Author: Barbara Ormsby

Morton names new fire marshal

Morton Borough Council appointed a veteran member of the Morton-Rutledge Fire Co. to be the borough fire marshal. Mayor Maureen Piselli administered the oath of office to Dean Kemp at Council’s July meeting. Kemp, 34, joined the volunteer organization 20 years ago. He was named fire chief four years ago. A life-long Morton resident, Kemp graduated from Springfield High School and from Delaware County Community College. He works for United Parcel Service. In his report to Council on fire company activities, Kemp said Kiddie Manufacturing Co. donated 25 carbon monoxide detectors to the fire company for distribution to families...

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Rutledge reins in sizes, locations of ‘accessory structures’

Rutledge Borough Council considered the recommendations of its Planning Commission and amended its ordinance for accessory uses and structures in the community. Action was taken at Council’s June meeting. The new ordinance limits the location of accessory structures such as garages, decks, sheds, pool houses, gazebos, patios or similar structures to side or rear yards of a property. Only one utility/storage shed is permitted on a lot, and the floor area of a shed cannot exceed 120 square feet and be no higher than 12 feet to the peak of the roof. Accessory structures with a second floor must...

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What’s in a name? Morton says pride, parity and history

It has been more than 50 years since the Pennsylvania Department of Education mandated the merger of school districts, resulting in the consolidation of dozens of small districts in Delaware County into a total of 15 districts. Morton School District was ordered to merge with Springfield and the name of the new district became Springfield School District (SSD). But if Morton Borough Council has its way, that will change and the SSD will include the name of “Morton.” At its June meeting, Council decided to begin a discussion among members that probably will result in a formal request to the Springfield School Board to include the name “Morton” in its official and legal designation. “A school board, whose members are overwhelmingly Springfield residents, may not fully appreciate the importance of this one, small act to the taxpayers and students of a town a tenth their size,” said Councilman Bob McGrath, in a draft of his proposal. “Or of the gravity of the message that their failure to do so would be sending to our small, tight-knit community,” he continued. McGrath pointed out that Springfield Township and the Springfield School District are duplicate names of another township and school district in nearby Montgomery County. “And the confusion continues from there,” McGrath said in his draft proposal. “Does Morton pay its fair share for education? Many think not. Does Morton have...

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Child Hero, Young toddler saluted for saving infant sister from fire

The Ridley Township Board of Commissioners honored a young hero at its May meeting for acting on his own initiative to safely remove his baby sister when a clothes dryer caught fire in the basement of the family’s Leedom Estates home on May 7. Commissioners honored seven year-old Jackson Bauer with a citation presented by Sixth Ward Commissioner Mike MCrea. The police department gave the youngster a back pack that included a police badge, a water bottle and a shirt. Bauer received a standing ovation from the board and the audience after the presentation. Jackson’s father, Nathan, explained what...

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School board okays million-dollar field makeover

By BarbaraOrmsby The athletic complex at Ridley High School will undergo a $1,426,688  renovation project, according to action taken by the Ridley School Board at its April meeting. School district Superintendent Lee Ann Wentzel said the work will not require new bonds or a tax increase. Work will not start until after the mid-June commencement exercises for the school’s Class of 2017, which takes place on the athletic field. The costs and the contractors include: turf replacement of the athletic field,  $476,482, Jones Turf Management; track repair, resurface and restripe, $365,600, American Athletic Track and Turf;  tennis courts...

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