Home to Main Line staples Haverford, Bryn Mawr and Havertown, the Haverford Township elections will determine who will lead the township on its key issues in the first, third, fifth, seventh and ninth wards. Republicans currently occupy six of the township’s nine wards, and for this year’s race, three incumbents represent the party. The fourth commissioner, Democrat Robert Trumbull, is not seeking reelection.
Neighbors spoke to several township residents and leaders and found key issues revolve around the aging township:
- Many of the township’s municipal buildings continue to deteriorate and outgrow purposes, including the Haverford Township Free Library and the Public Works Department building.
“A lot of people think the township needs to move forward with things for the long-term,” Haverford Civic Council President Chris Whiting said, adding that long with insufficient infrastructure, many of the township’s major buildings are spread out.
But an even larger concern for Haverford taypayers, Whiting said, is making sure the price tag for these improvements isn’t too high.
- The new YMCA to be built on Eagle Road may add more to the township, but it will only add to traffic congestion.
- After the growing success of the Bala Cynwyd trail, the Friends of Haverford Trails will work to create new paths to add to the connectivity of the township as well as preserve older trees – but preserving nature and using it efficiently costs money.
If you live in area and have your own concerns about the direction of the township, add your thoughts in our comments section below. We’ll be sure to ask the commissioners at the upcoming candidates’ forum.