Township Board Considers New Police Chief Contract

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Prospective approval of an employment agreement for a new chief of police in Lower Pottsgrove is scheduled for the Thursday night (Oct. 21, 2021) agenda of the township Board of Commissioners.

Current Frackville Borough Police Chief Rick Bell, whose law enforcement career spans more than 20 years, identified himself earlier this week as the commissioners’ selected successor to retired former township Chief Michael Foltz. Bell reported he would take his oath of office during the board’s Nov. 4 meeting, and that he and his family would relocate from Schuylkill County to the area later next month.

Also Thursday, board members will be joined by Magisterial District Justice Maurice Saylor to swear in the township’s newest police officer, Nicholas Dinnocenti. He currently serves with the Reading Police Department and formerly participated in Lower Pottsgrove’s police internship program.

The board meeting is free to attend and open to the public. It is slated to start at 7 p.m. in a meeting space at The Sunnybrook Ballroom, 50 Sunnybrook Rd. (at top). Visitors are required to wear protective masks, and meeting room seating is socially distanced. The board agenda is available for download from the township website, here.

Business development plans considered

Additionally during the meeting, two long-standing and much-discussed business development projects are scheduled to be considered for board authorization.

The first is final development approval for GEG Investments to erect public storage units on a former used car lot at 1473 N. Charlotte Street, within the commercial office zoning district. The company’s proposed project has substantially changed since its introduction during 2015. In its current form it will occupy a total of 4.43 acres.

The second is preliminary and final development approval for the Moove-In storage facilities on the 6.39-acre tract in the shopping center zoning district inside and surrounding the former auto dealership at 2148 E. High St. The Moove-In proposal also has been under discussion for about two years, has changed over time, and required township Zoning Hearing Board variances.

A preliminary and final development plan also will be considered for a two-lot subdivision of a privately owned residential parcel on Karen Drive within the township’s R-2 residential district.

All three plans have been reviewed and recommended by the township Planning Commission.

Other agenda items

Also on the agenda are:

  • Consideration of a proposed text amendment being sought for the township’s Gateway Mixed-Use zoning district that would assist in commercial development of Evergreen Road parcels near the Philadelphia Premium Outlets;
  • Discussion of a draft township ordinance addressing parking spaces and accessory buildings; and
  • Acceptance of the resignation of well-known retired contractor Ronald Dinnocenti from the Planning Commission after many years of service.

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