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Upper Providence donates $5,000 to Schuylkill Canal Association

By Mark D. Marotta, Journal Register News Service

Monday, April 29, 2013

UPPER PROVIDENCE — The township supervisors have authorized payment of $5,000 to the Schuylkill Canal Association.
The board’s action took place at its work session on April 15. Vice Chairwoman Lisa Mossie made the motion to approve the expenditure, and board member John Pearson provided the second. The motion passed by a 3-0 vote.
Before the vote, township Manager George Waterman told the board that Upper Providence’s 2013 budget contained a line item for a $5,000 contribution to community organizations.
At their Dec. 17 meeting, when they passed the township budget, the supervisors held off on a funding request from the association. In a letter the previous month, the organization had requested $15,000 from the township, but it was not included in the budget, and the board decided to revisit the issue later to see if any funds were available. Discussion at the time indicated that the township had provided the association with $8,000 in the past year.
At the December meeting, Betsy Daley, who was then the association’s executive director, told the supervisors that, because of its financial situation, the county was not making a donation to the group.
Township Solicitor Ed Skypala asked Monday how the association had made out as far as getting county funding.
“They’re not giving us any money,” responded Gary Drennen, president of the association’s board.
Pearson said he would like to see the township participate in the upcoming Canal Day. According to the association’s website, the event is scheduled for June 30.
“I’d really like us to get involved,” Pearson said, adding that he was not looking to spend “tons” of township money. He suggested possibly attending one or two of the association’s meetings.
Drennen replied that the meetings are held at the Locktender’s House on the second Tuesday of each month.
“We’ll be there,” Pearson said.
In other business, following a public hearing, the supervisors passed an amendment to the township code section concerning the fire and emergency services board.
According to the public notice for the hearing, under the amendment, the board will have 12 members, including the chiefs “of the official fire companies,” as well as three additional Black Rock Fire Company members, the township’s emergency management coordinator and three people appointed by the township supervisors. Additionally, each fire company may appoint two alternates to the board.
Waterman pointed out that the amended section also provided that fire companies within the township would maintain four members on the board.
Pearson made the motion to approve the amendment, and Mossie seconded it. The motion passed 3-0.
In a separate vote, the supervisors unanimously authorized advertising a public hearing for a zoning amendment for the proposed Freeland Village development, on 15.22 acres at 1095 Black Rock Road.
“This was recommended by the planning commission at its last meeting,” Waterman said. He explained that the amendment would add a new article titled “mixed residential community.” Waterman said the hearing would be held on May 20.
The motion to authorize advertisement of the hearing was made by Pearson and seconded by Mossie.
Additionally, the supervisors voted unanimously to appoint McMahon Associates as the township’s traffic engineer. The board had authorized a request for proposals for a traffic engineer at its Jan. 7 meeting.