The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - LO­CAL NEWS -

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.

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