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Issue 24 — Thursday, January 12, 2017
Routine Town
Appointment Turns Political

DINGMANS FERRY — A conditional appointed position customary in municipal government triggered a lengthy debate during the Delaware Township reorganization meeting last week and led to further discussion after the two-hour session.

About 32 residents, more than usual for a reorganization meeting, came to see where some of their tax money will be spent in 2017 and to hear dialogue and dissent on some of the 70 line items of appointments and approvals. But when it got to item No. 50 to appoint local contractor Jeff Shirley as Delaware Township Vacancy Board, Supervisor John Henderson objected and instead recommended Stephen McBride for the position.

Henderson said the agenda that included this position was set up without his seeing it or given an opportunity for input. Township Administrator Krista Predmore pointed out that a draft of the agenda was sent electronically to all three supervisors.

The vacancy board, which consists of one person appointed in municipalities around the state, is called upon only for a tiebreaking vote. It happens when a supervisor resigns, is suspended or passes away and the other supervisors cannot reach a majority vote on a successor within a 30-day time period. When that happens, the vacancy board individual casts the deciding vote within 15 days.

Henderson contended the appointment of Shirley was a "pay to play" move that would create a perceived conflict of interest. He showed paperwork that Shirley and his wife, Evelyn, gave a $200 campaign contribution between March and May of 2011 to supervisor candidate Tom Ryan, who was elected and currently is seated on the township's board of supervisors.

Township Solicitor Thomas Farley firmly disagreed. "It only becomes a conflict of interest if it involves the person who would be appointed to the (vacated) supervisor's position," Farley said.

"I would say three-quarters of the people in this room gave (me) campaign contributions," Ryan said.

Henderson said that McBride had not given campaign contributions and Ryan countered that the point was incidental because McBride would not be allowed to support any candidate while he served as a magisterial judge at the time. McBride no longer serves as a judge... for complete story, get this week's issue.

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Former Delaware Valley Quarterback
Leads Team To National Championship

MILFORD — Bryan Schor of Milford had one of his less explosive days throwing the ball in a high scoring season but it was enough for the quarterback to spark James Madison University's second NCAA FCS Division I Football Championship, a 28-14 victory over Youngstown State in Frisco, Texas Saturday. Schor, a junior, completed seven of 12 passes for 112 yards and a pair of first-quarter touchdowns. It put him over the 3,000-yard mark for the season: 3,002 yards with 29 touchdowns.

"This (victory) means everything," said Schor, the former Delaware Valley High School star who led one of the most explosive offenses in the country. "People started celebrating near the end of the game but we kept our heads down on the sidelines until there were three zeroes (on the clock) and when we'd look up at the end of the game, we'd be happy with the results. "To have that moment is special," Schor said. "Nothing compares to it."

Schor led the Dukes, who won their other title in 2004, on a season ending 12-game win streak in a 14-1 campaign that included a 27-17 semifinal victory over five-time national champion North Dakota State. JMU won six games against ranked opponents over the final seven games, which included four top-10 wins. Against Youngstown State, the Dukes' defensive line dominated from start to finish, holding the Penguins (12-4) to just 21 rushing yards after Youngstown State entered the contest averaging 257.5 yards on the ground... for complete story, get this week's issue.

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