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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.