Monday, May 13, 2013
Roman Camacho-Santiago, who has a suspended license, allegedly struck a police surveillance vehicle, then fled the scene when asked for his insurance information.
A Norristown man is facing charges after he allegedly backed into a police surveillance vehicle on Friday night. According to the police report, police were sitting inside of a surveillance vehicle that was parked along the 200 block of West Main Street when a red Ford Mustang attempted to park in front of the vehicle. While parking, the driver – identified as Roman Camacho-Santiago, of Norristown – allegedly backed into the police vehicle, causing scratches and denting. The report states that Camacho-Santiago then exited his vehicle and began to walk past the vehicle, at which point the officer inside requested his insurance information. Camacho-Santiago allegedy said "hold on," before re-entering his vehicle and fleeing the scene. He …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Norristown Municipal Council voted on Friday to appoint Cy Burke to the interim at-large council seat vacated by Dwayne Royster in April.
Norristown Municipal Council meets again Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. at Norristown Municipal Hall, 235 East Airy Street in Norristown. Though not on the agenda, council is expected to swear in its newest member – Cyril "Cy" Burke. Burke was voted in at a special meeting Friday evening to fill the open at-large seat left vacant when Dwayne Royster stepped down in April. will hold the seat until a new at-large council member is voted in in the November 2013 election. Also on the agenda is a presentation from the high school, some residential parking matters and a motion to approve a vehicle lease with Fairmount Engine Co. #2. You can download the full agenda for tonight's meeting plus additional materials in our PDF section.
Friday, April 5, 2013
Council approved the sign's removal at Tuesday night's meeting.
Residents in the 1200 block of Tyler Street will soon be losing a stop sign and gaining a few parking spaces. Norristown Municipal Council approved an ordinance on Tuesday, April 2, authorizing removal of the sign, which Councilman Bill Caldwell says was requested by residents of the neighborhood. The sign currently sits in the middle of the block on Tyler where Selma Street meets it from the north. The sign was a problem for neighbors because it limited parking while not offering much in the way of safety due to the low traffic levels in the quiet neighborhood in the southwesterly part of town. Parking regulations prohibit anyone from parking within 30 feet of a posted stop sign which, according to Interim Police Chief Willie Richet, …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Local architect Doug Seiler weighs in on what he sees as a mistake in Norristown's redevelopment plan.
Dear Editor: Pennrose Properties’ proposed project, at the corner of DeKalb and Airy Streets, might appear to be a positive step for Norristown. The conversion of a county-owned parking lot to a tax-ratable property is a good thing, as is the notion of providing an "anchor" at the top of Arts Hill. However, the project runs counter to the Norristown Comprehensive Plan in several critical ways. Negatives include the loss of two hundred and four parking spaces, heavily used by the existing businesses, churches and theatres in the area. Another is that 60 of the 96 units are rent-subsidized apartments. America needs affordable housing, but Norristown already has some of the lowest rental rates in the region, with 12%, or more, of its current…
Friday, February 8, 2013
Norristown has several ordinances regulating the removal of snow and parking during a snowstorm.
With the possibility of anywhere from four to eight inches of snow on the way thanks to Winter Storm Nemo, Patch thought it would be a good time to review the snow-related rules in Norristown. Council passed a few ordinances governing the removal of snow from streets and sidewalks back in 2011. If you're not aware of them, now's your chance to catch up on the new rules. The rules are as follows: For more information about snow removal, visit the municipality's website to view the Norristown snow plan. Notices are also posted on public access channel 965. Call the Public Works Department at 610-270-0437 for more information.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Norristown Municipal Council has a full agenda for tonight's meeting.
Norristown Municipal Council meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Norristown Municipal Hall, 235 E. Airy Street and Council has full agenda on its plate, most of it in the Planning, Economic and Business Development committee. In addition to a public hearing on and motion to adopt the new subdivision and land development ordinance (SALDO), there will be a public hearing on a conditional use appeal for 112 East Main Street. De Sheng Zheng is seeking a conditional use approval from council to operate both a restaurant and apartment at that address. There will also be discussions of the $79,584.30 Poley Park contract being awarded to Bridgeport-based Kehoe Construction, the agreement with Theater Horizon for the space at 401 DeKalb Street, the …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Council reconsidered the current $1.50-an-hour rate after residents and business owners complained of the unreasonably high cost.
According to The Times Herald, Norristown Municipal Council voted Tuesday night to cut the $1.50-an-hour parking rate along the West Marshall Street business corridor to 75 cents an hour. Many business owners had suggested a 50 cents-an-hour rate. Residents and business owners had been lobbying council for reduced rates since the meters were installed in February of this year. “We will lose $37,400 in revenue by cutting the fee by half,” Finance Director Richard Zawisza told the Herald. “It is a very large concession to give up half of our fees. Our budget deficit this year is $364,807.” Councilman Marlon Millner reportedly pointed out that the lower parking fee could lead to more revenue from increased traffic on West Marshall Street. …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Council is slated to address some of the West End's parking issues as well as award a contract for a traffic light at West Airy and Noble streets.
Norristown Municipal Council meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Norristown Municipal Hall. Among the topics on the agenda are ammendments to the parking rates on West Marshall Street and further discussion of public parking at Poley Park. Council will also be awarding a contract to West Chester-based Lenni Electric to install a traffic light at West Airy and Noble streets, but first they'll entertain a motion to waive the 30-day waiting period required by the Responsible Contractor’s Ordinance. Under public safety, there's a motion before council to approve a resolution establishing guidelines for police making warrantless arrests and a motion to waive Norristown's open container rule for one day in anticipation of the beer garden planned for …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Watch a live stream of tonight's municipal council meeting.
You can download the full agenda for tonight's meeting in our PDF section.
The hot-button issue is included on tonight's agenda.
Norristown Municipal Council meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Norristown Municipal Hall. Among the many topics on the agenda are discussions of the parking rates on West Marshall Street and the possibility of expanding the time limit for parking at Poley Park to four hours. Council will also be talking about the Health Care District Ordinance and LED billboards. (Those billboards have been a hot topic in nearby municipalities recently.) You can download the full agenda for tonight's meeting in our PDF section. You can also watch tonight's meeting live right here on Norristown Patch. Check back later for a live stream of the proceedings.