According to Royersford Borough Manager Mike Leonard at Tuesday night's borough council meeting, a credit union could be moving in to the spot formerly occupied by Cumberland Farms on the corner of N. Lewis Road and Main Street. As of this week, the gas tanks have been taken out and a construction fence has been erected on the site.
The conversation came up before council during a discussion on the opening of the new Rite Aid on the opposite corner. Leonard reported that will open on June 21 with a 10:00 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony.
Councilman John Kring asked about the construction at the former Cumberland Farms property to which Leonard responded the tanks were being taken out in favor of putting a drive-thru window at the possible credit union. Kring commented that the borough needs to continue to enforce the same plan that it did with Rite Aid's streetscaping and lighting. Councilman Bruce Buckwalter commented Advanced Auto Parts was there first and it may be too late for them to comply. Kring agreed.
"That's the way it goes, but any further renovation and improvements and things like that has to go into the ticket they have to produce," Kring said. "We're not going to foot the bill later on. [Streetscaping is] a part of the development of those properties."
Councilman Bruce Burns said he recently watched a Pottstown Borough Council meeting on television and heard of an ordinance they're considering to do with registration of vacant properties.
"Do we have any way to know what properties are vacant?" Burns asked. "Their concern is winterizing properties, or vacant properties that are susceptible to vandalism and stuff like that."
Leonard confirmed there was no such ordinance in place within the Royersford Borough but he would look into it, and could probably produce a list through the recorder of deeds.
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Leonard explained to council that there has been a lot of vandalism going on at Victory Park, including the burning of a Port-o-Potty. Council will hear a presentation at the next meeting regarding surveillance cameras.
The two parks in town will also get a wood carpet replacement, costing $6,617.22 from River Valley Organic Company, a CoStar affiliate. Leonard said that number is consistent with previous work.
Council will also discuss at the next meeting an ordinance concerning transit retail business, and will pick a date to advertise.
Ron Black's office is giving the borough a rebate for workman's compensation for "doing a good job." The rebate totals $21,812 and will begin to be reflected on July's bill.