Pool Demolition Is Underway

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In just over a year Souderton plans to kick off the 2011 swimming season with a big splash at the grand re-opening of the Souderton Pool. Crews from Franconia Township began demolition on the main bathhouse at the Souderton Community Pool on Tuesday, May 11.

A track excavator (pictured) was donated to Souderton Borough by C & S Lawn & Landscape and is operated by Franconia Township employees. P K Moyer & Sons is working with Souderton and Franconia to aid in hauling wood debris for disposal by Waste Management.

Crews from Souderton Borough, Franconia Township, and Telford Borough will continue to work on concession stand and filer house demolition projects throughout May. Additionally, the current pool deck and former tot pool will be removed to prepare the site for construction work that is scheduled to begin in August 2010.

Mandatory Meeting for Prospective Bidders

Bids for renovation on the pool have been advertised, and all interested bidders will have to attend a mandatory pre-construction meeting on Wednesday, May 19. All bids will be opened and are due by June 3.

Check Your Mailbox, Make Your Splash Campaign

At the end of May, 8,000 Make Your Splash campaign community mailers will be sent to homes in the Indian Valley area.

Board member and pool campaign board chairman Jeffery Gross is confident that residents will be able to swim with their children, jump off the diving board, and slip down a new water slide at the updated Souderton Pool by Memorial Day 2011 if the entire community commits to participating in additional fundraising efforts.

In the coming months the pool committee will advertise additional fundraisers and events that will aim to secure the additional funding needed to keep the pool re-opening date on track.

Bookmark Souderton’s website this summer to stay up-to-date on pool construction news and progress.

Commercial Ordinance Revisions At May 3 Council Meeting

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Borough Council will discuss a  C-2 Limited Commercial and Residential Ordinance|and a revised zoning map the May 3 council meeting at 7:30 p.m.

Due to concerns voiced at the public hearing and comments received by the Montgomery County Planning Commission, map revisions were made to reduce the expanded commercial district area. The amended ordinance and zoning map will be up for formal consideration at the June 7 council meeting.

If adopted, this ordinance will expand Souderton’s commercial district, and will allow more retail shops and businesses to open in the borough. The ordinance was created to be sensitive to current homeowners that live along the proposed expanded commercial district.

Police Chief Charles Quinn, Sr. to Retire April 30

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Chief Charles Quinn, Sr. in the Souderton Parade

After over 44 years of law enforcement service, and 39 years as a dedicated member of the Souderton Police Department, Police Chief Charles A. Quinn, Sr. is retiring on April 30.

Police Chief Quinn began his career in law enforcement at the Ambler Police Department where he obtained police training through the Pennsylvania State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Federal Food & Drug Administration. He graduated from the FBI Detective School’s 31st session in 1975, and throughout his career he received advanced training in the fields of narcotics investigation and drug control and crime prevention.

Years of Service in Souderton

Police Chief Quinn joined the Souderton Borough Police Department in 1971, and was quickly promoted to the position of Sergeant in 1973. Following the untimely death of Chief Paul Wolf, Jr. was selected to serve as Acting Chief of the department in 1982, and was formally appointed Chief of Police on October 3, 1983.

A United States Navy veteran who was stationed at Norfolk, VA, Police Chief Quinn also served our country aboard the USS Randolph – an aircraft carrier that operated in the waters surrounding Cuba.

Currently, Police Chief Quinn is a permanent member on the executive board of the Montgomery County Lodge 14, Fraternal Order of Police.

Souderton Borough is grateful for Chief Quinn’s years of service and wishes him a happy and healthy retirement.

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 www.stmainst.org/souderton-public-art.

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 www.ivsba.wetpaint.com. 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.