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The Sanatoga interchange at U.S. Route 422.

LIMERICK PA – Adoption of an official road map for neighboring Limerick (PA) Township, being considered next week by the Limerick Board of Supervisors, may have an impact on future real estate development in Lower Pottsgrove.

The Limerick board, in an advertisement published Tuesday (Jan. 11, 2011) in The (Pottstown PA) Mercury newspaper, said it would conduct a public hearing and then consider a resolution to accept an official township road map during its Jan. 18 meeting at 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 646 W. Ridge Pike, Limerick PA. The meeting is open to the public.

The map, created by Limerick’s engineering firm, Pennoni Associates Inc., designates and reserves “areas for future streets, and other municipal facilities,” according to the published legal notice, and indicates “future street locations (and) intersection improvements within the Township.” It’s intended to give developers and land owners guidance by showing where and how Limerick looks to place roads and public utilities in coming years.

Likely to be included in the map are features affecting the development of properties on the Limerick side of the Sanatoga interchange at U.S. Route 422. Parts of the interchange are divided by the border line that separates Limerick and Lower Pottsgrove.

The two townships have collaborated since last year on creating a mutually acceptable, coordinated plan for real estate development at and around the interchange. Back in June (2010), both hired Norristown PA-based landscape architects Simone Collins to create detailed maps that show how road and other improvements on each side of the townships’ line would match up to enhance traffic flow and land use.

Consequently, the guidance offered by Limerick’s official map – if adopted as expected – for its western edge are known to and probably will be embraced by Lower Pottsgrove leaders. For future developers in Limerick, it locks much of that guidance into local law, as allowed under the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code. Even so, the proposed road map ordinance gives supervisors the flexibility to change the design when a need arises.

Copies of the map and accompanying ordinance are available for public review, according to the legal notice, at Limerick’s municipal building, as well as at the offices of The Mercury, Hanover and King Streets, Pottstown PA; and at the Montgomery County Law Library, located in the lower level of the county courthouse in Norristown.

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POTTSTOWN PA – Although forecasters at AccuWeather helpfully announced this morning (Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011) that “the risk of weather-related migraines is low” across Limerick  and Lower Pottsgrove (PA) townships and the borough of Pottstown, what they didn’t address were other pounding headaches endured by motorists Tuesday night (Jan. 11) as up to 8 inches of snow fell on parts of the area.

This was “a nice, moderate, middle-of-the road storm,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Patrick O’Hara told the Associated Press. Although two storms — one from the south and one from the east – converged to create the latest weather nuisance, “nobody is going to be stuck in their homes for days and days,” O’Hara said.

Maybe so, but some of those caught outside seemed to be having a less-than-pleasant time of it.

Montgomery County emergency services dispatchers between 5:41 p.m. Tuesday and 2:03 a.m Wednesday sent police and first responder teams on 24 separate calls to deal with hazardous road conditions and many accidents at intersections in Lower and Upper Pottsgrove, Limerick and Royersford, Pottstown, Gilbertsville, Collegeville and Lower Providence, Douglassville, North Coventry, New Hanover and Green Lane. A list of their dispatches appears below.

As of 4:30 a.m. today, there was no snow in sight locally.

By 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, the snow has already cleared out of southeastern Pennsylvania, as shown by an AccuWeather map (above.) Along U.S. Route 422 from Pottstown to King of Prussia, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, salt trucks and plows had done their jobs; the road was deemed by its 511pa.com traffic advisory website as merely “clear and wet,” allowing traffic to move at speeds of up to 50 mph.

The snow may be gone, but nightly cold temperatures due to icy winds are expected to continue through Friday. Until then, the county has extended its Code Blue declaration, made when temperatures drop to below 20 degrees and pose a threat of serious harm or death to individuals without shelter.

County dispatchers surely hope the remainder of the week will be less frenetic than Tuesday. Here’s their list of local calls issued during the storm, displayed in descending order with the most recent first:

  • Traffic: Disabled Vehicle
    New Hanover Square Rd & Swamp Pike; New Hanover; 2011-01-12 @ 02:03:23;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident
    Rt422 Byp Wb & Ramp Evergreen Rd To Rt422 Wb; Lower Pottsgrove; 2011-01-11 @ 23:40:35;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident Injuries
    W High St & Berks St; Pottstown; 2011-01-11 @ 23:39:52;
  • Ems: Vehicle Accident
    W High St; Pottstown; 2011-01-11 @ 23:39:43;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident
    Rt100 Sb & W Moyer Rd; Upper Pottsgrove; 2011-01-11 @ 23:13:52;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident
    W Schuylkill Rd & River Bridge Rd; Berks County; 2011-01-11 @ 22:50:48;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident
    S Township Line Rd & Linfield Trappe Rd; Limerick; 2011-01-11 @ 22:47:32;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident’
    W Schuylkill Rd & Catfish Ln; Chester County; 2011-01-11 @ 22:44:28;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident
    Gravel Pike & Meadow Aly; Green Lane; 2011-01-11 @ 22:35:38;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident
    Rt100 Nb & Jackson Rd; Douglass; 2011-01-11 @ 21:56:59;
  • Ems: Vehicle Accident
    Rt422 & S Trooper Rd Overpass; Lower Providence; 2011-01-11 @ 21:52:45;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident Injuries
    Rt422 & S Trooper Rd Overpass; Lower Providence; 2011-01-11 @ 21:56:51;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident Injuries
    Rt422 & S Trooper Rd Overpass; Lower Providence; 2011-01-11 @ 21:54:24;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident
    Kepler Rd & Potter Dr; Lower Pottsgrove; 2011-01-11 @ 21:52:10;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident
    Rt422 & Airport Rd Overpass; Limerick; 2011-01-11 @ 21:41:31;
  • Traffic: Disabled Vehicle
    Rt422 Byp & Evergreen Rd Overpass; Lower Pottsgrove; 2011-01-11 @ 21:05:28;
  • Traffic: Disabled Vehicle
    Rt422 Byp & S Sanatoga Rd Underpass; Lower Pottsgrove; 2011-01-11 @ 20:49:37;
  • Ems: Vehicle Accident
    Rt422 & Ramp Rt422 Wb To Evergreen Rd; Limerick; 2011-01-11 @ 19:40:18;
  • Traffic: Hazardous Road Conditions
    Main St & S 3rd Ave; Royersford; 2011-01-11 @ 19:30:19;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident Rescue
    Rt422 & Ramp Rt422 Wb To Evergreen Rd; Limerick; 2011-01-11 @ 19:26:33;
  • Traffic: Hazardous Road Conditions
    Ridge Pike & Lakeside Dr; Limerick; 2011-01-11 @ 19:26:06;
  • Traffic: Hazardous Road Conditions
    Main St & Clamer Ave; Collegeville; 2011-01-11 @ 19:12:08;
  • Traffic: Hazardous Road Conditions
    Heather Pl & N State St; Upper Pottsgrove; 2011-01-11 @ 18:57:29;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident
    Rt100 Nb & Shoemaker Rd; Pottstown; 2011-01-11 @ 17:41:15

LIMERICK PA – We’re not alone.

No, this isn’t about life on other worlds, but it does reference something almost everyone wishes was just as alien … taxes.

Limerick (PA) Township supervisors, with the infusion of a hefty amount of savings, have announced they will avoid raising property taxes next year. Some surrounding and nearby municipalities accomplished that feat, too:  Lower Pottsgrove, Upper Pottsgrove, New Hanover, and East Coventry among them. Others haven’t been as fortunate.

To offer some perspective on what area municipalities are facing, consider these:

  • Limerick dips into reserve fund to avoid tax hike (Pottstown PA Mercury)
    Limerick (PA) Township officials have decided to use more than three-quarters of a million dollars in reserve funding to keep the $13.7 million township 2011 budget from requiring a tax hike next year.
  • Royersford budget proposal would increase taxes 17.5% (Pottstown PA Mercury)
    Royersford (PA) Borough property taxes would increase by more than 17.5 percent under the draft $3.4 million budget Borough Council was due to review Nov. 30. Manager Michael Leonard said the 1 mill tax hike being contemplated is due largely to the necessity of making up a $400,000 hole in the budget.
  • Sewer rates to go up 11% while taxes stay same (Pottstown PA Mercury)
    Although property taxes will not increase in the $1.6 million tentative budget on which the Spring City (PA) Borough Council is expected to vote, anyone who flushes a toilet will pay about $40 more per year starting in July.
  • Pottstown Borough Budget Meeting (Roy’s Rants)
    Pottstown (PA) Borough
    Council on Tuesday (Nov. 30, 2010) unanimously approved the 2011 tentative budget with a 3.1-percent tax increase. The increase equates to $25.66 per year on a home assessed at $85,000. A $177,000 deficit makes this necessary. Final budget numbers could change with further cost-cutting or asset sales.
    • Pottstown Authority increases base fee for water by 40% (Pottstown PA Mercury)
      The base rate that water customers pay, no matter how much water they use, will increase by 40 percent under the $5.9 million water budget adopted in a 3-1 vote by the Pottstown Borough Authority. The current base rate is $25 per quarter. Under the adopted budget that will increase to $35 per quarter or $140 per year.
    • Upper Pottsgrove holding line on taxes for 2011 (Pottstown PA Mercury)
      There will be no property tax hike or increase in sewer rates under the 2011 budget adopted by Upper Pottsgrove (PA) Township commissioners. If unchanged, it will be the second consecutive year that the township has adopted a budget with no tax increases.
    • Residents don’t want police cuts in budget (Pottstown PA Mercury)
      It was standing-room-only inside Phoenixville (PA) Borough Hall as law enforcement officials and residents came out in full force to inform Borough Council of their support for local police. The council’s finance committee asked the police department to trim its budget by $200,000, which could mean the potential loss of two officers.
    • No property tax hike in new East Coventry budget proposal (Pottstown PA Mercury)
      The 2011 budget presented to the East Coventry (PA) Township Board of Supervisors does not call for a property tax increase; however, working people in town will see a bigger bite out of their paychecks as a result of an open space referendum passed in the general election.
    • Amity considers sewage fee increase (Community-Buzz.com)
      Amity (PA) Township supervisors approved advertising their new budget, which required $140,000 from the general fund to make up for a shortfall. They also considered, but did not act on, a sewage fee increase of $5 a quarter to generate additional money for the sewer fund.

    KING OF PRUSSIA PA – Stump Hall Road in Skippack (PA) Township was scheduled to be closed Monday (Nov. 15, 2010) so the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation can rehabilitate and repair its bridge over Zacharias Creek, PennDOT’s District 6-0 office in King of Prussia announced last week. The closure will continue through March 15, 2011, and during the period traffic will be detoured between Anders Road and Route 73, it said.

    The progress of the work will depend on the weather, PennDot noted.

    During re-construction of the structurally deficient bridge, Stump Hall Road’s through-traffic will be detoured over Route 73 and Route 363. Local access will be maintained on Stump Hall Road up to the construction area. The existing box beam bridge built, in 1958, will be improved with structural repairs, new guide rail, pavement markings and signs. It carries about 3,100 vehicles per day.

    General contractor on the $965,000 project is Loftus Construction of Cinnaminson NJ. The bridge improvement project is financed completely by state funding.

    The Loftus contract also includes rehabilitation of two other structurally deficient box beam bridges during 2011: Brinton Lake Road over Chester Creek in Delaware County; and New Hanover Square Road over Minister Creek in New Hanover (PA) Township.

    CREAMERY PA – Teens between the ages of 11 and 14 who are interested in earning money as babysitters can prepare for that profession by taking a course to be offered early next year by Montgomery County (PA) Cooperative Extension.

    The 4-H babysitting course will be held Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m. from Jan. 6 through Feb. 3, 2011 at the county 4-H Center, 1015 Bridge Rd., Creamery PA. The course covers sitter responsibilities, child development, feeding, diapering, infant care, age-appropriate toys, and what to do during an emergency. A course fee of $25 will be charged. Class size is limited, and advance registration is required.

    For more information or to register, call Linda at 610-489-4315.

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    A footbridge in the sanctuary.

    PHOENIXVILLE PA – Explore the meadows and wetlands of Black Rock Sanctuary, 1059 Black Rock Rd., Phoenixville PA, as an experienced guide points out the first signs of several birds’ fall migration during a program scheduled for Nov. 20 (2010; Saturday) from 8-10 a.m. at the sanctuary off PA Route 113 between the Schuylkill River and Winding River Boulevard.

    The sanctuary represents a unique site along the birds’ Atlantic Flyway, according to Chester County Parks spokeswoman Vicki L. Rhine. During the walk visitors may see migrating warblers, vireos, orioles, and tanagers. Instructor Vincent Smith, a naturalist in Valley Forge and Audubon, will lead the group and discuss inhabitants of the wetland and meadow areas.

    The program is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Registration forms can be downloaded from the county parks website, here, or can be completed by calling the park at 610-469-1916.

    Photo from Black Rock Sanctuary

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    SPRING CITY PA – It’s renewal time for the garbage collection contract in Spring City.

    Borough Administrator Dennis Rittenhouse, in an advertisement published Friday (Oct. 15) announced Spring City would seek vendors to bid on a contract for the “collection, transportation and disposal of all refuse and garbage” beginning Jan. 1, 2011. Sealed bids are being accepted through Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. at borough hall, 6 S. Church St., Spring City PA.

    The ad appeared in The (Pottstown PA) Mercury, the borough’s publication of record for legal notices.

    Borough council members are expected to review the bids, and may accept that of the lowest responsible bidder, Nov. 1 (2010; Monday) at 7:30 p.m. during its regular meeting.

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