When Bill Martin takes the reigns as the new Tredyffrin Township Manager next month, he'll be bringing something new to the job in recent history. He is not only going to run the township's day to day operations, he also lives in Tredyffrin.
Martin is currently Burough Manager of Bridgepot. He also spent a decade working for Radnor Township. Martin was appointed Monday as manager of neighboring Tredyffrin Township. The Long Island native is a ten-year resident of Tredyffrin and lives here with his wife, Marie and their children, Kate and Will.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” Martin said Tuesday from his office in Bridgeport. He has been borough manager there for more than a year. “I’m very excited to start there and serve the residents.”
His official start date will be Monday, Nov. 19, but Martin said he will be attending public meetings of Tredyffrin’s boards to prepare. He replaces Mimi Gleason, who retired in September, but she has been a working as a consultant to the township (mostly on preparing a 2013 budget) pending the appointment of a new manager.
Martin knows some of the employees in Tredyffrin; he worked for years with planner Matt Baumann at Radnor. And he knows the big issues that he will be working on as soon as he starts the job.
Keeping the Paoli redevelopment project moving forward is a top priority, as is doing the same for the creation of the Paoli Transit District.
In his first year Martin will be working with a budget that he did not have a hand in, but he said, “I’m very comfortable with Mimi [Gleason] and the finance director that they’re know what they’re doing.”
Martin is also aiming to market Tredyffrin, something he said would bring more business to the “unknown jewel of the Main Line.”
The Route 29 slip ramp project will be built soon, and there is no business tax in Tredyffrin, unlike most surrounding municipalities. He said these are a few things that would help draw people and companies to the township.
“I love Tredyffrin,” he said, adding that it is one of the top communities that he always wanted a chance to manage
And then the position opened up and “it all worked out.”