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Township Gives Eight Bicycles To Liberty Thrift

SANATOGA PA – Liberty Thrift and Home Furnishings, the five-location thrift store chain operated by Schwenksville PA-based Liberty Ministries, will benefit from a donation of unclaimed eight bicycles now being held in storage by Lower Pottsgrove police, the township Board of Commissioners agreed Thursday (Jan. 25, 2018).

The bikes – which were either lost by their owners, or stolen and abandoned – have been found by police over time and accumulated in a building off the site of the police station at 2199 Buchert Rd., township Managed Ed Wagner said. Their availability was publicized so someone could examine and claim them, he added, but after a year no one has.

“And they’re starting to add up,” Wagner noted.

Liberty Thrift operates its largest store in the former K-Mart building on East High Street in Sanatoga village. The township donation appeared to be a way to put the bicycles back into circulation while also freeing up the storage space. Commissioners liked the idea and approved it unanimously.

The board also took other actions Thursday.

School resource officer contract extended

Commissioners approved a six-month extension of a contract between the township and the Pottsgrove School District to supply a police officer in three buildings as a “school resource officer.”

The three-year contract expired in 2017, but the district needs the officer through the end of its current academic year in June. Board Vice President Stephen Klotz said a new contract for the remainder of 2018 and beyond was being drawn up by Police Chief Michael Foltz and Solicitor Charles Garner, and would be ready later this year.

The contract extension, approved by the school board earlier this month, designates only the position and not a specific individual to be supplied by the police department, Klotz noted.

Predators baseball proposal deferred

The board tabled and did not act on a proposal by the Predators Youth Baseball organization to lease township-owned fields for their players’ use. Wagner said he had recently talked with a Predators representative about the proposal, and asked the board to defer a decision until the township received additional information.

Memorandum of understanding on hold

The board also tabled and did not act on a memorandum of understanding with Foltz. Klotz said the memo would be part of the chief’s employment contract, soon up for renewal, but “needed to have some wording changed” before being reviewed by the board.

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