Richard Leff and Hunter Tower, the two candidates for Kennett Township Supervisor in the upcoming November election, recently squared off in a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters. At one point, Mr. Tower made reference to the Township’s Sustainable Development Office (SDO), claiming that he did not understand what it does, and was unable to find any information about it.

As Director of the SDO, I was frankly taken aback. Over the last four years, the SDO has been responsible for many of the Township’s most publicly visible initiatives, including the Kennett Greenway, the Active Transportation Plan, the Indoor Agriculture Center of Excellence, and the Community Based Land Stewardship program, which recently qualified the Township to become an official Audubon Bird Town. The SDO also manages the Township’s grants program, which has earned the Township over $6M in the supplementary state, county, and private funding for popular amenities such as open space, parks, trails, and sidewalks.

Mr. Tower’s apparent inability to find information about the SDO is all the more surprising given that its activities are prominently documented in its own dedicated section of the Township website and frequently referred to in Board of Supervisors minutes, all publically available. Furthermore, many of its activities have received considerable attention in the local, regional, and even national press, easily accessible on the internet.

Finally, had Mr. Hunter simply inquired at the Township office, he would have been directly connected to me. Any resident of the Township - not to mention a candidate for Supervisor - is always welcome to contact me at any time to gain further information about the SDO and its many valuable activities.

Michael Guttman
Director, Sustainable Development Office
Kennett Township
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