List of Elected Officials, Boards, Commissions & Committees 


Mayor

Chris Harding, Mayor  email
Term expires 2021

The Mayor is elected to a four-year term. The prime responsibility of the Mayor is to direct the police department. The Borough code authorizes the mayor to preserve order, enforce ordinances and resolutions, remove nuisances, exact a faithful performance of the officers appointed, and perform such duties as assigned by law or ordinance.  In preserving order, he or she directs the activities of the police department. The mayor's responsibility for ordinance enforcement is limited only to the power of directing the police. Mayors in Pennsylvania may declare a local disaster subject to approval by Borough Council and may declare a state of emergency in situations involving mobs or riots. Mayors have not been able to vote in council since 1893.  The only exception is the power to break ties to enable council to take action or request a special meeting of council be held to resolve the matter.

Borough Council

Yardley Borough is a municipality of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The governing body is the seven person, Borough Council. Each Council Member is elected for a four-year term. The Borough operates under the "Borough Code," local ordinances and the Council-Manager form of organization. Council members serve on a part-time basis. They enact Ordinances and Resolutions, issue Proclamations, approve land development plans and other land use applications, approve annual budgets and all expenditures, levy taxes, affirm hiring and termination of Borough employees, make appointments to advisory boards, committees, commissions and task forces which serve the Borough. Council elects its President, and Vice President, and appoints the Borough Secretary and Borough Treasurer. The Borough Manager administers and operates the daily functions of government. Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month, 7:30 PM, in Council Chambers at Borough Hall. Its members serve a four-year term.

Member

Mike Ruttle,  Member  email

David Bria,  Vice President

Bryon Marshall, President email

Ryan Berry, Member email

Sandi Brady, Member

Matthew Ross, Member 

Caroline Thompson, Member 

Term Expiration

2019

2021

2019

2019

2021

2021

2021


Zoning Hearing Board (ZHB)

A quasi-judicial body appointed by Borough Council. It hears and decides on appeals from a decision, or determination, of any administrative official in connection with the Zoning Ordinance, and grants Special Exceptions and Variances from the terms of the Zoning Ordinance. The Board meets the fourth Monday of each month, 7:00 PM, at Borough Hall, as required. Its members serve a five-year term.

Members

Sarah Jane Kennedy, Chair

Irene Silveus

Michael Hayduk

Kimberly Sharp

Tom Sims

Joseph Caracappa, Solicitor

Amy Fitzgerald, Recording Secretary

Matt Ross, Councilman (Liaison)

TERM EXPIRATION

2021

2020

2019

2019

2018


Planning Commission

Working in conjunction with the Bucks County Planning Commission, the Borough Zoning Officer/Planner, and other Borough boards, commissions, committees and councils, advises Borough Council on all planning, zoning and traffic matters, reviews Conditional Use Applications and Land Development Plans, and examines traffic impact issues. The Commission meets the second Monday of each month, 7:30 PM, at Borough Hall. Its members serve a four-year term.

MEMBERS

Don Carlson

Chuck Dolan

Bob Bushar

Pete Guidotti, Chair

Scott Oplinger

Cheryl Neas

Matt Sinberg

Thomas Beach, Borough Engineer

Bucky Closser, Borough Solicitor

Steve Ware, Borough Zoning Officer/Planner

Amy Fitzgerald, Recording Secretary

Matt Ross, Councilman (Liaison)

TERM EXPIRATION

2022

2019

2019

2021

2020

2019

2019


Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB)

The HARB provides its recommendation to Borough Council regarding matters that are pertinent to the preservation of the historic aspect, and nature, of the structures located within the Borough’s Historic District. Its mission is to protect the integrity of that district, characterized by structures of significant age and architectural importance, by reviewing the appropriateness of proposed changes to the exterior of buildings in the Historic District. The Board meets the first and third Thursday of each month, 7:30 PM, at Borough Hall. Its members serve a four-year term. 4 member residents required.

MEMBERS

Joy Harrington

Vladimir Panov

Jerry Taylor (Architect), Chair

Barry Stewart, BIU (Building Inspector)

Jane Celentano

Rita DeMarco

Tim Foster

Steve Ware, Zoning Officer/Planner

David Bria, Councilman (Liaison)

TERM EXPIRATION

2021

2019

2018

2020

2019

2019

2021


Environmental Advisory Commission (EAC)

Established to protect the natural resources within the Borough and create community awareness. EAC members work together to build an environmentally sustainable community by championing and promoting natural resource conservation, consideration of environmental impacts in decision-making, education and awareness of environmental issues in Yardley Borough. The Commission meets the 4th Thursday of each month, 7:00 PM, at Borough Hall. Its members serve a three-year term. 3 member residents required.

MEMBERS

Katerina Redtchits

Rob Benbenek

Betina J. Lew

Kathleen Romaine

Michael Thompson-Chair

Ryan Berry, Councilman (Liaison)    

TERM EXPIRATION

2020

2019

2020

2020

2018


Parks and Recreation Board

Assesses parks, open space, and recreational needs of Borough residents and may also review development plans and provide recommendations to Borough Council whether open space should be dedicated to the Borough or if the developer should pay the Borough a "Fee-In-Lieu" of open space. The Board meets on the second Tuesday of each month, 7:00 PM, in the Recreation Room in the rear of Borough Hall. Its members serve a three-year term.

MEMBERS

Anne Heasly

Steven Andrews

David Leach

Carol Shultz

Carol Such

Jody Young

Jimmy Balmer

Susan Schneck

Lisa Kuliczkowski

Sandi Brady, Council (Liaison)

TERM EXPIRATION

2020

2020

2019

2020

2019

2019

2018

2018

2018

 


Shade Tree Commission

The Shade Tree Commission has the authority to plant, remove, maintain and protect shade trees on public streets and highways of the Borough. In addition, the commission reviews applications for the removal of significant shade trees on private properties to assure that such removals are justified and, if so, to mitigate the impact of the removal on the community. Meetings are held as needed at Borough Hall. Its members serve a five-year term, and terms expire on the first Monday of the year.

MEMBERS

Leanne Poffenberger    

Jack Scratchard

Vacant


Steve Ware, Zoning Officer/Planner

Sandi Brady, Councilwoman (Liaison)

TERM EXPIRATION

1/6/2020

1/4/2021

1/4/2021

 


Communication Advisory Board (CAB)

Studies and evaluates forms of communication which utilize the most up-to-date and cost effective methods, and technology, for communication among residents,Borough Council, boards and commissions, and Borough Staff.  The CAB makes recommendations to Council on technical methods for communication, as well as, content of communication to help the Borough succeed in providing residents with information in a timely manner.  The CAB consists of three Borough residents, appointed by Borough Council, and its Chairperson is elected, internally, by members of the board.  Meetings are held, as needed, at 7:00 p.m., the third Wednesday of each month, at Borough Hall.  Its members serve a three-year term.

MEMBERS

David Appelbaum    

Adam Hiner

Irene Silveus - Chair

Caroline Thompson, Councilwoman (Liaison)    

TERM EXPIRATION

2021

2019  

2020


Civil Service Commission

When activated, reviews applications for the position of police officer within the Borough. Meetings are held as needed at Borough Hall. Its members serve a six-year term.

MEMBERS

Rob Johnson

Bryon Marshall

Timothy McVan


David Bria, Councilman (Liaison)

TERM EXPIRATION

2021

2022

2020


Vacancy Board

Casts the tie-breaking vote if there is a resignation from Borough Council and a majority of the remaining six Councilmembers are unable to agree on the appointment of a replacement. The Vacancy Board Chairman is appointed each year and serves a one-year term.

MEMBERS

Tom Cadwallader

TERM EXPIRATION

2018


Sewer Authority

The Yardley Borough Sewer Authority was formed in 1962, in compliance with the Municipality Authorities Act of 1945 and adopted by the Borough Council of Yardley Borough, as Ordinance No. 159.  The Authority owns and operates a wastewater collection system serving 898 residential and commercial Yardley Borough customers.  The system includes 9.37 miles of sewer mains in the Borough and one pumping station. Wastewater from Yardley is treated at the wastewater treatment plant owned by the Municipal Authority of the Borough of Morrisville.  Meetings are held at 7:00pm on the second Wednesday of most months in Council Chambers, in Borough Hall. The Municipalities Authorities Act provides that terms begin & expire on the first Monday of the year. Its members serve a five-year term.

MEMBERS

Dave Collins, Chair

Tom Cadwallader, Vice Chair

Michael Schummer

Carl Perella

Rich Cole

Ryan Berry, Councilman (Liaison)

TERM EXPIRATION

01/06/20

01/03/22

01/02/23

01/04/21

01/07/19


General Government Committee

Works with the Borough Manager/Treasurer in preparation of the annual budget and the finances of the Borough.  Serves as Council Liaison to: Borough Tax Collector.  Ensures required bonding is in place for the Constable, Tax Collector and Borough Manager.  On an as needed basis, oversees, and coordinates the selection process for Borough Manager, Borough Solicitor and Borough Engineer.  The General Government Committee meets on the third Tuesday every month, 7:00 PM, at Borough Hall.

MEMBERS

Caroline Thompson, Chair

Ryan Berry

TERM EXPIRATION

2021

2019


Public Safety Committee

Implements Emergency Management training and holds Emergency Management Mock Drill(s) with the Emergency Management Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator, the police and fire departments, the emergency unit and all others involved in an actual emergency. With the Borough Police Chief and Mayor, prepares recommendations for hiring part and full time police officers.  Serves as Council Liaison to: Police Department, Emergency Management Coordinator, Civil Service Commission, Yardley-Makefield Fire Company, and Emergency Unit.  Reviews existing ordinances pertaining to public safety. On an as needed basis, reviews all uniformed employee job descriptions, all uniformed employee benefits, and makes recommendations to Borough Council regarding salary, hourly wages and benefits for uniformed employees. As needed, oversee and coordinate the selection process for Police Chief. The Public Safety Committee meets on the first Tuesday of every month, 7:00 PM, at Borough Hall.

MEMBERS

David Bria, Chair

Bryon Marshall

TERM EXPIRATION

2021

2019


Community & Economic Development Committee

Reviews land development and subdivision applications and requests for zoning change.  Serves as Council Liaison to: Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Board, and Historical Architectural Review Board.  Reports to Council on impending and current litigation pertaining to planning, zoning and building issues.  Review existing zoning and land development ordinances and make recommendations to Council regarding suggested changes to these existing ordinances, and amend and/or facilitate the amendment of these ordinances and/or facilitate the creation of new ordinances.  The Community & Economic Development Committee meets on the last Tuesday of every month, 7:30 PM, at Borough Hall.

MEMBERS

Matt Ross, Chair

David Bria

TERM EXPIRATION

2021

2021


Community Outreach Committee

Actively recruit candidates to fill vacancies on Boards and Commissions and present candidates to Council for appointment consideration.  Serve as Council liaison to: Yardley Business Association, Recreation Board, and Neighborhoods.  Prepare recommendations for Council consideration regarding special community events such as Canal-O-Ween, Harvest Day, Canal Festival, Ye Old-Fashioned Christmas, etc.  The Community Outreach Committee meets on the last Tuesday of every month, 7:00 PM, at Borough Hall.

MEMBERS

Sandi Brady, Chair

Caroline Thompson

TERM EXPIRATION

2021

2021


Public Works Committee

Facilitates implementation of long term public works improvement plans (streets, storm drains, sidewalks, etc.).  Reviews trash & recyclables collection, street light maintenance, and snow removal contract specifications.  Presents recommendations to Council concerning any changes to the above noted specifications.  Serves as Council Liaison to: Borough Sewer Authority, and Environmental Advisory Commission.  Review existing ordinances pertaining to public works matters. The Public Works Committee meets on the third Tuesday every month, 6:30 PM, at Borough Hall. 

MEMBERS

Ryan Berry, Chair

Matt Ross

TERM EXPIRATION

2019

2021