Monday, August 18, 2014

Participate in a Council Workshop

Tomorrow night, Council will hold their monthly "workshop" meeting at 6:30 pm in the 1st Floor Conference Room at Municipal Hall.

I haven't had a chance to get to one of these workshop meetings yet, but I talked to Council Prez Bill Caldwell about them a few weeks ago. He says they're to invite discussion about topics concerning the town. Last month they had a discussion about the Carver Center. Unfortunately, the agenda didn't come out in time before the meeting, so a lot of residents who would have liked to participate in that discussion never knew it was going to take place.

Perhaps realizing their error last month, the agenda for tomorrow came out over the weekend. Here are the highlights:

1. A presentation about the PennDOT Markley St. Project.

2. 8 "Action items"--motions that need to be voted on, 3 regarding Police and Fire personnel, 1 agreement with East and West Norriton concerning shared equipment, 1 settlement of the lawsuit about landlords, tenants and police calls, 1 about handicapped parking spots, 1 agreement with PennDOT for Winter Traffic Services (does this mean we get cleared roads?), and a motion to participate in a "joint disposal bid."

3. Items for discussion include Community Development Block Grant projects for 2015, a recommendation for a Fair Housing consultant, the contract for a consultant to prepare the 5-Year Consolidated Plan (needed to get CDBG and other housing grants) and the Annual Action Plan, and a proposed ordinance to approve an intergovermental agreement between our Police Department and the PA Board of Probation and Parole.

There's a Public Comment period near the beginning of the meeting if you want to suggest any other topic for discussion or comment on any of the listed items. If you want to make a comment, before the meeting begins, there's usually a sign-up sheet--list your name and topic and you'll be called on.

You can read the full agenda at

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