Springfield Township Board of Commissioners Business Meeting - September 15

by Kate Dolan
Posted 9/22/21

The Springfield Township Board of Commissioners acknowledged three individuals for their service to the Springfield Township at Wednesday’s monthly business meeting. Springfield Township Community Day celebration will take place on Sunday, Oct. 3, preceded by the Erdenheim Civic Association 5k Race and Fun run at 9 a.m.

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Springfield Township Board of Commissioners Business Meeting - September 15

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The Springfield Township Board of Commissioners acknowledged three individuals for their service to the Springfield Township at Wednesday’s monthly business meeting.

On September 15, Public Works Director Donald G. Sirianni, Jr. was the first to be recognized for his 46 years of service. Hired as a part-time seasonal laborer at the parks department in 1972, he served in several roles, ultimately becoming the director of the department.

Commissioner James M. Lee said Sirianni was “so gracious and helpful,” calling the Public Works department the “crown jewel.” “I’m proud to brag about it,” he said.

Glenn A. Schaum, Commissioner, served for 22 years on the Board in several positions, including as President and Vice President, and served on emergency management and public works committees. Schaum was recognized for outstanding service by the Commonwealth in 2014 and is also a member of the Oreland Volunteer Fire Company.

Donald E. Berger, Jr., Township Manager, retired after 39 years of service to the township, and was responsible for one of the first curbside recycling programs in the commonwealth.

“Don’s unwavering commitment and willingness to understand and respond to the concerns of the residents of Springfield Township has made a substantial contribution to the betterment to the township of Springfield,” said Eddie T. Graham, Esq., Board Vice President.

The Board also announced that the Springfield Township Community Day celebration will take place on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Cisco Park. It will be preceded by the Erdenheim Civic Association 5k Race and Fun run at 9 a.m. Food, entertainment, fishing equipment and a petting zoo are among the celebration’s many features.

Committee reports were adopted with unanimous votes by the Board, including approval of the lot line adjustment for the Laverock subdivision, increasing the size of lot 1 from 20,805 to 30,325 SF.

The Board also authorized the renewal of a planning assistance contract with the county for 2022-2024.

“The 2022-2024 contract includes continued assistance to update the township’s subdivision and land development ordinance as well as the development of a trail network plan, and to begin to update the 2014 comprehensive plan,” said Board President Baird M. Standish.

The Board adopted a motion proposed by Commissioner Graham to authorize a grant application in the amount of $5,00 to PECO Green Regional Program for a township-wide trail study.

Data was provided for August’s recycling report, which showed that 160.38 tons of materials were recycled by the township and the householder participation rate for the month was 69.9 percent, at a net cost of $15,153.53.

Dates were announced for the 2022 budget schedule meetings. A meeting with support agencies will be held on September 22. A budget workshop meeting is scheduled for October 20. The budget presentation is on November 10 and the budget hearing and adoption will take place on December 8.

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