Thursday, January 31, 2013
Aaron Bibro, 33, the township manager in Robinson Township, Allegheny County, was named the replacement for Andrew Haines in an unanimous vote Wednesday. Bibro takes the helm of Hatfield Township April 1
Thursday, January 31
Hatfield Township Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to appoint Aaron Bibro, 33, as the new township manager. Bibro was selected from more than 49 applicants following resignation of Andrew Haines, according to The Reporter. According to The Reporter, Bibro is lead administrator for a Pittsburgh suburban municipality and will begin April 1. Bibro is at present township manager of Robinson Township in Allegheny County, according to his LinkedIn profile. "I'm leaving mostly for family reasons—my wife is from the Philly area, so it just puts us in a good position that way," Bibro told Moon Patch. "But I'm very sad to leave Robinson. This is a great community, and anyone would be lucky to be the manager here." Bibro was previously a …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Apparent loophole in state's voter ID law will allow any registered voter to obtain photo identification from the Parkhouse Senior Care Center in Upper Providence. Other locations may also offer the service.
With the 2012 elections less than seven weeks away, registered Montgomery County voters who still lack acceptable voter identification got an assist from the county's Board of Commissioners on Thursday. Exploiting an apparent loophole in the controversial Voter ID law that was passed by the state legislature last spring, the commissioners passed a resolution that will allow the county to begin issuing valid voter identification cards to registered voters under the auspices of the Parkhouse nursing care facility in Upper Providence Township. The resolution takes advantage of a section of the law that lists which entities are allowed to issue acceptable forms of voter identification. Section 1 (z.5)(2) lists the federal or state governments…
Thursday, May 3, 2012
The commissioners meet today with a full agenda of contracts to award, agreements to authorize and other county business.
The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners meet again today, Thursday, May 3, at 10 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Board Room on the 8th floor of One Montgomery Plaza. There's a lot of interesting business on the agenda today including an authorization of the Department of Corrections to enter into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to house Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Lower Providence. They're also approving a list of outside legal counsel the county can use apparently as a way to avoid a repeat of the over $2 million in legal fees the last administration racked up that were never voted on. They'll also awarding almost $200,000 in contracts towards…
Thursday, April 5, 2012
The county board of commissioners meets today at 10 a.m. at One Montgomery Plaza.
The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners meets again today, Thursday, April 5, at 10 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Board Room on the 8th floor of One Montgomery Plaza. Among the items of business on the agenda today is a resolution authorizing changes to the Public Health Code and the establishment of Distracted Driving Week in Montgomery County. According to the agenda, the commissioners will also be awarding 12 contracts worth over $600,000 for a variety of products like milk and juice from Wawa and mosquito control products to servies like the consultant for the Montgomery County Radio Committee. Download the full agenda for today's meeting in our PDF section. You can also see a live streaming video of the meeting here.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The county board of commissioners meets today at 10 a.m. at One Montgomery Plaza.
The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners meets again today, Thursday, March 15, at 10 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Board Room on the 8th floor of One Montgomery Plaza. Among the items of business on the agenda today is approval of several bids and requests for proposal for things like mosquito control products, street line painting, securities monitoring, legal and other services. According to the agenda, the commissioners will also be awarding 17 contracts worth over $2 million total for a variety of services from engineering for garage and plaza renovations at the Montgomery County Courthouse to the new public safety radio network consultant. The commissioners will also be appointing drivers for election day supplies and election …
Friday, February 24, 2012
Towamencin business applied to Hatfield Township for hearing for liquor license transfer
Via Marconi Pizza Pub Sports Bar and Restaurant could relocate to Hatfield Township - possibly at the new Hatfield Pointe Shopping Center less than a mile up the road - but township commissioners must give the OK for a liquor license transfer. According to a Feb. 24 article at The Reporter Online, an attorney for Via Marconi owner Tom Vickerman has sent a letter indicating the business's intent to transfer the liquor license from Towamencin Township to Hatfield Township. Vickerman was quoted as saying he is "exploring the possibility" of a move, as they are in the early stages. According to the article, Vickerman has owned the Pizza Pub since 2007. By law, Hatfield Township has to hold a public hearing on the transfer within 45 days of the…
Monday, February 6, 2012
With its new home on the Montgomery County narrowband radio system, Montgomery Township Police are saving $40,000 a year
Montgomery Township Police has become less independent – and saved some money at the same time. On Jan. 30, the township police department became part of Montgomery County’s narrowband 800 megahertz trunking system, abandoning its private land mobile highband radio system. Aside from a few kinks, everything is going very well, said township Deputy Chief Scott Bendig. Montgomery Township now shares radio space with Hatfield Township and other northwestern personnel in the county. “The biggest thing to overcome was the transition to their frequency,” Bendig said. “The other thing was our 10-digit line had to go through the county radio system, and Verizon is out of our control. We had to wait for them to throw the switch and transfer the …
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Montgomery County Board of Commissioners approve final, $417.4 million budget for 2012.
The Montgomery County Commissioners approved a 2012 operating budget Wednesday that will increase the county's average property tax bill by about $80 per year. The $417.4 million budget preserves 2011 funding levels for Montgomery County Community College, the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library, and the Elmwood Park Zoo. Each of those institutions had been threatened with severe reductions in county funding in a preliminary budget posted last month. "There's a certain threshold we must maintain in order to provide the services our citizens expect," Commissioner Bruce Castor said. "I'm loathe to vote for a tax increase, but I simply don't see how we can continue to provide the services the county is expected to provide without one…
Thursday, December 15, 2011
The Montgomery County Commissioners intend to take out a short-term loan to fund the first quarter of 2012.
For the first time in a decade, the Montgomery County Commissioners plan to take out a tax anticipation note to fund expenses through the first quarter of 2012, officials said during Thursday’s meeting. Although the amount is yet to be finalized, county CFO Randy Schaible told the board he estimated that $25 million would be needed. “Every year we have a major dip in cash,” Schaible said. “We had $40 million at the beginning of this year and we just squeaked through.” Commissioner Chairman Joseph Hoeffel said the county is projected to have $20 million in its coffers come January. Since tax revenues don’t start trickling in until March, the short-term loan – which would be repaid by the end of 2012 – is necessary, he said. Schaible, …
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
According to The Times Herald, the four county employees will work through the end of the year.
According to The Times Herald, four county employees have been "fired" in the wake of Commissioner James R. Matthews' arrest and a grand jury report criticizing the way the county conducts business. The Herald is reporting that Human Resources Director Eleanor Schneider, Purchasing Department head F. Thomas Snyder, Chief Financial Officer Randall Schaible and Fred J. Shaughnessy in the Public Property department were terminated today. County officials declined to comment, but one source told Patch that discussions had taken place, but said that "'fired' was a bit strong." The source noted that a new administration was coming in next year and personnel changes were to be expected. John Corcoran, Communications Director for the county, was …