Thursday, September 20, 2012
Apparent loophole in state's voter ID law will allow any registered voter to obtain photo identification from the Parkhouse Senior Care Center in Upper Providence. Other locations may also offer the service.
With the 2012 elections less than seven weeks away, registered Montgomery County voters who still lack acceptable voter identification got an assist from the county's Board of Commissioners on Thursday. Exploiting an apparent loophole in the controversial Voter ID law that was passed by the state legislature last spring, the commissioners passed a resolution that will allow the county to begin issuing valid voter identification cards to registered voters under the auspices of the Parkhouse nursing care facility in Upper Providence Township. The resolution takes advantage of a section of the law that lists which entities are allowed to issue acceptable forms of voter identification. Section 1 (z.5)(2) lists the federal or state governments…
Thursday, May 3, 2012
The commissioners meet today with a full agenda of contracts to award, agreements to authorize and other county business.
The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners meet again today, Thursday, May 3, at 10 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Board Room on the 8th floor of One Montgomery Plaza. There's a lot of interesting business on the agenda today including an authorization of the Department of Corrections to enter into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to house Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Lower Providence. They're also approving a list of outside legal counsel the county can use apparently as a way to avoid a repeat of the over $2 million in legal fees the last administration racked up that were never voted on. They'll also awarding almost $200,000 in contracts towards…
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie Richards is reportedly making the revitalization of Norristown a high priority.
According to The Times Herald, Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie Richards is making Norristown a priority for the county's planning commission. “We want to make sure Norristown is a continuous topic of conversation with the planning commission, " Richards told The Herald. The planning commission outlined several current and proposed county projects focusing on Norristown at a meeting on Wednesday. The projects discussed included: “We’re asking the Planning Commission and the staff to be aware that the commissioners are 100 percent behind Norristown, helping them accomplish some of their priorities, and making sure that Norristown becomes the county seat that we think Montgomery County deserves,” Richards told The Herald. Read more …
Thursday, April 5, 2012
The county board of commissioners meets today at 10 a.m. at One Montgomery Plaza.
The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners meets again today, Thursday, April 5, at 10 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Board Room on the 8th floor of One Montgomery Plaza. Among the items of business on the agenda today is a resolution authorizing changes to the Public Health Code and the establishment of Distracted Driving Week in Montgomery County. According to the agenda, the commissioners will also be awarding 12 contracts worth over $600,000 for a variety of products like milk and juice from Wawa and mosquito control products to servies like the consultant for the Montgomery County Radio Committee. Download the full agenda for today's meeting in our PDF section. You can also see a live streaming video of the meeting here.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The county board of commissioners meets today at 10 a.m. at One Montgomery Plaza.
The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners meets again today, Thursday, March 15, at 10 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Board Room on the 8th floor of One Montgomery Plaza. Among the items of business on the agenda today is approval of several bids and requests for proposal for things like mosquito control products, street line painting, securities monitoring, legal and other services. According to the agenda, the commissioners will also be awarding 17 contracts worth over $2 million total for a variety of services from engineering for garage and plaza renovations at the Montgomery County Courthouse to the new public safety radio network consultant. The commissioners will also be appointing drivers for election day supplies and election …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Montgomey County Commissioner Josh Shapiro spoke to the crowd at Norristown's Black History Celebration on Saturday about the importance of equality.
Iron Age Theatre posted this clip of Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro speaking to the audience at Norristown's Black History Celebration at Norristown Municipal Hall on Saturday. Shapiro spoke briefly about the hard work and dedication of many of the local officials in attendence and stressed the board of commissioners' dedication to being open and inclusive with all of its constituents. "We understand that in Montgomery County and right here in the borough of Norristown, that every voice must be heard and every voice must be listened to equally," Shapiro said. "Our administration must reflect every part of Montgomery County." Hear more of Shapiro's remarks in the video above.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
The county is making use of new technology like never before.
Montco residents got more than just a historic power shift in the last election, they now have a tech savvy Board of Commissioners who are making full use of the social media technology available to them. The county has a Twitter account (@MontcPA) it uses to interact with residents and spread county news, as do all three commissioners – Josh Shapiro (@Josh_Shapiro), Leslie Richards (@_LeslieRichards) and Bruce Castor (@BruceCastor). The county, Castor and Shapiro all have Facebook pages as well (if Twitter isn't your bag). You can find them here: What's more, the county is now putting it's meeting agendas on its Facebook page to make it easier for Montco residents to find out what's going on. You can find today's Montgomery County Board …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
The commissioners have a full agenda scheduled for today.
The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners will meet again today at 10 a.m. in the 8th-floor board room at One Montgomery Plaza in Norristown. While nothing on the agenda is Norristown specific, there's quite of bit of business affecting all county residents on the commissioners' plate, including 10 contract awards and several fund commitments and appointments. You can download the full agenda in our PDF section.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Cold temperatures that pose a threat to vulnerable populations mean a "Cold Blue" will be in effect through Friday.
According to a release issued by the county, the Montgomery County Commissioners, on the advice of the Montgomery County Health Department, have declared a Code Blue Cold Weather Emergency for Montgomery County based on a review of forecasts from the National Weather Service. The Code Blue will be for the 48-hour period beginning at noon today, Jan. 18, until noon Friday, Jan. 20. A Code Blue Cold Weather declaration is made in Montgomery County when winter conditions pose a threat of serious harm or death to individuals without shelter. A Code Blue is called when the combination of air temperature and wind chill is anticipated to be 20º F or less. For general cold weather information, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Norristown Municipal Council meets tonight for the last time in 2011.
Norristown Municipal Council meets tonight at 7 p.m. at Norristown Municipal Hall to adopt the 2012 budget and approve binding insurance coverage. There's also a line item for council to approve any last minute disbursements if necessary. Here's what was in the budget as of council's last meeting on Dec. 20: Property Taxes – $10,666,900 Other Taxes – $7,817,000 Licenses, Fines and Permits – $2,963,183 Interest and Rents – $27,300 Solid Waste Collection and Disposal – $2,376,000 Miscellaneuous Revenues (including Local, State & Federal Funds) – $3,021,362 General Fund Reserves – $931,732 Working Capital Loan – $364,807 Total Revenues and Reserves – $28,168,284 General Government – $21,796,041 Solid Waste Collection, Disposal and …