SANATOGA PA – There’s an early start, 6:30 p.m. instead of 7, to tonight’s (Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015) meeting of the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners, caused by public hearings regarding new laws on which board members are destined to vote during the evening’s course of business.
The hearings and subsequent votes will cover regulations to:
- Exempt all township-owned property “used for governmental purposes” from its own zoning district requirements and regulations;
- Adopt a new signage law that affects primarily commercial buildings, and repeal the former one; and
- Approve a new off-street parking law advocated by the police department.
Also as part of their busy, close-out meeting agenda, commissioners are set to adopt the township’s 2016 budget that tentatively includes a $62 property tax hike for its “average” home owner next year. The proposed general fund spending plan totals of $6.2 million, and includes operating expense increases related to the purchase of new first-responder radios, video cameras to be mounted inside police patrol cars, and contractual costs.
The usual slate of budget-related items for approval of its accompanying tax rate, street lighting assessment and Act 511 fees are on the agenda as well. Commissioners also are scheduled to vote on meeting dates and times during 2016 for themselves, the Sewer Authority, the Planning Commission, and the Parks and Recreation board.
Three other items round out the agenda action. The board is set to adopt resolutions that dedicate street rights-of-way to the township for portions of Rupert Road and Putter Lane, both presumably as part of the completion of the Raven’s Claw housing community; and that creates a policy for the police department’s use of the drug naloxone to help victims of opiate drug overdoses.
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Dec. 17 meeting):