A proposed Courtyard by Marriott hotel was given preliminary approval for construction at the Providence Corporate Center. The 132-room hotel will be located at Campus Drive and Troutman Road.

Approval was granted with the conditions that the developer follow planning commission's requests for any changes. Plans were altered regarding the number of parking spaces, an emergency access, widening entrance and driveway and creating a loading area for the restaurant on premises after discussion at last month's planning commission meeting.

Signs and impervious coverage comply with township ordinances. A cross easement agreement allows the hotel to share parking lots with the corporate center if needed for overflow traffic.

In other news, appointments for township positions were approved at the first meeting of 2004.

Edward T. Murphy, who was elected to be a township supervisor in November, was appointed supervisor of the Police Pension Trustees.

Robert A. Fieo was re-elected as chairman and Philip A. Barker re-elected as vice-chairman of the board of supervisors.

George W. Waterman III was appointed secretary, Monika C. Carnal appointed treasurer and Edward A. Skypala, Esq. as township solicitor.

The township engineer is Czop/Specter, Inc. and EDM Consultants, Inc., was appointed municipal authority engineer.

The zoning hearing board solicitor is John A. Koury, Jr., Esq. and Bernard F. Pettit was appointed chairman of the vacancy board.

John Hughes was appointed to the planning commission and James Mandanci to the zoning hearing board.

Albert J. Hritz was appointed to the Upper Providence Township Municipal Authority and Donald Crabtree to the fire commission.

Park and recreation committee had appointments of Cheryl Anastasi, James Pierson, Gordon McLean, William A. Harvey III, John Pearson, Mitch Budzilowicz, Jack Hill, Earl C. Smith and Don R. Madison.

The board of supervisors and Mont Clare Fire Company recognized Howard P. Huber for his service to Upper Providence Township. Huber served on the board of supervisors from 1998 to 2003 and was instrumental in supporting the fire company.

"I want to thank Howard Huber," said Betsy Daley, of Schuylkill Canal Association. "He's always been very helpful and willing to listen."

Supervisors also recognized the service of Joe Locasale with the Oaks Fire Company. Locasale acted as interim fire marshal and headed fire prevention education programs.

"We want to offer our thanks and congratulations for a job well done," said George W. Waterman III, secretary.

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