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Morrisville to Hold Special Meeting to Approve Hiring New Borough Manager

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The Morrisville Borough Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday night to appoint a new top administrator for the cash strapped municipality.

As exclusively reported by Lower Bucks Source, Judith Danko, who was recently the Community Development Director for Kutztown Borough has been chosen to by the borough’s chief administrator.

The position opened when former Borough Manager Scott Mitchell passed away due to cancer this winter.

Although his illness was kept private, Mitchell, shortly after his diagnosis,  suggested a plan be put into place to streamline a transition because his illness could impact his role as the head administrator for the borough.

Judith Darko
Credit: Kutztown Borough

Danko has served as Borough Manager for Slatington Borough (2017-2018), Freemansburg on two separate occasions for a total of 15 years and Bath Borough for just over 7 and 1/2 years, according to her Linkdin profile.

In April council agreed to create a interim managers position, which Micah Heitz has  occupied, along with his responsibilities as finance director until a new manager was hired.

The borough approved hiring David Woglom of the Robert B & Helen S Meyner Center for the study of state and local government at Lafayette College, to conduct search to fill the position for a fee not to exceed $6000.00 plus travel expenses, shortly thereafter.

Councilman Mike Yeager said last month he supported Danko’s hiring.

Councilman Justin Bowers said he would support a vote to hire a candidate council recommends

Danko will be faced with a number of challenging issues as she takes the helm; a proposed major development to Williamson Park,  bringing/creating new income streams in the form of business to keep resident taxes down, the potential hiring of a code enforcement officer, and dealing with the often ugly backdoor politicking faced by past borough managers.

As one community source said “she’s got a real tough jon ahead of her. I hope she’s ready for all of what Morrisville has to offer.”

Lower Bucks Source has been unsuccessful in attempting to reach Danko for comment.

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In unrelated borough business, the  civil service commission hold a special meeting on Wednesday, July 14 at the municipal building beginning at 6:30 p.m. to hire new police officers as well as conduct any other commission related business.

Chief of Police George McClay recently asked council to hire four new officers and council approved the hiring of two officers at last months council meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Morrisville Borough Police Reports: Contractor Takes Money Does No Work, Arrest Warrants Issued for Thieving at Giant and More

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Morrisville Borough Police Reports July 9 to July 15, 2024 

Theft from Motor Vehicle – 07/09/24 @ 08:40 – Report of sunglasses, money, gift cards and other items stolen overnight from a vehicle on the 400 block of Crown Street.  Value:  $1,140.00

Fraud – 07/09/24 @ 11:30 – Victim reports paying a contractor in September 2023 to do work on the home but the work has yet to be completed on the 500 block of Osborne Avenue.  Multiple attempts have gone unanswered.

Arrest/Warrant – 07/09/24 @ 16:07 – Falls Township Police contacted our Department regarding a 37 year old female wanted for Retail Theft on 06/29/24.  She was processed and released on 10%/$10,000 bail.

Warrant/Retail Theft – 07/10/24 @ 07:00 – A Warrant has been issued for a 44 year old male for stealing merchandise from the Giant Food Store.  Value:  $310.94 Retail Theft – 07/11/24 @ 13:30 – Report of merchandise stolen from the Giant Food Store. Value:  $27.58 Retail Theft – 07/11/24 @ 22:30 – A Warrant will be issued for a 34 year old female for stealing merchandise at the Giant Food Store.  Value:  $97.72

Theft from Motor Vehicle – 07/12/24 @ 05:42 – Report of money and credit cards stolen from a vehicle on the unit block of E. Philadelphia Avenue.  Value:  $200.00

Warrant/Terroristic Threats/Harassment – 07/12/24 @ 14:08 – A Warrant has been issued for a 43 year old male for an incident that occurred at an apartment on the 300 block of Plaza Boulevard.

Motor Vehicle Theft – 07/12/24 @ 20:47 – A Hyundai Sonata was stolen between 07/09/24 and 07/14/24 from the 400 block of Melvin Avenue.  The vehicle was recovered on this date on the same block.

Attempted Motor Vehicle Theft – 07/13/24 @ 15:49 – Report of a vehicle’s steering column was tampered with and a jacket stolen.  This incident occurred between 06/28/24 and 07/08/24.  Value:  $20.00

Theft from Motor Vehicle – 07/14/24 @ 08:02 – Report of a wallet stolen from a vehicle on the 300 block of Harrison Avenue.  Value:  $100.00

Theft from Motor Vehicle – 07/14/24 @ 11:15 – Report of money stolen from a vehicle on the 500 block of Jefferson Avenue.  Value:  $20.00

Motor Vehicle Theft – 07/14/24 @ 19:04 – Report of a Hyundai Elantra was stolen from an apartment complex on the 300 block of Plaza Boulevard.  It was recovered in the same parking lot with the ignition tampered with and money stolen from the vehicle.  Value:  $12,015.00

Warrant/Retail Theft – 07/15/24 @ 10:00 – A Warrant has been issued for a 40 year old female for stealing merchandise from the Giant Food Store on 07/13/24 and 07/15/24.  Total Value:  $939.22

Warrant/Simple Assault – 07/15/24 @ 15:50 – A Warrant has been issued for a 24 year old male for an incident that occurred at an apartment complex on the 400 block of Plaza Boulevard.

 

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“We are Here for You and We Hear You” New Morrisville Chief of Police Says at Ceremony

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Morrisville Borough’s new Police Chief was ceremonially sworn in at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

With family, friends and former colleagues on hand to witness, Rich Ciampa (pronounced see-ahm-pa) was formally sworn in by Mayor Gary Wallace. He was officially sworn on last week. 

Credit: Joanne Ames Lower Bucks Source

Ciampa spoke briefly afterwards, addressing the public and council, thanking everyone for being there and also the warm welcome to Morrisville. Ciampa spoke of his hopes of not only being the police chief but a new member of the community, which everyone has made him feel that way. “I look forward to the working relationship. I think it’ll be fantastic. I think we will move in great directions and we are going to work together.”

Credit: Joanne Ames Lower Bucks Source

While thanking his old and new law enforcement colleagues, Ciampa thanked several people including interim Chief Simpson, Morrisville’s interim police chief for his guidance and also steering the department in the right direction.

Credit: Joanne Ames Lower Bucks Source

In thanking his family, he touched on a law enforcement officer’s sacrifices such as birthdays, holidays and special days but acknowledged an officer’s family’s sacrifices, thanking his wife, and telling the crowd of her support and sacrifices she has made through his career. “…She is my force.”

In closing, Ciampa addressed the community of Morrisville, “We are here for you and we hear you. This community will have a voice and I promise, I will listen.” “……We will do this together.”

In other Council news, Jim Dillon, Bristol Borough’s manager, also introduced  as Morrisville Borough’s manager on an interim basis. This role will be in addition to his existing role in Bristol Borough. The agreement between the two boroughs comes on the heels of Judith Danko’s resignation from the role of lead administrator.

Also, in the Council news a sketch plan presentation of Dunkin Donuts, which is seeking to move from the corner gas station to across Bridge St. to the Mill Pond Center as a drive-through Dunkin business. After some discussion regarding parking, trash and traffic, the architect presenting the plan said a traffic study would be done, but was vague when pressed for a time frame. This has yet to go through the process of presenting to planning and zoning, officials said.

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Two in Custody after Police Chase Rips Through Lower Bucks Saturday Night

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Two men are in custody, early Sunday with a third identified, as a result of a police chase that started in New Jersey Saturday night around 7:30 p.m., law enforcement officials said.

New Jersey State Police were pursuing a red vehicle into Bucks County through sections of Morrisville Borough, Falls Township, and ending in Lower Makefield Township (LMT). The vehicle was abandoned and the suspect(s) reportedly fled on foot.

LMT police Chief Ken Coluzzi said late Saturday,  New Jersey State Police were leading the investigation as the chase is believed to have started with an armed carjacking in New Jersey.

The beginning of the pursuit by police in Morrisville lit up social media for at least 90 minutes with a New Jersey State Police helicopter pursuing the chase from above and attempting to block the vehicle’s entrance onto 295 from the  Route 1/Oxford Valley Road location. LMT officials took precautionary measures issuing a shelter-in-place, which lasted for about 20 minutes and was lifted once no threat to the public existed, officials said. 

Credit: Kelly Yura – Morrisville PA Town Watch FB Comment

People on social media commented on the sirens, police chase, helicopters, and bridges closed to NJ. Pictures showed helicopters over the bridges and armed police activity on the street combing the area for the suspects who fled on foot. Tipsters on the Lower Bucks Source Meta page helped to pinpoint the actual location of the police activity, Route 1/Oxford Valley Road interchange, where police were seen loading the red vehicle they chased onto a flatbed tow truck. 

Credit: Todd Ecksel

During the hot pursuit, police and the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission reportedly  blocked its bridges so the fleeing vehicle would not escape into Trenton, officials said

New Jersey State Police did not respond to requests for comment on the chase or the identities of the suspects taken into custody as of publication time.

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