Birmingham to honor Bush, Phreaner

Township plans plaques for township officials who died in 2012

By Liz Brown, Staff Writer, The Times


Sandy Hollow in Birmingham, where township officials plan to honor to long-time volunteers for the township.

BIRMINGHAM — Two prominent township officials will be memorialized in the Birmingham Hill and Sandy Hollow.  Recreation, Parks and Open Space committee member, Jim Phreaner, who passed suddenly in December, and Supervisor Al Bush, who passed in August, will have plaques created in their honor and affixed to benches in the parks.

RPOS committee members Anne Seimer and Jim Rosenthal proposed the plaque for their fellow committee member, who worked very hard during his time on the board to bring the township’s parks to the community.  Supervisors John Conklin and Scott Boorse approved the recommendation.  William Kirkpatrick was absent from the meeting.

Conklin brought up the fact that something should also be done to memorialize Al Bush. “Al dedicated 25 years of his life to service of the township,” he stated, and should also be honored. Bush served as a supervisor from 2008 until his death, but prior to that served for many years on the township’s Planning Commission.

Conklin further proposed that the board consider appropriate recognition for all township volunteers and elected officials who have passed away.  In the 325-year history of the township, no such memorial policy has been established.

RPOS members also brought up the issue of disposal of dog waste in the parks.  “The current system of waste disposal containers is not working, stated Mike Langer.  “The containers are used for all types of waste, leaving no room for the intended use,” he further explained.

Ann Siemer recommended the Leave No Trace program which involves posting signage instructing dog owners to remove the waste from the park and provides bags for that purpose.

Leave No Trace is a national environmental education organization.

In other township news, the Kennett Symphony is seeking a location for a 5k run benefit in July, 2013.  Monica Buffington, executive director of the Symphony, communicated that the Radley Run development is their preferred site for the event and asked the Supervisors for information regarding permits and police assistance.

Township Police Chief Thomas Nelling responded that they have had many years of experience with the Run for Brianne, which occurred annually for many years in Radley Run.

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