EAST MARLBOROUGH—East Marlborough’s Township Manager Laurie Prysock has accepted a new job and will leave the township’s employ on Dec. 3.

Prysock became township manager in 2016, following the retirement of Jane Laslo. The supervisors said they will begin searching for a new manager.

The supervisors also voted at their monthly meeting to advertise their proposed 2020 budget. The $2.9 million budget will include no tax hikes, Prysock said. Revenues are up by almost a percentage point because of increased real-estate-tax income, she said.

The Chester County Balloon Festival will be held at the steeplechase grounds in Willowdale thanks to the supervisor’s vote of approval. The organizers expect about 16,000 to 20,000 visitors on June 26, 27, and 28.

There was a fair bit of discussion on noise issues for the neighbors and their horses, since besides featuring about 25 relatively quiet hot-air balloons the festival will also include helicopters and live bands.

Prysock said that while the project to create a pedestrian crosswalk on Route 82 near the high school was generally moving ahead well, the township had run into a problem with some of the needed right-of-ways.

During a previous renovation project, the school district had agreed to give the township the right-of-way in question, but it was never recorded and now has to be redone using stringent federal standards. This entailed about an extra $29,000 in design fees, and associated scheduling complications could delay the project, Prysock said.

The supervisors heard a presentation on converting their 23 streetlights to light-emitting diode (LED) lamps under the auspices of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s program to work with multiple municipalities to do the conversion.

The presentation was done by Michael Fuller, president of Keystone Lighting Solutions, which was selected by the DVRPC to help coordinate a feasibility study on the costs and potential savings the conversion could offer. Fuller said the LEDs generally reduce energy consumption and costs by 50 to 75 percent, reduce maintenance costs, and reduce light pollution by offering greater directional control.

Fuller outlined a range of options for the township, but said that if the township chose to replace all the streetlights and then update the information PECO had about the types of traffic lights the township had, the township could save about $5,700 dollars a year and pay back the installation costs in just over two years.

The township could take advantage of favorable rates on equipment the DVRPC had negotiated for the entire multi-municipality project, Fuller said.

The supervisors decided to put off a decision to move forward with installation and take a vote on it at their December meeting, but their comments were generally favorable about the project’s potential to save money.

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