Board & Commissions
Upper Pottsgrove Township
Trace Slinkerd, President, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathy Paretti, Vice President, email@example.com
Hank Llewellyn, firstname.lastname@example.org
Don Read, email@example.com
Dave Waldt, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Board of Commissioners plays the central role in township government. Section 1502 of the First Class Township Code places general supervision of township affairs in the hands of the Board of Commissioners.
Because of the commissioner’s elected status, an individual in that position is often viewed as a community leader. Commissioners are the proper recipients of complaints, ideas and suggestions concerning township affairs.
Commissioners combine many of the roles found in separate branches or levels of the state and federal governments. The Board serves as the legislative body of the township – setting policy, enacting ordinances and resolutions, adopting budgets, levying taxes, formulating the budget and approving expenditures and the hiring of employees.
In many cases, the commissioner is called upon to perform as a problem solver, acting as an agent for township citizens with municipal or even outside agencies.
The commissioner has a role in representing the township’s communal interests – past, present and future.
John Bealer, Chairman
Vacant, Vice Chairman
Committee Structure; Term of Office
The Sewer and Water Committee (“Committee”) shall be comprised of three (3) members. Members of the Committee shall serve alternating three (3) year terms of office. The Board of Commissioners may appoint no more than one (1) member who is not a Township resident. The Committee shall be assisted in executing its duties and responsibilities by the Township Manager, his designate, and the Township Engineer.
Members of the Committee should have training or experience in engineering, finance, water management, or a related field.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Committee shall review and make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners and any other Township Committee on all water and sewer projects properly under the purview of the Township, including, but not limited to, sewage planning modules, construction standards and projects, relations with third party providers of water and/or sewer service, and requests for connections to the public sewer or water system.
The Committee shall develop and amend procedures for reviewing and recommendation on all water and sewer projects from time to time.
Recent Meeting Minutes for the Sewer and Water Committee can be found here.
Greg Churach, Chairman
Charles Note, Vice Chairman
LINKS TO RECREATION ORGANIZATIONS AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS ~
Montco Trail Challenge
May 7 – December, 2022
Montgomery Awards Planning Advocate ~ 2018 Award Winner
The Upper Pottsgrove Township Open Space & Recreation Board, a dedicated volunteer group, received the 2018 Planning Advocate Award in recognition of its community vision, sustained commitment to conservation of natural resources, and successful open space preservation and trail development achievements. Over nearly three decades, the past and present members of the board have created an enviable record of accomplishments, furthering the vision and goals of the township.
The Open Space & Recreation Board shall perform all the duties and may exercise all the powers conferred upon it by ordinances and the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or as requested by the Board of Commissioners of Upper Pottsgrove Township.
The Open Space & Recreation Board shall, at the request of the Board of Commissioners, have the power and shall be required to:
- Prepare the open space plan for the Township, and present it for the consideration of the governing body.
- Maintain and keep on file records of its action. All records and files of the Open Space Committee shall be in the possession of the Board of Commissioners.
- Prepare and present recommendations to the Board of Commissioners on proposed ordinances, resolutions and policies that would impact on the acquisition and use of open space within the Township.
- Prepare and submit to the Board of Commissioners a recommended land and development rights acquisition program.
- Participate in, upon request of the Board of Commissioners, any negotiations for the acquisition of open space.
- Promote public interest in, and understanding of, the open space plan and planning.
- Make recommendations to the governmental, civic and private agencies and individuals as to the effectiveness of the proposals of such agencies and individuals.
- Hold public hearings and meetings.
- Present testimony before any board.
- Require from other departments and agencies of the municipality such available information as it relates to the work of the Open Space Committee.
- In the performance of its functions, enter upon any land to make examinations and surveys with the consent of the owner.
- Do such other acts or make such studies as may be necessary to fulfill the duties and obligations imposed.
Other duties include:
- Overseeing the Township’s recreation programming
- Park planning, acquisition, and development
- Community special events
The Township has seven main public parks
- Heather Place Park, which is next to the Township’s police and public works complex @ 1420 Heather Place, Pottstown, PA 19464. Heather Place Park is a classic community park, with playground equipment and a picnic pavilion. Heather Place Park may be reserved for your family’s special occasion.
- Hollenbach Park is currently a primarily passive park, with large open fields surrounding Fox Run.
- Mocharniuk Meadows is a wildflower meadow.
- Kulp Field is home to the Township’s Little League and Major League Baseball fields.
- Cherry Tree Park is dedicated open space in Cherry Tree Farms.
- Sunset Park at 1401 North Charlotte Street, upon completion, will be the southern entrance to Sprogel’s Run Trail. Sunset Park may be reserved for your family’s special occasion.
- Sussel Park is a beautiful, pristine piece of land right off of Snyder Road.
LINKS TO RECREATION ORGANIZATIONS AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS
Hillside Aquatic Club
RULES AND REGULATIONS SET FOR FOR THE USE OF PARKS AND OPEN SPACE
- Releasing or abandoning wild and/or domestic animals in a park or open space is prohibited.
- All animals are prohibited on sports fields whether or not on a leashor other means of control.
- No animal shall be brought into a park or open space unless it is accompanied by and under reasonable control of a handler and firmly secured by means of a collar and leashor other device so it cannot stray beyond the control of the handler.
- The handler of any animal shall immediately remove and dispose of any feces deposited by the animal in a sanitary manner.
John DahDah, Chairman
Kenneth L. Iatesta
Herbert C. Miller, Jr., Alternate
Paul Labe, Zoning Officer
Robert L. Brant, Solicitor
The Zoning Hearing Board shall have the exclusive jurisdiction to hear and render final adjudications in the following matters:
A. Appeals and Challenges
- Substantive challenges to the validity of any land use ordinance, except those brought before the Zoning Hearing Board pursuant to §§609.1 and 916.1(a)(2) of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code.
- Challenges to the validity of a land use ordinance raising procedural questions or alleged defects in the process of enactment or adoption, which challenges shall be raised by an appeal taken within thirty (30) days after effective date of said ordinance.
- Appeals from the determination of the Zoning Officer, including, but not limited to, the granting or denial of any permit, or failure to act on the application thereof, or the issuance of any cease and desist order.
- Appeals from a determination by the Township Engineer or the Zoning Officer with reference to the administration of any floodplain or flood hazards ordinance or such provisions within a land use ordinance.
- Appeals from the Zoning Officer’s determination under §1702 of Part 17 of the Zoning Ordinance.
- Appeals from the determination of the Zoning Officer or Township Engineer in the administration of any land use ordinance or provisions thereof with reference to sedimentation and erosion control and storm water management insofar as the same relate to development not involving subdivision and land development.
- Applications for variances from the terms of Chapter 27 and flood hazard ordinances or such provisions within a land use ordinance, pursuant to Subsection (C) of Section 1802 of the Zoning Ordinance.
- To authorize, upon appeal in specific cases, such variance(s) from the terms of Chapter 27 as will not be contrary to public interest, where a literal enforcement of the provisions of Chapter 27 will result in unnecessary hardship. In granting any variance, the Board may attach such reasonable conditions and safeguards as it may deem necessary to implement the purposes of this Chapter and the Pennsylvania Municipalities Code, as amended. The Board may, by rule, prescribe the form of application and may require preliminary application to the Zoning Officer.
C. Special Exceptions
- To hear and decide only such special exceptions to the terms of Chapter 27 upon which the Board, by the provisions of Chapter 27, is specifically authorized.
Earl Metzger, Chairman
Tyrone Parker, Secretary
Richard D. Linderman., Solicitor
The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings and hearings of the Commission, decide all points of order or procedure and perform any duties required by law or the Civil Service Rules and Regulations.
The Secretary shall carry on at the direction of the Commission all official correspondence of the Commission, send out all notices required by law and the Civil Service Rules and Regulations, keep a record of each examination or other official action of the Commission and perform all other duties required by law or the Civil Service Rules and Regulations.
The following are duties/responsibilities of the Civil Service Commission:
- The Commission may amend, revise, void or replace the Civil Service Rules and Regulations for any reason by action of a majority of the Commission at any properly convened meeting of the Commission. Before any changes to the Rules and Regulations become effective, those changes must be approved by the Board of Commissioners of the Township.
- The Commission shall keep minutes of its proceedings and records of examinations and other official actions.
- The Commission shall have the power to make investigations concerning all matters relating to the administration and enforcement of the civil service provisions of the First Class Township Code and the Rules and Regulations. The Chairperson of the Commission is authorized to administer oaths and affirmations in connection with such investigations.
- The Commission shall have the power to issue subpoenas over the signature of the Chairperson to require the attendance of witnesses and the production of records and papers pertaining to any investigation or inquiry.
- The Commission shall make an annual report to the Board of Commissioners of the Township containing a brief summary of its work during the year and a full accounting of any expenditures of public monies.