Lower Pottsgrove Schedules Vote on $8 Million Municipal Campus

UPDATE: The Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners voted 3-1 Thursday night (Nov. 19, 2020) to approve and move forward on the municipal campus project. Read The Post’s story about the vote, here.

SANATOGA PA – It appears as though the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners is ready to “pull the trigger,” so to speak, on whether or not to move ahead with proposed construction of a roughly $8 million municipal campus at the corner of East High Street and South Pleasant View Road in Sanatoga village.

The board agenda includes, as the fourth business item during its meeting Thursday (tonight, Nov. 19, 2020) at 7 p.m. in Sunnybrook Ballroom, 50 Sunnybrook Rd., a “motion to proceed” with building the campus that’s been under discussion for many months. The session has been moved to Sunnybrook because the the current municipal building is too small to hold a socially-distanced audience.

The meeting will be held in person, and not virtually. It is free to attend, and open to the public. Those in attendance must wear masks. A copy of the agenda is available for download from the township website, here.

The meeting will be preceded by an executive session, according to township Secretary Katie Vlahos.

The project combines administrative and police functions in a single building on a large open space of several purchased parcels. When the proposal was first introduced to the public during a commissioners’ meeting, its cost was the primary complaint among residents who attended. It also has been a regularly stated concern of Commissioner Michael McGroarty.

The proposal has been through several revisions, overseen by the board’s Infrastructure Committee. A report from it is anticipated tonight too. Also, the agenda also includes a motion to pay a bond counsel fee of $18,000; the board in recent weeks has discussed selling municipal bonds to finance the project expense.

In other business on the agenda, commissioners are scheduled to:

  • Decide whether to offer preliminary approval to build storage units on North Charlotte Street;
  • Adopt a tentative fiscal year budget for 2021 that commissioners have already said will not include a property tax increase; and
  • Approve a second payment for work done to resolve parking and drainage issues at Gerald Richards Park on Buchert Road.

Photo by The Post of a drawing displayed Nov. 2 by Lower Pottsgrove Township