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Leaders close to pumping again

Leaders Sunoco has been unable to pump gas for more than seven months because of the Sept. 1 flooding from Hurricane Ida. The pumps were destroyed after being underwater. And now, while gasoline service is still an estimated week away, the station is one step closer because the new pumps were installed on Wednesday, April 20. The extra week's delay is due to the need ...

 
 

Hank’s gets sewer OK

The Chadds Ford Sewer Authority removed one bureaucratic obstacle standing in the way of a hoped-for rebuild of Hank’s Place. Authority members voted 4-0 during a special April 12 meeting, saying owners Anthony and Katie Young won’t have to buy more sewer capacity once the restaurant is rebuilt. Hank’s Place was destroyed in the Sept. 1 flooding. Sewer usage is rated ...

 

Kennett committee supporting Ukraine

International news can sometimes have an impact on local news. The latest example of that is the war in Ukraine and how it’s influencing this year’s Kennett Beautification Committee Plant Sale, which is a little more than two weeks away. “These people are farmers,” said committee member JoAnn Donlick in a press release, “and they cannot plant this year.” Those people ...

 

Hank’s gets HARB OK

Chadds Ford Township supervisors Wednesday night affirmed a HARB Certificate of Appropriateness for the reconstruction of Hank’s Place, based on the architect’s rendering and elevation. The Historical and Architectural Review Board heard the application in mid-March. One condition of the affirmation is that the owners must provide an electronic update if there are ...

 

Hannum’s looking to move

Hannum’s Harley Davidson wants to get its motor running, move out of two locations, and head onto Concord Township. But it’s up to Concord Township Council, and even if it happens, it might take a couple of years. Tommy Hannum and land use attorney John Jaros told Council members Tuesday night that the desired move is part of a corporate-wide decision to consolidate ...

 

Investigation: No conflict of interest

An independent investigation commissioned by the Kennett Township Board of Supervisors found no merit to the conflict-of-interest complaints by a township resident against township Manager Eden Ratliff, reaffirming the findings of the state ethics commission. Blank Rome LLP, an outside law firm hired by the township in 2019 in the wake of the Lisa Moore embezzlement, ...

 

Chadds Ford in brief

In a brief workshop Wednesday night, Chadds Ford Township supervisors voted to grant conditional use approval for a swimming pool on Webb Road, an extension for Hank’s Place to continue using the food truck for another six months, and they renewed the township’s agreement with Verizon to provide television service in Chadds Ford. Thomas Moffa and Kelly Bolkus of ...

 

Signs of change, a change of sign

More than three months after a truck wiped out a pump and the big price sign at Leaders Sunoco in Chadds Ford, crews are finally getting ready to install a new sign. A work crew from Pro Signs began the work to install the footers on Thursday, March 24 and that work continued into Friday. Once the site is inspected, the posts can be cemented into place. What’s left ...

 

Kennett audit improved

Kennett Township’s 2020 audit looks a lot different than the previous years. The audit, performed by Maillie LLP and presented at the March 16 supervisors’ meeting, identified two material weaknesses and two recommendations. The 2019 audit, according to township Finance Director Amy Heinrich, “identified eight material weaknesses and three other recommendations,” ...

 

Pennsbury OKs Haskell request

Pennsbury Township supervisors Wednesday night approved a conditional use request by H.G. Haskell to use his Hillgirt Farm as an event venue. Supervisors conducted a conditional use hearing on the matter on Feb. 16. Haskell had been using the farm at Creek and Cossart roads for various events over the years, including the Farm to Fork dinners. But that was before an ...

 

Hank’s sewer decision delayed

More than three dozen people were disappointed Tuesday night when the Chadds Ford Sewer Authority made no decision regarding a sewer capacity feasibility study for Hank's Place. The restaurant was wiped out in the Sept. 1 flood, and rebuild plans include more seating. Because of that, the restaurant might require more sewer capacity. It's rare to see a packed house ...