Photo: Longtime Eddystone United Methodist Church member Esther “Mickey” Doyle (left) receives recognition for the church’s 125th anniversary from Council President William Stewart with church Pastor Charles Thomas.

With a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) award for Eddystone falling short of the total needed for welcome signs and street name replacements, Borough Council, this month, decided to seek additional funds from Delaware County Council.

The 2015 CDBG of $40,000 is $15,880 less than the bid received for the work. A request for bids on the project for installation of four welcome signs at various intersections in the borough, an electronic sign at Borough Hall and street name replacements went out to eight contractors but only one bid was received. Aerial Signs and Awnings of Chester submitted the lone bid of $55,880.

The borough has also received a CDBG for 2016 of $100,000 that will be used for sanitary sewer improvements at 7th, 10th, 11th and 12th sts. and at Eddytone and Saville aves.

Council heard a proposal from Kurt Slenn, executive director of the Taylor Community Foundation (TCF), offering TCF’s services to the newly-formed Eddystone Youth Foundation (EYF) in setting up a tax-exempt non-profit to administer proceeds from the dissolution of the Eddystone Boys Club.

Delaware County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Chad Kenney handled dissolution of the club last October, including distribution of the club association’s funds, totaling $160,688.  Kenney’s decree requires the creation of an independent board to render distribution decisions independent of Borough Council to ensure that all distribution funds are used solely for the borough’s youth.

Slenn said the EYF could operate under the umbrella of the Taylor foundation at no cost, with the foundation controlling its funds. He noted the long history of the TCF and how it grew out of the sale of Taylor Hospital to the Crozer-Keystone Health System decades ago. Slenn said all funds of the EYF would remain with the youth organization.

“The money is here for the community and it should have say on what is best for the community,” said Dan Mulrine, a member of the EYF board, who favored rejection of Slenn’s proposal.

Council President William Stewart said Kenney’s advice will be sought concerning the TCF’s proposal.

Serving with Mulrine on the EYF board are Katherine McGinley, Brenda Smerigan, Dan Corcoran and Stanley Sigda.

In another matter, Council recognized the 125th anniversary of the Eddystone United Methodist Church. Stewart presented a plaque to Esther “Mickey” Doyle, a long-time member of the church, and Pastor Charles Thomas.

 

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