(As of 04/14/2014)
Lou Torres – President
Darlene Jones – Vice-President
Teresa Corcoran – Treasurer
Amy Reilly – Secretary
Allen Reeves III
Meets: Monthly – Third Tuesday of every month @ 7 PM (LHH)
Recreation Board Objectives
The objectives of the Eddystone Borough Recreation Board are to:
Promote Physical Activity and a Healthy Lifestyle:
Programs and Activities Administered by the Recreation Board:
The Eddystone Borough Recreation Board was established under Ordinance No. 428 and later amendments. The board is composed of nine borough residents appointed by Borough Council for four-year terms with one member’s term expiring annually. When a vacancy occurs, Borough Council will appoint a replacement to serve out the vacated term of office. The members of the Recreation Board shall select their own Chairman and Secretary and select all other necessary officers who serve for a period of one year, and may employ such persons as may be needed. The Recreation Board shall have power to adopt rules and regulations for the conduct of all business within its jurisdiction. The Recreation Board may expend monies for the purposes of maintaining and operating recreation places, but such expenditures are not to exceed the annual appropriation provided by Council for that purpose. The Recreation Board is overseen by Borough Council’s Committee for Recreation and Parks.
William Stewart – Chair
Meets: As-needed basis
Civil Service Commission Objectives
The Civil Service Commission of Eddystone Borough is dedicated to using a Merit System of hiring, retaining and promoting employees based on their qualifications and abilities. The Commission is responsible for hiring qualified candidates who have proven through testing and interviews that they will deliver quality service to the community. The Civil Service Commission is also committed to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of our society.Finally, the Civil Service Commission is charged with regulating the working conditions and protecting the employment rights of civil service employees
In Eddystone Borough, the Civil Service Commission controls the hiring and promotion process for Full-Time officers in the Police Department. Other employees in the Borough do not have the merit protection that is provided in the Civil Service Commission hiring process.
By law, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires all boroughs with three or more police officers to have civil service commissions for the appointment, promotion, discharge, suspension and demotion of these employees. The Eddystone Civil Service Commission consists of three commissioners and three alternate commissioners. All are qualified electors of the Borough and are appointed to 6-year terms of office. Any vacancy occurring in the commission for any reason whatsoever must be filled by the Borough Council within thirty days of when the vacancy occurs.
Each member of the Civil Service Commission, before entering upon the discharge of the duties of their office, must take an oath or affirmation to support the Constitution of the United States and of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and to perform their official duties with fidelity. No civil service commissioner shall receive compensation.
Meets: As-needed basis
Board of Health
The Board of Health is comprised of three borough residents appointed by the Eddystone Borough Council to serve 5-year terms of office. The primary role of the Board of Health is to oversee the activities of the Health Officer.
Under the direction of the Board of Health, the Health Officer is responsible for enforcing all health laws, ordinances, rules and regulations. It is also the Health Officer’s job to prosecute the abatement of nuisances detrimental to the public health. It is the duty of Health Officer to make sanitary inspections of the streets, alleys and premises in the Borough at such times as the Board of Health may direct and to report to the Board of Health all nuisances detrimental to public health. The Health Officer will serve all notices of abatement issued by the Board of Health and perform other duties regarding the abatement of nuisances as the Board of Health may direct. When executing the orders of the Board of Health, the Health Officer will have the power and authority of a policeman.
The duties of the Health Officer are specified in Eddystone Borough Ordinance No. 358.
Eddystone Borough’s health regulations are specified in Ordinance No. 593.
Scott Berkau – Chair
Meets: As-needed basis
Zoning Hearing Board Objectives
Zoning laws are intended to ensure that land is put to use in the manner which best suits it. Zoning can protect the value of property by assuring that incompatible uses will be kept apart. Zoning can keep factories out of residential areas and prevent the building of new homes in areas that will be regularly flooded. Intelligent zoning also promotes the public health and safety, as well as generally providing for more orderly development. Finally, good zoning regulations can be important in attracting business and industry to an area.
All land in the Borough of Eddystone falls into one of the following categories:
R-1 Medium Density Residential District
R-2 Medium – High Density Residential District
R-3 High Density Residential District
I Institutional District
NB Neighborhood Business District
GB General Business District
LI Light Industrial District
HI Heavy Industrial District
PCO Planned Commercial/Office District
IHCO Industrial Heritage Corridor Overlay District
The Eddystone Borough Zoning Hearing Board was established under Ordinance No. 438 and its amendments. The Zoning Hearing Board shall have the powers and duties provided under the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code of 1968. The Board consists of three members appointed by the Borough Council who serve 3-year terms.
Functions of the Zoning Hearing Board:
Kelly Ann Butkus – Chair
Meets: As-needed basis
Vacancy Board Objectives
The Vacancy Board is established under the Pennsylvania laws that govern how boroughs are established and administered. If a vacancy occurs on Borough Council, its members have thirty days to appoint a new council member to fill that vacancy. If, for any reason whatsoever, the Borough Council fails to take action to fill any vacancy within thirty days, then appointment must be made by Vacancy Board within fifteen additional days. The board shall consist of the borough council exclusive of the mayor, and one registered elector of the borough who shall be appointed by the borough council at the council’s first meeting each calendar year who shall act as Vacancy Board Chair.
To put it simply, Borough Council appoints an individual who is registered to vote in Eddystsone to lead the Vacancy Board as the chairperson. If Borough Council does not act to fill a vacancy on council within thirty days, the Vacancy Board Chair (who represents the citizens) convenes a Vacancy Board comprised of the members of council and the chair who then appoint someone to fill the vacancy. The Vacancy Board Chair exists to require action from Borough Council and be the deciding vote if Borough Council is deadlocked. In actual practice, the Borough Council will usually act in a timely manner, and the Vacancy Board will never need to be convened.
The Vacancy Board Chair is appointed to a 3-year term of office.
Bob Gliem – Chair
Allen Reeves, III
Meets: Quarterly – First Wednesday in March, June, September & December @ 6 PM (BH)
Public Safety Committee Objectives
This Committee is charged with promoting public safety by:
Specific duties and responsibilities of Public Safety Committee would include:
The Public Safety Committee shall consider matters affecting public safety in the Borough. The Public Safety Committee shall review all proposed amendments to Eddystone Borough codes and ordinances that have a bearing on public safety including, but not limited to, those concerning the public peace, morals, welfare, vehicles and traffic. The Public Safety Committee consists of six members appointed by the Borough Council to 6-year terms.
Meets: Biannually – Last Tuesday in March & September @ 6 PM (BH)
Planning Commission Objectives
The Eddystone Borough Planning Commission is responsible under state statute for preparing and adopting a Borough Master Plan and for reviewing land use development within Eddystone Borough. The Planning Commission is charged with reviewing subdivisions, site plans, planned development, conditional uses and certain variances. The Planning Board also reviews and recommends revisions to land use ordinances to the Borough Council.
More broadly speaking, members of the Planning Commission are chosen to be good stewards of the resources within our community. It is our responsibility to develop those resources in the best interest of the citizens; to preserve and promote a safe environment; and to make the borough a pleasant place in which to live. One of our key goals is to attract new homeowners and businesses to the borough while keeping taxes low and improving real estate values.
The Eddystone Borough Planning Commission was established under Ordinance No. 404 and its amendments. Under this ordinance, the members of the Planning Commission are also appointed to the Zoning Commission. The Planning Commission shall have the powers and duties provided under the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code of 1968.
The Planning Commission consists of five members appointed by the Borough Council to 4-year terms. The members of the Planning Commission shall select their own Chairman and Secretary and select all other necessary officers to serve for a period of one year and, with the approval of the Borough Council, may employ such persons as may be needed. The Commission shall have power to adopt rules and regulations for the conduct of all business within its jurisdiction.
Meets: Biannually – Last Tuesday in March & September @ 8 PM (BH)
The purpose of the Eddystone Borough Historical Society shall be
Members of the Historical Society are appointed to 5-year terms by the Borough Council.
Darlene Jones – Chair
Meets: As-needed basis
Youth Aid Panel Objectives
Center for Resolutions, a division of Community Dispute Settlement Program of Delaware County, was founded by a few staff members of the Testimony and Concerns Committee of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Society of Friends (Quakers) in 1976. They began to observe the court system and noticed that neighborhood and family cases coming before the District Judges often did not get resolved. When they saw the challenges faced by the judges they searched for another way to find more satisfying resolutions. Working with the Bar Association, they developed a mediation program. In 1981, Community Dispute Settlement Program was spun off from the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting as an independent organization primarily offering mediation services.
Today, our Youth Aid Panel Program provides juvenile offenders with an opportunity to go before a panel of trained community members. Together, they create a resolution which holds the juvenile offenders accountable for their actions, encourages them to make amends, includes an educational component and often recommends community service.
How the Process Works: