2013 could have been better and could have been worse. A new start is possible in 2014 along with the completion of prior year activities. For 2014 please help me to:
-address traffic issues
-advance flooding and sewer improvements
-support our schools
-enhance walking and exercise
-recruit and retain businesses
-improve our overall quality of life
-learn a new dance
Walking is a highly recommended exercise for older adults and others. The Cheltenham School District also encourages walking to school. However, walking can be very dangerous in Cheltenham. We have had several pedestrian fatalities in the past four years.
A group of residents have already looked at certain walking and biking paths. Almost all of the proposed biking paths are on streets and roads that are not controlled by the Township, but we can make a change for walkers. The Montgomery County Planning Commission (MCPC) has agreed to assist the Township to study how to do it.
Please let me know of any intersections or sidewalks or pathways that would enhance a safe walk to school. Keep in mind that sidewalk installations and improvements are typically paid for by the adjacent property owner, not the Township.
At adoption of the Preliminary Operating Budget on 20 November certain corrections and changes in the President’s Budget Message were made. First, the proposed real estate tax increase of $850,000 is a 6.3% tax increase . Second, on a home of $148,000 the tax increase means an additional $66 for real estate taxes in the year not $90. Third, the amount of fund balance used to balance the budget is $650,000 not $850,000.
I am serving on the steering committee for the Montco Comprehensive Plan 2040. This plan will guide the allocation of County resources and address transportation, traffic, infrastructure, parks and trails, housing and economic development. I strongly encourage people to provide input by attending one of the four meetings on the plan this month.
The meetings are:
11-18, 7-9pm at the Steel River Playhouse in Pottstown
11-19, 4-6Pm at the North Penn Community Health foundation in Colmar
11-20, 7-9PM at the Upper Dublin Township Building in Ft. Washington
11-25,4-6PM at the Upper Merion Township Building in King of Prussia
The Montco Planning Commission is available to make presentations in addition to these meetings.