SANATOGA PA – Two locally well-known individuals have been appointed as members of township agencies by the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners.
Thomas C. “Tom” Troutman of East High Street, a former commissioner and vice chairman of the Parks and Recreation Board, has been named as one of three Lower Pottsgrove representatives to the Pottstown Metropolitan Regional Planning Committee. Troutman returns to the committee for a second tour of duty, commissioners’ President Bruce Foltz noted, as he was one of the regional planners’ founding members.
Commissioners James Kaiser and Shawn Watson also represent the township on the committee, which addresses issues that affect several municipalities: agriculture, open space preservation, natural and historic resources, transportation, housing, and economic development. The committee meets monthly on the fourth Wednesdays of January through October at 7 p.m. in Pottstown borough hall, as well as on the first Thursday of December.
Former West Pottsgrove Police Chief Earl Swavely Jr. of Oakdale Drive, who retired in May (2014) after a 38-year career in law enforcement, has been named as one of five members of the township Zoning Hearing Board.
The board is a purposely independent judicial organization empowered to make determinations about township zoning laws as they apply to real estate within Lower Pottsgrove’s borders. Zoning hearings are scheduled on an as-needed basis but occur almost monthly and are held at the municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd.
Appointments became official June 5 for Troutman, and July 7 for Swavely.
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Aug. 21 meeting):