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Kennett Township police to take part in National Night Out event

07/12/2016 01:46PM ● By Richard Gaw
By Richard L. Gaw
Staff Writer

The Kennett Borough Council and the Chester County Commissioners recently signed a joint resolution to acknowledge the Kennett Township Police Department for its part in strengthening the relationship between local law enforcement and several neighborhoods in both the township and the borough.
The Board of Supervisors announced the news of the resolution at its July 6 meeting.
This past year, the borough expanded its program – one that brings its police department closer to neighborhoods in the borough that had once been high crime centers. As an outgrowth of this bond and the township's role in it, the township's police force will take part in East Linden Street's sixth annual National Night Out event on Aug. 2, which will also take place at Anson B. Nixon Park.
“This is another example of the borough and the township working toward a common goal,” said board chairman Scudder Stevens. “Events like National Night Out on East Linden Street encourage positive feelings between the police and residents, who had in the past not always been comfortable with each other.”
National Night Out now involves more than 37 million people and 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases around the world.
In other township news, the township has committed to purchase a 30-acre portion of a 73-acre parcel in the township, at a cost of $588,450. An appraisal of the property is still needed, and if the acquisition is approved, the property will provide trails for public use. The location will be revealed to the public if the agreement is signed.
Several township officials visited the new township park to review the possible sites of a dog park, community garden and walking trails that is scheduled to be included in the design of the 45-acre park on Bayard Road, which the township purchased on Feb. 12 for $782,000. Originally planned to be placed near the township's maintenance garage, the final location of these sites may be moved, to avoid any conflict with the Chester County pipeline, which runs nearby. Once re-designed, the determination of the dog park, community garden and trails will go to the supervisors for a vote at an upcoming meeting.
The board announced that the township will begin the design phase of the project to rehabilitate the historic Chandler Mill Bridge – which is now owned by the township – and then send the approved designs to potential construction companies, who will bid on the project. The cost of the rehabilitation will be approximately $450,000, $100,000 of which will be paid for through a donation.
The board also gave a progress report on the township's Sustainable Development Office (SDO), which was formed earlier this year. The office is currently involved with exploring economic development opportunities in the Ways Lane neighborhood, and in the vicinity of the Exelon Generation Company. The office is also working on developing traffic initiatives for the township, in cooperation with the Kennett Borough, to explore ways of improving tractor trailer accessibility. In addition, the SDO is exploring ways of making the township a more walkable community, which will include the development of the Kennett Greenway Loop. 
The SDO will make a presentation of its projects at the July 20 board meeting.
Last week, the township joined several other agencies, companies and municipalities in a table top exercise organized by Chester County Emergency Services, to determine how each of these entities would react in the case of a bomb threat emergency.
“It was good to know that this resource is available, whenever there is an emergency of this kind,” Stevens said.
The board approved the advertising of two ordinances, one that would permit the township police to use the firing range at the New Garden Flying Field – currently operated by the New Garden Township Police Department –  at a cost of $750 a year. The other ordinance approved for advertising would permit the township to apply a ten percent late fee to any delinquent sewage fees owed to the township. Both ordinances will be on the board's July 20 meeting agenda, for discussion and vote.
The board approved the request of Police Chief Lydell Nolt to remove township officer Johnathan Ortiz from probationary status, for the purpose of giving him permanent officer status. Officer Ortiz has been with the department for one year.
To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, e-mail rgaw@chestercounty.com.

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