Upper Providence honors longtime zoning board member

H. Thomas Walker III was recognized by the Upper Providence Board of Supervisors for his 22 years of service on the township zoning hearing board. Pictured l-r: board Vice Chairwoman Lisa Mossie, board Chairman Phil Barker, Walker and Supervisor Al Vagnozzi.

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> Township supervisors recently recognized H. Thomas Walker III on his retirement from township’s Zoning Hearing Board after 22 years of service.

Supervisors’ Chairman Phil Barker read from a framed resolution acknowledging Walker, for “consistently provided outstanding service to Upper Providence Township as a member and Chairman of the Zoning Hearing Board.”

Barker congratulated Walker, first appointed on Jan. 4, 1994, for a job well done and expressed thanks and appreciation on behalf of the community for service to the township in the important position. Walker wore a jacket at the supervisors’ meeting originally owned by his father Tom, a former township supervisor.

Earlier this month, the supervisors elevated former board alternative Kevin Holohan to Zoning Hearing Board member.

In development news, the board approved outstanding waivers for the Freeland Village subdivision after being satisfied with the final southern property boundary berm design and installation. The developer can now install Belgium block instead of concrete curbing based upon Township Engineer William Dingman’s recommendations. This development is currently under construction at the corner of Blackrock and Collegeville roads.

Consultant Christy Flynn, representing the developer Tom Curry of Black Rock Road Associates, announced NV Homes will construct the housing development. Flynn, manages the site contractor, has worked with Curry for eight months.

Barker said, “the one concern that (supervisors’ Vice Chairwoman Lisa Mossie) and myself have had since day 1, since Mr. Curry brought it in here is he made representations that he was going to adequately buffer that property line.”

When Barker said “you’re working on a grading permit, but you’re gone beyond that and there is no berming, yet,” Flynn said, “that’s not true,” explaining construction of the boundary berm had begun earlier that day.

Township Planner Geoff Grace said, “I can confirm that I drove by a couple times today and saw there was new dirt was there.”

Calling the berm “not complete, Flynn said, “unfortunately we got stuck with a bunch of rain over the past couple of weeks so we missed our window for landscaping for the spring. We’ll do it in the fall. That’s going to be our first planting season.”

Flynn reported she has met with the adjacent property owners at least three times.

“We’re trying to be good neighbors, we took down a tree that probably infringes on their driveway. We want to make happy neighbors, we want to live up to all of the promises that were made along the way and I know this is a sensitive issue. We’ve been counting on our site contractor to makes sure they’ve got in as early as they possibly could to start to get ready for the landscaping as our first rush of landscaping.”

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