Government

Nether Providence Township Legislative Meeting, April 2021

The township held its regular meeting on Thursday, the video is available on Youtube here.

Public Safety

  • Public comments concerned the resolution asking the county to oppose the contract renewal with the Covanta incinerator in Chester and find alternative means of reducing waste. After public comments, the board approved the revised resolution 7-0.
  • The board authorized 7 additional stop signs in the Lapidea Hills area (near Springhaven club) and is studying the intersection at Harvey and Pine for one.

Parks and Recreation

  • NPAA soccer presented a plan to seek a DCED grant for improvements to the soccer fields at Houston Park. NPAA will cover the matching costs, there will be no cost to the township. The township approved the plan.
  • There will be a dedication at Furness Park on June 12th. The plan is to have a cleanup at 5 pm, an opening ceremony at 6:30 pm and a lighting event at 7 pm.

Zoning and Planning

  • The approved a seventh escrow release for 310 Wallingford and work continues there.

Finance

  • The board approved a new retirement plan alternative for township employees. It also authorized studying the actuarial effects of changing assumptions that determine pension benefit costs for the township.

Public Works

  • The road resurfacing bids came in slightly higher than expected. The lowest bid was from a new company so the board delayed action until their references could be checked.

Community Enhancement

  • The township summer camp program has 120 registered campers so far of a cap of 165-170. There is no jr. counselor program, but those who are 16 can apply to be a counselor. Information is on the township’s website here.
  • The township is planting trees at Hepford Park at 10 am on Saturday.
  • The township rejected bids for CDBG financed sewer work on Pennsylvania Ave. as the bids were too high. The project scope will be re-evaluated.

Infrastructure

  • The township engineer is pricing a watershed protection project near Canterbury.
  • At the last meeting the board authorized $22k additional funding for the Possum Hollow sidewalk project, but the state has now offered to pay the full project amount. As long as the bids are not higher than expected, there is not expected to be an increased township match.
  • The East Rose Valley sidewalk project is on schedule to begin this summer.
  • The Gouley Park stream bank restoration project bid was approved.

Manager Report

  • The township acknowledged Earth Day. The township has an agreement with Retrievr to collect electronic waste, you can find out more on their website here. There is a cleanup planned at the Leiper-Smedley trail on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. There is another cleanup at Chester Park at 10 am on Saturday also. A clean-up was also done recently at Houston Park.
  • There are two Eagle scout projects underway at Furness Park installing benches and removing bamboo.
  • The township announced new grants including $250k for further sidewalks on Providence Rd., $42k for trail development in Furness Park and $22k for watershed restoration around Palmers Ln.
  • All residents are eligible for Covid vaccinations now, information about appointments, including the homebound vaccination program can be found on the county’s website.
  • Funds are available for residents through the emergency rental assistance program. More information is available on the website.
  • A shredding/e-waste event is planned at Gouley Park on 7/17.
  • May 2nd – 8th is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week.
  • Secure drop boxes for mail-in ballots will be activated on April 26th.
  • The township has requested PENNDOT to conduct safety reviews of Turner Rd at Knoll Rd. and Waterville at Hastings.
  • Both fire companies are conducting food truck events. Garden City on May 1st and South Media on May 7th.

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