Yardley should soon have a new tax collector

By Chris English

Yardley Borough Council is due to appoint a new Borough Tax Collector at its June 21 meeting after interviewing seven candidates for the job at the June 7 meeting.

Carol Riker, Deborah Desroaches, Joanne Imhof, Fatu Markey, Beth Trevisani, Christine Ventresca and Kristin Archibald were interviewed.

Cheryl Lowe-Cler served as the borough’s tax collector for 20 years before retiring last year. However, she agreed to be reappointed to the post when Melissa Wayne, elected to a four-year term in November, resigned just two months after taking office. Lowe-Cler recently asked the board to appoint someone else to the position as soon as possible.

Whoever is appointed would serve until 2023, but would have to win the office in that year’s election to retain the position beyond 2023. The tax collector is paid to collect the borough, school district of Pennsbury and Bucks County property and other taxes from Yardley residents.

In other action from the meeting, council voted to announce bids on raising a structure at 45 South Delaware Avenue, and approved a proposal from the borough’s environmental advisory board to use 34,950 $ in grants to study and do other work on the Buck Creek watershed. .

Pretty Bird Coffee at 7 S. Main St. has been granted a conditional use permit to have outdoor dining. The property will move six seats from indoors to a covered porch without increasing its total seating capacity.

The council voted to advertise a full-time public service police officer to replace Joseph Harris, who recently resigned because he was leaving the state.

Borough resident Dawn Perlmutter, who ran unsuccessfully for council last year, announced she was helping lead a petition to secure a referendum on the November 8 ballot which, in the event of success, would reduce the size of the board from seven to five members.

Perlmutter said that because of resignations, there have been too many council members appointed in recent years who were not elected by borough voters. Fewer members should mean fewer resignations, Perlmutter said, pointing to what she thinks is one of the benefits of a smaller board.

Esther L. Steinbach