Tuesday, January 6, 2015

36 Years of Service; Bridge Closed; Douglass Organized

Photo by Evan Brandt

Board of Supervisor's Chairman John Staik, left, congratulates 
Dennis O'Connell on 36 years of service to the township zoing board.
The Douglass (Mont.) Board of Supervisors got its act together Monday night and organized for 2015.

Among the more notable actions was the extension of Township Manager Peter Hiryak's contract to Jan. 4, 2016; a 3% raise for police and non-uniformed employees as contained in the 2015 budget and the honoring of Dennis O'Connell.

O'Connell has served as the solicitor to the township's zoning hearing boad for 36 years'; ever since the Commonwealth decided it would be a conflict of interest for the township solicitor to hold that role as well.

He told the small crowd at Monday night's meeting that he is thankful for all the people who have served on the zoning board during his tenure and that he feels the board and the township are in good hands.

Robert Brant, the Trappe attorney who is also the township attorney for Lower Pottsgrove and the zoning board attorney for Limerick Township, was appointed as his replacement at a rate of $130 per hour.

Here is a short video of some of O'Connell's remarks:

Also significant was the revelation that the Henry Road bridge over a branch of Perkiomen CReek, was closed by Montgomery County sometime near Dec. 15, 2014, without the township being notified.

Here are the Tweets from the meeting:

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