Sewer rate hike planned

Souderton-Telford His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety fo­cuses on church

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Bob Keeler bkeeler@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @by­bob­keeler on Twit­ter

A vote on the planned 10 per­cent sewer rate in­crease is sched­uled for the Feb. 6 Souderton Bor­ough Coun­cil meet­ing, Bor­ough Man­ager Mike Coll said at coun­cil’s Jan. 9 meet­ing.

“The rates that we have been us­ing were last in­creased Nov. 1 of 2010,” he said.

The pro­posed rate hike, set to go into ef­fect in Fe­bru­ary, was dis­cussed dur­ing prepa­ra­tion of the bor­ough’s 2017 bud­get.

The in­crease is needed to help fund ex­pected up­grades to the sewer plant, which last had a ma­jor up­grade in 1989, bor­ough of­fi­cials have pre­vi­ously said.

A vote on the elected tax col­lec­tor’s pay rate is also sched­uled for the Fe­bru­ary meet­ing, Coll said.

Since this is an elec­tion year for the tax col­lec­tor’s po­si­tion, the pay rate for the up­com­ing term must be set be­fore the can­di­date fil­ing date for this year’s elec­tions, Coll has pre­vi­ously said.

In other mat­ters at the Jan. 9 meet­ing:

• Coun­cil mem­ber Dan Yocum, a Souderton-Telford His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety mem­ber, gave his monthly

out­line of the topic in that month’s so­ci­ety news­let­ter.

“This month, we fo­cused on the Souderton Men­non­ite Church, the old­est church in the bor­ough,” Yocum said.

Sim­i­lar to other churches at the time, Souderton Men­non­ite once had a fence around the ceme­tery, he said.

“That is be­cause they used sheep to con­trol weeds and grass around head­stones,” he said.

Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Brian Goshow joked that could be a sug­ges­tion for mow­ing present-day bor­ough prop­er­ties.

“All we need is a fence around the park,” Goshow said.

Any­one wish­ing to get an emailed copy of the Souderton-Telford His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety’s His­tor­i­cal Up­date monthly news­let­ter can con­tact the group at sthis­tor­i­cal­so­ci­

The up­dates in­clude his­tor­i­cal and cur­rent day in­for­ma­tion, along with pho­tos, about his­toric prop­er­ties in Souderton or Telford.

• Meet­ing for the first time this year, coun­cil ap­proved hav­ing Styer As­so­ci­ates au­dit the bor­ough fi­nan­cial state­ments for the year ended Dec. 31, 2016; reap­pointed Wil­liam Yocum to an­other six-year term as a mem­ber of the Souderton Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion through Dec. 31, 2022; reap­pointed Wil­liam Col­lier to an­other three year term as a mem­ber of the Souderton Zon­ing Hear­ing Board through Dec. 31, 2019; and reap­pointed Ed­ward Huber to an­other year as chair­man of the Va­cancy Board through Dec. 31, 2017.

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