Coun­cil

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dis­lodge the ob­struc­tion in her throat and re­sus­ci­tate her.

Huz­zard was pre­vi­ously hon­ored for his heroic ac­tions at a spe­cial com­men­da­tion cer­e­mony presided over by Mont­gomery County Sher­iff Sean Kilkenny on Oct. 4.

The Nor­ris­town Fire De­part­ment’s new­est ca­reer fire­fighter was also sworn in at the meet­ing.

Michael Hun­sicker took the oath, ad­min­is­tered by Perry, as his wife and chil­dren looked on. A con­tin­gent of Nor­ris­town fire­fight­ers, led by Nor­ris­town Fire Chief Thomas O’Don­nell, was on hand to con­grat­u­late him.

In other busi­ness, coun­cil ap­proved the res­o­lu­tion of a civil suit brought by the Nor­ris­town Area School District against the Mont­gomery County Board of As­sess­ment Ap­peals and BT Cur­ren Ter­race, L.P.

The stip­u­la­tion and or­der of set­tle­ment states that yearly or­dered in­creases in the tax as­sess­ment of the apart­ment com­plex lo­cated in the 1100 block of New Hope Street — from $11.92 mil­lion in 2014 to $12.98 mil­lion in 2018 — have been sat­is­fied and a 2019 as­sess­ment of $12.73 mil­lion has been es­tab­lished, with all par­ties agree­ing not to ap­peal un­til the 2023 tax year.

Two mat­ters con­cern­ing the Elm­wood Park Zoo were also brought be­fore coun­cil. The first was a res­o­lu­tion al­low­ing the zoo to per­form in­va­sive species re­moval and re­lated land man­age­ment op­er­a­tions on a tract of land ad­ja­cent to Hard­ing Boule­vard re­plete with dead and dy­ing ash trees.

John Nyst­edt, a land­scape ar­chi­tect and eco­log­i­cal de­signer with Eu­stace En­gi­neer­ing said 90 per­cent of the trees in the area are un­sal­vage­able. Those trees would be cut to the stump, then treated with a topi­cal her­bi­cide to kill the roots. The her­bi­cide would be ren­dered in­ert once it reaches the soil, he said.

Sev­eral coun­cil mem­bers and res­i­dents ex­pressed con­cern about the po­ten­tial for added wa­ter runoff and pos­si­ble con­tam­i­na­tion of Stony Creek due to the ab­sence of the trees.

But Nyst­edt said he thought the ad­di­tional runoff would be min­i­mal as other ground­cov­ers would re­main and Coun­cil agreed to a con­di­tional ap­proval of the res­o­lu­tion, pend­ing an in-house project re­view.

The sec­ond zoo-re­lated re­lated is­sue was a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing in­volv­ing the pro­posed ex­pan­sion of zoo park­ing to the area where ball­fields owned by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity cur­rently sit. Nor­ris­town re­ceived close to $1 mil­lion in grant money from the county and $200,000 in state grant funds for the de­vel­op­ment of the ball fields.

The me­moran­dum was ap­proved to en­sure that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity would be made whole if and when the trans­fer of the prop­erty is fi­nal­ized.

“Should a de­ci­sion be made to uti­lize those fields, then the zoo would be re­spon­si­ble for re­im­burs­ing the mu­nic­i­pal­ity for that (county-granted) $960,000,” said Mu­nic­i­pal Ad­min­is­tra­tor Cran­dall Jones.

“That money, be­cause it was awarded by the county, would be given to the county to be held on be­half of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity pend­ing the sub­mis­sion of ap­proved open space projects that are in Nor­ris­town ... The $200,000 that was given di­rectly to Nor­ris­town by the state would then be given di­rectly to Nor­ris­town un­der the stip­u­la­tion that $200,000 would be used for sim­i­lar open space projects in Nor­ris­town and Nor­ris­town only,” Jones ex­plained.

The me­moran­dum clar­i­fies the ar­range­ment so that if coun­cil de­cides to uti­lize the fields, all par­ties will have al­ready agreed on the terms of the trans­ac­tion, Jones said.

Coun­cil also ap­proved an or­di­nance that will re­strict park­ing on East Mar­shall Street from a point 20 feet east of East Wil­low Street to a point 60 feet of East Wil­low Street to po­lice ve­hi­cles only to pro­vide of­fi­cers with bet­ter ac­ces­si­bil­ity to the mag­is­te­rial district court build­ing at East Mar­shall and DeKalb streets.

OS­CAR GAM­BLE — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Michael Hun­sicker is sworn in as the Nor­ris­town Fire De­part­ment’s new­est ca­reer fire­fighter dur­ing a coun­cil meet­ing at Nor­ris­town Mu­nic­i­pal Hall, Wed­nes­day.

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