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Town Watch group is ready to hit Millbrook streets

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New mem­bers of the Chalf­ont Town Watch will be on their first patrol on Fri­day and Sat­urday, Mike Lamb and Ken Grow told the Mill­brook Civic As­so­ci­ation’s mem­bers dur­ing their Feb. 28 meet­ing at Cal­vary Ath­let­ic As­so­ci­ation.

Lamb and Grow have been try­ing to re­vive the Town Watch. They said they’ve re­cruited 15 new mem­bers, who will meet at the AA on Deer­path Lane be­fore go­ing out on night patrol.

Lamb also said the Town Watch will con­duct a meet­ing at 6:30 p.m. on Tues­day, March 27, at Cal­vary right be­fore the civic as­so­ci­ation’s next meet­ing.

Grow and Lamb still are look­ing for more Town Watch mem­bers. Any­one in­ter­ested in ded­ic­at­ing just a few hours a month can call Grow at 215-859-8204 or Lamb at 267-294-4760.

Also at last week’s ses­sion, Mike Brem­ser, the civic group’s sec­ret­ary, said the city’s Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment had denied a Red Li­on Road res­id­ent’s re­quest for a zon­ing vari­ance that would per­mit an open-air park­ing space on his prop­erty that is 2 feet closer to the curb than city code al­lows.

At the as­so­ci­ation’s Janu­ary meet­ing, Stefan Pavlovic’s neigh­bors on the 3800 block of Red Li­on said they had no per­son­al prob­lems with him or how he main­tains his prop­erty. However, they said they were con­cerned re­cent im­prove­ments Pavlovic had made looked like the single-fam­ily house was be­ing ren­ov­ated to be­come a multi-fam­ily unit.

Pavlovic denied that, and, des­pite his of­fer to ac­com­mod­ate his neigh­bors in every way, their opin­ion dom­in­ated a vote on that mat­ter, and the civic group let the zon­ers know they were op­posed to Pavlovic’s vari­ance ap­plic­a­tion.

Mem­bers were ex­pect­ing to hear about new plans to de­vel­op a prop­erty on the 11700 block of Tel­fair Road, but the prop­erty own­er did not ap­pear.

In Novem­ber, res­id­ents voted to op­pose own­er Mike Sper­duto’s plans to erect a house with a pair of two-bed­room apart­ments on his lot at the edge of the city. The land was not zoned for a two-fam­ily dwell­ing, so Sper­duto had to ap­ply for a zon­ing vari­ance.

Be­cause the zon­ers nixed that re­quest, mem­bers said they thought Sper­duto would al­ter his plans so he could build a single-fam­ily home, but they have yet to hear from him.

New City Coun­cil­man Den­nis O’Bri­en stopped by the meet­ing to thank res­id­ents for their sup­port in the Novem­ber elec­tion.

“It’s this com­munity that got me elec­ted,” he said. “You made the dif­fer­ence.”

The former state rep­res­ent­at­ive also asked for his neigh­bors’ sup­port for Dav­id Kralle, his long­time aide, who is now run­ning for his le­gis­lat­ive seat.

“He’s like a son to me,” O’Bri­en said of Kralle, who had worked for him for 10 years.

Kralle al­most had no seat to seek. After every census, state le­gis­lat­ors re­draw House and Sen­ate dis­tricts to bet­ter re­flect shifts in pop­u­la­tion. In the re­drawn dis­trict maps, O’Bri­en’s 169th Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict was moved to York County, decim­at­ing Kralle’s plans to run for the House. However, a re­cent Pennsylvania Su­preme Court de­cision scrapped the new dis­trict maps, keep­ing the 169th in North­east Phil­adelphia for the time be­ing, and Kralle filed to run.

The can­did­ate said his long ex­per­i­ence and work for O’Bri­en, who briefly served as House speak­er, gave him the back­ground needed to be an ef­fect­ive le­gis­lat­or.

“I know how to get things done in Har­ris­burg,” he said.

The as­so­ci­ation’s next meet­ing is sched­uled for Tues­day, March 27, at 7 p.m., at the Cal­vary Ath­let­ic As­so­ci­ation, 4330 Deer­path Lane. ••

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