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Mar 29, 2010

Fireworks saved in Tredyffrin

LOCATION: Tredyffrin
DATE: Sunday, March 21, 2010
BY: Blair Meadowcroft
DETAILS: By A long tradition in Tredyffrin Township will continue this summer thanks to some help from a local company.

At the Monday-night board of supervisors (BOS) meeting, Chairman Bob Lamina announced that funding for the July 4 fireworks display has been restored.

"I am very pleased to announce that through the generosity of the community in the spirit of public giving, Shire Pharmaceuticals has agreed to partner with the township for the funding of the fireworks display on July 4," said Lamina. "Funding for the fireworks had been canceled during the budget process and now thanks to Shire the funding is available."

In other news, Lamina announced: "This is David Brill's last meeting with us as finance director, and we thank you for providing counsel to the township over the years."

During the meeting Superintendent of Police Andrew Chambers gave the Annual Report for 2009 and was happy to report that the crime trends and analysis showed that crime in Tredyffrin is steadily decreasing. Accidents and traffic citations among other things were all down for 2009, as well as DUI arrests, which Chambers attributed to Tredyffrin being a well-known township for DUI enforcement. There was a noted increase in 911 calls but Chambers explained this was due to citizens being very engaged in what is going on in their neighborhoods and calling in suspicious persons and behavior such as doors being left open. At the end of the Annual Report, Chambers announced Russell Hittle as Officer of the Year for 2009.

In other news Public Works Director Steve Norcini announced that the township is looking into a possible refund from FEMA for weather-related expenses, and also pertaining to weather, the Public Works Department is continuing to work on patching and repairing the township's many potholes.

Updates on sidewalk-related projects included Steve Burgo's announcement that the sidewalk project around Conestoga High School and Tredyffrin/Easttown Middle School has begun and that early action such as tree removal has been done to prepare for construction, which is set to start at the end of March and continue through September.

Also members were named to the Sidewalk Subcommittee, which consists of three members each from the BOS, Planning Commission and Sidewalks, Trails and Paths Committee. The purpose of creating a joint subcommittee is to "re-examine where the community wants and needs sidewalks, with a goal of adopting more formal policies and procedures relative to design, development and construction of sidewalks and paths in the township," according to the township Web site.

Another group that was recently formed was the Tredyffrin/Easttown Fire Task Force, which met Jan. 27. The fire-liaison meeting was held with the three local fire companies and another is scheduled for March 31. The purpose is for the fire companies to come together and agree on goals for the year.


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