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Radnor Commissioners Elect Their Leadership for 2014

Radnor Township's Board of Commissioners elected its leadership Monday for the year.

Elaine Paul Schaefer, D-Ward 4, was re-elected president of the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners on Monday. Jim Higgins, D-Ward 1, was re-elected vice president.

Both votes were 5 to 1 with newcomer Richard Booker, R-Ward 2, dissenting and Don Curley, R-Ward 6 absent.

Schaefer and Curley were sworn in, as each was re-elected in November. Booker was elected to the Second Ward seat in November.

Schaefer said her goal for 2014 is to continue run meetings "with an air of respect and civility," but "I think we all would like to see us improve the length of some of our longer meetings. After 11 p.m. the quality of our debate starts to plummet."

She said Radnor is starting the year in a "very good" financial and operational position. She acknowledged the good work of the management and non-management staff. 

The latter "have…really risen to the occasion of all the transitions we have had for the last three years just wonderfully and we all appreciate it.... They continue to be the best municipal staff…probably in this state."

John F. Haines January 07, 2014 at 02:46 PM
To see the Reorganization Meeting, please go to: http://youtu.be/hPx0S6-z1Rg
G Morrison January 07, 2014 at 03:48 PM
I certainly support whatever they can do to shorten the length of the meetings, of course still allowing public comment. I strongly believe, and have many times requested, that the township and the school board should provide WRITTEN transcripts of the meetings. It is extraordinarily difficult for households with two working parents & school age children to keep track of township and school district debate and actions at these always very long nighttime meetings. We no longer have a local press; we need transcripts so we can accurately collect the facts on what is happening here. Nobody has hours upon hours a day to watch video tapes of the meetings. Speech-to-text technology can create these transcripts at next to no expense. The meetings would probably be shorter if the commissioners and the school board members and the public i.e. taxpayers were better informed via written transcripts.

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