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Board Plans Forming Infrastructure Committee

Commissioners Bruce Foltz, left, and Earl Swavely review documents during the board’s Nov. 9 meeting

SANATOGA PA – Because Lower Pottsgrove’s tentative 2018 budget of $6.32 million proposes to include a capital reserve fund, as well as a real estate tax increase to support it, the Board of Commissioners intends tonight (Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017) to appoint a special group to determine what the township future infrastructure needs are, and in what order they’ll receive funding.

Creation of a new “Infrastructure Committee” is among business items that appear on the board agenda for the meeting, which was rescheduled from earlier in the month. It is slated to start at 8 p.m. in the municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd., is free to attend, and open to the public. The agenda has been available for several days in advance from the township website, here.

Commissioners debuted next year’s budget Nov. 9, and said a possible tax increase of $31.25 on the average township home valued at $125,000 was solely attributable to the fund they wanted to create for future capital projects.

There’s no shortage of qualifying work-to-do that a committee might discuss and rank in importance.

The municipal building itself has been studied several times, and its space shortcomings are well documented; at a minimum it needs to be expanded, board members agree. The Pruss Hill Road bridge, which is expected to bear even more traffic when development of nearby housing communities is finished, demands significant repair or replacement. Other chores also populate the wish list.

Also tonight, the agenda indicates commissioners will discuss Montgomery County’s draft hazard mitigation plan.

The county is updating its now 5-year-old document detailing who does what, and when, if its communities are faced with hazards caused by weather, geological events like earthquakes, or wildfires. Lower Pottsgrove first responders may play significant roles in the plan, depending on the services needed and the location of an emergency.

The board’s review is timely, because as commissioners meet the county will explain its update proposals to the public in a session also scheduled for tonight, from 7-9 p.m., at the Lower Salford municipal building in Harleysville.

Commissioners also expect to address and possibly approve an assessment appeal for the property at 1555 Medical Dr., the agenda shows.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Nov. 28 meeting):

  • Board Plans Forming Infrastructure Committee

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