Skip to main content

Rx for the 'new' Kennett Township

12/12/2013 05:06PM, Published by ACL, Categories: In Print, Opinion



By Uncle Irvin


The last of the despot supervisors, Michael Elling, will be replaced by reformer Richard Leff at the end of the year. All of a sudden, the two-to-one majority has shifted from the despots to the reformers.

Lackey supervisor Robert Hammaker will not matter, and he should do himself and the township a favor and resign. 

The agenda for reform, as Uncle Irvin sees it, is a trinity. In no particular order:

1. The new supervisor should place Police Chief Albert McCarthy on disability.

McCarthy has an illness that resulted in him blacking out when he was driving a township-owned vehicle. He ended up crashing into another motorist, who has sued the township. This suit is pending and probably will be settled -- maybe without township funds. That's this time. What happens if Chief McCarthy has another “blackout”?

Before McCarthy and Elling conspired to drop police coverage from Kennett Square Borough, the use of Kennett Square police protection served the township well. The 24/7 coverage and the opportunity for more than one patrolman, when needed, was much more beneficial than one police officer who is not on duty 24/7. This improvement in police protection may be more costly that the status quo, but what better way to spend the millions in the bank from years of overtaxing?

2. Replace township manager Lisa Moore with an experienced professional with local government experience. Many will say that Moore was just following orders when she went along with Elling's misguided and malicious decisions. However, history has repudiated those who blindly follow misguided orders, and they are far from blameless.

3. The very first order of business for the new Board of Supervisors is to place a referendum question on the 2014 primary ballot to increase the board from three members to five. There isn't one local township the size of Kennett Township that does not have five supervisors. The cost of a supervisor is minuscule, and a larger board protects against the personal idiosyncrasies of supervisors.

Implementing these changes will bode well for township residents who are sick and tired of egocentric mismanagement.

PS. How about giving the taxpayers a break with a $0 property tax bill for 2014?


Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Chester County's free newsletter to catch every headline



kennett square kennett township uncle irv kennett square borough kennett township supervisor


You might also like

Thumb_cfks-owners4-620x412

Stronger than yesterday

Members of CrossFit Kennett Square say that the exercise program provides functional fitness for any lifestyle
Thumb_carlin-005

Artist Neilson Carlin prepares image of faith for the world stage

Last January, Carlin was contacted by Bishop John McIntyre to paint a portrait of the Holy Family that would be the central icon for next year's World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

  • Christmas Spectacular

    12/18/2014
    05:00pm — 08:00pm

    Dec. 13 & 20 - Noon – 7pm Gift shop; First 50 shoppers receive a free holiday bag of chips with $...


  • Young Friends Cocktails and Candlelighting

    12/18/2014
    07:00pm — 10:00pm

    Thursday, December 18 7-10 PM Presented by the Young Friends of NMAJH Join the Young Friend...


  • Hand-blown Glass Open Studio & Sale

    12/21/2014
    10:00am — 06:00pm

    December 16, 2014 — West Grove, PA. Chester County glassblowers Michael Schunke and Josie Gluck o...


  • Christmas at Milburn Orcha

    12/21/2014
    11:00am — 03:00pm

    Free photo with Santa! Plus, you are welcome to bring your own camera! Skip the long, hectic li...


  • Christmas Spectacular

    12/22/2014
    05:00pm — 08:00pm

    Dec. 13 & 20 - Noon – 7pm Gift shop; First 50 shoppers receive a free holiday bag of chips with $...


  • Christmas Spectacular

    12/23/2014
    05:00pm — 08:00pm

    Dec. 13 & 20 - Noon – 7pm Gift shop; First 50 shoppers receive a free holiday bag of chips with $...


 

 

Chester County High School Sports