Township considers purchasing open space
Just days before its first park opens, Kennett Township is eyeing another open space acquisition.
KENNETT TOWNSHIP >> Just days before its first park officially opens, it seems Kennett Township is eyeing another open space acquisition for public use.
Like all such negotiations, the location of the approximately 80-acre tract is being kept confidential, Township Manager Lisa Moore told the township supervisors at their second monthly meeting on Wednesday. Township officials have explained in previous cases that identifying the land in question could draw in other potential buyers and derail the purchase.
But the land would be open to the public and have hiking trails on it, Moore said. The land might even be turned into a park, she said, similar to the township’s new Barkingfield Park.
“It would definitely be open to the public,” no matter what the ultimate plan is, Moore said.
Moore asked the supervisors to authorize her and the township’s legal counsel to offer $1.9 million to acquire the property. The money was available in the township’s open space fund, Moore said, which currently holds about $3 million.
The township might apply for
grants to help defray the costs, Moore said, with grant funds of between $500,000 and $750,000 possibly available.
Another way to defray the costs, the supervisors said, was to use the township’s new transfer of development rights ordinance. The ordinance allows owners of preserved open space to sell the development rights they have given up to developers who can then have higher-density construction than normally permitted in certain designated areas.
The motion to authorize funds for the potential purchase passed unanimously.
Roadmaster Roger Lysle announced that the longplanned project to stabilize a section of stream bank along Marshall Bridge Road that threatens to collapse and take some of the roadway with it would begin Thursday and should be done by December.
The meeting also included a recognition of several members of the township police force who were recently promoted. Patrol officer Matthew Gordon was promoted to sergeant; Jeffrey Call, also a patrol officer, was promoted to corporal; and Amanda Wenrich, another former patrol officer, was promoted to the rank of detective.
Police Chief Lydell Nolt said the new roles for Wenrich, Gordon and Call represented by the promotions would increase the efficiency of the force’s operations.
The project to stabilize a section of stream bank along Marshall Bridge Road that threatens to collapse would begin Thursday and should be done by December.
New promoted members of the Kennett Township Police Department include, from left to right, Sgt. Matthew Gordon, Detective Amanda Wenrich, and Cpl. Jeffrey Call, seen here with Chief Lydell Nolt at Wednesday night’s meeting of the Kennett Township Board of Supervisors.