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Ridley Park Council vice president Jim Glenn and Pomeroy Street resident Andy Furman clashed at council's April 15 meeting over the protocol for the public comment portion of the meeting. DelCoTimes correspondent Barbara Ormsby was there and she files this account.
Glenn told Furman public comment was just that, public comment, and not a time to ask questions of council members. Glenn said Furman should forward his questions to the appropriate person on council and limit his time at the lectern to comments.
“This is not the Andy Furman Show,” Glenn said.
Furman countered by saying a number of residents have come up to him and thanked him for asking questions during the public comment portion of the meeting. He continued to press council on matters such as whether or not quarterly payments have been made to the borough by Lamar Advetising for the billboard in Hetzel Park, leasing a police car rather than purchase it outright, and when specific streets are going to be repaved.
“I think the residents appreciate this information,” Furman said.
Before the Glenn-Furman dispute, Glenn asked others who spoke during public comment if they had addressed any of their questions during the month. He said council tries to be courteous during the public comment.
“But it seems some people only wait until the TV cameras are on,” Glenn said.
In related matters, borough manager Dawn Marie Human said the borough is developing the street paving schedule now, and council approved the purchase of a 2013 Dodge Charger police car and municipal financing through Ally Municipal Lease in the amount of $26,491. The 4-year lease calls for annual payments of $7,298.
Council approved the appointment of former council member Chauncey Scarborough to the recreation board, and named Nicholas Digregorio to the junior councilor position.
Councilwoman Samantha Snow said Digregorio is a junior at Ridley High School who wants to give back to his community, and is interested in the legislative process. Junior council members serve one year in that post.
In another matter, Glenn told residents of the Hetzel Park neighborhood that the harsh winter weather caused clean-up efforts at the park to be behind schedule this spring.