Mayor praises com­pre­hen­sive plan ef­forts

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jen­nifer Con­nor

Mayor John Hol­len­bach com­mended the re­cent ef­forts and atWHnGDnFH DW WKH firVW ErDLnVWRrPLnJ ses­sion for Perkasie’s com­pre­hen­sive plan dur­ing Perkasie Bor­ough Coun­cil’s Aug. 20 meet­ing.

“It was a good op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to take a look at the pluses and weak­nesses and re­ally have some di­a­logue to be­gin what I hope is progress for our community,” Hol­len­bach said.

He ad­mit­ted there are lim­i­ta­tions — IrRP RrGLnDnFHV WR finDnFHV — but he said he still be­lieves that it’s a great op­por­tu­nity for Perkasie to rHDOOy fiJurH RuW wKDW LW LV DV D FRP­mu­nity.

0RVW VLJnL­fiFDnWOy, HROOHnEDFK said he looks for­ward to dig­ging deeper into ideas for how to move Perkasie’s busi­ness community for­ward and he en­cour­aged coun­cil mem­bers to have their “ears” on the ef­forts.

The next com­pre­hen­sive plan meet­ing will be held Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.

The night be­fore, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m., coun­cil will hold its sec­ond con­stituent outreach com­mit­tee meet­ing that is in­tended to be a ca­sual dis­cus­sion al­low­ing mem­bers of the community to dis­cuss any is­sue they please.

Three coun­cil mem­bers — one from each of the three wards in the bor­ough — will be in at­ten­dance, and community mem­bers with con­cerns are in­vited to at­tend, ac­cord­ing to An­drea Coax- um, the bor­ough’s as­sis­tant man­ager.

Mon­day’s bor­ough coun­cil meet­ing saw much lower at­ten­dance than the meet­ing two weeks ago, which many community mem­bers at­tended to show their lack of sup­port for the po­lice de­part- ment’s re­cent ac­tions in the shoot­ing of Michael Marino Jr.

Af­ter the meet­ing, po­lice Sgt. James Rothrock dis­cussed his ef­forts to eval­u­ate the cur­rent sta­tus of the depart­ment as part of the in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Marino shoot­ing.

He said it is solely his ef­fort. Hon­estly, he said, it will WDNH DQ LQGH­fiQLWH DPRUQW RI time be­cause he cur­rently has other pri­or­i­ties.

He said his at­tor­neys ad­vised him not to dis­close more than the ba­sics about his in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the shoot­ing.

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