Hurricane Sandy might have delayed Limerick's regular board meeting by two days, but the board dove right back in to township business on Thursday evening.
The board discussed the township's hurricane efforts, recognized a local Eagle Scout, and discussed a zoning request from Spring Ford Country Club.
During supervisors' comments, the board asked Police Chief William Albany to talk about how the township's emergency management staff handled issues during the recent "superstorm".
Albany said about 100 calls came in to the Emergency Operations Center during the storm.
This was the first time the township building had been used as the Emergency Operations Center.
Albany said he thought things went well in the new location. Staff were being dispatched and were getting out to calls as quickly as they could.
"We had a lot of trees and wires down," Albany said. "The township response organizations - fire, police and ambulance - did an outstanding job."
Eagle Scout honored
Supervisor Elaine DeWan started the meeting by reading a resolution honoring Ryan Olson, a Royersford Boy Scout who recently completed his Eagle Scout project.
Olson, a Spring-Ford senior and member of Troop 230, designed and installed a 25-foot-tall flagpole and a flowerbed at Linfield Sports Park.
Olson said that Blue Tree Landscaping donated $800 worth of bushes for the flowerbed.
Supervisor Kara Shuler said that a plaque honoring Olson and his project will be installed at the flagpole.
Spring-Ford Country Club
An attorney representing Spring-Ford Country Club came before the board to present a zoning request on behalf of the club.
The club owns 27 acres adjacent to its course and is asking the board to rezone the property from R-2 to R-4, which will allow residential development.
The club's representative said that it is willing to place a covenant on the land to prevent multi-family homes from being built there.
Attorney Edward Skypala, acting as Limerick Township's solicitor, advised the club that their request would require a zoning ordinance and zoning map change. The board voted to advertise the ordinance and will hold a public hearing on it at a later time.
Township solicitor Joseph McGrory and Supervisor Joseph St. Pedro both recused themselves from the discussion and vote because they are equity members of the club and thus have a conflict of interest.