Com­mis­sion­ers ap­prove res­o­lu­tions for area projects

The Community Connection - - LOCAL NEWS - By Mar­ian Den­nis mden­nis@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @Mar­i­anDen­nis1 on Twit­ter

NORRISTOWN » Res­o­lu­tions for land ac­qui­si­tion in Lower Fred­er­ick and con­struc­tion projects in Norristown and Pottstown were on the agenda at Sept. 6’s Mont­gomery County Com­mis­sioner’s meet­ing.

The mo­tion to ap­prove the ac­qui­si­tion of land in Lower Fred­er­ick for open space preser­va­tion car­ried Sept. 6 at the Mont­gomery County Com­mis­sion­ers meet­ing af­ter a brief pre­sen­ta­tion on the land by Jody Holton. The area in ques­tion is lo­cated in the west­ern part of the county in the Swamp Creek cor­ri­dor of the town­ship next to the Sun­rise Mill prop­erty and con­sists of 5.91 acres. Com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved the res­o­lu­tion to pur­chase the land for a to­tal of $125,000 for the pur­poses of preser­va­tion.

“It expands our Sun­rise Mill Park prop­erty and will fa­cil­i­tate a trail from our Sun­rise Mill prop­erty to the Stone Hill Pre­serve,” said Holton.

The land is aligned with rec­om­men­da­tions from the Open Space Board and the County Parks, Trails and His­toric Sites Ad­vi­sory Board.

Com­mis­sion­ers also au­tho­rized a no-cost time ex­ten­sion for engi­neer­ing ser­vices re­lated to work on the Keim Street Bridge in Pottstown. Matt Ed­mond, sec­tion chief of trans­porta­tion plan­ning for Mont­gomery County, said the ex­ten­sion is needed af­ter Traf­fic Plan­ning and De­sign’s con­tract with the county ended last week.

“The project is tak­ing a long time, un­for­tu­nately, to get through the sec­tion 106 con­sult­ing par­ties process. That’s a fed­eral and en­vi­ron­men­tal re­view process that in­volves pub­lic in­put and pub­lic out­reach and is a re­quire­ment. Un­for­tu­nately it’s just tak­ing longer than every­body ex­pected,” said Ed­mond. “Even though the project is al­most through the process, it’s still not quite there yet and there­fore, a no-cost time ex­ten­sion let­ter is needed to pre­vent the TPD con­tract from ex­pir­ing mov­ing for­ward.”

Traf­fic Plan­ning and De­sign re­quested the con­tract ex­tend through June 30, 2019 to en­sure that they get through all of the pre­lim­i­nary engi­neer­ing.

Ed­mond also dis­cussed the on­go­ing con­struc­tion on LaFayette Street in Norristown.

The res­o­lu­tion ap­proved by com­mis­sion­ers Sept. 6 in­volved the au­tho­riza­tion of a sup­ple­men­tal engi­neer­ing agree­ment with Gan­nett Flem­ing for the third phase of the Lafayette Street ex­ten­sion project. The Lafayette Street Ex­ten­sion Project is an ef­fort to im­prove high­way ac­cess and mo­bil­ity into down­town Norristown and Ply­mouth Town­ship.

“We have part of LaFayette Street un­der de­tour cur­rently. It’s been that way for a cou­ple of months. The con­trac­tors have been work­ing on the south side of the road but they’ve re­ally been fo­cus­ing their ef­forts on east of Dekalb Street,” ex­plained Ed­mond about the project. “Most of the sum­mer was spent re­build­ing a cul­vert that ex­ists ... Our con­trac­tor ripped the en­tire thing out and re­built it with a brand new cul­vert struc­ture and that’s taken up most of the sum­mer. That work should be wind­ing down here in the next month.”

The to­tal cost of the sup­ple­ment is $75,354.13. The con­tract was also ex­tended through June 30, 2020 to en­sure it runs through to the end of con­struc­tion.

Com­mis­sion­ers also ap­proved Amanda Hu­man to the Mont­gomery County Ag­ing and Adult Ser­vices Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil as well as Dr. Whan Soon Chung to the Mont­gomery County Drug and Al­co­hol Plan­ning Coun­cil as a health care pro­fes­sional rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Hakim Jones and Peggy Ann Scott were also ap­proved for ap­point­ment to the Mont­gomery County Cit­i­zen Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee for the Of­fice of Chil­dren and Youth.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the meet­ing in­cluded the an­nounce­ment of Septem­ber as Sui­cide Preven­tion and Aware­ness Month and an in­tro­duc­tion to Mont­gomery County’s Sui­cide Preven­tion Task Force.

“We have a re­ally in­cred­i­ble task force in this county ... What we want our task force to do is not just be ideas that come down from the county of­fice and say ‘this is what we’re go­ing to do.’ We want com­mu­nity mem­bers to say ‘this is im­por­tant to me and some­body help me make this some­thing that I bring back to my neigh­bors, loved ones and friends,’” said Anna Trout. “All you have to do is be a hu­man be­ing that wants to help other peo­ple, and boom, you can be on our task force.”

The Mont­gomery County Sui­cide Preven­tion Task Force of­fers free and low cost train­ing for any group. Sui­cide preven­tion train­ing ses­sions are planned at the end of the month in Roy­ers­ford and next week in Con­shohocken.

For more in­for­ma­tion res­i­dents can visit mont­copa.org/sui­cide­pre­ven­tion.

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