02 Nov Commissioner’s Corner
My name is Luke Clark, and I am the elected Commissioner for Radnor Township Ward 3, which includes South Wayne, St. Davids and part of Villanova.
As usual, Radnor Township has a lot going on, and that is good. The Board of Commissioners has two meetings every month on the second and fourth Monday evenings of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Township Building where everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. Please note these meetings are broadcast live on the Township television channel, they are replayed on the same channel thereafter, and they are uploaded to the Township’s YouTube channel as well for viewing any time.
Please remember that if you want to participate in Santa’s Delivery on Saturday, Dec. 9, then you must drop off all gifts at the Township Building on Nov. 25 (the Saturday after Thanksgiving) between 8-11 a.m. Santa’s Delivery grows every year, and the children really enjoy it, so please get the presents for your children over to us! Also, the Garrett Hill Tree Lighting in Clem Macrone Park is on Sunday, Nov. 26, at 5:30 p.m., and it is very nice event for the family. Lastly, the Wayne Old Fashioned Christmas is on Friday, Dec. 1, and remember to sign up for the Elves for the Shelves 5K at the Radnor Memorial Library, which takes place the next morning on Saturday, Dec. 2.
I want to encourage everyone to check out Radnor Studio 21, which is our local, nonprofit public access station serving Radnor, Lower Merion, Narberth and the surrounding area. The Studio strives to offer programming that is informative as well as entertaining, and many shows are shot locally by Township residents. I do a bi-weekly show on current events in Radnor with John Ricciutti, which has been a great experience that seems to resonate with a lot of people because John and I try to keep it helpful while also light.
I can’t emphasize how much value the Studio has to the community both in terms of the opportunities for participation and quality of the product generated. John and Jill Frechie have taken the Studio to the next level, and you can see them getting great footage at every Township event. However, the Studio has struggled over the course of the last six years to finalize a new contract with Comcast, which apparently does not see the Studio’s true value to the community. The Studio’s quality of work is very high, which is clear with its award-winning history including three Telly awards and one Emmy award. John and Jill have truly brought the Studio a long way, and it is only going to get better. I can assure you of that since I am an active participant. Please make sure to check out Radnor Studio 21 on its television channel, its website and its YouTube channel!
The Board has been working on some major agenda items, and there are more on the horizon. The Board appears to have finally formulated a direction for the Willows Mansion, which looks like it will include nearly $2 million in Township money without the need for a bond issuance, a $1 million donation as well as private fundraising that has been ongoing. The Board is excited to get this done and finally establish a long-term plan for the Willows Mansion that puts community access and use first.
Also, the Board will be addressing the Stormwater Ordinance to ensure that it requires as much capture as possible, observes water quality and also is not overly burdensome on the residents. The Historical and Architectural Ordinance is also getting an overhaul to ensure our historical districts are properly protected while also ensuring the ordinance is practical. Lastly, the Radnor Memorial Library construction is moving along and completion is expected late this year or early next year, which is very exciting for a young family like mine who enjoys walking to the library to take out books. Make sure to tune in to the Board meetings to keep up with these exciting developments!
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and please do not hesitate to contact me with any Township matters via cell/text at (215) 520-0994 and/or email at email@example.com. You can also “like” my Facebook page @CommissionerLukeClark and/or follow me on Twitter @CommishLAC to receive regular and continuous updates.
Fall is in full swing as we get ready for my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, and move into the holiday season! I hope everyone had a fun and scary Halloween dressing up in costumes, going trick-or-treating and enjoying everything spooky! I was also glad to hear the Mother/Daughter Tea Party was a success. My wife, Brittany, took our older daughter, Scarlett, and they had a blast enjoying tea, cookies and the princesses who attended as well.