Do you have a deep love of water, wildlife, and woods? Do you enjoy learning about the environment and being outdoors? Is it important to you that we preserve our waterways and natural areas for future generations? Take action! Join the Master Watershed Steward Information Session for Chester and Delaware Counties and learn about the MWS program, in this live on-line training program starting January 6, 2022! For more information go to: https://web.cvent.com/event/f7299d4a-1b95-4bd6-9c79-82bd2a72d440/summary
How do you prefer to get around Kennett Square?
Microtransit isn't a term you hear often, but it might be part of a solution to meet growing transit needs in our community. Microtransit offers highly flexible routing and/or highly flexible scheduling to ensure equitable access to transportation. The next step in a Kennett Square Microtransit Study is a community survey, and we need your input! Please take a few moments to take this survey answering a few questions about how you prefer to get around Kennett Square. The survey is also available in Spanish. Thank you for participating!
Borough of Kennett Square's Budget Fair!
Monday, October 25, 7pm at the American Legion (Broad St. Entrance)
Department Directors will be available to answer questions and for discussion. Click here for the Budget Fair Flyer
SBA Opens Business Recovery Center in Chester County, PA to
Assist Applicants with Hurricane Ida Disaster Loan Applications
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today the opening of a third Business Recovery Center in Pennsylvania. The center will open at the Chester County Economic Development Council at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22 to help businesses submitting a disaster loan application for damages due to the remnants of Hurricane Ida on Aug. 31-Sept. 5, 2021. For more information click here
Pennsylvania/FEMA Disaster Center Will Open in Chester County to Help Pennsylvanians
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania / FEMA Disaster Recovery Center located at Ashbridge Square Shopping Center, 945 East Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown opened on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. to help those whose homes or personal property were affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida between August 31 -September 5, 2021.
The Chester County DRC Location and Hours Are:
Ashbridge Square Shopping Center (next to Staples and Home Depot)
945 E Lancaster Ave
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Chester County DRC will be closed on Sundays
For More information, please visit https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210920/pennsylvaniafema-disaster-center-will-open-chester-county-help
"AFTER THE DISASTER"
Click here for resources and information from the county if you or some you know where affected by Hurricane Ida
Kyle Coleman Named as New Borough Manager for Kennett Square
KENNETT SQUARE, Pennsylvania (July 29, 2021) – The Borough of Kennett Square has named Kyle Coleman as the new Borough Manager.
The Borough selected Strategic Government Resources (SGR) to conduct an extensive search that resulted in an impressive candidate pool of 30 applicants from 12 states. SGR is an executive recruitment firm specializing in recruiting, assessing, and developing, innovative, collaborative, authentic leaders.
The interview with Coleman took place on June 25 & 26, and included a tour of the community, a session with the Borough’s Senior Staff, and personal interviews with Borough Council Members.
Coleman currently serves as the Deputy Village Manager for the Village of Estero, Florida where he served as the Assistant to the City Manager from 2016 until he was promoted to his current position in 2020. He has more than seven years of local government and non-profit experience. He previously served as Executive Director for the Greater Syracuse Project in New York, and as the Founder and CEO of The SAT Academy of Southwest Florida.
A graduate of Syracuse University, Coleman holds Masters degrees in Public Administration and Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Finance, Information Management and Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He also holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in Health Services Management and Policy. He is a member of the International City and County Manager Association (ICMA), Florida City and County Manager Association (FCCMA), and the Estero Chamber of Commerce.
“We are so pleased to have Kyle Coleman with us in Kennett Square” expressed Kennett Borough Council President Dr. Brenda Mercomes. “As Borough Manager, he brings the educational and professional background that can make a positive difference in our town.” This was echoed by Council Vice-President Rosa Moore. "We are excited to welcome Kyle to the Borough. He brings a strong work ethic and a concrete foundation in municipal governance. I am glad he is joining our community." Mayor Matthew Fetick added “The Borough has several opportunities and challenges coming up in the near future. It will take skilled leadership to navigate these opportunities. I’m looking forward to having Kyle on board and his leadership as the Borough continues to grow and evolve.”
Kyle’s start date is planned for September 16.
The Emergency Utility and Rental Assistance program serves Chester County residents and can only be accessed by dialing 2-1-1 and selecting the prompt for "Housing Crisis."
Funding will serve individuals and families that are obligated to pay rent and meet the following three criteria:
- Qualify for unemployment or have experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship, directly or indirectly, during COVID-19.
- Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
- Have a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median(Income limits are subject to change per guidance from the federal government).
- Family of 1 = $52,950
- Family of 4 = $75,600
Priority of service shall be prioritized to eligible applicants, including:
- Households with individual(s) that have been unemployed for the 90 days prior to application for assistance and households with income at or below 50 percent of the area median.
- Households with housing- and utility-related arrears that could result in imminent eviction or utility shut-off.
Mysteries of Medicare: What’s New for 2021?
-Part B (medical) premium increased to $148.50/month.
-Part B deductible increased to $203/year.
-Part D (drugs) premiums, deductibles and copay vary by plan.
-Part D coverage gap (formerly doughnut hole) starts when drug costs reach $4130.
Copay is 25% of cost until reaching catastrophic coverage level at $6550.
-Insulin Savings Plan limits Part D copays for insulin dependent diabetics.
-Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA) levels moved up to allow more
income before additional Parts B and D premium charges apply.
-Telehealth coverage expanded to cover more physician services.
-Acupuncture is now a covered service.
-Medicare Advantage (MA) Plans now allow End Stage Renal (ESRD) patients to enroll.
-Supplemental benefits expanded for some MA plans.
-FDA approved COVID-19 testing, vaccines and some treatments are covered services,
most without copays.
More details are available on the APPRISE website
Or, by calling the APPRISE Help line 610-344-5004. A certified counselor will call you back.
Spotted lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive insect that has spread throughout Pennsylvania since its discovery in Berks County in 2014. SLF feeds on the plant sap of many different plants including grapevines, maples, black walnut, and other important plants in PA. If you see SLF, help us stop it in its tracks! To report a sighting, use our reporting tool below or call our hotline at 1-888-422-3359.
For more information visit https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly.
Spotted Lantern Flys