RIDLEY PARK — Council approved the final 2020 budget at its December meeting. It calls for a real estate millage rate of 9.54 mills, up from the

current millage rate of 9.04 mills. The increase means about a $50 increase for a property assessed at $100,000. The general fund expenditures total

$5,036,320.

The sewer fee will be $396 per dwelling unit, which is a 3 percent increase. But the trash fee will remain at $265 per dwelling unit.

Council also approved a tax advance note of $500,000. Such loans are routine to tide municipalities over until tax revenue begins to come in. A memo of

understanding for a one year extension for the FOP contract and a MOU for Teamsters Local 312 for non-uniform employees. Police Chief Robert Frazier

has a new contract that will run to Dec. 31, 2023. Former councilman Bob Berger was appointed as the Central Delaware County Authority representative for Ridley Park.

At a Community Development Block Grant public hearing before the regular council meeting, it was decided to submit a sewer rehabilitation project for the Rosemont Avenue area as the borough's first choice for a grant. The second choice will be repairs to the stairs to the footbridge over the AMTRAK/SEPTA right-of-way, and the third choice will be drainage improvements in the Partridge Avenue area.

The CDBG choices will be submitted to the Delaware County Council, which administers the federal grand funds.

Council members bid farewell to three members who will not be returning to office next year. They are council President Jim Glenn, Jared Brennan and

Mike Gale. Those who will be leaving council also expressed their thanks to the administration employees, police and fire company members they worked

with during their time in office.

Glenn served four terms; Brennan, two non-consecutive terms; and Gale, one term. They chose not to run for re-election.

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