Attorney Charles D. Garner Jr. (top right) will now make himself comfortable in the Lower Pottsgrove municipal building as the new township solicitor
Garner, a borough native and one of the area’s best known practitioners of municipal law, was chosen last week by the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners as the township’s new solicitor. He’ll be assisted by the East High Street firm of which he’s been a member since September 2012.
The appointment became official during last Thursday’s (Jan. 21, 2016) board meeting. Garner succeeds former solicitor Robert Brant of Trappe, who resigned in December.
Board Vice President and Commissioner Stephen Klotz said he and fellow Commissioner Earl Swavely interviewed representatives of five law offices during a marathon session Jan. 12, and recommended Garner to remaining board members. They unanimously agreed.
All five commissioners know Garner personally and professionally, having seen him handle several matters involving Lower Pottsgrove for other parties over many years.
According to his biography on the Wolf, Baldwin website, Garner currently also serves as “solicitor of Pottstown Borough, since 1996; Pennsburg Borough, from 1995; Upper Pottsgrove Township, from 2004; the Limerick Township Zoning Hearing Board, since 2007, and the Douglass Township Planning Agency, since 2010.”
In addition to municipal law, Garner handles cases involving real estate and zoning law, estate planning and administration, and general civil litigation.
The new solicitor, although not in attendance at the board meeting, received his first assignment the same night. Commissioners asked Manager Ed Wagner to have Garner review changes in zoning regulations requested by developers of Sanatoga Green, the mixed-use community being planned for the southwest side of Evergreen Road near the Sanatoga interchange of U.S. Route 422.
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Jan. 21 meeting):