Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message 7/20/22


Good Evening Everyone,


I’d like to begin with a reminder that National Night Out is coming up on Tuesday August 2nd. This is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. The event will take place at the 69th Street Recreation Area from 6-8pm with free food, activities, and giveaways! Come check out the helicopter landing at 6 along with Upper Darby's K-9 unit, and our bike and car seat safety demonstrations between 7-8. 


Yesterday, we hosted a town hall meeting concerning the ARPA funding which remains unallocated by Council. The atmosphere fostered by our amazing community speakers and our panel of administration leadership, as well as all our resident attendees was one of positivity and inspiration. It was incredible to see such a display of what makes our Upper Darby community the amazing place that it is. And how much it deserves this ARPA money. Council received on Thursday 6 narrowly tailored ordinances for each of the allocations of the funds. 

These include:

Flood Mitigation & Sewer Upgrades: $5,000,000.00

Police & Fire: $5,500,000.00

Upper Darby Community Center: $3,000,000.00

COVID Relief & Negative Economic Impacts: $5,786,245.00

Parks & Public Spaces: $4,500,000.00

Additional Lost Revenue 2020: $1,776,294.00

Lost Revenue 2021: $9,999,400.00

Total: $35,561,939


As Jack Reagan from UHY discussed last night, we are on a tight timeline. The federal government considers the funds allocated not just when the funds are released through the ordinances but when we have contracted out with vendors to spend these funds. We need time for bids and contracts to be finalized. These funds need to be contracted by December 2024 and need to be spent in full by December 2026. Jack Reagan serves as our ARPA Administrator and Compliance Agent and clearly articulated the timeline.  We are working against the clock. I urge Council to immediately put these on the agenda for introduction and advertisement.


July is Parks and Recreation Month. Throughout my administration, we’ve really seen our Parks Division staff come together to pull off some incredibly successful projects. I want to take a moment to thank them and recognize them for all the work that they’ve done. Some of the projects include sprucing up the Sellers Library and Park grounds, working with the Tree Tenders to build the Clyde and Gisela Hunt Tree Nursery in Naylors Run Park, planting and watering over 300 trees and shrubs in Gillespie Park and most recently, clearing the township’s property at the Nickel Plate House along the Darby Creek Trail. All in all, we appreciate all the hard work our various crews do in all sorts of weather conditions.



Thank you. 



Mayor's Message 7/6/22


Good Evening. 


July is Parks and Recreation month and we have two great upcoming recreation programs. The Upper Darby Youth Police & Fire Academy, which is held from July 11-15th, from 9 am to 12 noon each day, still has open registration. Kids will be instructed by members of the Upper Darby Police and Fire Departments, and Medics.  They will meet the K-9 team, and learn about fire fighting and fire prevention. There is also a Bike with a Cop event on bicycle safety for children being held in Naylors Run Park on July 19th. You can find more information on both events by visiting www.upperdarby.org or checking our Facebook page, Upper Darby Township - Government, or call 610.789.3656.


I’d also like to extend my thanks to the Police, Fire, Public Works, and L&I departments who helped set up (and clean up) an amazing night of fireworks for our community. They’re a great team and we couldn’t have done it without their hard work. 


Thank you and have a good evening. 



Mayor's Message - 6/15/22



Good evening. 


Tomorrow, June 16th the Watkins Senior Center is hosting a table tennis tournament as part of the Delaware County Senior Games. The mission of the games is to engage residents over the age of fifty in two weeks of fun events that promote a healthy, social and active lifestyle.  Our Senior Center staff does an overall great job.


My Recreation Committee with the support of local historians have organized a tour of the Underground Railroad Walking Trail here in Upper Darby in honor of Juneteenth. On Saturday, June 18th from 9am-11am you can join your neighbors for a walk to three Underground Railroad sites and hear from local experts at each site on its importance to the anti-slavery movement in Upper Darby.  This event is free and children are welcome! You can learn more about the event by visiting our website, upperdarby.org 


Upper Darby Township will be hosting a free fireworks display for Independence day on Friday, July 1st at 9:30pm. The event will take place at the Upper Darby High School baseball field. Please come out and enjoy the fireworks!


Community Action Agency of Delaware County has very recently announced a new program called “Beat The Heat” which is part of their Weatherization Works program.  If you are a Delaware County resident, homeowner or renter, and qualify for LIHEAP assistance, you are eligible for a free air conditioning unit.  Please contact Community Action at 610.521.8770 for more information or go to the Community Action website, caadc.org.  


Also, Community Action is partnering with Murphy’s Giving Market to open an Upper Darby office.  Details are being finalized and we will have a ribbon-cutting when the office opens.  Murphy’s Giving Market is a local non-profit which focuses on food insecurity issues and is located at 7408 West Chester Pike.


Work has begun on the renovations to the 2nd Ward Playground.  Renovations include a walking path, new playground equipment, a pavilion, new lighting and cameras.  The basketball courts are still open and the site work is expected to be completed in the next six weeks.


At this point, we had planned on taking a moment for Donna Stilwell, our representative from Brinker Simpson, to provide updates to Council and the public from the Finance Department. Due to the last minute rearrangement of the meeting by Council, this was not able to be presented. A copy of the presentation has been added to the website in the meantime. You can find this by visiting www.upperdarby.org/departments/Finance/SpecialReports


I know that there has been some confusion as to a vote taken by Council at the June 1st Meeting.  A vote which was not on the agenda and which is a violation of the Sunshine Act, a vote which appears to violate the township’s Home Rule Charter.  The Mayor, in conjunction with a majority of Council members in office, can dismiss the CAO (or any Department head).  CAO Rongione has been and continues to be the township CAO.  He has done a fantastic job for the last two and a half years, steering us through the transition and through a global pandemic. He is a dedicated and invaluable team member in my administration. I asked him not to be in person at this meeting, so we can keep the focus on doing good work for the Upper Darby community.  


This concludes my message. Thank you. 


Mayor's Message 6/1/22


Mayor’s Message 

June 1, 2022


Good Evening. 


I have a few reminders I’d like to share with our community. 


I’d like to thank our three local veteran organizations, the Archer Epler VFW/American Legion Post 979, American Legion Post 214 and the Marine Corps League who all held events on Memorial Day to honor those who gave their lives defending our country.  And thank you to everyone who was able to attend the services.  They are a wonderful tradition in Upper Darby.


Twice a week trash pick up begins next week on Monday, June 6th. For more information about your trash route, you can view our trash and recycling newsletter on our website, www.upperdarby.org 


Yard waste is still being collected curbside on your regular recycling day. Please place yard waste in the biodegradable lawn waste bags or loosely in a trash can. Please do not use plastic bags to recycle yard waste or single-stream recycling.  


Today, June 1st marks the beginning of Pride Month nationally and here in Upper Darby.  Queer people are a vital part of our community and by acknowledging their humanity and visibility, we can lead by example as we work to guarantee equal rights for all people particularly regarding housing, education and employment and, at a basic level, to treat people the way we want to be treated.



Thank you.








Mayor's Message 5/25/22


Mayor’s Message 

May 25, 2022


Good Evening. 


This past Thursday, we hosted a public town hall where representatives from Marcum presented the findings of their forensic investigation on the management of ARPA money by me and my administration and they also answered questions from the public. After being accused of misspending $6 million dollars of ARPA money in the February 2 meeting, and after a slim majority of Council has withheld and continues to withhold the ARPA funds because of this serious accusation, we engaged Marcum,  a top nationally-ranked Certified Public Accountant firm, to investigate the allegations and to determine how my administration handled the funds. I want the public, council and our employees to be confident that I have nothing to hide.


The top two findings per Marcum are, one, that the Treasurer’s report was incomplete and inaccurate and, two, that the general fund accounts’ daily cash balance never went below $20.88 million dollars.  Marcum’s full report is posted on our township website and the presentation is on the Upper Darby YouTube channel.


The ARPA funds belong to the people of Upper Darby; they are not set by an ordinance like our millage rate for township taxes and like our trash and sewer fees and then collected directly from our property owners.  They are a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to do a lot of good in Upper Darby in a short amount of time. Everybody knows that inflation and supply chain issues have escalated the prices of equipment and projects. There is no missing $6 million dollars and I respectfully ask the council as a whole to release the ARPA funding.  We have a lot of work to do on behalf of the people of Upper Darby, work that we were elected to do.


On Saturday, I attended the Brad Schoener Memorial Run/Walk. After last year’s virtual run, it was great to see so many school running clubs and members of the community coming together in person for this important Upper Darby tradition. Congratulations to all of the school and age group winners!


On Monday we hosted a group of students from Upper Darby High School. They joined us for a tour of the building and heard from our Superintendent Bernhardt,  Chief Sawyer, Administrative Services Director Alberts and myself where they learned about public safety and how the local government functions in Upper Darby. The students asked a lot of great questions and it was a fun event. 


Sunday was St. Bernadette’s Parish 75th Anniversary! The parish was founded in 1947 in Drexel Hill and has been an important part of the community since then. The diverse faith communities present in Upper Darby are one of the many things that makes us “the world in one place,” and so if there are other upcoming special anniversaries, please feel free to reach out to the Township so we can acknowledge the integral role you’ve played in the Upper Darby community. 


COVID transmission is rising again in Delaware County. As a reminder, the testing trailer is still located in Municipal Lot #1 across the street from the Township Building. The site offers free testing on Mondays and Wednesdays 9-5pm, Tuesdays and Thursday 9-6pm, and Fridays 9-3:30pm. You can visit testpa.online to schedule a test. 


May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. In recognition of this, I have a proclamation in honor of the occasion. 


WHEREAS, The heritage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders was initially honored by the federal government in 1978. In 1992, the recognition of their heritage was expanded to a month-long observance in the United States; and


WHEREAS, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have histories and cultures that are thousands of years old; and


WHEREAS, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have enriched our social, intellectual, and artistic life in the United States of America; and


WHEREAS, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made valuable contributions to all areas of life in Delaware County, including government, business, arts and sciences, medicine, education, law enforcement, and the military; and


WHEREAS, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month helps us to appreciate the diversity of our residents in Upper Darby; and by recognizing their contributions to our community, we acknowledge the importance of inclusion as we strive to create a better future for everyone; and


WHEREAS, while all ethnic groups have made significant contributions to our country, the recent dramatic spike in violence and hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders during the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the need for awareness of the discrimination they are facing on a daily basis.  


NOW, THEREFORE I, Barbarann Keffer, Mayor of Upper Darby Township, do hereby proclaim May 2022 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Upper Darby Township and encourage the entire community to recognize and participate in its observance.


Lastly, yesterday our country experienced another horrific mass shooting. Another avoidable tragedy that saw nearly two dozen children and at least one teacher lose their lives too soon. There are simply no words for tragedy of this magnitude. Our hearts ache for all of the victims and their families along with all of the past victims reminds us that these events occur too often in our country. At the local government level, we are limited as to how we can reduce gun violence. To address this critical issue, we have budgeted funds towards gun violence prevention in the current ARPA budget. 


That’s all I have for now.  Thank you and have a good evening.


Mayor's Message 5/4/2022


Mayor’s Message 

May 4, 2022


Good Evening.


Happy Firefighter Appreciation Day, I would like to thank all of our firefighters for their work to keep our community safe. 


The Township is co-hosting an Expungement Clinic and Second Chance Expo along with State Representatives Zabel and Curry. The event will be held at Watkins Senior Center, tomorrow, Thursday, May 5th from 5:30 to 7:30pm. The clinic does require prior registration which can be done by calling Rep. Zabel’s office at 484.200.1563 or 484.200.8262 or by filling out the digital registration form, which can be found on our facebook page, Upper Darby Township - Government. 


This Saturday, May 7th, Upper Darby is partnering with The Red Cross on a Sound the Alarm event which will launch from Cardington-Stonehurst Fire Station 36. Any Upper Darby residents may request a free fire alarm and installation by calling the Upper Darby Fire Department, 610-734-7674, or filling out an alarm request form at the link here: https://www.upperdarby.org/smokealarmrequestform


We have some great news! The township has received a grant from TASA, the Transportation Alternative Set Aside, for $1.3 million dollars for the modernization of Garrett Road from Lansdowne Avenue to Naylors Run Park to make it safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers.


May is Mental Health Awareness month. In recognition of this, on Saturday, May 14th, Upper Darby is hosting a Mental Health & Wellness Fair at the 69th Street Rec Area from 11am-3pm. I will also be reading a proclamation in honor of this month of awareness for those who are struggling with mental illness:


WHEREAS, People from all backgrounds live with mental illness and other mental health challenges, both nationwide and in Upper Darby; and


WHEREAS, According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 50% of Americans will experience mental illness in their lifetime; and


WHEREAS, Research has shown that 1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with a mental illness in a given year and 1 in 25 Americans lives with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression; and


WHEREAS, Unresolved mental health issues can manifest in a variety of conditions and behaviors including depression, anxiety, substance abuse and addiction, and

WHEREAS, There is no single cause of mental illness but a number of factors can contribute to risk for mental illness, like early adverse life experiences, such as trauma at an early age; and


WHEREAS, Mental and physical health are equally important to a person's quality of life and are inherently tied together.


NOW, THEREFORE I, Barbarann Keffer, Mayor, do hereby proclaim May 2022 as Mental Health Awareness Month in Upper Darby Township and urge my fellow residents to recognize and participate in its observance.


Lastly, I would like to wish mothers and guardians a Happy Mothers Day.


Thank you. 





Mayor's Message 4/20/22


Mayor’s Message 

April 20, 2022


Good Evening.


This Saturday, April 23, I am co-hosting a Pet Expo event with Representative Mike Zabel from 10am-12pm at Kent Dog Park. Upper Darby Township has provided funding for up to 100 free rabies vaccinations. Residents can call 610-734-7626 to register their pets for the vaccination. Bywood Animal Hospital will be administering shots and there will be vendors as well. The forecast for this weekend looks good so far and I hope to see you at this or other events. 


In celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day there are multiple events this weekend. On Saturday, Pete Leahy from the Marine Corps League is heading a creek clean-up at Naylors Run Park starting at 9 am. At 2pm, also at Naylors Run Park, there will be a dedication of the Native Tree Nursery.  The tree nursery is a collaborative project between the Shade Tree Commission, the UD Tree Tenders and the Parks Division of the township administration.


On Sunday, members of the Shade Tree Commission, the Tree Tenders and the township are getting together again to plant trees along the newly constructed Darby Creek Trail. Planting will begin at 1:30 and participants will meet at Bloomfield and Rosemont Avenues. We could use some extra hands. The link to sign up is on the township website homepage.


There will be an Identity Theft Protection event held at Beverly Hills Middle School on Wednesday, April 27th from 5-7:30pm. Each Upper Darby resident is allowed two boxes or bags of papers to be shredded on site. Acceptable materials include legal documents, bank & credit card statements, check books, as well as tax and medical records. A Drug Take Back Van from the Delaware County DA’s Office will also be on site.


A quick update on some of our above-ground projects: the bids for improvements to the 2nd Ward Playground will be in early next week and the scope of that project includes new playground equipment, a pavilion, a walking path, new lighting and security cameras. And today, we met with NV5, the firm that will design the upgrades to Observatory Field; those include a multi-purpose field, a walking path, new playground equipment, pickleball courts, a skatepark and storm water improvements.  


The 2nd Ward Playground project is funded through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and the Observatory Field project is funded through a DCNR grant with a match from our capital improvement budget.  CDBG, DCNR grants, and capital improvement funds all belong to the community, they’re all taxpayer-funded monies.  And so is American Rescue Plan money. All this is to say that even though the ARPA funds are being tied up by a slim majority of Council, my administration is still working to get above-ground projects completed and reinvest in our parks and open spaces. 


This evening, we will have a presentation on the township’s state of financial affairs by Donna Stilwell, from Brinker-Simpson, the firm now serving as Interim Finance Department Director, and from Vijay Kapoor, a financial consultant who worked with us last year and presented in executive session.  We plan to do a quarterly financial report going forward.


First, we’ll hear from Donna Stilwell.  


**Donna and Vijay present**


Click here to view Vijay Kapoor's presentation. 


Thank you for your time Donna and Vijay. That concludes my message tonight. 


Thank you. 


Mayor's Message 4/6/2022


Mayor’s Message 

April 6, 2022


Good Evening.


Chris Herr from Maille, LLP is here to present the completed Upper Darby Township 2020 audit. We’re excited to have their findings presented publicly. 


*PAUSE FOR CHRIS*


Our representative, Donna Stilwell, from Brinker-Simpson is here as well to offer a presentation on how their firm is reshaping our Finance Department. Their feedback has been incredibly helpful. 


*PAUSE FOR DONNA* 


Thank you to both of our presenters tonight. Now I will read my further updates. 


Yard waste disposal began this Monday April 4th. Yard Waste is collected on your regular recycling pick-up day. Yard waste is leaves, weeds, shrubbery and tree trimmings and similar material. Grass clippings are NOT considered yard waste. Materials should be placed in biodegradable paper bags or loosely in trash cans without bags. Our yard waste is processed into compost by a local company. Diverting yard waste out of the regular trash stream will help lower our tipping fee expenses and bring down the cost of removing and processing trash. Your participation is greatly appreciated!  Yard Waste collections will continue weekly through November.


The Recreation Committee is holding park clean-ups several weekends in April. This coming Saturday there will be a clean-up and community meeting at the Observatory at 9am and in Scullion Park at 11am. Next weekend there will be a cleanup at Seller’s Rec Area on April 16th at 10am. Our goal with these is to share exciting updates about our green spaces with the community and hear feedback from our residents. 


Summer Stage tuition fee waiver applications are still open to all Upper Darby kids between the ages of 10 and 18. The Township is committed to help our residents' children go free to this nationally recognized program. Application forms can be found on our website homepage, upperdarby.org under the “latest news” heading. 


Tomorrow I will visit Seller’s Library and present a proclamation in honor of National Library Week which runs from April 3-9 and aims to celebrate our nation’s libraries, library workers and promote library use and support. 


We are in the process of applying for a $1 million Statewide Local Share Account Grant to fund the new Upper Darby Community Center’s sustainable exterior aspects. Constructing a community center that is both beneficial to the community and our local environment was a crucial part of this plan for myself and my administration. We have worked hard to secure grants in order to create the best possible quality center for Upper Darby. I urge Council for the sake of our residents to approve Resolution No.14-22 for this grant funding. 


Thank you. 



Mayor's Message 3/16/2022


Mayor’s Message 

March 16, 2022


Good Evening.


March 25th is Greek independence day. I will be attending an event at Saint Demetrius church on Sunday, March 20th in celebration of the holiday where I will present a proclamation. 


This morning’s groundbreaking ceremony of the new Drexeline Town Center was a great event . Today marked the official start of this mixed-use redevelopment. The renovation of Drexeline Town Center will revitalize this cornerstone of our community. This huge investment by MCB will bring more jobs, more shopping opportunities, more new housing, and more tax revenue to our community. 


I appreciate the dialog and collaboration between my administration and MCB over the past two+ years and am committed to working together to see this project through to completion.  We will continue to be in close communication through each phase of this transformative redevelopment.  We’re grateful to MCB for their massive investment in our community.


The demolition of the former Welcome Center began yesterday.  That is the location of the future Upper Darby Community Center at 7000 Walnut Street. It’s hard to believe that a community the size of Upper Darby with over 85,000 residents does not already have a community center but it’s true.  This is a state-of-the-building which will include classrooms, meeting spaces, a brand new multi-purpose gym, an accessible green roof and allow for programming for residents of all ages. Which is why I am happy that Council unanimously approved the land development for the Community Center last month.


We have hired an American Rescue Plan compliance consultant, Jack Reagan from UHY, who introduced himself at the council meeting two weeks ago.  Funding for the Community Center is a qualified ARPA expense which is why my administration has amended Ordinance 3111 to include funding for the Community Center and for administrative expenses.  The amended ordinance was sent to all members of Council a week ago this past Monday, March 7. 


I would like to cede some time now to Jack Reagan for him to speak. 


*PAUSE*


The allocations in the amended ordinance are as follows:

Flood Mitigation & Sewer Upgrades, $3.5 million

Police & Fire, $3 million

UD Community Center, $2.5 million

COVID Relief & Negative Economic Impacts, $2.5 million

Parks & Public Spaces, $3 million

Administrative Costs, $380,969.50 for a total of $14, 880, 969.50


I strongly urge Council to vote to place Ordinance 3111 on the agenda of the next council meeting to be introduced and advertised.


 Please visit our Facebook page, Upper Darby Township government for frequent updates. 


Now I’m going to ask CAO Rongione to provide some additional updates from the administration. 


*PAUSE*


Thank you Jack and CAO Rongione. That concludes my remarks.


Mayor's Message 3/2/2022


Mayor’s Message 

March 2nd, 2022


Good Evening. I’d like to talk about two new programs we’re starting this year:

Summer Stage scholarships and the Trash Fee Rebate.


The partnership between Upper Darby Township and the Upper Darby Arts and Education Foundation for Summer Stage is still going strong. Applications are being submitted for scholarships offered through the township which are available to any child that is a resident of Upper Darby. Scholarships are awarded on a first come first serve basis and there are no income or academic requirements; simply a strong desire to be an active participant in this award-winning, nationally-recognized program. You can find application forms by visiting www.upperdarby.org/gov/ls/about.


Trash Fee Rebate is a multi-step process and is open to all eligible residents. Residents must first have paid their 2022 trash fee and be eligible for the PA-1000 (Property Tax Rebate). Those requirements are: Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, people with disabilities age 18 and older, all of whom must have income below $35,000. If eligible, residents then should apply for the PA-1000 if they have not done so. More information can be found on upperdarby.org/finance. We will be working closely with state Reps. Zabel and Curry and state Sen. Kearney to make this process as smooth as possible.


We hired Brinker Simpson to take over as Interim Finance Director and met with them yesterday to facilitate their transition here. Department heads have been asked to compile lists of any projects being conducted with the finance department to ensure clear expectations and open communication in our work with Brinker Simpson.  Last week, we began work with Marcum Associates on the forensic audit.


We’ve made some upgrades to our council room as well. You may have noticed there is now a new A/V system offering better camera and audio capabilities for all those who cannot attend the meeting in person.  Streaming on our YouTube channel is noticeably clearer.


On tonight's agenda is the American Rescue Plan Act budget. The proposed budget is currently in line with the federal government’s guidelines for funding usage and addresses many quality-of- life issues for Upper Darby residents and businesses. This proposal offers support to non-profits dealing with the growing mental health and homelessness crisis, vaccine incentives for employees, and massive repairs and upgrades to stormwater and sewer infrastructure Also, it allocates funding throughout all our departments for essential workers bonuses, open space purchases, and small business grants. This funding is a once in a lifetime opportunity to reinvest in Upper Darby, so our residents and businesses can flourish in a cleaner, safer community.  


This is basically the same budget that was presented at the ARPA Town Hall on January 13 (which is available on our YouTube channel) and was on the February 2 council committee agenda for a vote to advertise. What is different about this ordinance is that the amendments include the $6 million in lost revenue that council released at the emergency meeting on February 7 as well as the cost for the ARPA compliance firm, UHY Meridian, which my administration hired last week. 


I’m very thankful that Jack Reagan from UHY Meridian is here tonight. Myself and my administration are very excited for this new partnership and receiving further guidance on how to best spend the ARPA money in order to better our community. We have no doubt UHY will be a great help to the reinvestment and revitalization of Upper Darby. 


Thank you. 


Mayor's Message 2/16/2022


Mayor’s Message

February 16th, 2022  

 

Good evening. 


My administration remains dedicated to upholding the principles of transparency with the public and Council.  As promised, we have contracted the services of both an independent, third party forensic accountant through Marcum LLP, a top national CPA firm specializing in tax, audit & advisory services and ARPA Administrator Services from UHY/Meridian Consulting, another top national CPA firm with extensive experience in Rescue Plan administration, to help oversee the spending of ARPA funds awarded to Upper Darby in order to demonstrate to our community that we have nothing to hide from them and that the Rescue Plan money allocated for Upper Darby will be very carefully stewarded and invested in our community going forward. I would like to allow CAO Rongione to give the details on these developments…


We’re excited to launch a new partnership to keep Summer Stage supported and local. Upper Darby Township is offering full tuition to the Summer Stage program for up to 400 students between the ages of 10 to 18 who are residents of Upper Darby Township (regardless of what school the student attends). 


Construction on the One Center is still underway in the Township building. It is located on the ground level in the old library and is ADA accessible. The project is anticipated to be completed and serving our community this spring for residents to easily pay taxes, get permits, or ask questions all in one place. 


The abatement phase at the location of the UD Community Center has started and here is a quick update on the Drexeline development: MCB is in the process of recording the land development project and getting their bonds together, as they begin the abatement and remediation phase of their Drexeline property.


COVID-19 vaccination clinics are still being held at the Watkins Senior Center each Tuesday through March 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and each Friday through April 1, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are encouraged and can be made by visiting delcopa.gov/watkins or by phone through the Delaware County Wellness Line at (484) 276-2100. 


There will be a clean-up at Sellers Hall on Sunday, February 27th, at 10 am.  We’re hoping for good weather, so we don’t have to reschedule it again.


The Township is working with Habitat for Humanity to organize a tree planting event as part of our Earth Day-Arbor Day weekend, April 23rd & 24th. Trees will be planted along the streets, as well as in Chapman park. This event will help in our continuing efforts to revitalize Upper Darby by greening our streets and increasing the Township’s tree coverage. 


Finally, Upper Darby Township has been awarded nearly $500,000 in grant funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund towards construction on the Cardington-Newtown trail. We are very excited to use this money to continue to reinvest in our outdoor public spaces. 


Thank you and good evening. 


Mayor's Message - Emergency Meeting 2/7/2022


Mayor’s Message

February 7th, 2022


Good Evening. 


The purpose of tonight’s meeting is to set aside any doubts the public and council may have concerning the appropriation of the American Rescue Plan funds and to ensure that township employees continue to be paid and township services continue to be provided. That is why I want to start out this evening with two important facts: One, in every Councilors’ folder is a letter from PLGIT (Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust) certifying that we have $20.8 million dollars, the complete amount of ARPA funding, in a single, segregated bank account, and two, because we take the concerns of the public and Council seriously, we are engaging an independent, third-party forensic accountant to examine the township’s financials over the last few months, and, in fact, the last few years. 


It is essential for the credibility of this investigation that it be conducted by an independent, 3rd-party firm. I would like to reiterate that my administration has nothing to hide from the public or Council and we look forward to an independent review of the financial situation which we inherited as well as the situation over the last two years.


We hope the letter certifying the location of the ARPA funds and the forensic review of our books will help alleviate concerns, but the township remains critically low on operating funds without Council approval of the necessary $6 million allocated for “lost revenue” coverage. “Lost revenue” is a federal calculation intended to measure the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which began in March of 2020, on municipal governments which is why the federal government gave the ARPA funds directly to all municipalities throughout the country. It is meant to cover revenue losses such as permit and parking fees, mercantile and business taxes, among other sources. To be clear, the current situation of operating funds is not new or uncommon for Upper Darby. Using ARPA funds to cover this regular cash flow need rather than pursuing a short term financing loan called a TRAN - Tax Revenue Anticipation Note - will save the taxpayers significant money in associated fees and interest costs that come with every loan. 


We never believed we would be at this point in the process during the multitude of conversations, both public and private, that happened with Council members over the last 5 months. Multiple times, we have negotiated with Council members about the ARPA funding, only to have been met with demands for more documentation or, at the last two Council meetings, with surprise documents. At the January 19th meeting, Council Vice President Laura Wentz produced a wildly amended ARPA ordinance in the middle of the vote to advertise the original ARPA ordinance, Ordinance 3111, already before Council.  It was only after I broke the tie that the original ARPA ordinance was advertised and put on the agenda for the February 2 Council meeting.  At that meeting, Councilor Wentz distributed a Treasurer’s report moments before the start of the meeting.  That incomplete and inaccurate report was used by a coalition of council to vote to table the ARPA ordinance. Councilors Siddique, Billups, Hayman, Blackwell and Tunis voted to authorize the release of the ARPA funds and keep employees paid and services provided. 


Myself and members of Council were elected by the people of Upper Darby to serve the people of Upper Darby. Residents, businesses and our employees should not be used as pawns in a political chess game. There’s plenty of time to score political points against me. Again, tonight I am asking Council to approve the $6 million in ARPA “lost revenue” funds and do what’s right for the people and keep the township running smoothly until our regular tax revenues arrive in March. 















Mayor's Message 2/2/2002


Mayor’s Message
February 2nd, 2022  

 

Good evening.  Here’s a few updates for our Upper Darby community:


As part of a new partnership between the Upper Darby Arts and Education Foundation and Upper Darby Township, scholarships to the Upper Darby Summer Stage program will be granted by the township to residents between the ages of 10 and 18 for up to 500 Children. Harry Dietzler and I are finalizing the application forms for Summer Stage 2022 scholarships and those forms will be posted to the township site as well as the official Summer Stage site, summerstage.udfoundation.org


The walk-up COVID-19 testing site opened last week in Municipal Lot #1, right across the street from here. Appointments are encouraged but not mandatory and are available between 9am and 5pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday, as well as Tuesday and Thursday until 6:30pm. They can be scheduled by visiting testpa.online. The site is part of our continuous efforts to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and also highlights our ongoing commitment to equity and access by creating a convenient walk-up option for Upper Darby residents.. 


Tonight, the architecture firm JMT will give a presentation on the UD Community Center as part of a land development resolution that is on tonight’s agenda. As plans for the center begin to move forward, I would like to emphasize how much of an impact this space would have for Upper Darby residents. Our kids need a safe place to play and learn after school and we need real programming for residents of all ages. This will be UD’s first full-fledged community center and it represents real reinvestment. It will send the signal that Upper Darby is a forward-looking destination community for families and businesses alike.


On tonight's agenda is the amended American Rescue Plan budget. The proposed budget is currently in line with the federal government’s guidelines for funding usage and addresses many quality-of- life issues of Upper Darby residents. This proposal offers support to non-profits dealing with the growing mental health and homelessness crisis, vaccine incentives for employees, massive repairs and upgrades to stormwater and sewer infrastructure, and millions of dollars to replace lost revenue as a result of the pandemic. Also, it allocates funding throughout all our departments for essential workers bonuses, open space purchases, and small business grants. This funding is a once in a lifetime opportunity to reinvest in Upper Darby, so our residents and businesses can flourish in a cleaner, safer community.  This is the same ARPA budget as was presented at the public meeting on January 


Yesterday, February 1st, began Black History Month. I would like to read this proclamation in honor of this: 

 

WHEREAS, During Black History Month, we celebrate the many achievements and contributions made by Black Americans to our economic, cultural, spiritual and political development; and 

WHEREAS, We must recognize and pay tribute to the generations of individuals who struggled with adversity, risked their lives for justice, fought a fight that at times seemed impossible to win, and continue to fight for equality and the American Dream; and


WHEREAS, observing Black History Month provides opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of African American history and acknowledge the centuries of struggles for equality and freedom; and  

WHEREAS ,Black Americans are engaged throughout our society as our friends and neighbors, scholars, teachers, business people, community leaders, and contributors to our Upper Darby quality of life; and 

WHEREAS, Upper Darby strives to close the equity and outcome gaps for Black American residents through policies and practices that reflect the experiences of Black American residents, ensure greater access and opportunity and honor history, heritage, and contributions; and 

WHEREAS, we are immensely proud of that history and our diversity as well as thankful foAs pr the countless contributions of Black Americans in Upper Darby Township and throughout this nation; this month, and throughout the year, we urge our residents to celebrate that heritage and continue to fight for equality and opportunity for all. 

NOW, THEREFORE I, Barbarann Keffer, Mayor of Upper Darby Township, do hereby proclaim the  month of February of 2022, as

Black History Month 

in Upper Darby and urge our community to recognize the vast history and culture of Black Americans. 

 

____________________

Barbarann Keffer, Mayor

Upper Darby Township

Delaware County, Pennsylvania


Thank you and have a good evening.  


Mayor's Message 1/19/2022


Mayor’s Message
January 19th, 2022  

 

Good evening. 


This past Sunday, I had the honor of meeting with Danial Moore, the pilot who managed a miraculous landing this week, before he was discharged from the hospital. Members of our police and fire departments and council were there to send him, his friends and family off.  I would like to thank Danial again now for his heroic actions navigating the crash last Tuesday and keeping our community safe. I would also like to thank all the first responders, police, and the passersby on the ground who immediately helped assist at the scene of the crash.  And to the police, fire and public works departments for quickly containing the area of the crash for public safety and the good of the investigation.  Myself, and the rest of Upper Darby, and the country, wish him a speedy recovery.  


Thank you to the community for turning out last Thursday to our town hall concerning the American Rescue Plan funds. There was great participant engagement and we appreciate all the community input that was received. The town hall can be viewed on our youtube page for anyone who could not attend. 


The cleanup originally scheduled on Martin Luther King Day at the Seller’s House had to be postponed due to the weather. The cleanup has been rescheduled now for Sunday, February 27th at 10am. 


I would like to take the time to honor Bill Gaul who is retiring after 15 years in service to Upper Darby Township. During that time he worked tirelessly with the Red Cross as the Emergency Management Coordinator in addition to his full time Purchasing position. We are also so grateful for all that he’s contributed to the entire community including all his time dedicated to serving on the school board. We wish Bill the best and also wish him a very happy birthday today. 


As a reminder, there will be a community vaccine clinic held tomorrow, January 20th from 2pm to 6pm in the Multicultural Community Family Center. The clinic is located at 7016 Terminal Square, Suite 3A. You can register by phone by calling (484) 461-8660 or online at www.mcfsorg.com. Free Pfizer vaccines will be available for those who attend. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best way to protect both yourself and your loved ones. All children aged 5 years and older are eligible to be vaccinated, and booster shots are available for everyone aged 18 years and older who have been fully vaccinated. 


Thank you and have a good evening.  





Mayor's Message 12/15/2021


Mayor’s Message
December 15, 2021   

 

Good evening. 


I want to start off by saying a very sincere ‘Thank you’ to all of the Councilmembers, Department Heads, Community Organizations, and residents who participated in our various community meetings, toy drives, clean-up events, and much more. Special thanks to Superintendent Bernhardt, Chief Sawyer, Councilors Blackwell, Siddique, Tunis Jr., and to the 69th St. Wildcats, and again, everyone who made these events possible and successful. The holidays are always a busy and stressful time and the more we can come together and help each other the stronger we will all be as a community. 


This past week we also received the final Strategic Management Report regarding the Township’s financial status and future that was started under the previous administration and funded by the State Department of Community and Economic Development. This important report has been discussed previously and the final has been distributed to Council for their review. This report is intended to be the first step in a process where-in the DCED will help provide and find funding for future investments in Upper Darby. However, the report also contains some sobering information and some serious recommendations. It discusses the fact that our fund balance has been rapidly decreasing over the past 5 or so budget cycles and it outlines how our expenses are rapidly outpacing our revenues largely due to our contractually mandated personnel costs and our largest in the State $300 million+ post employment benefits liability. If we are to successfully navigate these challenges and to receive the funding and help we need from the State we must act on at least some of their recommendations. 


That is why tonight we are holding a public hearing on Ordinance 3105, which will generate much needed revenue through a modification of the already existing realty transfer tax. The proposed new levy will be 1.5% and the revenue will be split evenly between the Upper Darby School District and the Township. Previously, the Township did not share any of the revenue from this tax and if the proposed ordinance had been in place over the past ten years the Township would have collected over $16 million. Needless to say, those funds would have gone a long way toward improving the financial condition of the Township and lives of our Upper Darby residents. 


Another important piece of legislation being discussed this evening is the Responsible Contractor Ordinance. This ordinance will ensure that any publicly funded project in our Township will have only the best trained, most qualified contractors providing the best value and service for the tax dollars being invested here. As you may recall, last year my administration proposed an ambitious capital improvement plan for the Township and this ordinance will go a long way toward making sure that only the highest quality work is done for our residents. I support both of these ordinances and I urge Council to join me in supporting them for the betterment of our community. 


Speaking of bettering our community, I also continue to support the School Districts plans to improve and modernize their facilities and I would like to thank the team from the Beverly Hills Middle School land development project for joining us tonight to give a presentation. Our partnership with the School Board and Administration continues to be strong and I want to applaud and thank them for continuing to make important investments in our community and our children’s future.   


I am asking all residents to remember that the current version of the trash and recycling schedule includes the month of January 2022. We will be mailing the 2022 trash and recycling schedule to Upper Darby residents next month and it will continue to include more and better information for all residents on a wide variety of topics and Township services. 


Looking forward, On Saturday, December 18, the 69th Street Wildcats organization is collecting canned food and unopened toys from 10 am to noon at the 69th Street Recreation Area, and the Zakat Foundation of America will be giving away winter items at the 69th Street Terminal, starting at 3 pm.


There are three COVID-19 vaccine clinics happening in Upper Darby this week: the first is tomorrow from 4 to 7 pm at the 69th Street Terminal. Then there are two on Friday, December 17: one at the Upper Darby Islamic Center from 2 to 5 pm, and the other at the Watkins Senior Center from 2 to 7 pm. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best way to protect yourself and those around you. All children age 5 years and older are eligible to be vaccinated, and booster shots are available for everyone age 18 years and older who has been fully vaccinated. To find a vaccine location near you, please call 484-276-2100 or visit www.delcopa.gov/vax.  


Thank you and have a good evening. 


Mayor's Message 12/8/2021


Mayor’s Message
December 8, 2021  

 

Good evening. 

Earlier tonight, we held a ribbon cutting ceremony at municipal parking lot #1 to mark its completion, as well as our annual holiday tree lighting at the municipal building. Thank you to everyone who came out for this celebration of the holiday season. If you have the chance to see the Christmas tree on Garrett Road, you’ll notice that it is planted, signifying our commitment to sustainability.


Tonight, we are introducing an ordinance to establish a Trash Fee Senior Rebate Program in Upper Darby. Senior citizens who live on fixed incomes are among our most vulnerable populations, and this ordinance is intended to reduce the burden of waste collection costs on our community’s seniors.  


I am asking Council for the second year in a row to approve a balanced budget with no property tax increase for our residents. This budget continues to address the more than $6 million structural deficits we have inherited, and I thank everyone who has worked tirelessly to make sure we are able to avoid any adverse impact on our residents. 


This has been a difficult few years for our country, not just because of the pandemic but also due to rising violence in communities across the county. Sadly our community is not immune and our hearts go out to all the victims of violence in Upper Darby. On a positive note, I am pleased to announce that we have received a $308,122 grant from the state to increase community policing services throughout Upper Darby. This includes group activities, referrals to resources for families, and life skills classes. 


This Saturday, Councilwoman Danyelle Blackwell will be hosting a clean-up event at Parkview Playground on Saturday, December 11, starting at 10 a.m. I will be there, as will State Representative-Elect Gina Curry, and we hope residents will join us as well. 

 

As the Delta and Omicron variants of the COVID-19 virus continue to spread, getting vaccinated is the key to protecting yourself and the people around you. All children age 5 years and older are eligible to be vaccinated, and booster shots are available for everyone age 18 years and older who has been fully vaccinated. To find a free vaccine location, please call 484-276-2100 or visit www.delcopa.gov/vax. For resources about vaccine hesitancy, please visit www.factsoverfiction.info


Thank you and have a good evening. 


Mayor's Message 12/1/2021


Mayor’s Message
December 1, 2021  

 

Good evening, I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. 


I am pleased to announce that Upper Darby has received a $499,320 grant from the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund to assist with the Cardington-Newtown Trail project. This trail is a multi-use recreational path that connects Marshall Road and Pembroke Avenue. It includes a spur at Ruskin Lane that connects to Long Lane. 


Next Wednesday, December 8, we will hold a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. at municipal parking lot #1, across the street from this building, to celebrate its completion. Thank you to everyone who has worked hard over the past several months on this project, which is one of many reinvestments my administration is making in Upper Darby. We also appreciate the cooperation and patience of the residents and businesses in the area, and everyone is welcome to attend the event.  

 

With the rise of new COVID-19 variants, getting vaccinated is crucially important to protect yourself and those around you. All children age 5 years and older are eligible to be vaccinated, and booster shots are available for everyone age 18 years and older who have been fully vaccinated. To find a free vaccine location, please call 484-276-2100 or visit www.delcopa.gov/vax. For resources about vaccine hesitancy, please visit www.factsoverfiction.info


Thank you and have a good evening. 




Mayor's Message 11/17/2021


Mayor’s Message
November 17, 2021 

 

Good evening everyone,


Tonight, we are continuing our discussion of Upper Darby’s 2022 budget, and I would like to thank our department heads, council, and our treasurer for their time and input as well as the public’s comments. We have put a great deal of time and careful planning into this budget, and it is proof positive of our commitment to reinvestment, revitalization, and reform in Upper Darby. 


Congratulations are in order for the Upper Darby High School Band. which placed first in the state and 6th nationally in recent competitions.


As a reminder, yard waste collection in Upper Darby continues this week. Curbside leaf pick-up has already started and will occur alongside the street sweeping schedule. We will be doing a bonus week of yard waste collection the week after Thanksgiving, November 29th through December 3rd. We encourage residents to bag their leaves as yard waste in brown paper bags since not all the leaves have fallen yet from trees. Make sure to put out your yard waste at your curb line with your recycling. 


Tragically, we lost one of our residents last week in a house fire. Our hearts go out to the family during this difficult time. As we head into the holiday season, it’s important to remember fire safety and community risk reduction are critical priorities. I was honored to canvass the neighborhood together with Chief Sawyer and a group of our firefighters passing out free smoke alarms. If you are in need of a fire alarm, please contact the fire department for one at 610-734-7673 or through request@upperdarby.org.


As we enter the holiday season, getting vaccinated against Covid-19 remains a critically important way to protect yourself and those around you. Everyone age 5 years and older is now eligible to be vaccinated. To find a free vaccine location, please call 484-276-2100 or visit www.delcopa.gov/vax. For resources about vaccine hesitancy, please visit www.factsoverfiction.info


This week, members of our Public Works Department will be picking up about 60 trees which will be planted by staff and UD Tree Tenders.  I am deeply grateful for the work our staff has done throughout the year in conjunction with the Tree Tenders and the many volunteers to plant, mulch and maintain trees throughout the township especially at Gillespie Park and the Sellers Library area.


This week, work has begun on the Darby Creek Trail, starting at Rosemont Avenue and extending into Gillespie Park.


Last but not least, I would like to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. 


Thank you and have a good evening. 




Mayor's Message 11/10/2021


Mayor’s Message
November 10, 2021 

 

Good evening everyone,


It is my pleasure to congratulate everyone who was re-elected to Council last week, and we look forward to welcoming and working with newly elected Council Members Brian Andruszko, Andrew Hayman, and Meghan Wagner. And while we will recognize them more formally at a later date, I would like to thank Don Bonnett, Bob Gwin, and Tom Wagner for their years of dedicated service to the Council and our community. 


Tonight, we are discussing the 2022 budget for Upper Darby. For the second year in a row, we are proud to present a balanced budget with no increase in taxes. 


At the last Council meeting, CAO Vincent Rongione and Deputy CAO Alison Dobbins presented the preliminary 2022 budget. Right before this meeting, we held the first of two public budget hearings, which can be viewed on our YouTube channel.  


The second public budget hearing will be at 6 pm next Wednesday, November 17, here at the Municipal Building, 100 Garrett Road. We value and want to hear residents’ opinions regarding this budget, which reflects our commitment to reinvestment, revitalization, and reform in Upper Darby. 

 

I have two proclamations to present tonight; the first is in honor of Native American Heritage Month, which began on November 1st:


WHEREAS, Native American Heritage Month is celebrated every year to recognize the importance of Native American cultures, contributions, history, traditions, and art; and


WHEREAS, this tradition was established in 1990, when former U.S. President George H.W. Bush declared the month of November as “National American Indian Heritage Month” now more commonly known as Native American Heritage Month; and 


WHEREAS, during Native American Heritage Month, we honor the Native American veterans and service members who have courageously served and continue to serve in our Armed Forces; and 


WHEREAS, the history of Upper Darby has been significantly influenced by Native Americans, especially the Lenni-Lenape tribe, whose people cared for the lands surrounding the Delaware River, including this area, for more than 10,000 years; and 


WHEREAS, in celebration of Native American Heritage Month, we encourage everyone to recognize the accomplishments and contributions that Native Americans have made to our society, and we are grateful to the local organizations who work with and in support of the Native American community.

 

NOW, THEREFORE I, Barbarann Keffer, Mayor of Upper Darby Township, along with Township Council, do hereby proclaim the month of November 2021, as Native American Heritage Month in Upper Darby and encourage the entire community to participate in its observance.


The second proclamation this evening is in recognition of Veterans Day, which will be observed tomorrow:


WHEREAS, on November 11 of each year, we come together as a community and as a nation to observe Veterans Day and to pay tribute to the service of the brave individuals who have defended our country in times of conflict and peace;


WHEREAS, the theme for Veterans Day 2021 is “Honoring All Who Served.” All veterans make a sacrifice to serve their country, whether physically, emotionally, or by being away from their loved ones and missing important life moments; and


WHEREAS, 2021 also marks the centennial commemoration of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Located at Arlington National Cemetery, the Tomb was initially dedicated by the Army on Armistice Day, November 11, 1921, with the burial of an unknown service member from World War I. Over the past century, additional unknown individuals have been buried at the Tomb, and the site has become a people’s memorial that inspires reflection on veterans’ service, valor, and sacrifice; and   


WHEREAS, we are proud to recognize and honor all past and present Upper Darby residents who are veterans, and we are grateful for their selfless service to our community and our country. We also appreciate all of the veterans’ organizations in Upper Darby, including the American Legion Post 214, the Archer Epler VFW Post 979, and the Marine Corps League 884 Upper Darby Detachment.

 

NOW, THEREFORE I, Barbarann Keffer, Mayor of Upper Darby, along with Township Council, do hereby proclaim November 11, 2021, as Veterans Day in Upper Darby and encourage the entire community to recognize and participate in its observance.


Thank you and have a good evening. 




Mayor's Message 10/20/2021


Mayor’s Message
October 20, 2021

 

Good evening everyone,


First, a big thank you to the volunteers and our Parks Maintenance Division who came out last Friday and Saturday to plant over 300 native trees and bushes at Gillespie Park as part of the TreeVitalize Stream restoration project. Volunteers included Tree Tenders, members of the Environmental Advisory Committee, the Shade Tree Commission, and the Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative, as well as neighbors. The weather was beautiful and I encourage everyone to stop by and see the progress we have been making over the last year and a half.


Tonight I am asking Council to approve two resolutions. The first is a resolution to authorize the Township to prepare and submit a grant application to the Pennsylvania Office of the Budget for the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) in the amount of $1,000,000 to be used for the redevelopment of the Township-owned property at 7000 Walnut Street. This funding will allow for the construction of a third floor of the new building, which will provide additional programming for the residents in the community. This programming will include, but is not limited to, health and wellness services, community meeting spaces, bicycle programs, and after school learning and related activities. 


The second resolution is to approve the Township’s submission of an application for a Multimodal Transportation Fund grant in the amount of $950,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which will be used for the Garret Road Modernization Project. Garrett Road is a major thoroughfare in Upper Darby that connects individuals to 69th Street Transportation Center, our municipal building, and important trolley lines. The Township would also greatly benefit from pedestrian safety improvements on Garrett Road, such as improved pedestrian signage and crosswalks. 


CAO Vincent Rongione and Deputy CAO Alison Dobbins will also be presenting the preliminary 2022 budget tonight. This presentation will focus on the priorities we have established in order to continue the reinvestment, revitalization, and reform of Upper Darby Township. This year’s budget continues to address the more than $6 million structural deficits we inherited and worked hard to balance last year with no increase in taxes or fees. Once again, we do not anticipate the need to increase taxes in order to deliver a balanced budget for 2022. 


As part of our ongoing efforts to provide more transparency to tax payers in Upper Darby, we are building on our already strong working relationship with the School District to reinforce our shared commitment to Upper Darby’s future. We remain steadfast in our support of their capital facilities improvement program, which will enhance our children’s education and benefit our entire community for decades to come.


We currently have vacancies on the following boards: the Upper Darby Historic Commission, the Upper Darby Library Board of Trustees, and the Darby Creek Joint Authority. If you are a UD resident who is interested in serving on any of these entities, please send an email with a cover letter and a copy of your resume to mayor@upperdarby.org


Thank you and have a good evening. 




Mayor's Message 10/6/2021


Mayor’s Message
October 6, 2021

 

Good evening everyone,

 

This past Saturday, we held the 4th annual Upper Darby International Festival at the Five Points Intersection at 100 Garrett Road, right outside this building. I am pleased that we were able to come together as a community for this year’s Festival, which featured eight captivating performances, more than 50 vendors, and a Kids Zone sponsored by the Community YMCA of Eastern Delaware County. The 2021 International Festival drew in an estimated 3,000 people, and we hope to welcome even more next year. We are grateful to our partner, Friends of the Tower Theater District, and generous lead sponsors, Aqua and Xfinity, for their support. We also distributed hundreds of “World in One Place” masks. We will continue to distribute them at future community events. 

 

This upcoming Saturday, October 9th, is our next Identity Theft Protection Event at Upper Darby High School, 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. We will be accepting paper items for shredding, with a limit of two boxes per vehicle. We will also accept electronic waste, such as old laptops, cell phones, and small electronics. Please note that televisions will not be accepted at this event. The Delaware County District Attorney’s drug take-back van will also be onsite to collect unused prescription drugs.


I have two proclamations to present tonight; The first is in honor of Fire Prevention Week, which began on Sunday, October 3rd and continues until Saturday, October 9th:


WHEREAS, fire is a serious public safety concern both locally and nationally, and homes are the locations where people are at greatest risk of fire; and

WHEREAS, smoke alarms detect smoke and carbon monoxide before people can, alerting you to danger in the event of fire. Smoke alarms that work properly cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half; and


WHEREAS, the 2021 Fire Prevention Week theme, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety,” effectively serves to remind us it is important to learn the different sounds of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms; and 

WHEREAS, Upper Darby Township is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all those who are living in and visiting our community. Residents should be sure that everyone in the home understands the sounds of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and knows how to respond to them; and

WHEREAS, first responders in Upper Darby and Delaware County are dedicated to reducing the occurrence of home fires and home fire injuries through prevention and protection education; and

WHEREAS, Upper Darby residents who are responsive to public education measures are better able to take personal steps to increase their safety from fire, especially in their homes. 

NOW, THEREFORE I, Barbarann Keffer, Mayor of Upper Darby Township, do hereby proclaim October 3 through October 9, 2021 as Fire Prevention Week in Upper Darby, and I encourage the entire community to to “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety” for Fire Prevention Week 2021 and to support the many public safety activities and efforts of Upper Darby Township fire and emergency services.

The second proclamation this evening is in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is observed during the month of October:


WHEREAS, domestic violence is a pervasive issue across Upper Darby, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, the United States, and the world, with implications for personal and community health; and


WHEREAS, domestic violence does not discriminate and affects all communities regardless of age, race, disability, gender identity, or socioeconomic status; and


WHEREAS, considering medical expenses, lost productivity, legal costs, and property loss and damage, domestic violence costs victims nearly $82,000 over their lifetime and collectively costs the United States $3.6 trillion; and


WHEREAS, research shows that by creating communities where people are connected, supportive, and care for one another can reduce incidents of domestic violence; and


WHEREAS, in Upper Darby, individuals and organizations play a part in supporting people impacted by domestic violence, providing services including therapeutic, legal, educational, housing, advocacy, and medical services. The Upper Darby Police Department is committed to shaping their practices to further support victims of domestic abuse and to limit its effect on our community. 


NOW, THEREFORE I, Barbarann Keffer, Mayor of Upper Darby Township, do hereby proclaim October 2021 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and I urge all residents to become involved in efforts to prevent and respond to domestic violence and to recognize the impact of domestic violence in our community.


Thank you and have a good evening. 




Mayor's Message 9/22/2021


Mayor’s Message
September 22, 2021

 

Good evening everyone,


Tonight I will ask Council for their support of two departmental director appointments: Timothy Bernhardt as Police Superintendent and Joe Martin as Public Works Director.  Superintendent Bernhardt can be sworn in tonight and Director Martin is taking a professional development course as we speak and I can swear him in tomorrow.

 

Tonight Council will also vote on an ordinance to establish a Planning Commission for Upper Darby. The Planning Commission will ensure community input on development projects much earlier in the process than previously. Prior to this ordinance, Upper Darby was the largest municipality in Pennsylvania without a Planning Commission and creating one was part of my campaign platform. Meetings are open to the public and the members are residents of our township. 

 

The Upper Darby International Festival is Saturday, October 2nd, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Five Points Intersection at 100 Garrett Road, right outside the Municipal Building. We are grateful to our generous sponsors who are making this year’s Festival a reality, and we will be featuring a variety of great food, music and cultural performances, and more at this free and family-friendly event. We are looking for a few more volunteers for the Festival; if you are available to help, please email festival@upperdarby.org or call 610-734-7712. Also, you can follow the Festival’s Facebook page for additional updates, including the announcement of this year’s performer line-up. 

 

Fire Prevention Week is October 3 through October 9, 2021. This year’s theme is "Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety." Upper Darby Fire Chief Derrick Sawyer and his Department are planning a Township Wide Fire Drill on the afternoon of Monday, October 4th. This will entail a mock fire drill at a house in Upper Darby, where the occupants will use their escape plan to exit the house, and the Fire Department's response to the drill. A community fire prevention event is also scheduled between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, October 1st at Observatory Field, located at St. Laurence and West Chester Pike. Free food and other refreshments will be available. 

 

We will be holding our next Identity Theft Protection Event for Upper Darby residents at Upper Darby High School on Saturday, October 9th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. We will be accepting paper items for shredding, with a limit of two boxes per vehicle, as well as electronic waste, such as old laptops, cell phones, and small electronics. We are not able to take televisions. This event will also feature a drug take-back van in partnership with the Delaware County District Attorney's Office.  


Lastly, I would like to read a proclamation in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month 2021, which began last Wednesday. 


WHEREAS, Between September 15 and October 15 each year, Hispanic Heritage Month is observed by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America; and


WHEREAS, This tradition started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988; and 


WHEREAS, Hispanic Heritage Month begins in the middle of September instead of at the start of the month because September 15th coincides with national independence days in several Latin countries: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica celebrate their independence day on September 15th, followed by Mexico on the 16th, Chile on the 18th, and Belize on the 21st; and 


WHEREAS, America has always drawn its strength from the contributions of a diverse people. People of Hispanic backgrounds are advancing our economy, improving our communities, and bettering our country. During Hispanic Heritage Month, let us renew our commitment to ensuring ours remains a society where the talents and potential of all its members can be fully realized; and to honoring the achievements of Hispanic Americans in Upper Darby and across the United States.  


NOW, THEREFORE I, Barbarann Keffer, Mayor of Upper Darby, along with Township Council, do hereby proclaim September 15 through October 15, 2021, as Hispanic Heritage Month in Upper Darby and encourage the entire community to recognize and participate in its observance.


Thank you and have a good evening. 




Mayor's Message 9/1/2021


Mayor’s Message
September 1, 2021

 

Good evening everyone, I have a couple of updates…


The remnants of Hurricane Ida have moved into Delaware County this afternoon, calling for severe thunderstorms, a high wind advisory, isolated tornadoes, and concerns for power outages and flash flooding in our area. Out of an abundance of caution, today I issued a declaration of disaster emergency due to Hurricane Ida. The full declaration is available on our website, www.upperdarby.org, and our social media channels. Please stay off the roads if you are able and do not drive or walk through flood waters. 


Twice a week trash pick up ends on this Friday, September 3rd. Please note that Monday, September 6th is a Township Holiday. Our offices will be closed and there will be no trash or recycling collection that day. This information is also available online at www.upperdarby.org/trash, or you can call the Mayor’s Request Line at 610-734-7625. 


There is currently one opening on the Upper Darby Historic Commission, as well as a few on the Library Board. If you are interested in serving on one of these entities, please send an email with a cover letter and a copy of your resume to mayor@upperdarby.org. 


We are seeking sponsors, vendors, and performers for the 2021 Upper Darby International Festival on Saturday, October 2nd, from 1 to 5 pm. Please email festival@upperdarby.org for more information, and be sure to follow the Festival’s Facebook page for future updates. 


As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our area, getting vaccinated is of critical importance. We must remain cautious and vigilant as we navigate the virus. To find a vaccine location, please call 484-276-2100 or visit www.delcopa.gov/vax. For resources about vaccine hesitancy, please visit www.factsoverfiction.info


On Saturday, September 18 we will be hosting a pop-up skate park from 11 am to 2 pm at Observatory Playground on West Chester Pike.  This event is a partnership between Upper Darby and the Delco Skate Coalition.  Many thanks to the Recreation Committee for their work on this project.


Lastly, I would like to read a proclamation in honor of the 20th Anniversary of September 11th, 2001:


WHEREAS, twenty years ago this month, on the morning of September 11, nearly three thousand men, women, and children’s lives were lost in a series of attacks intended to terrorize the United States; and


WHEREAS, we can never undo the pain and injustice borne on American soil that day, nor will we ever forget those who perished; and


WHEREAS, many Upper Darby residents felt the pain of this tragedy personally as we endured the loss of loved ones or friends; and 


WHEREAS, we came together as both a community and a country in the days, months, and years that followed, lifting each other up as we began to heal; and


WHEREAS, in remembering and honoring the lives that were lost, we reaffirm our connection to one another. On September 11, 2001, no matter where we came from, who we prayed to, or who we were, we were united as one American nation. May the same be said of us now and always.


NOW, THEREFORE I, Barbarann Keffer, Mayor of Upper Darby Township, along with Township Council, do hereby proclaim Saturday, September 11, 2021 as a Day of Service and Remembrance in Upper Darby, and I encourage all residents to honor the memory of our fellow Americans who were lost on that fateful day 20 years ago.


Thank you and have a good evening. 




Mayor's Message 8/18/2021


Mayor’s Message
August 18, 2021

 

Good evening everyone, I have a couple of updates…


This evening, I am asking Council to support two resolutions regarding the recreational plans for Upper Darby. Thanks to the Delaware County Council for offering the opportunity to preserve green space in our community through the Open Space and Recreation Municipal Grant Program. Our goal is to apply for a grant to create a Master Plan for all township parks and public spaces as well as to acquire a grant to help fund the completion of the Darby Creek Trail.


I am happy to report that we are moving forward with plans for the new Upper Darby Community Center. Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon visited the site recently with our CAO to discuss the project, we have officially awarded the bid for the design of the center to JMT (Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson), and earlier this week we broke ground on another municipal project across the street at parking lot number 1 on Garrett Road in preparation for a redevelopment project there. On a related note, the Upper Darby Welcome Center, which is currently located at 7000 Walnut Street, is moving to the Watkins Senior Center, located at 326 Watkins Avenue in Upper Darby, on Monday, August 30th.  


Starting next week, the Tower Theater will be hosting an event for the first time since early 2020. The virtual Van Gogh Immersive Experience is set to open on Thursday, August 26th and will run six days a week through February 2022. We are excited to welcome this internationally renowned exhibit to 69th Street. Together, with Live Nation, I invite and encourage everyone who comes to enjoy the exhibit to shop, dine, and explore everything that Upper Darby has to offer.


At this time, we are seeking sponsors, vendors, and performers for the 2021 Upper Darby International Festival, which will take place on Saturday, October 2nd. Please email festival@upperdarby.org for more information, and be sure to follow the Festival’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/UDIntlFestival for future updates. 


Currently, there is one opening on the Upper Darby Historic Commission, as well as a couple on the Library Board. Please send an email with a cover letter and a copy of your resume to mayor@upperdarby.org if you are interested in serving on one of these entities. 


As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise locally, getting vaccinated remains vitally important. Here are the statistics we have received from Delaware County regarding the percentage of Upper Darby residents who have been vaccinated. As of August 13th, 2021: residents in the 19026 zip code have a 70.2% vaccination rate, and residents in the 19082 zip code have a 60.5% vaccination rate. We also have three other zip codes in Upper Darby, so this list is not complete.


We are headed in the right direction, but we must keep moving forward in the fight against this virus. To find a vaccine location, please call 484-276-2100 or visit www.delcopa.gov/vax. For resources about vaccine hesitancy, please visit www.factsoverfiction.info


Lastly, I would like to read a proclamation in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day, which is Tuesday, August 31st, 2021.  


WHEREAS, we recognize the purpose of International Overdose Awareness Day as a way to remember our loved ones lost to overdoses and ending the stigma of drug-related deaths; and

WHEREAS, the Upper Darby community affirms and acknowledges the harm and hardship caused by drug overdoses; and

WHEREAS, we resolve to work harder to reduce the number of overdoses in our community. Drug overdoses claimed the lives of hundreds of residents of Delaware County, Pennsylvania in 2020, with countless additional lives forever changed; and

WHEREAS, we affirm that the people who are affected by the disease of addiction and drug overdoses are our sons and daughters, our mothers and fathers, our brothers and sisters, and our friends and fellow residents, and that they are deserving of our love, compassion, and support.

NOW, THEREFORE I, Barbarann Keffer, Mayor of Upper Darby, do hereby proclaim Tuesday, August 31, 2021 as International Overdose Awareness Day in Upper Darby and encourage the entire community to recognize and participate in its observance

Thank you and have a good evening. 




Mayor's Message 8/4/2021


Mayor’s Message
August 4, 2021

 

Good evening everyone, I have a couple of updates…


Last night’s National Night Out was a great event. I am deeply grateful to the Upper Darby Police and Fire Departments for all of their hard work in making the event a success, and thanks to Alison Dobbins. We are glad that Jenn Hennelly from the Delaware County Victim Assistance Center was able to join us. We also thank Leandro’s Pizza for their generous pizza donation, as well as Philly Pretzel Factory, Bernie’s Pretzels, and Rosati Water Ice for providing other refreshments. Thanks to everyone who came out, especially the JeffSTAT helicopter team from Jefferson Hospital.


Last week, we received notice of a $50,000 grant award from the Keystone Communities Program for facade improvements to businesses in the Terminal Square area. The next steps towards implementation include applications which will be available soon, and we budgeted  matching for this grant through the CDBG program.


As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Delaware County, getting vaccinated is critically important. It’s not too late to protect yourself and those around you, and it is not too late to get your second dose if you have missed it. As you can see, we’ve re-instated the mask-wearing policy in the building. 


This Friday evening, there will be a pop-up vaccination clinic at the Garrettford-Drexel Hill Fire Company, 323 Edmonds Avenue, from 5 pm to 9 pm. First or second doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be available, so this is a great opportunity for anyone age 12 or older to get vaccinated. No appointment or health insurance is needed.

There are also two vaccination clinics happening in Upper Darby this upcoming Sunday, August 8th. The first location is the mosque, Masjid Al-Madinah, at 69th and Walnut, from 10 am to 12 pm. The second location is Tienda Don Pedro, at 53 Garrett Road, from 12 pm to 2 pm. Both locations are offering the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. To find a vaccine location near you, please call 484-276-2100 or visit www.delcopa.gov/vax. For resources about vaccine hesitancy, please visit www.factsoverfiction.info.  

Thank you and have a great evening. 




Mayor's Message 7/21/2021


Mayor’s Message
July 21, 2021

 

Good evening everyone, I have a couple of updates…


On Saturday, I was honored to attend the graduation ceremony for five probationary firefighters from the Upper Darby Fire Department, who have completed the first-ever Joint Training Academy held by the Wilmington Fire Department. Congratulations to CDS and the UDFD on their newest members. I also joined members of the Upper Darby Arts & Education Foundation and Upper Darby School District on Saturday evening for the official announcement that Upper Darby Summer Stage has received four new donations totaling $500,000, including major gifts from Upper Darby's own Tina Fey and Monica Horan Rosenthal. The Township and the School District have supported UD Summer Stage for 46 magical years, and we are looking forward to the next 46 and beyond. 

The COVID-19 strains that are now dominant in the United States are highly contagious and pose a significant health risk to people who are not yet vaccinated. It is in the best interest of everyone age 12 and older to get vaccinated as soon as possible. To find a location near you, please call 484-276-2100 or visit www.delcopa.gov/vax.   

Be sure to follow Upper Darby Government on social media so you don’t miss them! You can find us on Facebook and LinkedIn at “upperdarby” and on Instagram and Twitter at “upperdarbypa”.    

 

Thank you and have a great evening. 






Mayor's Message 7/7/2021


Mayor’s Message
July 7, 2021

 

Good evening, I have a couple of updates…

 

I hope everyone enjoyed the Independence Day holiday weekend, including the fireworks display at Upper Darby High School on Friday night. This display was professionally coordinated, and the two large “fireballs” explosions that appeared at the end of the display were intentionally planned and were set off under strict supervision. Thanks to the team at Celebration Fireworks for doing an excellent job and for ensuring that everything went smoothly and according to plan and to our guest DJ who did a fantastic job.  

 

While the overall number of positive COVID-19 cases in our area is continuing to decline, the number of unvaccinated people who have been contracting the Delta variant of the virus is rising across the country. It is in everyone’s best interest to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible if you have not yet done so. To find a vaccination site near you, please call 484-276-2100 or visit www.delcopa.gov/vax.   

 

A reminder about weekly yard waste collection in Upper Darby: Yard waste is defined as leaves, garden residues, shrubbery and tree trimmings and similar material. Please note that grass clippings are NOT considered yard waste. Please do not use plastic bags to recycle yard waste or single-stream recycling; instead, place your yard waste in biodegradable paper bags, which are available at local hardware stores, or place the yard waste loosely in trash cans without bags. Yard waste is collected on your regular recycling pick-up day, not on trash pick-up days. 


The goats from Amazing Grazing are slated to return to Gillespie Park on Saturday, July 17th, to remove the invasive growth from the park’s landscape. Be sure to follow Upper Darby Government on social media so you don’t miss them! You can find us on Facebook and LinkedIn at “upperdarby” and on Instagram and Twitter at “upperdarbypa”.    

 

Upper Darby Summer Stage began their season today with “The Wizard of Oz.” I am pleased that we are able to offer live and in-person performances this year, and I am grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to make this possible. If you would like to purchase tickets or see what other productions Summer Stage has coming up, please visit www.udpac.org

 

Next Friday, July 16th, is Park and Recreation Professionals Day. Tonight, I am pleased to issue a proclamation in honor of all the professionals, especially in Upper Darby, Delaware County, and Pennsylvania, who help make our parks and recreation activities possible. 

 

WHEREAS, parks and recreation professionals promote physical, emotional, and mental health and wellness through both organized and self-directed fitness, play, and activities; and

WHEREAS, parks and recreation professionals support the economic vitality of communities by providing frontline jobs and promotion of community revitalization; and

WHEREAS, parks and recreation professionals foster social cohesiveness and communities by celebrating diversity, providing spaces to gather together peacefully, modeling compassion, promoting social equity, connecting social networks, and ensuring all people have access to its benefits; and

WHEREAS, parks and recreation professionals support human development and endless learning opportunities that foster social, intellectual, and emotional growth in people of all ages and abilities; and

WHEREAS, parks and recreation professionals strengthen community identity by providing facilities and services that reflect and celebrate community character, heritage, culture, history, aesthetics, and landscape; and

WHEREAS, parks and recreation professionals help sustain and steward our natural resources by protecting habitats and open space, connecting people to nature, and promoting the ecological function of park areas; and

WHEREAS, Upper Darby supports the skilled work of parks and recreation professionals, especially those who serve in our Township and throughout Delaware County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to strengthen community cohesion and resilience, to connect people with nature and each other, and to provide opportunities for healthful living and environmental sustainability; and 

WHEREAS, Upper Darby values the essential services that park and recreation professionals and volunteers perform to provide recreational and development enrichment for our children, youth, adults, and seniors, and to ensure that our parks and recreational facilities are clean, safe, and ready to use. We are also grateful for our partnership with the YMCA of Eastern Delaware County, which allowed us to offer recreational activities for children this summer. 

NOW, THEREFORE I, Barbarann Keffer, Mayor of Upper Darby Township, do hereby proclaim July 16, 2021 as Parks and Recreation Professionals Day in Upper Darby and encourage the entire community to recognize and participate in its observance.

 

Thank you and have a great evening. 






Mayor's Message 6/23/2021


Mayor’s Message
June 23, 2021


Good evening everyone. A couple of updates…


Superintendent Tim Bernhardt and I swore in 10 new officers of the Upper Darby Police Department yesterday.  Combined with the first wave of new officers sworn in earlier this year, these officers represent the most qualified and most diverse group in Upper Darby history.  We welcome all of them to our Upper Darby team.

 

All of these officers will be valuable additions to our renowned Police Department, and they are setting a great example for others who aspire to public service. Many of them already have deep roots in Upper Darby, with five officers who are graduates of Upper Darby High School and one who is a graduate of Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School.  

 

In other good news, the Fire Investigator Division of the Upper Darby Fire Department has been awarded a FM Global Grant in the amount of $3,544 to purchase fire prevention equipment, including a new desktop computer and digital cameras. Congratulations to Chief Derrick Sawyer and his team on their continued efforts in fire risk reduction. 

 

This past Saturday, we celebrated Juneteenth at Upper Darby High School with a youth football camp hosted by Philadelphia Eagles’ safety Rodney McLeod and his wife Erika, as well as the inaugural Juneteenth Observance and Community Fair. The Fair included free health care screenings from Crozer Health, COVID-19 vaccines courtesy of Delaware County, and a variety of presentations and performances by local artists that celebrated the significance of Juneteenth as the end of slavery in the United States. 

 

This upcoming weekend, there are several events happening in Upper Darby in honor of LGBTQ+ Pride Month; please visit www.ud-pride.com for the schedule and other details. On Friday, July 2nd, we are pleased to be hosting a fireworks display at the Upper Darby High School baseball field. The fireworks will begin at 9:30 pm, and residents are encouraged to watch them from the high school parking lots. The rain date for this event is Friday, July 9th.

 

Here is a friendly reminder about the weekly yard waste collection: Yard waste is defined as leaves, garden residues, shrubbery and tree trimmings (4 inches or less in diameter and less than 3 feet long), and similar material. Please note that grass clippings are NOT considered yard waste. Please do not use plastic bags to recycle yard waste or single-stream recycling; instead, place your yard waste in biodegradable paper bags, which are available at local hardware stores, or place the yard waste loosely in trash cans without bags. Lastly, please note that yard waste is collected only on your regular recycling pick-up day, not on trash pick-up days. 

 

Coming into your mailboxes soon is a township newsletter which provides the trash and recycling schedule for the rest of the year as well as other important information on township programs and events.  Please note that Monday, July 5 is a township holiday and no trash or recycling will be collected on Monday, July 5.


Thank you and have a great evening. 


Mayor's Message 6/2/2021


Mayor’s Message
June 2, 2021


Good evening everyone,


A couple of updates…

 

A friendly reminder about weekly yard waste collection: Yard waste is defined as leaves, garden residues, shrubbery and tree trimmings (4 inches or less in diameter and less than 3 feet long), and similar material. Please note that grass clippings are NOT considered yard waste. Please do not use plastic bags to recycle yard waste or single-stream recycling; instead, place it in biodegradable paper bags, which are available at local hardware stores, Burhill on Bermont Road and the TruValue on Marshall Road or, place the yard waste loosely in trash cans without bags.

 

This upcoming Monday, June 7, our sanitation crews will begin collecting trash twice a  week. Trash in areas 1 and 2 will be collected on Tuesdays and Fridays. Trash in areas 3, 4, 5, and 6 will be collected on Mondays and Thursdays. Additional details about the revised schedule, including recycling pick up information, can be found on the Township website at www.upperdarby.org/trash. Residents are also welcome to call the Mayor’s Request Line at 610-734-7625 with any questions. 

 

We are also hiring seasonal employees to supplement our regular sanitation crews. If you and/or anyone you know is looking for a summer job making as much as $15 per hour with the opportunity to earn a full time job in the future please have them apply ASAP through our website upperdarby.org.  On the home page, scroll down and look for “Employment Opportunities”. Seasonal jobs and other jobs are listed there. 

 

Registration for the Township’s Youth and Tot Lot programs is ongoing until Friday, June 11. The cost is still only $20 per child. We are grateful to the Lansdowne YMCA for stepping in to ensure that these programs are able to happen this summer. The Y is also still hiring program staff members; applications are available online at www.cyedc.org/employment, or you can call 610-557-9622, extension #1, to request a paper copy. Special consideration will be given to individuals who have worked for the Township summer recreation program in previous years if they would like to apply again this year.   

 

This Saturday, Habitat for Humanity is hosting a Rock the Block event in Upper Darby. The targeted areas are the 200 block of Chapman Avenue and the municipal parking lot on the 700 block of Long Lane. I am so grateful that Habitat has chosen Upper Darby as a focus municipality. This is our inaugural Habitat Rock the Block event, and we are looking for community members to participate as volunteers. To sign up, please visit www.habitatmontdelco.org/rock-the-block or call 610-278-7710. As a member of the Upper Darby team, we ask you to arrive at the Municipal Lot at the intersection of Long Lane and Clinton Road in Upper Darby, no later than 8:15 AM on this Saturday. Once you get there, members of the Habitat staff will check you in and will gather together for opening remarks.

 

Last but certainly not least, it is my honor to issue a proclamation this evening in recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month.


WHEREAS, Pride Month is a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. It was borne out of the gay rights movement that started in the 1940’s and reached a pivotal moment at the Stonewall Inn in June of 1969, when a group of individuals who were being mistreated because of their gender and sexual identification stood up for what they believed in; and 

WHEREAS, Pride Month is a time to reflect on the trials that the LGBTQ+ community has endured and to rejoice in the triumphs of the individuals who have bravely fought, and continue to fight, for full equality; and


WHEREAS, Despite all of the progress that has been made in recent years regarding LGBTQ+ rights, we acknowledge there are many states in which LGBTQ+ individuals still lack protections for fundamental rights and dignity in hospitals, schools, the workplace, public accommodations, and other spaces. We are committed to standing in solidarity with LGBTQ+ Americans in their ongoing struggle against discrimination and injustice; and 


WHEREAS, LGBTQ+ individuals, especially children and adolescents, often face bullying and harassment in educational settings and are at a disproportionate risk of self-harm and death by suicide. It is imperative that families, school systems, mental health care providers, and the community at large work together to end the social stigma and bullying that can traumatize children and adolescents who identify as LGBTQ+; and 


WHEREAS, Upper Darby Township has a diverse community that includes a proud contingent of LGBTQ+ individuals and allies, which is fostered in part by organizations such as Upper Darby Pride and UDTJ, among others. 

NOW, THEREFORE I, Barbarann Keffer, Mayor, do hereby proclaim the month of June 2021 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month in Upper Darby Township and encourage my fellow residents to recognize and participate in its observance.


Thank you and have a great evening. 


Mayor's Message 5/26/2021


Mayor’s Message
May 26, 2021


Good evening everyone,


A couple of updates…


I would like to thank Chief Derrick Sawyer and all of the members of Upper Darby Fire Department who assisted with the two clean-up events that happened on May 22nd and 23rd, at the 2nd Ward Playground and the Swedish Cabin, respectively. 

 

On a related note, there will be a presentation tonight by the state Department of Community and Economic Development on their fire department management study.  My administration applied for and was awarded this opportunity in early 2020, and I would like to thank the career and volunteer firefighters who worked with the DCED over the last year to make the study as thorough as possible.  This study will be available on the township website after the meeting tonight. 

 

A little more than a week away,Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring a Rock the Block event in Upper Darby.  The targeted areas are the 200 block of Chapman Avenue and the municipal parking lot on the 700 block of Long Lane.  I am so grateful that Habitat has chosen Upper Darby as a focus municipality.  I would like Habitat to be a consistent partner here.  Habitat does not build new housing.  This is our inaugural Habitat Rock the Block event and there is an opportunity for members of our community to participate this year.  Tomorrow, we will send a link for volunteer spots for June 5.  I do encourage our residents to like and/or follow the township Facebook page.

 

Delaware County Park Police Superintendent Scott Mahoney passed away last week, and he was laid to rest today. Not only was he a decorated member of our law enforcement community, he was also a volunteer firefighter with the Upper Darby Fire Department and a neighbor. Scott’s dedication, professionalism, and kind nature will be greatly missed by all who knew him, and we send our deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and colleagues.  

 

May 8th through 15th was Police Appreciation Week, and I would like to take a moment to formally acknowledge Upper Darby Police Superintendent Tim Bernhardt and the entire department for everything they do to keep our community safe. Their jobs can be difficult even in the best of times, and they conduct themselves with honor and commitment in their efforts to protect the Upper Darby community. 

 

The number of new COVID-19 cases across Delaware County continues to decline and it is important to remain vigilant and protect yourself and your loved ones. Please continue to wear masks as appropriate and mandated by law. If you have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine, please call 484-276-2100 or visit www.delcopa.gov/vax to register for an appointment. If you need to schedule an appointment and are having any difficulty doing so, please email mayor@upperdarby.org or call 610-734-7625.  

 

Lastly, a reminder that Monday, May 31, is Memorial Day. The Township offices will be closed, and trash and recycling will not be collected that day. I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend. 


Thank you and have a great evening. 


Mayor's Message 5/5/2021


Mayor’s Message
May 5, 2021


Good evening everyone,


A couple of updates...


This Saturday, Upper Darby residents are invited to bring confidential shredding materials and E-waste, such as unwanted laptops, cell phones, and other personal devices, to the Identity Theft Protection Event at Upper Darby High School. It will start at 9 am and go until 12 pm or the trucks are full. Per COVID-19 safety protocols, please keep a distance of 6 feet from others and wear a mask at all times. There is a limit of two boxes of shredding materials per vehicle, and please note that we are not able to accept televisions at this event.  


Following up on my previous comments about the Zoning Hearing Board and the proposed development of the Thompson Tract, I have seen the full presentation including the gift of over 3 acres to the township as real open space (and not undeveloped private land) and while we would like to see new housing inventory and environmentally conscience development, my Administration does not support this project at this time. That being said, the ZHB is a quasi-judicial, independent body comprised of Upper Darby residents that hears each application (and anyone is able to submit an application to the Zoning Hearing Board) and makes decisions based on the merits of each application. As Mayor, I do not dictate how the ZHB votes. The ZHB exists to provide checks and balances so that all applicants are assured a fair process.  One of the many pluses of looking at and thinking about this project resulted in my submission to PennDOT to do a safety study focused on the stretch of Providence Road that encompasses the Thompson Tract and the Penn Pines and Hilldale neighborhoods.  I look forward to hearing PennDOT’s findings and recommendations.


My office has been contacted by a non-profit organization called Forum Philly with a request to support the Delaware County Juneteenth Observance and Community Fair that is being planned for Saturday, June 19, at Upper Darby High School. We are pleased to support this event, which is intended to celebrate African American culture and history and which is permitted through the school district, and we encourage Upper Darby residents and organizations to do so as well. Please direct any questions about this event to Reverend Doctor Malcolm Byrd via email at forumphilly@gmail.com. 


It is my honor to issue two proclamations this evening; the first is in recognition of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, which is May 2 through May 8.


WHEREAS, because good mental health is a vital component in a child’s overall development and well-being, Children’s Mental Health Week provides the opportunity to focus on this important matter, while celebrating the accomplishments of children and families affected by mental health concerns; and

WHEREAS, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 6 children between ages 2 and 8 is diagnosed with a mental health condition; and

WHEREAS, research has shown that the early identification and appropriate treatment of mental health disorders among children and adolescents provide them with better opportunities to lead full and productive lives; and

WHEREAS, children and adolescents with mental health challenges and their families benefit from access to timely services and support systems that are family-driven, youth-guided and culturally appropriate; they also benefit from the integration of behavioral health in primary care, education, and child welfare; and

WHEREAS, it is important that children and adolescents, along with their families and communities, learn about warning signs of mental health disorders and where to obtain necessary assistance and treatment; and

WHEREAS, it is imperative that schools, health care providers, families, and the community at large work together to erase the stigma that may accompany mental health challenges in children and adolescents;

NOW, THEREFORE I, Barbarann Keffer, Mayor, do hereby proclaim May 2 – 8, 2021 as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week in Upper Darby Township and encourage my fellow residents to recognize and participate in its observance.

The second proclamation is in recognition of May 2021 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. 


WHEREAS, The heritage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders was initially honored by the federal government in 1978. In 1992, the recognition of their heritage was expanded to a month-long observance in the United States; and

WHEREAS, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have histories and cultures that are thousands of years old; and

WHEREAS, the month of May was chosen to commemorate the first recorded immigration of people from Japan to the United States in May 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, by a majority of Chinese immigrant workers who laid the tracks; and

WHEREAS, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have enriched our social, intellectual, and artistic life in the United States of America; and

WHEREAS, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made valuable contributions to all areas of life in Delaware County, including government, business, arts and sciences, medicine, education, law enforcement, and the military; and

WHEREAS, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month helps us to appreciate the diversity of our residents in Upper Darby; and by recognizing their contributions to our community, we acknowledge the importance of inclusion as we strive to create a better future for everyone; and

WHEREAS, while all ethnic groups have made significant contributions to our country, the recent dramatic spike in violence and hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders during the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the need for awareness of the discrimination they are facing on a daily basis.  

NOW, THEREFORE I, Barbarann Keffer, Mayor of Upper Darby Township, do hereby proclaim May 2021 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Upper Darby Township, and I urge the entire community to recognize and participate in its observance.

Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf announced that current COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted effective Memorial Day, May 31. Once Pennsylvania reaches a 70% vaccination rate among adults, the mask mandate will be lifted as well. If you have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine, please call 484-276-2100 or visit www.delcopa.gov/vax to register for an appointment. It is vitally important that everyone gets vaccinated as soon as possible so that we can get back so we can get back to life without masks. If you need to schedule an appointment and are having any difficulty doing so, please email mayor@upperdarby.org or call 610-734-7625. We are all in this together, and we are here to help.   


Speaking of help, it is my pleasure to thank everyone associated with the Upper Darby Summer Stage program who has worked so hard to make it possible to offer opportunities for children to attend this summer.   


Thank you and have a great evening. 


Mayor's Message 4/21/2021


Mayor’s Message
April 21, 2021


Good evening everyone,


Yesterday’s conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd is a tremendous relief for many people, and my administration acknowledges that there is still much work to be done to address the issues of systemic racism and bias that plague our society. Justice is a process and not a single moment or outcome, and we must continue the hard work of correcting these inequities for years to come. However, let there be no doubt that this verdict is a watershed moment and a clear affirmation that George Floyd’s life mattered.


We also recognize and appreciate the hard work and dedication of our public safety personnel here in Upper Darby leading up to the verdict announcement. Enduring change and real equality are our goals, and it is more important now than ever that we come together as residents of Upper Darby to look out for and protect each other. 

Communication is the foundation creating an engaged community and I think it's fair to say that these have been some tough times for all of us. On top of the complications and adjustments of our COVID-life, we are all still grappling with the struggles of daily life as well as the larger social problems that things such as the pandemic and the Chauvin verdict shine a spotlight on. 

In times like these or in any times at all, there is no harm in being vulnerable and expressing how you are feeling, especially in the trying times that we are living through today. If you feel like you need a different outlet or perspective, please contact the Delaware County Telehealth Helpline at 855-464-9342. The helpline is dedicated to providing emotional support to anyone in Delaware County, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The line is staffed by Certified Peer Specialists and Mental Health Professionals. All calls are confidential and can be made anonymously.

Switching gears…

On a positive note, directly related to Upper Darby, I am very happy to announce that we have received a $425,000 commitment from the Commonwealth Financing Authority to do work to enhance the area around Market and Powell to create greater walkability and an improved streetscape. I want to thank Senator Kearney for all of his support for this application and for our community. 

The Upper Darby Environmental Advisory Committee and the Friends of Upper Darby Trails will hold a Learn and Hike event this Saturday, April 24, in honor of Earth Day. There will be three separate hikes throughout the day: one along the Recreation Area Trail beginning at 9 a.m, one at the Underground Railroad Trail Spur beginning at 1 p.m., and one at Naylors Run Park Trail beginning at 6 p.m. More details can be found on the Environmental Advisory’s Facebook page.

 

On Friday, April 30, we are partnering with the Upper Darby Shade Tree Commission, the Upper Darby Township Library staff, the Tree Tenders of Upper Darby and the 4th District Community Group for this year's Arbor Day Celebration. We will be planting several new trees in the recently cleared space on the grounds between Sellers Library and Sellers Park, starting at 10:30 a.m. The Tree Tenders of Upper Darby and the Upper Darby 4th District Community Group will also be on hand with free yard and house plants, and free plant kits for children.

 

As a reminder, our new weekly yard waste collection service is now ongoing until Friday, November 19. Yard waste will be collected weekly on residents’ regularly scheduled recycling pick up day. Yard waste is defined as leaves, garden residues, shrubbery and tree trimmings, and similar material. Please do not use plastic bags to collect your yard waste. Instead, place it in biodegradable paper bags which are available at local hardware stores, or place the yard waste loosely in trash cans without bags.

 

I would like to say a few things about the ZHB application for the proposed development of the Thompson Tract.  First, the Thompson Tract is not “open space”, it is privately-owned land that is currently zoned for development.  Except for a single home on the property, it is private undeveloped land.  I hear the concerns of neighboring residents - I had the same concerns almost 12 years ago when the township attempted to rezone the Thompson Tract and the Mozino Tract, across from the Drexeline Shopping Center, for high-density housing. It’s important to remember that the Thompson Tract is private land and that anybody is allowed to submit an application to the ZHB. To be even more clear, the only reason that a zoning application is necessary in this case, or any case, is because my administration denied the initial plan application. 


The ZHB is a quasi-judicial, independent body and it is the job of the ZHB to hear each and every application and make decisions based on its merits.  As Mayor, I don’t tell the ZHB how to vote.  The ZHB is there to provide checks and balances so that all applicants are assured a fair and balanced process. 

It’s great to see this high level of participation from Upper Darby residents and to get their input on applications such as this one.  That’s what local government is about and that’s why the ZHB, and all of our other boards and commissions, like the Civil Service Commission and the Historic Commission, are so important in guiding us to the future.

 

I am happy to report that the number of COVID-19 vaccines available in Delaware County has been steadily increasing. If you have not yet received the vaccine, please call 484-276-2100 or visit www.delcopa.gov/vax to register for an appointment. Unfortunately, there has also been an increase in the number of positive cases in our area over the past few weeks. It is vitally important that everyone gets vaccinated as soon as possible, and please continue to wear masks in public and practice social distancing.  For my part, myself and my younger daughter will be getting our first vaccines on Monday and my husband and older daughter will be getting their second doses within the next two weeks.  If you want to schedule an appointment and are having difficulty please contact my office at mayor@upperdarby.org or call 610.734.7625.  If you are helping someone get an appointment, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.  We’re here to help.


Thank you and have a great evening. 


Mayor's Message 4/7/2021


Mayor’s Message
April 7, 2021


Good evening everyone,


I have a couple of updates to share: 


Last week, I was pleased to swear in nine new officers for the Upper Darby Police Department: Elijah Brown, Joseph Girardi, Kevin Joby, Nicholas Moriconi, Daniel Mullarkey III, Maura O’Connell, Inderbir Randhawa, Matthew Terry, and Adam Wheatley. These officers come from the most qualified and diverse class in Township history, and they will be a great addition to the Department.  I’m delighted and honored to welcome them into our Upper Darby team.  And I would also like to acknowledge the Civil Service Commission which played an important, and behind the scenes part, into making this a reality.


We are currently working on several grants for Upper Darby, including a Keystone Facade Grant. We are applying for funding from DCED that we would offer to small businesses for street-facing exterior improvements, such as painting, repointing, facade repair or restoration, and signage. This grant is for $50,000, with an equal match from the Township. Due to limited funding, we would focus this program on the unit block of Garrett Road, work on the kinks, learn the system and expand the program to our other neighborhood business districts. I have personally visited many of the businesses in the area, and there is a lot of interest in and support for this initiative. 

 

We are also working on a community project funding request to Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon's Office for the new Upper Darby Community Center.

 

Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visited Upper Darby High School and Beverly Hills Middle School as part of the Biden Administration’s efforts to support states, schools, students, parents, and educators as they navigate the return to in-person learning.  We talked about how the township and the school district have forged a strong working relationship over the past year and a few months to advance the district’s capital plans for improvements including the Aronimink Elementary expansion as well as understanding and streamlining our shared services.

 

We had some more good news this week: after fielding questions from S&P concerning some of the audit findings as well as revenue forecasts in the COVID ERA, I am pleased to announce that the end-effect is that S&P has granted us an A+ stable rating.  It was an elongated process and credit goes to CAO Vincent Rongione and Finance Director Gary Meron for their diligent work on this.

 

The Darby Creek Valley Association’s annual clean-up will take place this Saturday, April 10, from 9 am to 12 pm. There are eleven sites that need help in our Township, please visit dcva.org/watershed-cleanups to register for a specific site. Representative Mike Zabel and I will be site captains, and it’s a great way to get involved. 

 

The Upper Darby Environmental Advisory Committee and the Friends of Upper Darby Trails will hold a Learn and Hike event on Saturday, April 24, in honor of Earth Day. There will be three separate hikes throughout the day: one along the Recreation Area Trail beginning at 9 a.m, one at the Underground Railroad Trail Spur beginning at 1 p.m., and one at Naylor’s Run Park Trail beginning at 6 p.m.  More details can be found on the Environmental Advisory’s Facebook page.

 

Our new weekly yard waste collection service started this week and will continue until Friday, November 19. Yard Waste will be collected weekly on residents’ regularly scheduled recycling pick up day. Yard waste is defined as leaves, garden residues, shrubbery and tree trimmings, and similar material. Please note that grass clippings are NOT considered yard waste. Please do not use plastic bags to collect your yard waste. Instead, place it in biodegradable paper bags which are available at local hardware stores, including Burhill on Burmont Road and the TruValue on Marshall Road, as well as Home Depot and Lowes, or place the yard waste loosely in trash cans without bags.


Finally, Upper Darby was selected as one of twenty municipalities in Pennsylvania to participate in the Department of Environmental Protections’ 2021 Local Climate Action Program which matches local governments with college students to develop greenhouse gas inventories and climate action plans. I am pleased to introduce Melissa Morales and Janniry (Juh-nair-e) Belen from Moravian College who have been working with us this semester.


(They Present)


Thank you and have a great evening. 


Mayor's Message 3/17/2021


Mayor’s Message
March 17, 2021


Good evening everyone,


A couple of updates: 


On Sunday, Delaware County held a mass vaccine clinic at Upper Darby High School, where 1,300 first doses of the COVID vaccine were administered. Thanks to Delaware County Emergency Services 911 for their hard work and Upper Darby School District for hosting. I would also like to thank Delaware County Council for choosing Upper Darby as the location for the clinic. I know that many are frustrated by the lack of vaccine availability and the difficulty of getting appointments. I understand and share your frustration, so I especiallly want to thank   Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon, Rep. Margo Davidson, Rep. Mike Zabel, Senator Tim Kearney, and the County for their advocacy efforts to increase the number of vaccines distributed in Delaware County.


We encourage anyone who is currently eligible for the vaccine and has not yet received it to reach out to the county for assistance in getting an appointment. For all of the latest information regarding the vaccine process, please visit Delaware County’s website: delcopa.gov/covid or contact the Delaware County COVID-19 Call Center at 484-276-2100. 

 

This Saturday, March 20, we will hold an in-person meeting at 10:30 a.m. regarding the plans for the new Upper Darby Community Center. It will be held outdoors at 7000 Walnut Street, the future site of the Center. This will be another chance for the public to review the initial design and provide input on this important project. If you are unable to join us on Saturday but have suggestions or comments about this project, you are welcome to email them to mayor@upperdarby.org.  

 

On Wednesday, March 24, I am hosting a virtual panel discussion in honor of Women's History Month at 7 p.m. The theme is “Mentors & Models”, and we have gathered a group of women from the Upper Darby community to discuss the impact that mentors and role models have made on their lives, both personally and professionally. The featured panelists are Representative Margo Davidson, NBC10/Telemundo 62 reporter Stephania Jimenez, and Upper Darby residents Hibah Ali, Pam Burton, and RaMonda CrosbyPlease register for this event at upperdarby.org or call 610-734-7625 to register by phone. Questions for the panelists can be sent to mayor@upperdarby.org

 

On Saturday, March 27, there will be a clean-up from 9-11 am at Parkview Playground, which is located down the hill from Observatory Hill. Thank you to Councilwoman Danyelle Blackwell for hosting this event.


The Darby Creek Valley Association’s annual clean-up will take place on Saturday, April 10 from 9 am to 12 pm. There are several sites that need help in our township, please visit dcva.org/watershed-cleanups to register for a specific site. The DCVA is also looking for people to serve as site captains; please contact suedcva@gmail.com if you are interested.

 

Lastly, a new service, weekly yard waste collection, will begin in Upper Darby starting on Monday, April 5 and continuing until Friday, November 19. It will be collected weekly on residents’ regularly scheduled recycling pick up day. Yard waste is defined as leaves, garden residues, shrubbery and tree trimmings (4 inches or less in diameter and less than 3 feet long), and similar material. Please note that grass clippings are NOT considered yard waste. Please do not use plastic bags to recycle yard waste; instead, place it in biodegradable paper bags which are available at local hardware stores, Burhill on Bermont Road and the TruValue on Marshall Road or, place the yard waste loosely in trash cans without bags.


Thank you and have a great evening.


 




Mayor's Message 3/3/2021


Mayor’s Message
March 3, 2021


Good evening everyone,


A couple of updates:  


On Monday, Governor Tom Wolf announced changes to COVID-19 mitigation restrictions that are now in effect statewide, including the elimination of out-of-state travel restrictions. While the number of COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania is currently on the decline, it is critically important that everyone continues to wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, and practice social distancing. This virus remains a serious threat and our vigilance against it cannot be relaxed.  


Regarding the COVID-19 vaccine shortage in Upper Darby and Delaware County, local, county and state officials have been advocating since early on in the rollout to increase the number of vaccines that are sent to Delaware County each week by the federal distribution system. We understand that many residents are frustrated by this situation, and we appreciate your continued patience as the county works to get everyone vaccinated as soon as possible. For all of the latest information regarding the vaccine process, please visit Delaware County’s website: delcopa.gov/covid or contact the Delaware County COVID-19 Call Center at 484-276-2100. 


I am pleased to announce that on Wednesday, March 10th at 7pm we will hold a Virtual Public Presentation of the plans for the new Upper Darby Community Center. This will be a chance for the public to review the initial design and provide input on this important project. Please register for this Zoom meeting at www.upperdarby.org or call 610-734-7625 to register by phone. I encourage residents to participate and assist in making this a true community center.


On Thursday, March 11, I will be participating in an event with Habitat for Humanity called Women Build. A group of volunteers will be doing a landscaping project at the home of an Upper Darby veteran. Thanks to the non-profit organization Heroic Gardens for their help in this endeavor. 

 

We’re excited to announce that a new service, weekly yard waste collection, will begin in Upper Darby starting on Monday, April 5 and continuing until Friday, November 19. It will be collected weekly on your regularly scheduled recycling pick up day. Yard waste is defined as leaves, garden residues, shrubbery and tree trimmings (4 inches or less in diameter and less than 3 feet long), and similar material. Please note that grass clippings are NOT considered yard waste. Please do not use plastic bags to recycle yard waste; instead, place it in biodegradable paper bags or loose in trash cans without bags.

 

The Darby Creek Valley Association’s annual clean-up will take place on Saturday, April 10 from 9 am to 12 pm. There are several sites that need help in our township, please visit dcva.org/watershed-cleanups to register for a specific site. The DCVA is also looking for people to serve as site captains; please contact suedcva@gmail.com if you are interested. 


March 2021 is Women’s History Month, and I have issued a proclamation in recognition of this important event. (reads proclamation) 


Thank you and have a great evening.



 

 

 




Mayor's Message 2/17/2021


Mayor’s Message
February 17, 2021


Good evening everybody,


I have a couple of updates:  

 

My administration continues to aggressively pursue grants that will increase reinvestment in our community.  We recently applied for two multi-modal grants, one for the Bishop Avenue/Secane Train Station and one for Market Street at Powell Lane. We are working on an application for grant funding for upgrades to Observatory Park and Chapman Park.  


Tonight Council will vote on two important projects: the Drexeline development and the expanded parking lot at the Secane train station. We are glad to see redevelopment in our township and I support both these projects.

 

COVID-19 statistics are starting to improve in Delaware County, but we encourage everyone to remain vigilant by continuing to wear masks, washing your hands, and social distancing as much as possible. Now is not the time to let your guard down. Please contact the Delaware County Covid-19 Call Center at 484-276-2100 if you have any questions. The Call Center can also help you navigate which eligibility group you may be in for the COVID-19 vaccine, and how to register to receive the vaccine when the time comes.

 

We are preparing for another snow and ice storm that is due to start overnight tonight and will continue through tomorrow into Friday. Our crews have been out all day brining and preparing the roads. They will be salting and plowing as needed and as snow accumulates. As always, please take your time and be extra cautious if you have to travel while it is snowing or sleeting. Non-essential travel is discouraged during these times and we appreciate your cooperation in helping to keep snow emergency routes clear. 

 

As a proud Cardinal O’Hara graduate and a Catholic myself, I know that Good Friday is a solemn Christian holy day and is important to many people. I hear the concerns that have been raised regarding the change on the Township trash and recycling calendar. The change on this calendar was implemented in order to be more inclusive and respectful of Upper Darby’s diverse community. We fully support the observation of Good Friday by everyone who chooses to do so.       


Thank you and have a great evening. 





Mayor's Message 2/3/2021


Mayor’s Message
February 3, 2021


Good evening everybody,


A couple of updates:  


I would like to thank everyone who worked on the snow removal and trash and recycling crews for doing a great job over the past few days. Your efforts during the snowstorm are deeply appreciated.


I am pleased to announce that our partnership with the Share Food Program to distribute food boxes to our community will continue every Wednesday and Saturday, 11:30am, at the Upper Darby Township Municipal Building until further notice. We thank the Share Food Program and our staff and volunteers who have been part of our efforts to help Upper Darby residents in need. 


Upper Darby residents should have received a trash and recycling newsletter this past week, detailing our recycling program and outlining the Township trash and recycling holidays. We have received a lot of feedback from the community about the change from the traditional printed 12-month trash and recycling calendar to the newsletter format. We chose the new format in order to keep printing costs down and reduce the amount of paper waste. For anyone who may be interested, a printable monthly calendar is available online at www.upperdarby.org/trash.    


February 2021 is Black History Month, and I have issued a proclamation in recognition of this important event. (reads proclamation) 


I am also happy to share with you that we have created a walking tour that features seven spots of interest along the Underground Railroad in Upper Darby. The map for this self-guided tour is available on our website and social media. We are proud of our rich history and our local connection to the Underground Railroad, and I would like to thank the Historic Commission for their hard work and continued dedication to developing a more extensive trail to help the community learn more about this subject. 


Thank you and have a great evening.





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