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Kennett Twp. to refinance open space loan

Kennett Township, through an independent financial advisor, will be pursuing proposals for a $6 million, 15-year loan that would refinance its current open space loan, offer a lower interest rate, and add new funds that could be used for future land acquisition. The supervisors, at their virtual meeting Wednesday, agreed to work with PFM Financial Advisors as the ...

 
 

Lenape Road Bridge reopened

PennDOT has reopened the Route 52/Lenape Road Bridge. The bridge over the Brandywine Creek in Birmingham Township was opened on June 30. The span, between Pocopson Road and Creek Road, had been closed and detoured since August 2019 for the rehabilitation of the structure. Creek Road between Riverbend Lane and Country Club Road was later closed in November. Both roads ...

 

What it means to be green

Chester County Commissioners, in a press release today, said the county is ready to go green. That word came in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement of today saying the five-county Philadelphia region will enter the green phase on June 26. “[T]he county is fully prepared to further relax restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the release said. ...

 

Outdoor dining draws praise

It might not be the same as dancing in the street, but diners and restaurateurs are happy about dining al fresco. Restaurants in the region opened up for outdoor dining two weeks ago after counties moved from the red to yellow phase in Gov. Wolf's color scheme for getting the state back to normal in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yvonne and Michael Kelley, of ...

 

Kennett Twp. prelim financial report in

Kennett Township residents can get an initial look at the township’s financial picture for 2020, thanks to a preliminary year-to-date financial report presented at Wednesday’s meeting. The report can be found on the township’s website in the June 3 board agenda. Township Finance Director Amy Heinrich said the report, which looks at things like the fund balances and ...

 

Tax, polling changes in Kennett Twp.

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted some changes in Kennett Township with polling places and real estate tax deadlines. At Wednesday’s online meeting, the supervisors discussed the Kennett Township 3 polling place, normally held at the Kendal at Longwood community. But for the June 2 primary, it is being moved to Greenwood Elementary School “for the safety of the ...

 

Kennett supervisors plow on

The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped Kennett Township from conducting business, despite stay-at-home orders that have been in place for more than 50 days. “We’re under extraordinary circumstances that changed the way we live and work,” supervisors’ Chairman Richard Leff said at the supervisors’ virtual public meeting on May 6. The meeting was held over the online app ...

 

Kennett Twp. to sue Moore

Kennett Township supervisors will sue former township Manager Lisa Moore and her significant other to recoup some of the $3.2 million Moore is alleged to have embezzled. An April 30 press release announced the civil action against Moore and Brian Gore, the latter of whom received medical benefits from the township after Moore allegedly “created a phony marriage to ...

 

Kennett Twp. still focusing on financial issues

Kennett Township supervisors voted Wednesday to purchase a new general ledger accounting system. In their first public meeting of the quarantine, held over the online meeting app Zoom, the supervisors unanimously voted to have township Manager Eden Ratliff sign a contract with Sage Intacct for the cloud-based accounting system. It will replace the Quickbooks system ...

 

Online meetings and other reminders

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many cancelations, but some governmental meetings are continuing but only online, either through websites or Zoom. The Chadds Ford Township Planning Commission will have its regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. on April 8, but the meeting will be held via Zoom. For instruction on how to join a Zoom meeting, go to ...

 

Farmers sow seeds of optimism

Businesses try to maintain a sense of normalcy even in tough times. They have to. It's a common concern, but it becomes more so in times of uncertainty. Even for businesses that provide necessities, like farmers. Consider Randell Spackman, of Thornbury Farm in Thornbury Township in Chester County, and H.G. Haskell, of Hill Girt Farm in Pennsbury. They grow and sell ...