase of $49 for residents, according to township Finance Director Amy Heinrich. (A mil is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value.) The supervisors are scheduled to ...

 

‘Betrayal’ in Kennett Township

Betrayal and distrust were common themes in victim impact statements from current and former Kennett Township supervisors, a former township employee, and township residents. Victim impact letters, 13 in all, sent to Chester County Judge David F. Bortner all spoke of how former township Manager Lisa Moore, who embezzled $3.2 million in township funds, hurt and ...

 

Restitution begins in Moore case

The $1.27 million check from former Kennett Township Manager Lisa Moore — representing partial repayment of the $3.2 million she pleaded guilty to embezzling — has cleared the bank, supervisors reported last week. The supervisors are also planning a public meeting sometime after Moore’s 30-day appeal period ends to discuss the case further with their residents. ...

 

Jail time for Moore

Chester County Common Pleas Court Judge David Bortner Monday sentenced former Kennett Township Manager Lisa Moore to three to 10 years in prison for embezzling more than $3.2 million. Moore must also make restitution. The sentence — negotiated by Deputy District Attorney William Judge Jr. and Moore's attorney, Julia Rogers — was based on an agreement that Moore would ...