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Board OKs Police Study, With An Asterisk

SANATOGA PA – Saying they wanted to cooperate with municipal neighbors, and maybe learn new concepts themselves, members of the Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township Board of Commissioners voted Monday (April 6, 2009) to participate in a study about the feasibility of combining the Lower, West and Upper Pottsgrove police departments into a single force. But, commissioners added, they have no intention to consider, or act on, a merger proposal.

  • This is a meeting overview only. Each of the following items will be covered separately in greater detail this week by The Post.

West and Upper Pottsgrove Townships are most interested in merger possibilities, commissioners said, and invited Lower Pottsgrove to participate in the discussions. Because the study is free to the township, the board agreed, but it included a laundry list of caveats and escape clauses in the approval and repeatedly said it would not pursue the idea.

In a summary of other topics from Monday’s meeting:

Another police hiring possible. Township Police Chief Michael Shade said he would apply for federal economic stimulus funds that could help his department pay to hire its 18th officer.

Dedicated open space at Pleasantview and Bliem Roads.

Dedicated open space, ripe for a park, at Pleasantview and Bleim Roads.

Going for the gold. State funding is available to begin planning for the use of open space on Pleasantview Road as a future park, and the township will submit a grant application to get it.

Legislators address bridge concerns. The township’s state legislative representatives are trying to intervene to keep the East High Street bridge near Sanatoga Road open while the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation conducts repairs this summer.

Handwritten minutes only. Heeding advice of the township attorney, the board voted against a proposal to make audio tape recordings of its meetings. Township residents and guests at meetings, however, can make recordings of their own.

Sewer repairs agreement near. Four developers of new home communities have reached tentative agreement with the township to pay for the bulk of $1.3 million in improvements to its sewer system, in exchange for future building rights tied to sewage capacity.

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