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For anyone who missed the RP Borough monthly meeting on Wednesday night, May 21, Council passed new ordinances (concerning animals, sidewalks, soliciting and parking tickets.)  I am posting this because I don't know if anyone was aware of these ordinances and that they were up for vote on Wednesday.  (I sure wasn't.) 

The handout given during the meeting only said "Ordinances" and a VERY brief description of each.  There was nothing about voting for these ordinances.  Nor were the ordinances or vote mentioned or discussed prior to the Public Comment Section.  I then asked a QUESTION  during the Public Comment section of the meeting (I point this out because certain members of the Ridley Park Borough Council have said during recent meetings that questions should be not be allowed during the Public Comment section of meetings.) 


I asked if Council was voting tonight on theses ordinances.  If  these ordinances were made available to residents? Etc..  I was told by our Borough Manager that a  public notice referencing this vote appeared in the Delco Times, but she wasn't sure when  (May 13)  and that the ordinances themselves were available for review in the Borough Office (and I believe the Ridley Park Library.)  I pointed out that 8 days notice didn't seem very long [for people to hear of ordinances, obtain them, read them and contact the Council with their opinions.]  Needless to say, the Council went ahead and voted as planned.


Sam Snow interrupted the vote and stated that she wanted more time to review the ordinances.  She also said that residents should have time to review them as well.  She made a motion to delay the vote until June.  Dan Broadhurst seconded her motion. Unfortunately they were overruled by Bob Berger, Jim Glenn, Holly O'Mahoney, Paul Mattus and Michele Endriss-Dalessio.   Voting took place immediately on the ordinances and passed with only Sam and Dan voting "opposed."


On a personal note...

I am very dissappointed in Council.  I thought that at the very least the Hetzel Park Billboard fiasco would have made it clear that there needs to be better communication and transparency in our local government. 


So again, I would like to point out how important it is to be involved with our local government. 

We need to keep informed. 

We need to ask questions and demand answers. 

We need to tell our leaders about our concerns and opinions about issues in our Borough.



For everyone who was not aware of these ordinances, they are attached.





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Comment by Linda Shockley on May 25, 2014 at 2:55pm

Now that the fines have gone up, sometimes substantially, I wonder if it will be worth their while to actually enforce these ordinances?  The one about parking trucks and parked in the wrong direction are blatantly violated with no consequences.

Comment by doglover4 on May 24, 2014 at 7:58pm

Nina, it takes time to do a little creative editing. I'm curious to see people's opinion after the meeting is aired. Is it the same, or was there a little audio problem or did the video cut out? I have no doubt there's some overtime going on. Council knows their handing us a bunch of BS on a silver platter and they think there's nothing that we'll do about it. It's the elephant in the room. As long as they continue to get away with their antics, they will. Some accountability is in order and long overdue.

Comment by Nina on May 24, 2014 at 1:17pm

Seems to me in the past newspaper notices of official borough events were always posted by the borough manager

Comment by Nina on May 24, 2014 at 8:52am

Was the Memorial Day observance announced for Monday at council? There is nothing listed for Ridley Park in the Delco Times where all the other towns listed their events

It is usually at 10 am on Memorial Day

Comment by doglover4 on May 23, 2014 at 8:09pm
Yep, Russia has come to RP. Berger is Putin, although I think Putin is taller.

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