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Radnor >> Newly elected Ward 4 Commissioner Lisa Borowski, a Democrat, was elected president of the Radnor Board of Commissioners Tuesday evening. Commissioner Luke Clark, a Republican who represents Ward 3, was elected vice president. Both BOC officers were elected in 6 0 votes, with the Ward 1 seat vacant.
Borowski graduated from Radnor High School in 1984 and holds a bachelor’s in communications from Drexel University. Currently, she is manager, of development communications for Einstein Healthcare Network. Borowski also served on the Radnor Township School Board from 2011 to 2015.
Clark, the Ward 3 commissioner, was elected to the BOC in 2015. He earned an undergraduate degree in business and political science from the University of Pittsburgh and his law degree from Widener University School of Law.
Clark is a partner at Musi, Malone Daubenberger, LLP where he specializes in family and matrimonial law.
Also, at its reorganization meeting the Borowski, Jacob Abel, who represents Ward 6, and incumbent Ward 2 Commissioner Richard Booker, took the oath of office. Common Pleas Judge Ann Osborne also swore in Kathryn Gartland, who was elected treasurer in November.
Borowski said that she looks forward to working with Clark.
“This is a bipartisan leadership partnership,” she said. “It is, I believe, an equal partnership. We’ve talked about what we’re going to do and some changes we’d like to make. I look forward to working with you.”
Clark said, “2018 will be a very good year for the township. I look forward to working with you.”
The board then reappointed John Rice as solicitor, with Commissioner Richard Booker opposing. The 2018 budget includes $250,000 for the solicitor, which will cover his monthly retainer, litigation and special project costs, according to William White, township finance director.
Several members of the public commented on this appointment suggesting that the township solicit requests for proposals from other law firms instead of simply reappointing Rice, who has served the township for about seven years.
Leslie Morgan, a resident, said when she ran a small business, “We bid things out all the time.” She questioned why another law firm was not considered. Also, Morgan said that it may be time to update the township Charter since the board was unable to remove the past president, Phil Ahr, after he was indicted on child pornography charges.
“Why do people like me come to a board meeting?” Morgan asked. “We want government to be more efficient. We want you to spend less taxpayer dollars for better outcomes.” Other services, such as engineering, should also be competitively bid, she said.
“Anything you spend more than $15,000 a year on, you should bid that out annually,” said Morgan.
Patricia Booker, a school board member who is married to Commissioner Richard Booker, agreed with Morgan and said that “as a taxpayer” she would like to see the township put out requests for proposals for the solicitor position.
Daniel Sherry Jr., a resident and lawyer who has been critical of Rice’s advice to the BOC in the past, said that he would not care if Rice worked for a nickel or paid the Radnor $500,000 “for the pleasure of representing this township.
Just a few weeks ago, Rice asked how close Radnor was to King of Prussia during a discussion of disallowing casinos in the township, said Sherry. He also complained that Rice had permitted former Commissioner Elaine Schaefer to vote on a new lawyer for the Ethics Board when that board was investigating a complaint against her and also advised her that she could vote on other issues that Sherry believed she should not have due to her husband’s business relationships with various entities. He also brought up a “scathing” right to know decision regarding a multi million settlement with Lehman Brothers that the township inked but kept private.
Kelly Martin, another resident, said that the board had voted to require its tow truck drivers to resubmit bids every two years. She asked why it should be different for the solicitor.
A few months ago “a confidential document slipped into an ethics filing,” said Martin. “And this board gave John Rice 30 days to investigate how it got there. Obviously, the dollars are adding up. We don’t have an answer yet. It’s definitely a concern.”
Martin also pointed to Schaefer’s vote on the zoning changes in the Planned Laboratory Office district to permit Penn Medicine to redevelop the 145 King of Prussia Road property that Rice sanctioned, despite Schaefer’s husband’s business selling sporting goods to the University of Pennsylvania.
In another appointment that had some controversy, the BOC appointed David Falcone, a Republican and the former school president, who is also the real estate lawyer for the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania who successfully shepherded the PLO zoning change to fruition to the township vacancy board chair. Booker opposed this appointment.
The vacancy board chair steps in when the BOC, which is now divided 3 3 politically, deadlocks on an appointment and the BOC may soon appoint a temporary commissioner to the Ward 1 seat.
Martin said Falcone “has a huge conflict of interest.” She called his appointment to the vacancy chairmanship “problematic.”
Chip Layfield, another resident, agreed with Martin. He termed the appointment “ill considered and wrong.”
Sherry also noted Falcone’s relationship to Penn, and said, the township doesn’t “need Dave Falcone playing kingmaker for 1st Ward.
Why not go with somebody not seen as political?”
During public comment, Susan Stern, vice president of the Radnor Township School Board, said that she and other residents found the length of some BOC meetings that can approach midnight “troubling.”
She suggested changing the public comment structure for more efficiency. Stern said there is a member of the public who “speaks frequently” and “who intimidates other members of the public from coming forward to speak.”
She also asked that BOC members refrain from sending tweets on Twitter during meetings because “it says you are not fully here.”