Author: Barbara Ormsby

DA moves to oust Morton mayor

Newly-appointed Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun “Kat” Copeland said she filed a complaint seeking to remove Morton Borough Mayor Bruce Edward Blunt from the office he won in last November’s election based on his 1988 arrest and conviction of aggravated assault and related offenses as a result of an incident that occurred in Springfield Township. The legal term for the complaint is a “Quo Warranto,” which is a judicial writ requiring an individual to show by what right he undertakes to exercise the authority of a particular office or position. A news release issued late last week by Copeland’s office said, “By law the local district attorney is charged with the responsibility of instituting an action challenging an individual’s eligibility for local government office.” It further quotes a section of the Pennsylvania Constitution that any felony offense qualifies as an “infamous crime,” which prohibits a person convicted of such an offense from holding public office. The release notes that Blunt’s conviction for aggravated assault is graded a second degree felony, (and) he is precluded by the Constitution from holding any elected office. The prohibition against those convicted of an infamous crime applies regardless of whether the conduct occurred while in office or not. Former Morton Mayor Maureen Piselli, a Republican who lost her bid for a third term to Blunt, said she brought up the subject of Blunt’s conviction...

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Ridley Park taxes flat, fees up

Ridley Park Borough Council, at its final meeting of the year in December, approved a final 2018 budget of $6,383,923, keeping the tax millage rate at 8.14, or $814 for each $100,000 of assessed property value.  The total assessed valuation of the borough for 2018, according to the Delaware County Board of Assessment, is $350,602,113. Council President Bob Berger said the new budget is $175,000 less than 2017. The sewer fee will be $392 per living unit, an increase of $11 over the current year, while the trash fee for each living unit will go up $14 to $250....

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Ridley Park holds line on taxes in new budget

Ridley Park Council approved a 2018 no-property-tax increase preliminary budget at its November meeting, but did not set fees for sewer or trash services. The preliminary budget shows estimated expenditures of $6,384,000, but holds the tax rate at 8.14 mills. Council also approved a $300,000 tax anticipation loan. The interest rate is still being negotiated. Council President Bob Berger noted that the tax anticipation loan is $200,000 less than such loans over the past few years. Such short term loans are routine in municipalities and are needed to meet expenses until tax revenue begins to come in. The preliminary...

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Ridley kin invited to visit cockpit at airport

A recent visit by six-year old Shane Westhead, of St. Louis, MO, with grandparents Charles and Maryann Salerno, of Ridley Township, was, as usual, a lot of fun. But leaving Ridley for home was even more fun. Why? Because not many kids get to sit in the pilot’s seat in the cockpit of the airliner before it takes off, and get a quick lesson from pilot “John” on what it takes to keep the plane in the air. Maryann Salerno said her grandson and his mother, Christine Stiles, were in Ridley Township helping PopPop Charles celebrate his 70th birthday....

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Police, officials urge citizen complaints about neighbor woman

Residents who voiced concerns at the Rutledge Borough Council’s August meeting about harassment and threats by a woman who lives in a group home in the unit block of Sylvan Ave. were told by Mayor Kevin Cunningham to call police each time an incident occurs. “You are not going to be a ‘pain’,” Cunningham told the residents. A woman who lives across the street from the group home said she is worried because one of the home’s residents harasses her young daughter. Other residents complained about threats to their safety and the racial slurs they often hear from the...

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