Newly elected Yardley Borough tax collector resigns after two months on the job

BOROUGH OF YARDLEY >> Yardley Borough Council on March 1 accepted the resignation of its newly elected tax collector.

Council Speaker David Bria has announced that Melissa Wayne, a Democrat, is stepping down from her post just two months after taking office.

Bria said Wayne gave no reason for his resignation, which comes as property tax bills are expected to be released in March.

After accepting Wayne’s resignation, the board unanimously nominated former tax collector Cheryl Lowe-Cier to fill the vacancy until 2024.

“Fortunately, Cheryl, who was our tax collector for many years, was willing to step in and extend her service,” Bria said. “Fortunately, she hadn’t closed up shop since her previous term, so she’ll be able to take it over and not have to go through all the apprenticeship that a new tax collector would do.”

In another action at the meeting, the council voted unanimously to request a local sharing account grant from the state for the purchase of the PECO lot located adjacent to the Delaware Canal Historic State Park. and next to the Mary Yardley footbridge in the borough’s Rivermawr area. .

In order to increase its chances of obtaining the grant, the borough, in its application, offers to contribute $10,000 to the project. The grant does not require financial compensation.

Formerly a substation, the vacant land now grassed is located in the floodplain of the borough and is not suitable for development. If acquired by the borough, it would be preserved as open space and used for community gatherings, such as the annual Canal-O-Ween Carve-A-Thon.

In her Budget 2022 speech delivered last fall, Borough Director Paula Johnson said acquiring the land at Morgan and Fuld avenues would increase the borough’s open space and minimize new construction. in the floodplain.

Additionally, Johnson said it would benefit the city’s CRS rating by preserving the land as open space.

CRS is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management practices that exceed the minimum requirements of the national flood insurance program.

In CRS communities, flood insurance premium rates are reduced to reflect reduced flood risk resulting from efforts that meet the program’s three goals: reduce and avoid flood damage to insurable property; strengthen and support the insurance aspects of the national flood insurance program; and promote comprehensive floodplain management.

In addition, the borough engineer informed council of his sidewalk project on North Main Street.

The borough is currently waiting for its state grants coordinator to approve the tender documents for the project. Once given the go-ahead, the borough council can post and award bids for the project. This could happen as early as March and April.

The second phase will extend the existing sidewalk north from the Brock Creek Bridge to the Mary Yardley Footbridge easement.

The first phase of the North Main Street sidewalk project in the Borough of Yardley extended the walkway from the Grist Mill parking lot to the Brock Creek Bridge.

As part of its consent program, the board approved event permits for this year’s Yardley5K and walk to be held on May 22 and for the Memorial Main Street Mile to be held on Memorial Day. Both events are organized by the Yardley Borough Recreation Board.

The 5K descends through the heart of Yardley Borough and includes River Road along the Delaware River and the Delaware Canal towpath.

To register for events, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Yardley/Yardley5KRunandWalk

In preparation for the 5K, Councilman Chris Campellone announced that the recreation commission will be hosting “Couch to 5K” warm-ups every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. at Buttonwood Park. Classes begin March 29.

Esther L. Steinbach