Sewer rate hike planned
Souderton-Telford Historical Society focuses on church
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.