Radnor Township School District must face “brutal facts,” including what some officials say is a “structural problem” with how the district is funded and how it spends money according to Superintendent of Schools Linda Grobman. For example, by the year 2015-16 the school district could spend almost the same amount on benefits as it will on salaries, according to a five-year budget outlook. Despite “significant” staff and teacher layoffs and furloughs [Read more...]
A collaborative effort between Bryn Mawr Hospital, Radnor and Lower Merion Townships will makeover the dangerous “five point” intersection of Glenbrook Ave., County Line Rd., and Bryn Mawr Ave. Area merchants are not happy with the plans, which local officials say are necessary to protect the public. The area has seen over 27 accidents in the past three years. Bryn Mawr Hospital has contributed $610,000 to the project with Radnor and Lower Merion adding $350,000. The project is expected to begin in February 2010.
In October 2007 about 60 Garrett Hill residents stormed into Radnor Township’s offices demanding they be part of a proposed plan to change the zoning and subdivision regulations for their small enclave. In October 2008 a scheduled vote on proposed changes that a steering committee of residents crafted was delayed due to concerns by members of the business community that their properties would be negatively affected.
One year later, on Monday night, Radnor’s Board of Commissioners voted to [Read more...]
Radnor Township’s interim manager, John Granger, has seen a recent decrease in the initial large deficit projected for 2010, but states that the decrease is not enough to balance the budget without a real estate tax increase. Also being discussed are trash pickup options. Radnor has offered back yard trash pickup free of charge for many years, but that may be on the chopping block as the 2010 budget discussions continue. The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for Oct. 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the township’s municipal building, 301 Iven Avenue, Wayne , PA 19087.
The presentation of a concept plan for the less-than-three acre block in South Wayne between Runnymede and West Wayne avenues was met with negative community responses. The large-scale, mixed-use development plan included a new and bigger library and senior center, a retail post office without the truck filled distribution center, a public park, a relocated war memorial, some roofed public parking and 100 to 120 living units (with underground parking). The 10 or so proposed flats, lots and townhouses would start in the $600,000 range. The project would add to the density of downtown Wayne, and many attendees objected to that idea. While some in the township administration are seemingly in favor of, or at least receptive to, the concept plan, the Board of Commissioners has final say on any officially proposed plan.
The Natural Lands Trust of Radnor Township submitted an application to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for $750,000 in open space funds. The funds will be used to purchase the remaining 360 acres of Ardrossan Farm lands. Radnor Township voters approved a $20 million open space bond referendum to support land preservation.
Radnor Township officials are working with the Bryn Mawr Business Association to develop a Business Improvement District (BID) for Bryn Mawr. The district would be a local authority enabled by state legislation to promote business in the commercial district. If developed, all commercial properties within the boundaries of the BID would be subject to a special assessment.
Voters across Pennsylvania voted overwhelmingly against Act 1 referendum questions during last Tuesday’s primary election. Only four of Pennsylvania’s 498 school districts, including Bristol Borough in
County, approved the tax shift designed to provide homeowners with greater reductions in property taxes.
Pennsylvania’s Taxpayer Relief Act (ACT 1) mandated that school districts place a referendum question on the May 15, 2007 primary election ballot asking voters whether earned income (EIT) or personal income (PIT) taxes should be increased, or instituted for the purpose of reducing real estate taxes on qualified residential properties. All school districts in Pennsylvania, other than Philadelphia, Pittsburg and
Scranton, are required to place a referendum question on the ballot. Click here to see the referendum question and result for each school district in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and