Name: Jerry McGlone (R)
Address: 617 Monument Avenue, Malvern, PA 19355
Running For: Mayor
Positions Held Previously: Chairman Planning Commission, Council Member, Mayor the past 12 years
What do you think can be done to improve pedestrian travel in the area: Pedestrian safety is a major concern in Malvern Borough. One of my most passionate issues as mayor is how can we slow traffic within the borough, specifically along King Street. I was instrumental in the following traffic calming measures that have greatly improved the pedestrian travel throughout town:
- Placing the stop signs along King Street at Powelton Avenue and the Septa train station Driveway west of the shopping center
- Placing of three way stop signs at King Street and Bridge Street and Old Lincoln Highway and Bridge Street
- Placing of speed humps throughout town, most notable along Monument Avenue
- Placing the traffic islands on West King Street
We as a borough are actively evaluating traffic calming measures and I will continue to support all means to maintain pedestrian safety throughout Malvern Borough.
Explain which issues motivated you to run: From the time I moved to Malvern 15 years ago I have served the residents of Malvern Borough. First on the Planning Commission, then on Council and most recently as Mayor for the past 12 years. I am forever indebted to the Malvern community that has given so much to me and my family.
As mayor, my main responsibility is overseeing the police department. I am proud to say that we have one of the most professional departments in Chester County today. We are well respected by our neighboring departments and our collaboration has never been stronger. There has been a lot of speculation in the Malvern community regarding my position on outsourcing our police department. I have been consistent in my position in that I DO NOT support outsourcing our department. If a decision was made by council to outsource our department (which I an not suggesting it will) I would swiftly VETO it. Under my watch, Malvern will always have its own police department.
Is there an area in which you think the current administration could have performed better, and how would you address that area: I am deeply concerned about the development potential for Pennsylvania Avenue. The borough has received a TOD (Transit Oriented Development) study which suggests that the market could support upwards of 600 residential units in the Pennsylvania Avenue area. I am opposed to this density of development. I believe we have a wonderful opportunity to promote responsible redevelopment of properties throughout Malvern Borough and suggest that we reevaluate our ordinances to insure that future development is within the vision of the residents of Malvern Borough.