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New council member tries making a splash

John Crossan, left, and Joshua Twersky are the new members on Concord’s Township Council, bringing council up to its mandated size of seven members.

Concord Township Council is now at full strength. In the 2016 spring primary, voters elected to change Concord from a Township of the Second Class with five supervisors to a home-rule based government with a seven-member council. Last year the council functioned with five members. John Crossan and Joshua Twersky were elected in November and took their seats last ...

 
 

No tax hike, but new ordinance in Chadds Ford

Chadds Ford Township supervisors have held the line on taxes for 2018. The board passed the budget for next year with no property tax increase. It's a balanced budget with anticipated revenue and expense at $1.04 million. But passing the budget was not the only thing the board did during its Dec. 27 workshop. The township now has a new zoning ordinance, the Open ...

 

Chadds Ford buying Painters Folly

Chadds Ford Township supervisors are looking to spend some of the money in the open space fund and have entered into an agreement of sale with George and Helen Sipala to buy Painters Folly on Route 1 for $625,000. Exactly how the township would use Painters Folly — adjacent to the Brandywine Battlefield Park— is undetermined. Supervisors’ Chairman Frank Murphy said ...

 

Taxes hold steady in Pennsbury

Pennsbury Township supervisors passed the 2018 budget last night with no tax increases. The budget is balanced with projected revenues and expenses at $1.64 million. Township Manager Kathy Howley said property taxes would remain at 1.49 mills and the earned income tax will be 0.312 percent. A mill is a tax of $1 on every $1,000 of assessed property value. As reported ...

 

Chadds Ford OKs loop road

After 27 months of bureaucratic back and forth, Chadds Ford Township supervisors finally gave final approval for the Hillman Drive extension on Dec. 6. Once built, the full loop road around the intersection of Routes 1 and 202 will be complete. The build would take up to nine months once started, according to Chuck Olivo, the engineer who developed the plans for The ...

 

Concord: Wine yes, casinos no

Concord Township Council voted last night to amend previously granted conditional use approval so the Wawa on Naamans Creek Road can sell wine. But the council voted to prohibit mini-casinos in the township. The votes were 5-0. Council members also adopted a budget with a slight tax increase for fire protection. Concord granted conditional use approval to Wawa for ...

 

Birmingham recognizes Conklin

Birmingham Township Supervisors Scott Boorse and Michael Shiring recognized fellow Supervisor John Conklin during Conklin's final meeting on the board. Conklin served 12 years as a supervisor and chose not to run for a third term. John Daniel Hill will replace him in January. During the Dec. 4 Board of Supervisors' meeting, Boorse reflected on his association with ...

 

‘Shop with the Sheriff’ enchants wide audience

More than 100 enthralled children from the Chester County Family Academy, a K-2 charter school in West Chester, spilled into the Kennett Square Walmart on Saturday, Dec. 2, to enthusiastic applause and high fives from employees, shoppers and a posse of “Shop with the Sheriff” volunteers. The students, who arrived by bus from the Providence Church in West Chester, ...

 

Longwood Fire Company celebrates the holidays

Longwood Fire Company is celebrating the holiday season by participating with organization in numerous events benefiting members of the community. Longwood escorts Santa through townships served, collects toys and warm coats for needy children as well as runs a blood drive. “The holiday season is a special time of year to assist those having specific needs,” said ...

 

Court denies Chadds Ford relief

Delaware County Common Pleas Court Judge Chad F. Kenney denied Chadds Ford Township’s petition for injunctive relief against Ridge Road Development and Concord Township. A hearing was held Thursday, Nov. 30 and the decision released Friday, Dec. 1. Chadds Ford had asked the court to prohibit Concord from signing and releasing final plans for recording in Ridge Road ...

 

Pocopson holds line on taxes

Taxes in Pocopson Township will not increase in 2018. The supervisors approved the 2018 budget Monday night and again set the tax rate at 2.2 mills. A mil is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed valuation. And while the millage rate is the same as 2017, the distribution is different. The tax rate resolution that supervisors approved sets the following rates. The dollar ...