Costs mount for Ardmore Transit Center
The status of the Ardmore Transit Center was recently presented to the Lower Merion board of commissioners. The report provided the most detailed accounting of the project since the board approved a one-year extension for the developer of the project, Dranoff Properties, in June 2010. The board was asked to consider the approval of a contract amendment to provide an additional $943,310 payment to the design firm, Urban Engineers, who completed extra design work for the project due to Amtrak requirements at the station. The presentation also raised a question regarding whether the plan should be scaled back. At issue is a choice between moving ahead with a scaled down version of the plan utilizing the $66.4 million already promised for the project, or pursue an additional $37 million to complete the project in full. The complete presentation by Township Manager, Doug Cleland, is available on the Lower Merion Township website.
Source: Main Line Times; 2/10/2011
Town hall meeting scheduled to discuss school budget in Spring-Ford
The Spring-Ford Area School District has invited residents of the district to a Town Hall meeting on Feb. 28, 2011, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the 9th Grade Center. The purpose of the meeting is to educate the public on the $10.4 million budget shortfall the district is facing and the efforts being made to balance the budget. The 9th Grade Center is located at 400 S. Lewis Rd. in Royersford. Click here for the school district website.
Source: Times Herald; 2/11/2011
Upper Merion budget a balancing act
The Upper Merion school board recently reviewed and voted on a preliminary budget for 2011-12 which includes a $3.3 million deficit and a $65,000 increase in expenditures. To make matters more difficult, the district’s fund balance is at a critically low level and administrators will not budget any use of the savings to plug the hole in the budget. Upper Merion has determined that it will lose $630,000 in interest earnings, $580,000 from real estate transfer taxes and $423,000 from commercial real estate taxes due to commercial real estate assessment appeals. The district will continue discussions on how to address the budget gap over the next few months.
Source: Times Herald; 2/12/2011
Jenkintown Borough County vacancy posted
Jenkintown Borough seeks interested candidates to fill a Borough Council vacancy from the Third Ward for a term that will expire on Dec. 31, 2013. Interested parties must be a registered elector living in the Third Ward of Jenkintown for at least one year. Resumes may be forwarded to Michael F. English, Borough Manager, Jenkintown Borough, P.O. Box 2176, 700 Summit Ave., Jenkintown, PA 19046.
Source: Jenkintown Borough; 2/14/2011
Lower Merion seeks alternate zoning hearing board candidates
The Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners is seeking qualified residents to serve as an alternate on the Zoning Hearing Board for a three-year term. When seated, an alternate is entitled to participate in all proceedings and discussions of the Board to the same and full extent as provided by law for regular Board members. An alternate may participate in any proceeding or discussion of the Board but is not entitled to vote as a regular member of the Board nor be compensated unless designated as a voting member.
Applications are available by visiting the Township Secretary’s Office page on www.lowermerion.org. Interested parties should submit a current resume along with completed application to the Office of the Township Secretary, 75 E. Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003 by February 28, 2011.
Source: Lower Merion Township; 2/15/2011