the military after graduation. Proceeds from the run, which takes place this Sunday at the high school, also benefit the Coast Guard Foundation’s Fallen Heroes Fund.
Council voted unanimously to hire Collegevillebased Gorski Engineering, the company behind such varied developments as Sly Fox Brewing Company in Pottstown and the Montgomery County Sports Performance Center in Lower Salford to be the construction manager for the municipality’s first CIP— a strategic multi-year initiative facilitating maintenance and improvement projects throughout the municipality.
Gorski Engineering came highly recommended by Municipal Engineer Khaled Hassan, who touted their expertise in managing public and private construction projects, familiarity with regional development, and acknowledgement of Council’s priorities — namely Norristown’s Responsible Contractor Ordinance and the desire to use local labor for planned construction projects — in choosing them over two other qualified Pennsylvania firms.
Hassan explained that the initial $13,500 contract would be to execute the first phase of the plan by producing a comprehensive document detailing the financial, scheduling, budgetary and supervisory components of the CIP so that contractors can start bidding on projects.
Jerry Gorski, the company’s president and CEO, also fielded questions from council members and discussed the scope and breadth of the firm’s impending construction management work on the CIP.
In the public comments portion of the meeting, Council heard a presentation from members of Norristown Citizens in Action, a grassroots organization dedicated to utilizing community action initiatives and collaborative projects to make Norristown a model of urban/suburban living.
The NCIA contingent, which consisted of Tom McGlynn, Denise Hall and Elizabeth Heffner from Habitat For Humanity of Montgomery County, asked for feedback and input from council members on a welcome packet they put together. The group is also in the early stages of developing a community garden initiative and has been actively participating in Habitat’s Rock the Block community improvement program.
Council also heard from Iron Age Theatre Director John Doyle and Assistant Artistic Director Richard Bradford, who are partnering with the Greater Norristown NAACP to revive the popular Juneteenth Virtual Tour after a hiatus of several years. The mile-long walking tour through downtown Norristown will take visitors on a historic journey through the African American experience; from the struggle for emancipation to the ongoing struggle for civil rights while highlighting downtown businesses and historical sites.
The tour will take place June 16, in 20-minute intervals between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
In other business
Council unanimously passed food truck and alcohol waivers for portions of Main Street for Norristown’s Fourth of July Celebration. The mobile food vendor waiver is for a section of Main Street not included in the municipality’s recently approved food truck ordinance. Per a request by the Norristown Chamber of Commerce, the alcohol waiver is for a beer garden that will be part of the municipality’s Block Party on Main Street festivities.
Council also passed a land development resolution for the expansion of a parking lot adjacent to Building 10 on the grounds of Norristown State Hospital and amended a fee schedule resolution for towing services.
Announcements Saturday May 19 Treemount Cemetery cleanup event
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. First Baptist Church, Keep Norristown Beautiful and other local groups will be working to restore the historic Treemount Cemetery on Sandy Street
Sunday, May 20 Summer Concert
9 a.m. -7 p.m. at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
American Red Cross Battle of the Badges is a friendly competition among first responders, to see who can recruit the most blood donors from their communities.
Now until June 25 Norristown Garden Contest
Beautify your home garden or neighborhood for a chance to win prizes from the Norristown Garden Club. Entry forms are available at Municipal Hall, the Norristown Public Library an online. Contest entry is free and open to all residents of Norristown.