Author: Barbara Ormsby

German-based supermarket gets okay to open in Ridley Township

The shuttered Pathmark store will soon be home of a German-based supermarket that will establish its first US store in Ridley Township. By BarbaraOrmsby bormsby@myspiritnews.com The Ridley Township Zoning Hearing Board, last week, gave the green light for a new German-based supermarket to locate on the site of the old Pathmark at 420 MacDade Blvd. by approving several variances. Lidl US Operations, LLC wants to construct a new 35,962 square-foot supermarket on the 3.99-acre Pathmark site. But the “SC Shopping” zoning for that area requires seven acres. The zoning board ruled that the change in the larger acreage took...

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Rutledge Council buys new truck, ponders parking rules

Rutledge Council has approved the purchase of a new, $55,500 highway department truck. Council President David Waltz said it will be a lease-purchase agreement and at the end of it in six years, the borough will own the vehicle, which can also perform as a snow plow and salt spreader. Waltz said Council is accepting… This content is for Print + Digital and Digital members only.Log In...

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Ridley police to get new tasers

The Ridley Township Police Department will soon get 15 tasers at a cost of $14,372, with the money coming from funds seized by the department’s Anti-Crime Unit (ACU). The action was approved at the township commissioners July meeting. The ACU was formed about three years ago to deal with crimes that affect the quality of… This content is for Print + Digital and Digital members only.Log In...

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Council elects replacement member, promotes local cops

By BarbaraOrmsby bormsby@myspiritnews.com The appointment last week of a former Ridley Park Borough councilman to a vacancy on Council was not without controversy and required Mayor Hank Eberle to cast a tie-breaking vote. The political make-up of the board with the resignation in May of Republican Council member Holly O’Mahoney was three Republicans and three Democrats Jim Glenn, a Republican who lost his bid for reelection to Council last year, was nominated to fill the vacant seat. Also nominated was Mary Pat King, a Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for Council last year. With a three-to-three vote for King, Republican...

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School board okays budget at over $100 million

By BarbaraOrmsby bormsby@myspiritnews.com The Ridley School Board gave final approval at its June meeting to the 2016-2017 budget, showing expenditures of $101,330,189 that will require a 0.650 mill tax increase for a total millage rate of 39.90 mills. The increase means that a property in the school district assessed at the average of $100,000 will pay $64 more in school taxes in the upcoming school year. While the final budget represents a reduction of $412,000 from the proposed budget presented in April, expenditures in the upcoming fiscal year are $3,174,934 higher than the 2015-2016 budget. Superintendent of Schools Lee...

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