Lower Frederick Supervisors Consider Two Donations

LOWER FREDERICK PA – Lower Frederick’s Fire Company is being favorably considered for a $20,000 donation, and the Spring Mount Road “C Station” operations of the Plymouth Community Ambulance Association would receive $5,000, as the result of discussion by the township Board of Supervisors during its Tuesday (June 28, 2022) workshop session.

The donations, supervisors said, could be approved and made official as part of the board’s July 5 general meeting agenda. Money for both would come from a $515,000 grant the township is receiving under federal American Rescue Plan funding passed in 2021. Township Manager Mark Hudson said half the amount is already in its bank accounts; the remainder is expected sometime in July.

The size of the donations, Hudson added, is based on estimated totals of lost fund-raising the fire company and ambulance association were unable to conduct during the COVID-19 pandemic. He acknowledged the amounts, compared to the grant total, were small but would nonetheless be appreciated. Nearby municipalities, most recently including Schwenksville, have made similar gestures, he noted.

As coronavirus infections persisted, Hudson said, the fire company in particular was unable to sell goods at the canceled live Philadelphia Folk Fest, and also did not hold its annual steak dinner event. Both are popular and well-received.

There’s little pressure to quickly distribute the Recovery Act money, Hudson said, but the grant is accompanied by deadlines. The $515,000 must be allocated by the township by the end of 2024, he reported, and must be spent by the end of 2026.

In response to board and audience questions, the manager also said that while the township does not have “carte blanche” permission to spend the funds on anything of its choosing, earlier federal restrictions on how the funds are used have been lifted.

Supervisors were generally in agreement with the proposals, but board member Terry Bird suggested the donation to Plymouth be specifically “earmarked for local use” at the ambulance station.

Township Planning Commission Vice Chair Linda Jansson agreed with Bird’s idea, and added her research indicated the association had been successful in earlier fund-raising. Although “it doesn’t really seem like they need the funds,” Jansson said, “it would be a gesture of goodwill.”

The July 5 meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in the township building at 53 Spring Mount Road, and will be available both live and on the Zoom meeting platform. The meeting is free to attend and open to the public.

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