EXETER TWP., Pa. – The Exeter Township Board of Supervisors formally accepted the resignations of two of its members Thursday night time, and appointed a brand new chair and vice chair.
The resignations of Carl Staples, the previous chair, and Dianna Reeser have been accepted by a 3-0 vote of the remaining supervisors: George Bell, Michelle Kircher, and David Hughes.
Bell was then named chair and Hughes, vice chair, by 3-0 votes. As a result of the board of supervisors has 5 positions, three votes are essential to move any motions, regardless that two of the positions turned vacant.
Earlier than votes have been taken, a number of township residents expressed their displeasure with the current turmoil within the township’s governance.
Resident Vincent Biancone requested that the supervisors not settle for the resignations of Staples and Reeser, and as an alternative ask Hughes to resign.
“The township is being abused by Hughes,” Biancone mentioned. “You owe it to the township’s 25,000 residents to take away him.”
One other resident, Sherry Greene, additionally criticized Hughes, saying “one member is extraordinarily disruptive” and has brought on board conferences to run excessively lengthy. She additionally requested the supervisors to not settle for the resignations of Staples and Reeser, however to make Hughes resign as an alternative.
Hughes, nonetheless, confirmed little interest in resigning.
In his remarks accepting the resignations of Staples and Reeser, Hughes was conciliatory.
“Carl was an excellent man,” Hughes mentioned of Staples. “He volunteered for his place, and I do not suppose he knew what he was stepping into. I want him the easiest.”
Talking of Reeser, Hughes mentioned, “Dianna and her husband are good individuals. I put her on the poll. She resigned of her personal free will, and I additionally want her the perfect.”
“I spoke to each Carl and Dianna,” Bell mentioned, “and each really feel it is of their finest pursuits to resign. I thank each of them for his or her service.”
Kircher commented, “I simply want each of them would have talked to me” earlier than they resigned.
The supervisors approved the commercial of an modification to ordinance 776 relating to parking prohibited in particular parking areas, which might use a decision as an alternative of an ordinance for these issues as a way to save prices.
A request to waive an environmental evaluation and broaden an present self-storage facility at 5520-5550 Perkiomen Ave. was authorized.
The supervisors denied charge waiver requests from the Exeter United Soccer Membership and the Stonersville Flames ladies softball groups to be used of township leisure services. The sentiment of the supervisors was that charge waivers move the prices to different residents and are unfair to entities that don’t request charge waivers.
A nasty debt expense within the quantity of $7,350.12 for overdue sewer accounts was authorized. Portnoff Regulation Associates Ltd. recognized 21 accounts owing $23,860.65 with $16,510.53 being collectible and $7,350.12 uncollectible.
Police Chief Wendell Morris reported that an armed theft had not too long ago occurred on the Ceremony Support drug retailer in Exeter Commons and requested anybody with data to contact his division.
Hughes reported that he realized that to start a forensic audit would value $2,500 to $7,500. If one thing was discovered that wanted additional investigation, the prices would go up accordingly.
Hughes mentioned audit targets might embrace the acquisition of the Exeter Promenade, the sale of the sewer plant and the core financials of the township.