Author: Barbara Ormsby

We Are the Champions! Area leaders honor Young Ridley Little Leaguers

By BarbaraOrmsby bormsby@myspiritnews.com They may be only nine and 10 years old, but the Ridley Area Little League All-Star team, crowned the 2016 Little League East Regional Champions, exhibited their star power at the Ridley Township commissioners’ October meeting when they received, not only congratulatory resolutions from the commissioners, but also resolutions from Delaware County Council. The team also captured the 2016 Pennsylvania District 19 Championship, the 2016 state Section 8 Championship, the 2016 state championship and the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship before becoming the first team from Pennsylvania to win the East Regional title in the seven-year history...

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Rutledge to raise money for projects and mortgage

By BarbaraOrmsby bormsby@myspiritnews.com Rutledge Borough Council approved the issuance of a $125,000 general obligation note at its September meeting to fund several borough projects and to pay off a mortgage the borough incurred many years ago to purchase the present borough building from the former Rutledge Fire Co. Council President Dave Waltz said the remaining… This content is for Print + Digital and Digital members only.Log In...

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To park or not to park is the Ridley debate

By BarbaraOrmsby bormsby@myspiritnews.com Ridley Park Borough Council heard opinions at its September meeting from several Baldwin Ave. residents about the change of one-side only parking on the street that runs off of Sellers Ave. There was a difference of opinion about the recent parking edict. One young woman, who said she has four young children, spoke of the inconvenience parking on one side of the street causes her while another man told Council he approves of limiting the parking to one side. And it appears that the recent construction of three new houses on the street is contributing to the parking and traffic woes because drive-way aprons for the houses cuts down on available street parking. Another resident said most homes on the street are no longer inhabited by one car families and that is also a factor in the parking problem. In dispute is whether or not the street was once a one-side-only parking thoroughfare. A Baldwin Ave. resident said if such an ordinance exists designating the parking restriction, it should be enforced. The existence of the parking ordinance for Baldwin, which is a dead end street, was not verified by the meeting night. Council President Bob Berger said a no-outlet sign was erected and hopefully that will help with the problem but Council will continue to monitor the situation. Council approved the purchase of a 2017 utility...

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County helps Eddystone afford new signs; new cop welcomed

By BarbaraOrmsby bormsby@myspiritnews.com Delaware County Council came to the aid of Eddystone Borough when it allocated additional 2015 CDBG funds to complete a program to furnish and install a series of welcome signs and street name sign replacements. The 2015 CDBG funding of $40,000 fell short of the $55,880 that was the sole bid received for the project. Borough Council appealed to the county for the additional $15,880, but the county wants the borough to furnish a cost breakdown of the elements from the sole bid contractor including material, labor, overhead and profit. Aerial Signs and Awnings of Chester Township will install four welcome signs at various intersections in the borough and an electronic sign at Borough Hall. Aerial was also the successful bidder at $35,420 for street sign replacements, with the proviso that the bid amount and scope of work can be revised based upon liquid fuels available. Council welcomed the police department’s newest member. Shane Laird, 22, of Upper Chichester, was sworn-in by Mayor Allen Reeves as a part-time patrolman. Brittany Laird held the Bible for her husband as he took the oath of office. In a related matter, Council approved a $302,844 payment to meet the Minimum Municipal Obligation for the 2017 police pension plan. In other business, Council recognized retired crossing guards Shirley Duffy and Jocelyn Gillespie with resolutions and flowers. They served 25 years...

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Private developers okay’d to build public housing in township

By BarbaraOrmsby bormsby@myspiritnews.com Ridley Township commissioners last week approved the land development application of Kinder Park Housing Partnership III, LP for the demolition of 54 existing housing units at Kinder Park and the construction of 56 units on the site. The housing project, bounded by MacDade Blvd. and Bullens Lane, is owned by the Delaware County Housing Authority (DCHA) and is in the midst of a massive redevelopment program that began two years ago. The 30-acre site includes about nine percent located in adjacent Nether Providence Township. When completed there will be a total of 316 units with approximately 1,200 residents, according to housing authority Executive Director Lawrence Hartley.  Recent action taken by the commissioners is for Phase Three of a four-phase project. The last phase is for a fourth mid-rise apartment building for senior citizens. The three existing apartment buildings will remain on the site. Hartley said the additional senior citizen building is not yet in the design phase.  A new community building is also part of Phase One and is available to tenants for a variety of uses and activities. The concept of the redevelopment is to create a more walkable neighborhood. Cost estimates for the entire project is in excess of $60 million, with funding coming from a combination of state, federal and local funds. To date, 48 new townhouse-style residences are occupied. Hartley said 25...

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