Gov­ern­ing body to ex­pand

The Phoenix - - FRONT PAGE - By Evan Brandt [email protected]­tu­ry­ @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

LOWER FRED­ER­ICK >> Lo­cal gov­ern­ment in this town­ship is about to get larger.

Dur­ing the Nov. 6 elec­tion, Lower Fred­er­ick vot­ers ap­proved a bal­lot mea­sure to in­crease the size of the board of su­per­vi­sors from three to five mem­bers.

Ac­cord­ing to re­sults posted on the Mont­gomery County Elec­tions web­site, the “yes” votes were 980, or 54.93 per­cent and the “no” votes were 804, or 45.07 per­cent.

As a re­sult, in the next mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion in 2019, can­di­dates for two new seats will be on the bal­lot.

In ad­di­tion to the ex­pan­sion of the board of su­per­vi­sors, a new town­ship agency may soon be formed.

At the Dec. 4 su­per­vi­sors’ meet­ing, a vote will de­cided whether to cre­ate a new town­ship En­vi­ron­men­tal Ad­vi­sory Com­mis­sion, Town­ship Man­ager Kevin To­bias con­firmed.

The or­di­nance has al­ready been ad­ver­tised and would cre­ate a com­mis­sion to ad­vise the su­per­vi­sors on en­vi­ron­men­tal mat­ters.

To­bias said the group is likely to look at ef­forts to in­crease re­cy­cling as well as ad­vise on open space is­sues.

If ap­proved by the board, they would also likely be in­volved in the town­ship’s pend­ing com­pre­hen­sive plan ef­forts, To­bias said.

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