President Bruce Foltz Resigns from Lower Pottsgrove Board

A portrait (at top) of the current township Board of Commissioners, with President Bruce Foltz at center

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Bruce L. Foltz, an electrician by trade and a 26-year veteran of Lower Pottsgrove government by voters’ choice, tendered his resignation from the township Board of Commissioners as its president and a member Thursday night (July 21, 2022).

It was his last act, and last day, facing the public in office. Foltz’s resignation takes effect Aug. 8 (Monday), but the board is not scheduled to next meet until Aug. 18 (Thursday).

Foltz and his wife are “down-sizing,” he said, and relocating not far away, but out of the township in which they’ve lived for 50 years. “It’s going to be different for me,” he admitted after reading his official resignation letter aloud, “but I’m looking forward to it.” He promised he would be an occasional visitor at township events.

For a moment after Foltz’s announcement, the board room in the municipal building on Buchert Road was silent. Commissioners needed to vote their acceptance of the resignation, but for seconds no one said anything. “We could not accept it and make him stay,” township Manager Ed Wagner joked, breaking the ice, and there was laughter in the room.

Then Commissioner Ray Lopez offered a resolution to accept Foltz’s departure as “bittersweet, and with regrets.”

His board colleagues had weeks of advance warning about his intentions, particularly when the couple’s home went on the market. They reflected Thursday night on all Foltz had helped the township accomplish during his tenure and – generally unknown by the public, they said – the countless hours he volunteered outside official duties to ensure residents were heard and their concerns addressed.

He even fixed an electrical problem or two, they noted.

In fact, commissioners agreed, the township’s addition to the Public Works building on North Pleasant View Road may not have been completed on time without his electrical skills. Township Fire Marshal Lew Babel, present in the board audience, also described how Foltz’s electrical knowledge helped solve fire mysteries while both served with the Sanatoga Fire Company.

In personal comments, Commissioner Michael McGroarty thanked Foltz for his years of service, and said the board “was fortunate to have your leadership.” Commissioner Robert Mohollen said Foltz rightfully commanded “the respect of the community,” particularly because of the quiet, friendly way in which he dealt with the public.

Board Vice President and Commissioner Earl Swavely said he appreciated his long-time friendship with Foltz, and the way he consulted with all board members as they attempted to reach decisions affecting township residents. Lopez observed that he and Foltz had worked together over many years in similar capacities. “I’m going to miss all that,” Lopez added. “You put your heart and soul into it.”

Filling the vacancy

With Foltz’s resignation approved, township Solicitor Jamie Ottaviano said the board has 30 days in which to act and appoint his successor as a commissioner.

To that end Mohollen suggested, and the board agreed, to accept indications from members of the public who are interested in filling Foltz’s remaining term of office. Potential candidates should submit a letter or resume detailing their willingness to serve and describing their qualifications, and either mail or deliver it to the municipal building by no later than the 4 p.m. close of business on Aug. 8.

The mailing address is Lower Pottsgrove Township, 2199 Buchert Rd., Pottstown PA 19464. For more information, call the township during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 610-323-0436.

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