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Ridley Park Borough Council has agreed on a separation of employment agreement with Borough Manager Dawn Human. Human's agreement relieves her of all Borough Manager duties and allows her to use sick time and vacation time due to her until December 31, 2014 when her employment with the Borough is terminated.

A copy of the signed agreement is available at Ridley Park Borough Hall.

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Comment by Parkerbaby01 on November 26, 2014 at 11:15am

No one even missed her because she was hardly ever at work anyway.  Saving RP money without her.  She has cost this town way too much

Comment by Linda Shockley on November 14, 2014 at 6:59am

Agree with your comments.  I just thought she should have been excused from any more council meetings.  She hardly wrote anything down anyway.  And, the next BM should at least live in this state, preferably this borough (but given all that's required, maybe that's unrealistic).

Comment by tim devabey on November 14, 2014 at 12:27am

I don't think anyone is intentionally being mean or personal.  We are all suffering from the embarrassing after-effects of very poor judgment in several areas . And we have an interest as well as a right to an explanation. 


Howard, I agree with the direction of your comments.  I would like to see you begin a fresh blog asking for ideas on the topic of properly managing Ridley Park the way it should be done:  to strengthen our Town's image and quality of life for residents with full knowledge of and respect for our uniqueness as a planned residential community and a recognized Historic Resource in Pennsylvania. 


A major requirement for considering any type of Manager for Ridley Park should be experience, or at the very least, familiarity and comprehension of Historic Resource Management and Preservation guided by the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Historic Landscape Preservation, etc.     

Comment by Linda Shockley on November 13, 2014 at 8:30pm

Now that I've seen the council meeting from October, I feel sad for the BM.  Even though she brought it on herself, it's still a shame to see someone looking so defeated.  My husband and I thought she looked like she was on the verge of tears.  Would council have been so hard-hearted as to tell her she was fired right before the meeting?

Comment by Parkergirl on November 13, 2014 at 7:37pm

@Howard..I agree with you. We need a qualified borough manager using any and all resources available. I believe we missed out on a grant that had a deadline of the end of August that would have provided bullet proof vests to our officers. That's just one of many missed opportunities . Many of our surrounding communities received the grant. Grants are FREE money, there is never a reason not to apply or get the paperwork in on time. I think your idea has a lot merit and it should be looked into.

Comment by Howard McCoy on November 13, 2014 at 7:02pm

Something should be said about finding a suitable replacement for our Borough Manager and wishing our old one good luck in the new job.  Our little Borough has some serious issues before us; police costs for one, a limited commercial tax base, rising school taxes, and right now the lack of a professional hand on the tiller managing the upper end expectations of a suburban municipality. Contracts, grant applications, taxes, filings, notices, appeals, news filings, are the tip of the iceberg as I know it.

On the web I found Municipal Resources Inc who hires out to communities like ours. I have no idea of their fees and costs for Municipal Resources but how much has our community lost out on by not keeping one, consistent, Borough Manager for any appreciable amount of time?

Municipal Resources names several Pennsylvania clients: Bryn Mawr College, Carlisle Borough, Chambersburg Borough, Centre Region Council of Governments, East Buffalo Township, East Coventry Township, Gettysburg Borough Indiana Borough, Montgomery Township, Oil City, PLCM (PA League of Cities and Municipalities), Straban Township, Upper Saucon Township, Villanova University, and the Town of York,

Comment by Parkergirl on November 13, 2014 at 6:16pm

@Informed RU...I believe the word that council used was "terminate". My interpretation of that is let go as in fired. We'll probably never know the details or circumstances. Good luck on focusing on police work. At least we know one place not to look for him now....the borough hall.  I don't know if it's true or not but there's been an increase in tickets being issued for people parking in the wrong direction in the borough. I'm not saying those people aren't breaking the law, but it's never been enforced in the borough until the past week or so....since the BM left. Coincidence? Guess we'll wait to compare the number of citations issued in Nov. compared to October and previous months at the Dec. mtg.  

Comment by INFORMED RU on November 13, 2014 at 4:05pm
These numbers can't be correct. They aren't the smartest people but not that dumb.
I said earlier manager was fired I don't know that for sure
One good thing out of this maybe our streets will be safer now that chief can focuss on police work
Comment by Linda Smith on November 12, 2014 at 6:35am
Tim, those figures do not seem correct. You should be able to just get the 2014 budget and compare to 2013 for both BM and COP salaries. You can also go to Borough Hall and fill out a "Right to Know" form.
Comment by tim devabey on November 11, 2014 at 11:52pm

@Linda Smith,

I've never been able to make sense of the Borough budget.  For example, I can't find from what fund the Chief of Police (COP) draws his $20,000 pay raise.  That would be on his base pay of $80,000 up to $100,000, an increase of 25%.


So while we wait for official verification from Council President Berger and the rest of the Finance Committee of Borough Council, let's speculate on what was the salary of the former Borough Manager, Dawn, the wife of the COP.


Using the salary increase you mentioned of $16,000, and applying the same percent increase as the COP received--25%--Dawn's base salary can be calculated to have been $64,000 ($16,000 is 25% of $64,000) and $64,000 increased by a 25% raise amounts to $80,000.  If true, what a coincidence!  Was Dawn given a raise so her salary matched the base salary of the COP--$80,000? 


Or, if we recalculate at a "mere" 15% salary increase, BM's base salary would have been $106,666 ($16,000 is 15% of $106,666). In that case, Dawn's salary with raise would amount to $122,666.


Here is where the speculation gets real funny.  If we use the 4.5% Borough tax increase amount and apply that number to Dawn's salary increase of $16,000 ($16,000 is 4.5% of BM salary) Dawn's base salary would have to be $355,555.  Add to that the raise of $16,000 for a whopping grand payday total of $371,555.  That is some large candy bar!


Do you think my numbers are close?


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