Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Chief Kevin Schurr has been with the department for 32 years.
At Tuesday's Royersford Borough Council meeting, public safety committee chairman Bruce Buckwalter announced that police chief Kevin Schurr had tendered his resignation for the purpose of retirement, effective June 1. Schurr, who has been a member of the department for 32 years, was not present at the meeting. Council voted to accept the resignation "with regret." Corporal Thomas Nerlinger has been the officer-in-charge for a few months while Schurr dealt with some medical issues, and will continue to lead the department until a new chief is appointed to take Schurr's place. "He's [Schurr] done a good job," said council president Thomas Weikel. "He worked his way up through the ranks, started as a patrolman." Weikel said that council has…
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
This year's event will be in August.
JR Bach, an organizer of the yearly National Night Out event in Royersford, came before Royersford Borough Council on Tuesday night to formally request permission to hold the event again this year. Bach said this year's event is planned from Tuesday night, August 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will once again be held on Washington Avenue, but this year it's being extended to the 400 block, in addition to the 300 block. "This year, we're working with the Royersford Church of the Nazarene. We also need more space because we're getting bigger," Bach said. Washington Avenue will be closed from about 2:30 p.m. that day (so set-up can begin early) until just after the event ends at 8:30 p.m. Council voted to approve the request.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The Office of Emergency Management announced the designation today.
Royersford's brand new weather monitoring station has been designated an official station, the borough's Office of Emergency Management announced on its Facebook page. The new station was installed two weeks ago on the roof of Borough Hall. It monitors current weather conditions 24 hours a day. Now, with the station being designated an official National Weather Service reporting station, the information is available online via the site Weather Underground. Visiting Weather Underground at wunderground.com and entering the station ID KPAROYER2 will take readers to a page that shows the current conditions. Visitors can also read archived reports and see graphs including temperature, wind gusts, barometric pressure, and other meteorological …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Borough Council voted to start replacing old sodium streetlights with newer ones.
At Tuesday's Royersford Borough Council meeting, borough manager Michael Leonard showed off something he had been researching - getting LED streetlights to replace old lights in the borough. "So many of the lights are breaking," Leonard said. "These are guaranteed for ten years, even the bulbs." It was noted in public works director Craig Keffer's monthly report that the borough recently repaired 29 lights. "The parts are getting harder to get, the bulbs aren't made in the US anymore," Leonard said. Leonard said his research indicated that the lights would cost from $350-$400 each, but would be brighter than the current sodium lights. The current lights are costing the borough $35 each just to replace the bulb, before labor costs are …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Council members discussed opposing viewpoints during Tuesday's meeting.
The Royersford Police Department budget is still a divisive topic among the borough's council members, as evidenced by discussion during Tuesday's meeting. Councilman John Kring was adamant that the borough was "not going to spend another nickel" on the police department in the 2013 budget. At this month's first council meeting two weeks ago, Kring said that the budget included a three percent wage increase but no money for anything else that Chief Kevin Schurr requested. Councilman Bruce Burns said he felt that the criminal investigator position the Chief Schurr asked for was a good idea. "I'm looking for measures to keep that position, up until we got that [position] there were crimes not getting solved, and now they are," Burns said…
Monday, October 29, 2012
Mayor Guest signed a disaster emergency declaration this morning.
According to a press release from the Royersford Borough Office of Emergency Management, Mayor John Guest has declared a Disaster Emergency for the Borough of Royersford. Trash pickup on the north side of the borough has been rescheduled to Thursday instead of Tuesday. The Borough Council meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 30, has been rescheduled to Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7:15pm. Emergency Management is continuing to monitor the situation with the Schuylkill River and on 1st Avenue. Borough officials are encouraging residents along 1st Avenue to voluntarily evacuate. All emergency routes are also active.
Friday, October 26, 2012
The borough recently began using a service that allows residents to subscribe for text and email alerts.
In today's technology-oriented world, getting information out faster and to devices that people carry with them is becoming a preferred way to communicate emergency information. Royersford Borough's Office of Emergency Management, managed by Officer Tom Godin, started using a service called Nixle a few months ago to send out text and e-mail alerts. Nixle is completely free for subscribers. It also costs the borough nothing to use it, although Godin says they may explore some paid upgrade options in next year's budget if necessary. All types of alerts can be sent via Nixle. Godin has used Nixle recently to send out a road closure advisory for the Royersford Halloween parade and a pre-Hurricane Sandy warning notice. "We wanted to get the …
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 …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Speed limit goes down by 10mph; council discusses camera system
Royersford Borough manager Michael Leonard announced at Tuesday's meeting that the speed limit along Main Street has been reduced from 35 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour. The new zone extends from South Lewis Road all the way down the length of Main Street to 1st Avenue. "It was already 25 from 10th Avenue to South Lewis," Leonard said. "This just makes it 25 all the way through." Leonard also reported that he is meeting with borough engineer Khal Hassan tomorrow to go over plans to finish roadwork on 1st Avenue. "We'll be sending a letter to the [Montgomery County] commissioners, to see if we can get the money to do the work," Leonard said. The council discussed the installation of a security camera system at several locations in …
Friday, June 15, 2012
A briefing of police activity in the Royersford Borough. Theft; dog bite; marijuana; assault.
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Friday, June 15, 2012
The following news releases were written and submitted by Royersford Police Officer and Media Relations Officer Tom Godin: The Royersford Police Department has logged 67 incidents from 6-6-12 to 6-13-12. Officer Murphy investigated: On June 7, 2012 at 8:45am the Royersford Police investigated a theft/criminal mischief to a vehicle from a resident in 500 block of Pine St. The victim stated her vehicle was parked on N. 6th Ave when the actors cut the part of her license plate with a 5/2013 registration sticker of her 1998 Volvo. Officer O'Keefe investigated: On June 7, 2012 at 5:40pm Officers responded to 208 Main St on an anonymous tip of suspects smoking marijuana to the rear of that property. Officers arrived and investigated. Officer …