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Township Thanks Firms For Special Donation

Involved in Thursday’s delivery (above) of donated emergency items were, from left, Lower Pottsgrove Manager Ed Wagner, township Public Works Director John Fogel, Norris Sales representative Richie McAuliffe, J.D. Eckman Safety Director Richard Wittlinger, and public works employee Ed Windrim.

SANATOGA PA – Just in time for whatever emergencies may arise due to the pending arrival of Pope Francis in Philadelphia, Lower Pottsgrove has benefited from $3,000 in traffic management equipment and supplies “generously donated” by a regional highway contractor and a Montgomery County company that provides construction-related products, its police chief said.

The township took delivery Thursday (Sept. 25, 2015) of a lengthy list of barricades, signs, sign stands and other helpful items used to stock its critical incident management trailer, Chief Michael Foltz said. The special donation came from J.D. Eckman Inc. of Atglen PA, the contractor responsible for reconstruction of U.S. Route 422, and one of its vendors, Norris Sales Company Inc. of Plymouth Meeting PA.

The trailer itself, purchased last year with a $10,000 corporate donation from Exelon, is intended to be used by first responders at emergency locations.

Foltz and township Emergency Management Coordinator Raymond W. Lopez indicated they were delighted by the abundance and quality of the materials supplied. J.D. Eckman President Mark Eckman personally coordinated the partnership donation with Norris Sales, they reported.

The donation included:

  • 40 28-inch traffic cones with reflective tape;
  • Eight Type-I plastic folding barricades;
  • Four two-sided reflective barricade boards;
  • Four pairs of Instant-A-Frame barricade stands;
  • Two “slow” traffic cone-topped warning signs;
  • Two each of “keep left” and “keep right” cone-topped signs;
  • Two each of “left lane closed” and “right lane closed” reflective roll-up traffic signs;
  • Two 48-inch heavy duty sign braces and supports; and
  • Two collapsible traffic sign stands.

The trailer also carries or will carry portable emergency lighting, generators, folding tables, easy-up tents and other tools useful to both police and the public works department.

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