County sells land to East Norriton for trails

Dan Clark of the Times Herald reports:

NORRISTOWN >> For $5, East Norriton purchased five parcels of land held in the county’s repository hoping to turn the empty lots into part of a trail that will eventually connect to trails in Plymouth Township and Norristown.

Montgomery County commissioners approved the sale to East Norriton at their meeting on Thursday.

“My office works very hard to be proactive and come up with a lot of ways for different levels of government to work together,” county Treasurer Jason Salus said. “To that end, several months ago we undertook an initiative whereby we notified all the surrounding property owners and school districts where parcels in the county property repository were located.”

Salus explained that repository properties are those that have gone unsold at tax sales.

“As part of that effort one of our notices went out to East Norriton Township notifying the local elected officials that there were a number of abandoned parcels, five, along the Sawmill Creek that were available for purchase,” Salus said.

Officials from East Norriton had expressed interest in the properties because they were in the process of obtaining other parcels of land for a pedestrian trail along the Sawmill Creek, Salus said.

The parcels of land are all in the flood plain and not big enough to develop on, he said.

“We’ve acquired about 20 of these properties along that stream already and we’re trying to join them all together and eventually build a trail that will connect to Norristown’s Sawmill Creek Trail that they’re in the planning process of with Montgomery County,” East Norriton Township Manager Donald Delamater said. “And in the other end connect to the Plymouth Township municipal complex trail. It would be a regional link that we’re hoping to achieve there.”

All of the land was given to residents as door prizes by movie theaters early in the 20th century. A previous article in The Reporter, a sister publication of The Times Herald, movie theaters would offer small plots of land as door prizes to encourage people to come to the movies.

However, the landowners often did not pay the taxes and did not do anything with the land. The land that ended up in the repository could not be sold at a tax sale.

“They gave these away as some kind of door prize, but then people had to pay property tax on them and it wasn’t exactly much of a gift,” commissioners’ Vice-Chairwoman Valerie Arkoosh said.

Commissioners’ Chairman Josh Shapiro commended Salus for finding a way to take the land off of the repository and for finding a good use for it.

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Conshohocken dog park proposal ramps up

Jenny DeHuff of the Times Herald:

CONSHOHOCKEN — A group of canine confederates rejoiced after Wednesday night’s borough council meeting, when council adopted a resolution supporting a new dog park in the area.

While a location has yet to be determined, the Friends of a Conshohocken Dog Park are eager to see the wheels in motion.

Council President Paul McConnell said, during a recent council workshop meeting, the Friends submitted a business plan and proposal outlining how the township might work with the dog park group to work out the kinks of the project.

The motion, made by Transportation and Parking Committee Chair Jason Salus, passed unanimously.

Raj Gupta, Friends committee member and candidate for borough council in the first ward, said cost totally depends on the location.

“It was a big win tonight just to get the council to support it,” he told The Times Herald.

“So now we’ll work with the park and recreation subcommittee to find a location based on that. We want to put together a proper dog park. Our message to council has always been that this will be privately funded, with no taxpayer dollars.”

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Boathouse agreement approved

After many years and grand visions for bringing Conshohocken residents to the waterfront, last Wednesday Council took a concrete step to initiate a joint venture with area schools that will result in a new boathouse along our waterfront.  When complete, the new boathouse will provide recreational access to the river for Conshohocken residents.

from Jenny DeHuff of the Times Herald

CONSHOHOCKEN — In a move dubbed a “breakthrough” for the borough, Conshohocken council unanimously approved an agreement with developers to construct a boathouse along the riverfront.

Members of the council said Wednesday night that acquiring a boathouse is a huge step in connecting the Conshohocken community with the waterfront.

The boathouse is slated for the borough-owned plot of land, commonly known as the “100-foot strip,” located between Ash and Cherry streets.

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Some Marshall Lee Residents Temporarily Relocated

The Montgomery County Housing Authority just issued the following press release:

News Release

August 12, 2010

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Joel A. Johnson, AICP, P.H.M.
Executive Director
Montgomery County Housing Authority
610-275-5720, x315

Lee Tower Residents Temporarily Re-located

The Montgomery County Housing Authority (MCHA) has temporarily relocated approximately 40 residents of Marshall Lee Towers in Conshohocken to two nearby hotels.

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2010 Conshohocken Car Show

The 2010 Conshohocken Car Show will take place on Saturday, June 5, from 9 AM to 3 PM along Fayette Street.  As in years past the Car Show will feature hundreds of class cars, music and vendors lined along Fayette Street.  If you’d like to register your car for the show, click here to download the form.

Support the Colonial Neighborhood Council

The Colonial Neighborhood Council (CNC) supports Conshohocken residents in need.  Among other things, it provides a Meals on Wheels service for Conshocken seniors.  The collections from the January Food Drive that I sponsored were donated to the CNC’s Food Cupboard.  On several occasions, as Lisa and I made room for the baby and got rid of old clothes and appliances, we donated them to the CNC.  In short, it’s a worthy local charity.

On Wednesday, April 28, the CNC is hosting its 2nd Annual “Food Cupboard Stroll”.

CNC asks you to give up your lunch and come take a stroll through town with them.

  • It’s NOT a run, just a stroll
  • Have your Company sponsor a team
  • Make your own T-shirts – Be creative / get sponsors

All proceeds go to CNC Food Cupboard:

  • The Entrance Fee is $20 per person.
  • Teams with matching shirts and at least 10 members are $15/per person.

CNC asks you to give up one lunch for those that have gone without many!  For more info. or to register your team, call Sandi 610-828-6595 or e-mail