Saturday, April 6, 2013
Celso Leite, Lansdale property owner, is upset about an email sent by Democratic Lansdale Borough Council candidate Richard Strahm to the Economic Development Committee.
My name is Celso Leite and I am a property owner and investor in Lansdale. I recently spent $200,000 to rehabilitate 303 and 305 West Main Street, which are now the homes to Royal Comics and Gaming and Theater and Kids. I am also spending $2 million to build a high-end apartment complex in the back of 303 and 305 Main Street, which replaces a dilapidated eye sore in town. In a nutshell, I will commit close to $3 million dollars to improving downtown Lansdale and, hopefully, will spend more in the future. Why I am writing this letter? I am writing this letter because I have serious reservations about a Lansdale council candidate, Richard Strahm, who is running for Borough Council. In the fall of 2012, Mr. Strahm felt the need to inform all …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Richard Strahm dives into the issues that face Lansdale residents. Today, it's all about sewers!
Sunday, March 17, 2013
The Lansdale Borough resident is running on the Democratic ticket in Ward Three.
My name is Robert Willi and I am running for Borough Council in Ward 3. I have lived in Lansdale for almost 18 years, and my wife is a lifelong resident. I am also a Lansdale Democratic Committeeperson, as well as a former chair of the committee. I have served on the 311 West Main Street Task Force and am a member of Crossroads Community Church in Hatfield. I am running because I want to see Lansdale keep moving forward. I believe that Lansdale is heading in the right direction, and I want to serve on council to make sure that progress continues. Lansdale is at a crossroads, and these elections will determine whether we move ahead, or undo the progress that has been made. I am asking for your support and your vote on May 21, so that we…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The project has an estimated completion date of March 6, 2016. Architectural firm Spiezle Architects would be tasked to design two options for the renovation of the municipal complex.
If voted on by a majority of Lansdale Borough Council tonight, Spiezle Architects could be tasked to design two options for a combined municipal complex housing Lansdale Police Department and Lansdale Borough Hall administration. One option would demolish the police station and preserve the facades of borough hall, albeit with renovations and incorporation into a new building. A second option would demolish both structures, keeping portions of the borough hall façade “honoring the history of the site,” according to a contract. The anticipated construction start date, per the contract, is late Fall 2013 or early Spring 2014. The completion date would be anticipated before March 6, 2016, according to the contract. The contract also outlines …
Lansdale Borough Council will vote to authorize a $35,000, 48-day contract with the former executive director of the Abington Arts Center for professional consulting services for 311 W. Main Street.
Lansdale Borough could have an arts consultant on board tonight, whom will aid in the development, creation, operation and management of 311 W. Main Street — all in a span of six months. Council is poised to vote at a special meeting at 9 p.m. to enter into a 48-day, $35,000 contract, not to exceed six months of work, with Laura E. Burnham, of Elkins Park, the former executive director of the Abington Arts Center for 25 years. According to the motion, Burnham would provide professional consulting services "related to the development, creation, operation and management of a community arts and cultural center." Per the contract, the not-to-exceed price for the project is $34,560, plus a maximum of $500 in expenses. The borough will pay …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Richard Strahm, a real estate agent and vice chairman of the Economic Development Committee, said independent thinkers are needed for Lansdale Borough Council, not 'puppets of Jack Hansen.'
Lansdale Economic Development Committee Vice Chairman Richard Strahm has thrown his hat in the ring as a Democratic candidate for Lansdale Borough Council. Strahm, 51, will be challenging Liz Troy and Leon Angelichio in Ward 3 in the May Primary. There are two seats up for grabs in Ward 3; they are currently held by council President Matt West and Dan Dunigan. There are many reasons that Strahm, a real estate agent with Remax Realty Group in Harleysville, is running for candidacy. One main reason: a desire to help keep the momentum that is making Lansdale grow, thrive and prosper a reality. "I have, over the last three years, seen a lot of positive things happening in this borough that I like a lot," he said. "I don’t want to see the …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Fuller, chairwoman of the Economic Development Committee and of nonprofit Discover Lansdale, now adds vice president to her title.
That’s Ms. Vice President to you. At last week’s Lansdale Borough Council meeting, Mary Fuller was appointed vice president of council in a 7-2 vote. Dissenting votes were from Democrats Rich DiGregorio Jr. and Jack Hansen. DiGregorio had nominated Hansen for the vice presidency. Fuller, a registered Democrat, was nominated by Councilman Dan Dunigan. “As much as you know, with the resignation of Vice President (Paul) Clemente, as of Jan. 1, we have had no vice president,” Council President Matt West said. “With the appointment of the representative from Ward 1, we wanted to wait a month to give everyone an opportunity to be considerate and consider the vote.” Aside from her role as council vice president, Fuller also chairs the parks and …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Lansdale Borough Council has a tradition in recognizing employees for milestone anniversaries. That tradition was repeated Wednesday night.
Lansdale Borough Council President Matt West and Borough Manager Timi Kirchner Wednesday night recognized three borough employees for their milestone employments. "It's a bit of a tradition," West said. "Every quarter, we recognize borough employees that have achieved significant employee milestones." Honored at the meeting were: Subscribe to our free daily newsletter | Follow us on Facebook | Follow us @LansdalePatch| Follow us on Instagram | Check out our YouTube page|
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Lansdale Borough Solicitor Mark Hosterman suggested the delay because final details need to be worked out on both contracts
Four major votes set on the agenda tonight in Lansdale Borough will be delayed due to ironing out details on respective contracts. Borough Solicitor Mark Hosterman Wednesday afternoon advised council remove four items from its agenda for its Wednesday evening work session: A major agenda item, which has caused a stir of controversy and a push for petitions from residents, was on whether or not for Spiezle Architects to be contracted to proceed on drafting alternative options for the municipal complex. It did not mean a vote on the demolition of borough hall. According to Borough Manager Timi Kirchner, the delay "is due to the fact that we have final details to work out in each of these contracts and that we want council to have ample time …
Monday, February 18, 2013
Petitions are now available at Lansdale businesses and online at Change.org for Lansdale Borough Council to 'Save the Borough Hall.'
Much like the petition to “Save the Clock Tower” in the 1980s classic “Back to the Future,” Lansdale Borough residents have started a petition to “Save the Borough Hall.” A post on the Facebook group “Lansdale, PA” from Friday at 1:11 a.m. by Henning’s Trains owner Bill Henning told of petitions available for signing at local businesses to stop the potential demolition of Lansdale Borough Hall. Petitions are available for signing at: Henning wrote that “Lansdale Borough has proposed to demolish the current borough hall building to build a whole new facility.” “This is one of the top landmark buildings in our town and it needs to be preserved. Renovated maybe, but preserved,” wrote Henning in his post. According to borough meeting minutes, …