Guide to Narberth Borough Government

Learn effective ways of approaching your local government.

Contact the borough office and ask

Is there a trash pick-up on the Friday after Thanksgiving? Are there plans to plow the roads tonight? I have an idea for a home improvement project; will it be allowed? Give the Borough staff a call, they have answers to virtually all of your administrative questions.

During storms and other emergencies, Borough office hours are extended so you can report downed trees, dangerous road conditions, and other public safety concerns.

Call or email a member of Borough Council

Your seven Borough Council members and your Mayor are all very interested in hearing your thoughts, concerns, and opinions. Yes, it's true. After four years, it is Aaron's distinct impression that those who serve in Borough government welcome citizen interaction.

Because Narberth is a small town, its officials actually have time to listen to your concerns. You won't be getting a form letter response as you would from your senator or representative in Washington, DC. Instead, you'll be speaking with a neighbor who has both understanding of and empathy for your concerns.

To help you decide whom to contact, first understand that all Borough Council business is divided among committees, chaired by a member of Council. Each committee has its own meetings comprised of three Council members: a chair, a vice chair, and a member. Here are brief summaries of each committee's responsibilities:

Borough Council committees

Finance and Administration discusses matters related to the financial operation of the Borough. The Committee is responsible for the preparation, implementation, and oversight of the annual operating budget. Charles Silio (chair), Bob Wegbreit, Gigi Tevlin‑Moffat

Public Works discusses matters related to the roads and other public works (sewer, utilities, etc.) of the Borough, as well as public health and sanitation, which includes trash collection, recycling, and related issues. Bob Wegbreit (chair), Marlene Richmond, Charles Silio

Property discusses matters related to the property owned by the Borough, specifically the maintenance, use, and improvements to Borough Hall, Narberth Park, Sabine Ave. Park, old Narberth Elementary school, the Library, and the Community Building. Richard Diaz (chair), Bob Weisbord, Charles Silio

Building and Zoning discusses matters related to the enforcement of the Zoning Code, changes or modifications to the code, and new development projects in the Borough.

Public Safety discusses matters related to law enforcement, fire protection, traffic safety, and other potential hazards in the Borough. Although Borough Council holds the purse strings, the Mayor is in charge of the Police Department and its operations. Aaron Muderick, Richard Diaz, Gigi Tevlin‑Moffat

Economic Development discusses matters of cooperation between Narberth government and our business community to help develop and grow the economic base of our town. Gigi Tevlin‑Moffat, Charles Silio, Richard Diaz

In addition, there is presently one ad hoc committee:

Ad Hoc Succession Planning is preparing for an eventual new Borough Manager. Bob Wegbreit, Aaron Muderick

Council members: committee assignments & contact information

Aaron Muderick, President

amuderick@narberthpa.gov

484-343-0091

Oversees all committees and leads council meetings

Member of Succession Planning

Bob Weisbord, Councilor

bweisbord@narberthpa.gov

215-989-0399

Member of Economic Development

Chair of Building and Zoning

Member of Property

Bob Wegbreit, Councilor

bwegbreit@narberthpa.gov

610-616-4607

Chair of Public Works

Member of Building and Zoning

Chair of Succession Planning

Member of Finance and Administration

Richard Diaz, Councilor

rdiaz@narberthpa.gov

610-668-1690

Chair of Property

Member of Public Safety

Member of Economic Development

Barbara Fortner, Councilor

bfortner@narberthpa.gov

610-668-1690

Chair of Property

Member of Public Safety

Vice Chair of Economic Development

Charles Silio, Councilor

csilio@narberthpa.gov

610-888-0992

Chair of Finance and Administration

Member of Property

Member of Public Works

Gigi Tevlin‑Moffat, Vice president

gmoffat@narberthpa.gov

215-629-3646

Chair of Public Safety

Member of Finance and Administration

Member of Building and Zoning

Member of Succession Planning

Marlene Richmond, Councilor

mrichmond@narberthpa.gov

Member of Public Works

Chair of Economic Development

Member of Public Safety

If in doubt, contact the Borough Council President Aaron Muderick, and he can refer you to the appropriate Council member. Otherwise, feel free to contact whomever you think may best be able to help you. Do not hesitate to refer councilors to any relevant third-party information or share your personal knowledge or expertise.

Attend the relevant committee meeting

Committee meetings are where the details of an issue are hashed out in a public forum. Typically, they are attended by the three committee members and the borough manager.

This is the place to go if you want to hear Council members discuss issues in detail, share research, and hear from the experts. It's the best place to voice your thoughts and opinions before councilors are called to vote on an issue. If your issue isn't yet on council's agenda, a committee meeting is where you can raise your concern in a relaxed environment with the opportunity for questions and answers.

Because committee meetings have fairly narrow agendas, they are often less time-consuming than a meeting of the full council. They will generally encompass particular issues in greater detail and more interactive discussion.

Attend the caucus meeting

Maybe you've taken advantage of the steps above and are ready to present your issue to the full council. Or perhaps you'd like your thoughts and statements to be an official part of the public record. At the caucus meeting a secretary records official minutes and a quorum of council members is present. The Mayor also attends caucus meetings.

The caucus meeting is council's work session. This is where committees report their activities to the full council. Committee members will answer questions from other councilors and the Mayor. The Council president may delegate new issues to specific committees for further research.

The caucus meeting includes a public comment period after all the committees have made their reports, but before any resolutions or motions are made. A public comment made at a caucus meeting is often just that, a comment. Due to the formality of the meeting and the list of agenda items, there is less opportunity for an extended dialogue between the council and members of the public.

If you are looking for answers to questions, it is probably better to speak directly to the particular council member or attend a committee meeting first.

Attend the council meeting

The council meetings move quickly, often with limited discussion. This is because most of the information was discussed and considered in depth at the public caucus meeting during the prior week. The council meeting is more formal, with the official submission of committee reports as required by law. Bills are paid, and resolutions, motions, and ordinances are voted upon.

Residents who come to a council meeting expecting to hear council members debate issues at length are sometimes disappointed to see instead limited discussion. This is not a lack of transparency. What residents may not understand is that the issue at hand was debated publicly at committee and caucus meetings for many months prior.

All meetings are held at Narberth Borough Hall, 100 Conway Ave. Map