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					                                    Borough Bulletin
                                             The Official News of the Borough of Ridley Park “The Borough Beautiful”

                                                                                                                       Fall 2007

                                                                       Park a place that you and          Public Safety. And you are
     From the CounCil President                                        your family will enjoy living      all aware of our continued
                                                                       in for years to come. Our          fight to stop the FAA airspace
                                                                       new rental unit inspection         redesign.
I have recently heard the           to keeping Ridley Park a
                                                                       program has been a success         “Rapid un-urbanization” is
phrase “rapid urbanization”         “suburban” community of
                                                                       with over seven hundred            the new term I’d like to use
used to describe what is            the highest quality. Ridley
                                                                       properties undergoing safety       when referring to our charge
happening to the inner ring         Park is 98% residential
                                                                       inspections this year alone.       of leading Ridley Park. It will
suburban communities in             with mostly single family
                                                                       Our code enforcement               take a sincere effort on all of
Delaware County. Although           homes. Our parks are
                                                                       department is aggressively         our parts, but it is truly worth
Ridley Park is not an inner         prized, with our East Lake
                                                                       enforcing property                 the challenge.
ring town, we still have to         Park being one of the nicest
                                                                       maintenance issues too. The
be paying keen attention            settings in the county. Our
                                                                       new Police Station that will       Perry Artese
to conditions around us.            new efforts to update our
                                                                       open this fall is further proof    President
Our council through its             zoning codes fully reflect
                                                                       of our vision for the best in      Ridley Park Borough Council
recent actions is committed         our mission to keep Ridley

                              hArB                                     free, professional advice.          The HARB meets on the
                                                                       To discuss your project             fourth Thursday of every
                                                                       informally, the HARB has            month at 7:00 p.m. in the
With autumn beginning,              your house. Additionally,
                                                                       reserved time during each           Community Room of the
some of you may be thinking         the “Guidelines” outline
                                                                       monthly meeting to provide          Borough Hall. Contact the
about doing some repairs or         maintenance and repair
                                                                       advice and consultation to          Borough Manager at (610)
renovations to the exterior         procedures that will ensure
                                                                       any member of the public.           532-2100 for the exact date
of your historic home this          compliance with the
                                                                       This informational meeting          of the next HARB meeting
fall. If you live in the Historic   Ordinance.
                                                                       with the HARB will allow you        and to schedule your
District, and are considering
                                                                       to review your project and          consultation. The HARB is
a building project with any         Any exterior changes visible
                                                                       get feedback on potential           here to help.
exterior work, contact the          from a public right-of-
                                                                       concerns before you finalize
Historic Architectural Review       way or street, including
                                                                       your plans. Photographs,            John Purcell
Board (HARB) to discuss             additions, alterations,
                                                                       drawings, sample materials,         Community Development/
your project in its earliest        renovations, major repairs,
                                                                       etc. are helpful even at this       Historic Preservation
stages. Even if you don’t live      material replacement; the
                                                                       early stage.
in the district, and you have       relocation or demolition
a historic home and would           of historic buildings; and
like some advice, the HARB          new construction within                      new PoliCe stAtion dediCAtion
is available to help.               the Borough’s Historic
                                    District require HARB
To be sure whether or not           review. The HARB makes
your house is included in           recommendations to the
the Historic District, please       Borough Council on the
obtain a copy of the Historic       appropriateness of that
District Ordinance (which           work. The Borough Council
contains a map) or look             makes the decision on
in the “Ridley Park Design          issuing a “Certificate of
Guidelines”, available at           Appropriateness”.
Borough Hall or in the
Library. The Ordinance              HARB Members are also able         Ridley Park Borough will be dedicating the new Police Station
will explain the rules for          to help guide you through           in Catania Brothers Park on Saturday, November 3 at 10:00
making exterior changes to          the process and provide                A.M. Please come join us for this extraordinary event.
                                                                           This fight against the FAA     Editor in the local papers. You
          From the mAyor’s desk                                       is nonpartisan --- a united front   have been and continue to be
                                                                      against the FAA. In addition        important.
                                                                      to Andy Reilly, the following
A wonderful event occurred          for redevelopment of the
                                                                      government officials voiced             Your Council has many
in Ridley Park Thursday,            older towns in S.E. Delaware
                                                                      their support: Congressman          projects underway and others
September 13, 2007. Delaware        County. The next part of our
                                                                      Joe Sestak, State Senator Ted       under study to ensure that
County Council, under the           Revitalization plan will begin
                                                                      Erickson, State Representative      Ridley Park continues to be a
leadership of Andy Rielly, held     after the first of the year and
                                                                      Ron Raymond and Brian Lentz.        Quality Residential Community.
a press conference in our           continue up Sellers Avenue
                                                                      Local officials, including your
Business District to showcase       to Daisy Delights and down
                                                                      Mayor, were present. There              A special thanks to Ron
their Revitalization Program.       Dutton Street toward Taylor
                                                                      are 19 plaintiffs listed in the     Raymond for obtaining
We received great TV coverage       Hospital. We have received
                                                                      lawsuit in which your Mayor is      significant grants for us to
from Action News and Fox            over $400,000.00 in grants for
                                                                      one representing our residents.     make these projects possible.
News. The Business District         these projects.
                                                                      Your Borough Council is solidly
looked great, especially the
                                                                      behind our efforts to stop the      Hank Eberle
Revitalized section. The               Ridley Park is a Quality
                                                                      FAA. However, it is you, our        Mayor
Fox News segment was 3 to           Town.
                                                                      residents, who have
4 minutes long, including
                                                                      to continue to take
interviews with residents and            Also in September, Andy
                                                                      a strong stand as
a business owner. Officials         Reilly and County Council filed
                                                                      you have in the past.
from other towns talked about       a lawsuit against the FAA with
                                                                      Keep writing letters,
their Revitalization projects       the goal of preventing the FAA
                                                                      sending e-mails and
while standing in our revitalized   from implementing their plan
                                                                      continue expressing
district. This is a great           to fly planes over Delaware
                                                                      your concerns to us.
initiative by County Council        County.
                                                                      Send letters to the

   Big ProjeCt in ridley PArk to Begin soon
As the Chairman of Public Works Department for Ridley Park            We look forward to input from residents about the implementation
Borough Council, I am pleased to announce the commitment of           of this project. Feel free to call borough hall at anytime for more
7.5 million dollars from the state for sound barriers in our town.    information.
After much work and deliberation with PennDot, the state has          Nick Miccarelli
decided to provide Ridley Park with 7.5 million dollars for this      Public Works
project. The engineering firm hired by PennDot has determined
that neighborhoods in Ridley Park heavily affected by the highway                         CAt CollAr ProgrAm
sound will have a 50 percent reduction in noise.                       The Board of Health will hold a roundup of stray cats sometime
The engineering firm overseeing the project has held an                in the fall. Free numbered collars are being given away to cat
initial public input meeting and design work is progressing.           owners in Borough Hall with a registry to be kept on file in the
After meetings in Ridley Park with representatives from                Borough Office.
PennDot, we are pleased to announce our plan for this project.
                                                                       All cats belong indoors. They might get out from time to time
                                                                       but if they have a numbered collar they have a better chance to
•	 The wall will span from Stewart Avenue between I-95 and             find their way home to you. Animal control will notify you if
   Chester Pike, and along I-95 from Darby Creek to the end of         and when they are located. Also, if your cat is picked up as a
   Catania Brothers Park.                                              nuisance they will be brought home instead of being taken to
                                                                       the SPCA with all the other animals. The first time your cat is
                                                                       brought home as a nuisance you will receive a written warning.
•	 The section between Chester Pike and I-95 on Stewart Avenue
                                                                       Each subsequent time your cat is returned as a nuisance you may
   will stand between 10-12 feet.                                      receive a fine.

•	 The section between Stewart Avenue and the end of Catania           Some people say their cat will never wear a collar. We
   Park (south on 95) will stand between 14-18 ft.                     understand this may take some getting used to but you
•	 The section between Stewart Avenue north to Darby Creek will        need to make sure that the collar is kept on. Remember,
                                                                       this may be your pet’s only way back home. For
   stand between 10-14 feet.                                           further information, please call the Borough
                                                                       Office at 610-532-2100.
•	 The wall will total approximately 7,000 feet in length at
   completion of the project.                                          Michael Wright
                                                                       Public Safety
                                                                     More trees equal lower             pumped over a grassy area
  stormwAter mAnAgement tiPs                                         stormwater costs. One              to allow absorption, filtration
                                                                     mature tree reduces                and aeration of the water. Any
Erosion and sedimentation         to our streams. Downspout          stormwater runoff by over          pool chlorine water should be
from stormwater and the           extensions should be directed      1,000 gallons per year. Trees      neutralized to a PH between
pollutants they carry, is         to a grassy or natural area        in your yard protect water and     6 and 9 standard units.
the number one cause of           or rain garden which slopes        soil resources. Trees reduce       Chlorine rinses should stand
pollution in our streams. A       away from your house and is        the amount of runoff and           for a period of days to allow
simple yet effective way for      at least six feet away from the    pollutants in creeks, ponds        the chlorine degradation prior
property owners to make a         foundation of your home.           and reservoirs. Protect and        to discharge. Questions
contribution to improving                                            care for mature trees. It takes    concerning pool guidelines
water quality and to lessen       A rain barrel is a good way        at least 15 years for a new        may be directed to the
the impact to properties and      to store stormwater as it          tree to have the same benefits     Pennsylvania Department of
communities downstream            leaves the downspout. Rain         for protecting air and water       Environmental Protection,
is by redirecting their           barrels may be purchased           quality. Plant large trees with    Water Management
downspouts from dumping           or easily and inexpensively        full crowns and larger leaves,     Department (484-250-5970).
onto streets and into storm       constructed. To be effective,      such as maple, oak or beech.
sewers. One inch of rain on       they should be emptied             Plant needle leaf evergreens       Stormwater management
1,000 square feet of rooftop,     between rain events. Gardens       on the north side for wind         is everyone’s concern,
creates over 600 gallons          and plants thrive on natural       shield and for winter rainfall     please pitch in and help the
of stormwater! Allowing           rain water.                        interception. With new tree        environment. What we do
stormwater to naturally soak                                         plantings, extend a thin layer     today, helps the community
into the soil keeps it from       Do not dump yard waste             of organic mulch to the drip       tomorrow.
entering our storm sewer          (clippings, branches or            line to improve your tree’s
system and streams during         leaves) in the street where it     ability to absorb rainfall.        Len Pinto
peak flows and decreases          can wash into storm drains         Pool water should not be           Public Properties/Code
streambank erosion and            or in parks, along streams or      discharged into any storm          Enforcement
sedimentation and pollution       piled at the base of trees.        water inlet. It should be

                                                                     This includes Consumer             show sponsored by the
  ridley Park library news Fall 2007                                 Health, free legal forms,          Friends of the Library. This
                                                                     and the super World Book           program by the famous Segal
The library has free story time   minutes, more if no one is         On-line Encyclopedia. The          Puppet Theater will be held
programs for children ages        waiting. The library also has      library staff will be happy to     on Friday evening December
3 to 6 through December.          a Word Processing computer         instruct residents in the use      14th at 7pm in the community
In December there will be         with a flash drive for residents   of these wonderful resources.      room in borough hall. The
another free session of Infant/   to use. There is only a            The community may also             program is entitled, “North
Toddler Story time. Please call   minimal charge for printing.       download free e-books to a         Pole Fun”.
the library for days, times and                                      MP3 player. All you need is
to register.                      With your library card you         a library card, a computer         Alex Rahn
                                  may use over 75 databases          and an MP3 player. Visit the       Technology/Public Relations/
The library now has four free     at the library and 62 of these     library for details.               Community Resources
Internet stations. Residents      information packed sources         The library invites all children
may use the Internet for 30       from your home computer.           ages 2 and up to a free puppet

                 ridley PArk lAke ComPletes mAintenAnCe ProjeCt
In August, the borough            greatest public park. JMC           The 13 acre Eastlake Park         improvements to the park will
completed dredging the            Contractors of Glen Mills          is historic in that it remains     include a small tot-friendly
accumulated silt and removed      was the low bidder on the          a fine example of early 19th       playground, which will also be
debris from the upper part        project. A grant obtained          Century park design. Our           funded with a new state grant.
of the lake at Eastlake Park.     with the assistance of State       residents can enjoy recreation
The project was part of the       Representative Ron Raymond         activities including, fishing,     Perry Artese
borough’s ongoing efforts         for $45,000 dollars funded         concerts, walking and our          Parks and Recreation
to improve and stabilize its      most of the cost.                  yearly Victorian Fair. Future
                                                           leAF ColleCtion sChedule                   the specific week by week schedule or
  CounCil inFormAtion                                  This year the leaf collection program
                                                                                                      contact the Borough Office at 610-532-
                                                                                                      2100. Every effort will be made to adhere
Ridley Park Borough Council - meets the first          began the week of October 8 and will           to the printed schedule but is subject to
Tuesday of each month for a workshop session and       continue for eight weeks until the week of     change due to existing conditions. Last
the third Tuesday of each month for the regular        December 3. Collections alternate each         year’s leaf collection program diverted
meeting. Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. in the         week between the 1ST and 3RD precincts
Community Room of Borough Hall and the public
                                                                                                      159 tons of yard and leaf waste from the
                                                       and the 2ND AND 4TH precincts. Leaf            normal waste collection stream.
is invited to attend. The regular council meeting is
televised on Comcast channel 10 and RCN channel        collections will be made from Monday
52.                                                    through Friday in the designated precincts.    Nick Miccarelli
                                                       Please check your Borough Calendar for         Public Works
Perry Artese, Council President - Term ‘10 (R)
Personnel/Parks & Recreation Chair
Email-                                  PurChAse oF new street sweePer
John Purcell, Vice President - Term ‘08 (R)            In order to maintain the beauty of
Community Development/Historic Preservation            the sixteen (16) miles of streets that
Chair                                                  crisscross the Borough, Ridley Park is
Email-                               undertaking a street cleaning program
Alex Rahn, President Pro Tempore - Term ‘10 (R)        that includes the purchase of a factory
Technology/Public Relations/Community                  demonstration street sweeper. The              watering of lawns can carry the pollutants
Resources Chair                                        program’s mission is to clean all borough      down the street where it enters the storm
Email-                 streets as required to provide safe            drain and, ultimately, unfiltered into the
                                                       conditions for all modes of transportation.    creeks.
Mary McFall Hopper - Term ‘08 (R)
Finance & Insurance/Budget Chair                       In addition, street sweeping is an effective
                                                                                                      Using the City of Harrisburg Pennsylvania
Email-                                way to remove harmful pollutants from
                                                                                                      Capital City Automotive and Equipment
                                                       the streets including litter, leaves, and
Len Pinto - Term ‘08 (R)                                                                              Contract, Ridley Park Borough Council
                                                       chemical deposits such as automotive
Public Properties/Code Enforcement                                                                    authorized the purchase of a factory demo
                                                       fluids. The pollutants endanger the
Email-                                                                            Schwarz A4000 regenerative air power
                                                       watershed and leave unsightly debris in
                                                                                                      sweeper in the amount of $101,869.00,
Nick Miccarelli -Term ‘08 (R)                          the neighborhood.
                                                                                                      a total cost savings to the Borough of
Public Works Chair
Email-                       Clean streets support good air quality         $3,725.00. Ridley Park has entered into
                                                       standards and stormwater quality services      a five (5) year lease-purchase agreement
Michael W. Wright - Term ‘08 (R)                       to the citizens of Ridley Park. Residential    with a finance company in order to acquire
Public Safety Chair                                    streets will be swept on a regular             the street sweeper. A grant obtained by
Email-                                                                          State Representative Ron Raymond will
                                                       schedule to keep debris from entering the
Henry A. Eberle, Jr. - Term ‘10 (R)                    stormwater system and polluting adjacent       cover the cost of the loan along with part
Mayor                                                  waterways. If streets are not swept,           of the sweeper’s operating costs.
                                                       the debris and visible pollutants end up
Borough Office - 610-532-2100                                                                         Mary McFall Hopper
                                                       trapped against the gutters and in storm
Web Site -                                                                  Finance & Insurance
                                                       drains. Excess water from rainfall and the

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