Park Dedication Precedes Holiday Parade on Dec. 5 at 10:30 a.m.

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The Main Street Plaza pocket park (located between the new parking lot and Main Street) with its new custom-designed sculpture, will be formally dedicated just before the annual Souderton Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 5. The parade begins at 11 a.m.

Local dignitaries, Rep. Bob Godshall and Souderton Mayor John Reynolds, will comment before Indian Valley Arts Foundation (IVAF) Board Chair Gwen Cukierski dedicates the sculpture to the community on behalf of the Indian Valley Arts Foundation.

Funding for the pocket park came from the Montgomery County Community Revitalization Program. The sculpture, titled Home, Stability, and Growth, was a cooperative effort among Souderton Borough, IVAF, and Souderton-Telford Main Streets and made possible through local donations. Souderton borough crews completed landscaping surrounding the sculpture in November.

On site is a plaque describing the piece and naming the major sponsors and supporters of the sculpture- many of whom will be on hand for the dedication,  including representatives from the IVAF, a group of local artists, Univest, Moyer Indoor Outdoor, NF Landis, Souderton Telford Rotary, and friends and relatives of Dolores Day.

You can see photos of the project from beginning to end, view the installation video, and read more about world-renowned sculptor, Wayne Trapp at

Borough Plans to Purchase Property for Public Works Department

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At their October 5 meeting, Council plans to approve purchase of nearly 10 acres as the corner of Washington Avenue and Souderton-Hatfield Pike in Franconia Township from Scholl Brothers Excavating. The property will become the future home of the Souderton Borough Public Works Department.

The current public works garage is tucked behind residential properties off of Second Street. There is no room for bulk material storage, and equipment access is difficult.

Souderton Borough plans to use the new property for storage of seasonal equipment in the short-term with the possibility of a new facility five or more years from now.

With the purchase of this property, there are unlimited possibilities for future development. However, renovation of the pool facility is Borough Council’s current focus, and most of the available capital spending will be directed to that project first.

Souderton’s Soap Box Derby is True Family Fun

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derby002-smThe photos from the All-American Soap Box Derby in Souderton on June 6 tell the story of a well-loved family sport in the community. Over 200 spectators lined Main Street to cheer on more than 70 kids as they raced down the hill. The event helps strengthen bonds between children and their parents, who are very involved in the weekend-long race, and among families.

“There is no other sport where your family gets to spend the entire day together,” said Ken Fleck, president of the Indian Valley Soap Box Association. “The friendships you form and the quality time you spend with your family can’t be reached through any other sport or activity. You don’t just drop of your children at a race—parents spend the entire day at the race with their kids.”

derby024-smAccording to Fleck, Soap box racing requires the whole family to get involved. Families spend time together before the race, and stick around to help and support the friends they’ve made in the tight-knit Indian Valley Soap Box Association (IVSBA). Families often attend races 2 to 3 times a month, which last all day for both weekend days. “It’s like you’re a part of one huge extended family when you’re at the races,” said Fleck. “Participating in soap box racing means commitment to the sport, and to having fun as a family.”

The IVSBA 2009 champions are Alex Motto, in the stock division (ages 8 to 13), and Allyson Pike, in the super stock division (ages 10 to 17). They will go on to the national-level championship race in Akron, Ohio, during the week of July 19. For more information about the IVSBA and to join, visit Also, check out the All-American Soap Box Derby Web site for more on the interesting history of the derby, which has run nationally since 1934.

Policy for Public Records Requests

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In compliance with Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law, Souderton Borough established a policy for requesting public records and appointed Borough Manager Mike Coll the open records officer.

To request public records, download the right-to-know_request_form and submit it to the borough office. A response or an interim letter will be sent within five business days of receiving the request. Fees for records are based on the fees recommended by the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records; photocopies will cost 25 cents per page and certified police reports will cost $15 per report. Specialized documents and postage fees will be billed at their actual costs.

For more information on the Right-to-Know Law, visit the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records.

Open Space Funds to Pay for Baseball Fields, Main Street Plaza

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At the February 2 meeting, Souderton Borough Council approved a grant application for the acquisition of the South Front Street baseball fields. The borough has proposed to purchase the fields from Zion Mennonite Church for $640,000, contingent upon obtaining grant funding. After members of the Zion Mennonite Church accepted the borough’s proposal, Borough Council approved the filing of an acquisition grant application under the Montgomery County Green Fields/Green Towns program to provide $512,000 in funding towards this purchase. The remaining $128,000 will be funded by a state grant, which has already been approved. This purchase will be funded entirely through grant funds and is expected to be finalized in summer 2009.

Main Street Plaza

Borough Council also approved a grant for construction of the Main Street Plaza, the grassy area separating the Main Street parking lot from the street. The Green Fields/Green Towns program awarded the borough $66,452 in funding for the project; the borough will provide matching funds of $16,000. The Main Street Plaza will be transformed into a pocket park , complete with new trees, landscaping, curbing, street furniture, a sculpture, and an information kiosk. The money for this project has already been budgeted for this year; construction is expected to be complete by the end of summer 2009.

New Local Service Tax Began Jan. 1

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Starting January 1, 2009, Souderton imposed a local service tax on those who work in the borough. Souderton employers will withhold one dollar per week, amounting to an annual tax of $52. The money will support Souderton’s emergency services, such as the volunteer fire company and ambulance, and go toward road repairs and improvements.

For more information on the tax and to obtain an exemption certificate and refund form, visit Berkheimer Tax Administrator.