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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 ...

 

Kennett finance investigation continuing

Kennett Township supervisors continue to plan out their next steps following the anticipated conclusion of the Chester County district attorney’s investigation into suspected financial irregularities in the township’s financial accounts. There is no word on when the investigation will be finished. But once the district attorney and a forensic accountant release their ...

 

Budget talks underway in Kennett Twp.

The Kennett Township supervisors will continue the 2020 budget discussion at a special meeting Monday, where they are expected to discuss the possibility of a sewer rate increase. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the township building. The township manager and finance director discussed the general fund budget with the supervisors and the public at Wednesday’s ...

 

Kennett financial investigations continue

As dual investigations continue into suspicious transactions in financial accounts earlier this year, Kennett Township supervisors continue to take steps to improve the financial and administrative health of the township. Those steps include: Hiring a full-time financial/human resources director; Hiring a human resources consultant to help the township craft ...

 

Kennett mulling $1.5 million for sewers

Kennett Township’s supervisors are looking to spend some money on two sewer projects in the coming months. The first project, at a cost of about $530,000, has two different parts and will focus on repairing and replacing parts of the Rosedale Road sewer line. The second project, at a cost of about $1 million, will focus on extending the sewer main on Creek Road. ...

 

Fire puts community’s neediest at risk

A malfunction in a freezer at 4 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13 sparked a fire at the Kennett Food Cupboard. The damage from fire, soot and smoke forced Kennett Area Community Service, who runs the cupboard, to throw out half of their current inventory and close their doors. "We hope to open in 7-10 days,” said Leah Reynolds, executive director of KACS. The cupboard ...

 

Former supervisor stole campaign signs

A former Kennett Township supervisor faces misdemeanor charges for stealing election campaign signs. A criminal complaint against Michael E. Elling, 87, was filed Oct. 10. According to an affidavit for probable cause, Elling was photographed taking signs belonging to the Richard Leff election campaign. Leff replaced Elling on the Board of Supervisors in 2013, ...

 

Kennett wants input on budget

Kennett Township supervisors will soon begin the budget process, and the new township manager wants to hear from residents about what they think the priorities should be. “The budget is a statement of the priorities of the township,” Eden Ratliff said at the Oct. 2 supervisors’ meeting, his first official one as township manager. “The priorities of the township ...

 

Kennett honors police officers

Two Kennett Township police officers were recognized at the last Kennett Township supervisors’ meeting for “changing the course of people’s lives.” Township Police Chief Lydell Nolt commended Officers Miguel Juarez and Kevin Urbany for their actions in two separate incidents that both involved narcotics – one in which a life was saved from overdose, and another in ...

 

New manager in Kennett Township

Kennett Township Supervisors officially hired a new township manager on Wednesday. Eden R. Ratliff, currently the manager and chief administrative official of Greencastle Borough in Franklin County, Pa., will start Sept. 23. “Municipal management to me is personal, because local government impacts your personal life,” Ratliff told the audience at Wednesday’s ...