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To leave the fountain at Ridley Park Lake in the water during the winter, or take it out and put it in storage until warmer weather? That is the question members of Ridley Park borough council are mulling over.
At council's Feb.19 meeting, Ridley Park Councilman Jared Brennan said he thinks it is preferable to remove the fountain during the winter to prevent any damage from the cold. But borough engineer Charles Catania said the fountain can be left in or taken out. But he cautioned that the previous fountain was damaged by removing it.
Councilwoman Sue Murtha questioned why the fountain has to run at "top speed" continuously. Council president Bob Berger commented that council should evaluate the costs involved in hiring a crane to lift the fountain out of the lake and place it in the small storage building on the shore.
During the public comment portion of the meeting, former council member Jeanne Frantz, who lives in a house fronting on the lake, questioned why the lights at the fountain have to be on during day light hours and why isn't the fountain turned off at night.
"I know how expensive it is to run that fountain," said Frantz, adding that she once served on council's finance committee. "Some adjustments could be made to save some money."
Council approved a proclamation for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month after hearing a presentation by Patty Hollenbach, a nurse navigator for the Crozer-Keystone Health System about the importance of colorectal screening to spot pre-cancerous polyps before they become cancer.
In another matter, council approved the appointment of Tom Byrne Jr. as a part-time police officer. He is the son of Tom Byrne, who recently retired after 24 years on the borough police force, the last 10 years as chief.
Byrne Jr. also works as a part-time police officer in Eddystone and recently became captain of Boeing's fire department. His brother, Steven, is a Chester city police officer.
Story by Barabara Ormsby, DelCoNewsNewtork