Author: Sean Metrick

Narberth Borough Council Vacancy – Updated


Due to the recent resignation of a member of Council, the remaining members will take action to fill the seat for the term expiring December 31, 2019 at their business meeting on Wednesday February 7th. If you are interested in being considered, please send a letter of interest and qualification to appointments@narberthpa.gov prior to the end of business Wednesday January 31st.

Narberth Borough is hiring a Chief of Police

The Borough of Narberth is conducting a search to fill the position of Chief of Police. The next leader of the Department will be an expert in community policing, public engagement, and the latest standards for law enforcement management. He or she will implement recommendations from the recently completed evaluation with an eye towards Departmental accreditation. For information and instructions on how to apply, visit the Borough’s employment opportunities page. Applications are due January 22, 2018.

Narberth is an equal opportunity employer.

Narberth Borough is hiring for the position of Police Officer

The Civil Service Commission has announced that on March 14, 2018 a written exam will be held at 100 Conway Avenue for persons interested in serving as law enforcement officers. Applications can be downloaded HERE and are due to the Borough office no later than 2pm on March 7, 2018. Applicants receiving a passing grade and one of the highest 15 scores on the exam and who meet the minimum requirements for the position will be eligible to move forward with an oral interview, background, and physical tests at the discretion of the Commission.

We are looking for qualified men and women with an interest in serving in a small department with close contact to the community and coworkers. If you are the kind of person looking to build relationships and further your career in law enforcement, the Borough and NPD welcomes you to apply. The Borough is an equal opportunity employer.

Council Seeks Qualified Residents for 3 Volunteer Committee Appointments

The Narberth Industrial Development Authority seeks to fill one five-year vacancy. NIDA was established as a pass-through lending agency for local and regional non-profits and also funds local community improvements. The Narberth Planning Commission seeks to fill one four-year term created by the resignation of one of its members. The NPC provides recommendations, studies, and manages planning activities on behalf on the Borough. The Shade Tree Commission is looking for one person to fill a five-year term. The STC develops plans and programs to protect and enhance Narberth’s tree cover, soils, and ecosystem services. Please send your email of interest and qualifications to appointments@narberthpa.gov by Friday March 10.

Council appoints Matt West Assistant Borough Manager

At the January Caucus meeting, Borough Council unanimously appointed Matt West to the position of Assistant Borough Manager. We thank him for the great work getting many Borough IT initiatives off the ground as Director of Civic Technology in 2016 and are excited for what 2017 will bring. Working closely with the Borough Manager and staff, he will continue to innovate and improve services. Matt’s expertise, patience, and diligence will serve him well in his new role as Assistant Manager. Please join me in congratulating Matt. – Sean Metrick

Narberth is Going Single Stream

Borough Council awarded a three-year contract for the collection of garbage, recycling, and leaves to Advanced Disposal at its December 7th meeting. Garbage will be picked up on Mondays and recycling on Thursdays. In the event of a major holiday, pick up will take place the following day. Leaves and brush will be picked up once a month on the fourth Thursday.

The Borough will be switching to single stream recycling, meaning there is no longer a need to separate paper from other recyclable materials. It can all be put in a single receptacle and picked up the same day, once a week.

In awarding this contract, Council reduces collection costs by 4.8% and will pass those savings through to taxpayers’ solid waste fees. We will update our trash and recycling page with more information in the coming weeks.

2017 Preliminary Budget

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At the November 21st Business Meeting, Borough Council approved the preliminary 2017 Borough Budget. You can download and read the document here . Council will meet next on Wednesday December 7th to hear public comment and make any recommended changes prior to adoption at the December 19th Business Meeting of Council. The 5.1 million dollar budget proposes a 5.1% increase in property taxes in the Borough. Council will continue to work with Borough administration to find solutions that improve services and control costs.

Borough Building Roof Replacement

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With the approval of Borough Council, a major capital project is underway at 100 Conway Avenue. Our leaking roof has reached the end of its life and is being completely replaced with a new warranted roof that will last 25 years. The project was advertised for public bid and after receiving seven bids from qualified contractors, Council awarded the project to ProCom Roofing for a total of $178,475. The Borough Engineer has managed the project from the start and is on site to verify compliance with specifications and quality control.

Weather permitting, the replacement should take between 14-20 days. Work has already begun. In the meantime we may have to close entrances to the building for safety reasons as crews use a crane to remove debris and hoist materials. Conditions will change daily depending on activities so please pardon the inconvenience. In the meantime New Horizons Senior Center has relocated programs to the American Legion and Girl Scout buildings adjacent to the Borough library. Evening programs in Borough Hall are unaffected by the work.

We look forward to having a new roof and following up with interior renovations and repairs to our building in the future.

Election 2016

Tuesday November 8th is election day and America will choose its next President. There are plenty of other offices up for election as well. We expect voter turnout to be pretty high so please come down to your polling place with a patient attitude and with some time to spare. Borough staff will be on duty to help with any circumstance that comes up at 100 Conway Avenue.