Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The newly-created position will help the township with code enforcement.
Limerick Township's administration is looking for someone to fill the newly-created position of Chief of Fire Safety. Township manager Dan Kerr told Patch that the fire safety chief will deal with fire and life safety code enforcement. "We hope to cut down on the false alarms and junk fire calls that tie up our fire departments," Kerr said. "We want it to be a proactive position." The job description posted on the township website says that the person hired will be responsible for implementing "a Township wide Fire and Life Safety Inspection Program with an objective of reducing the growing rate of fire and emergency service call responses." Some of the duties will include inspecting existing buildings for fire code compliance, as Kerr …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Charges were filed in a string of 21 break-ins.
A story in the Times Herald on Thursday reported that two Limerick men and one Douglassville man have been arrested in connection with a string of burglaries in the area in the last seven months. The Limerick residents were identified as 28-year-old Michael R. Benner Jr. and 25-year-old Joseph A. Samsel Jr. The third man is named as Philip M. Becker, 27, of Douglassville. The three men have allegedly stolen over $100,000 worth of items over the seven-month period. The Times Herald reports that the investigation started on on January 3, 2013 when the Limerick Township police department was called to the scene of a burglary on Limerick Center Road. The homeowner described a white male with a neck tattoo who he encountered in his home, …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Moving to Valley Forge; Headquartered in Limerick since the early 1970s
Wednesday, January 30
Teleflex Inc., the medical device manufacturer that has been headquartered in Limerick Township since the early 1970s, is moving to Valley Forge, the Philadelphia Business Journal reports. About 160 employees will move from a mostly-vacant 200,000 s.f. complex in Limerick and another location in Reading to an 84,000 s.f. space in Valley Forge. A company official said the decision to move to a new headquarters was tied to its decision in recent years to sell off subsidiaries that were unrelated to the medical and health device markets. The Limerick complex will reportedly be put up for sale. A price has not yet been listed.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
New tax collector sworn in; new State Rep. Mark Painter intends to remain visible at township level
Joseph St. Pedro assumed the chairmanship of the Limerick Township Board of Supervisors on Monday evening, taking the gavel from fellow supervisor Kara Shuler. "I have big shoes to fill," St. Pedro said in complimenting Shuler on her execution of the role over the past year. Elaine DeWan will serve as vice-chair. The mandated annual reorganization meeting was attended by former township tax collector ― and newly sworn-in State Representative ― Mark Painter. Painter, a Democrat, upset favored incumbent and former Royersford mayor Tom Quigley in last fall's election. The township supervisors congratulated Painter on taking his seat in Harrisburg, and he, in turn, assured them that he intends to remain in close touch with municipal goings-on…
Spring-Ford HS alumnus; Navy veteran; Jan. 6
Tuesday, January 8
Dennis W. Flynn, age 61, of Limerick, PA, died Sunday afternoon, January 6th, 2013 in the Seasons Hospice at Phoenixville Hospital, Phoenixville, PA. Born in Phoenixville, he was a son of Dempsey M. Flynn, of Limerick, PA and the late Violet (DiCola) Flynn. He was a 1969 graduate of the Spring-Ford High School. He was a varsity wrestler for the high school. A veteran, he served for the U.S. Navy. Mr. Flynn loved music. He enjoyed writing and performing. He worked in sales most of his life in several different locations and for several different companies. He also enjoyed fishing, baseball and playing tennis. In addition to his father, Mr. Flynn is survived by one daughter: Tania Schultz, of Honeybrook, PA; two sisters: Patricia A. …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The budget includes a tax increase this year.
Limerick Township finalized its 2013 budget on Tuesday at their final meeting of the year. Next year's budget includes an increase from 1.516 mills to 1.895 mills, which is approximately a 25 percent increase. On a house with the median value of $150,000, the yearly tax bill will increase $56.85 - from $227.40 to $284.25 - or about $4.73 per month. The board passed the budget 3-1, with Supervisor Thomas Neafcy voting no. (Supervisor Ken Sperring was absent from the meeting.) Neafcy said after the meeting that he voted no because the budget includes a tax increase. Rezoning request Spring Ford Country Club was granted rezoning on 27 acres adjacent to the club's property in a 3-0 vote. The property was zoned R-2, which is generally an …
Friday, October 19, 2012
The one vehicle accident tied up traffic for an hour and a half.
- POLICE & FIRE
Friday, October 19, 2012
A woman and a child suffered non-life-threatening injuries Friday night in a one vehicle accident on Swamp Pike in Limerick. The driver, a Gilbertsville resident, was driving her minivan southeast on Swamp Pike when she ran off the road into the wet grass on one side, overcorrected, and crashed into the trees on the opposite side. According to Limerick Township police officer Christopher Iochum, the driver was "possibly temporarily distracted by her daughter in the back seat." The driver was "a little banged up," Iochum said, and was transported to Reading Hospital. The child was slightly injured but Iochum said she was fine. Police blocked one lane of Swamp Pike until the van was extricated from the woods.
Monday, October 8, 2012
A local business owner was recently found guilty of harrassing a disabled man.
The Pottstown Mercury reports that John Salkowski, of Limerick, was found guilty of harassment in September after an incident at the former Lukoil station on Lewis Road. Salkowski, a former Lower Merion police officer and currently the owner of the Dairy Queen in Royersford, was cited in April after police were called to the Lukoil for a report that Salkowski was yelling at a female inside the store. Salkowski had left by the time police arrived, according to reports, but was identified by the victim. Another woman, who reported the incident, told police that she did not speak to Salkowski inside the store but after he exited the store, he came over to her vehicle and told her to "mind [her] own f------ business." The woman's husband, a…
Friday, October 5, 2012
Four separate thefts were reported by the store in the last week.
Loss prevention staff at the Royersford Kohl's were kept busy over the last week by four incidents of retail theft, according to police reports filed by Limerick Township police officers. September 24 A Pottstown woman was issued a summary citation for theft on September 24 after allegedly taking $72.14 worth of merchandise from the store. Anita Lewis, 51, of Keim Street in Pottstown was detained by Kohl's loss prevention officer Katie Sabino after she reported took the items and attempted to leave the store with them. Kohl's chose not to prosecute, according to police records, so Lewis was cited and released. September 25 Sergeant Paul Marchese responded to the Kohl's on September 25 for a retail theft in progress. Sabino reported …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Interactive map has tax burdens for state, local and sales tax for Philadelphia and its suburbs.
Pew Trusts has released an interactive map that shows the tax burden for Philadelphia and its suburbs for a hypothetical family of two adults and two children. The chart shows what a family pays in property, income and sales taxes in each municipality studied in 2000 versus 2012. Limerick Township and Royersford Borough are represented on the map, but Spring City Borough is not. According to Pew Trusts, the median household income for the entire region in 2000 was $47,500, which has increased to $60,000. In Limerick Township residents who don't work in Philadelphia paid an average of 9.9 percent of their income in taxes (state, local, and sales tax) in 2000, but paid 11.2 percent of their income in taxes in 2012. In Royersford Borough …