Shawn Watson (above at right) during the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ July 23 meeting
SANATOGA PA – It’s been more than six weeks since Lower Pottsgrove Commissioner Shawn Watson has occupied his publicly elected seat at a Board of Commissioners’ meeting. The question some local residents are asking is: will he be there tonight (Sept. 8)?
Since his last appearance at the board conference table in the township municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd., Watson has stayed out of the public spotlight. He did not comment during its July 23 meeting, when visitors asked questions related to news reports about his alleged legal and financial difficulties. He was absent Aug. 3 when commissioners officially voted and urged him to resign from office.
And the board canceled its scheduled second meeting during August because other commissioners were away on vacation. So its meeting tonight, which begins at 7 p.m., is the next public opportunity to see if Watson arrives to fulfill his elected duties.
The meeting would normally have been held on the first Monday of the month (Sept. 7), but was moved to Tuesday because of the Labor Day holiday. It is free to attend and open to the public.
Among items on the board agenda are proposed approval of the township’s assurance to back a re-financing loan being sought by its Sewer Authority. It intends to borrow about $7.45 million to retire older, more expensive debt, and save taxpayers a significant amount of money in the process.
A legal advertisement published Aug. 31 on the board’s behalf states it will pledge the township’s “full faith, credit, and taxing power” to repay the loan if the authority should somehow default.
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