Pottstown police have stepped up patrols, community involvement in response to shootings


POTTSTOWN, Pa. – Sept. 8, 2019 is a day Pottstown police officer Gregory E. Fritz will long remember. While on routine patrol, Fritz encountered a woman who was in active labor. The baby was partially delivered, and Fritz could see that it was turning blue. The umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck.

He jumped into action and freed the baby from its umbilical cord. Fritz then completed delivery of the child and provided rescue breathing until an ambulance arrived. Today, the baby is a perfectly normal 2-month-old and the mother is fine.

For his actions that day, Fritz was awarded the Life Saving Award by Mayor Stephanie Henrick at the Pottstown Borough Council committee of the whole meeting Wednesday night.

In other news from Wednesday's meeting, the council heard a conditional use application of Anne Anderson. She is the tenant of property located at 25 Moser Road (part of the Nagle Center), which is owned by the Estate of Barclay H. Bloomgarden. The property is located in a Gateway East Zoning District and the proposed use of a massage therapy center is permitted by conditional use, subject to Anderson satisfying the objective criteria pertaining to on-site parking.

The council also agreed to vote at the next council meeting, Nov. 12, on the subdivision plan for a collision center located on West High Street in the GW Gateway West Zoning District. The applicant, David Bailey, is proposing a 17,000-square-foot building including nine interior service bays, with a 59-space parking lot. Solicitor Charles Garner noted that the conditional use approval is under appeal.

In other meeting highlights, the council agreed to vote Tuesday on an extension of a lawn and rights of way maintenance contract with Green Advantage Landscaping for 2020 with no increase in cost from 2019.

The council also agreed to advertise an ordinance for the institution of a defined contribution pension plan fund for all non-uniform employees hired on or after Jan. 1, 2020. The borough will contribute 5% of each employee’s annual compensation, which is to be paid at each pay period.

In addition, the borough will vote Tuesday on applications from the Sly Fox Track Club to close Glasgow Street from Circle of Progress to Rice Street to West Chestnut Street to Prince Street on to Glasgow Street and back for 5K races to be held Jan. 1, 2020 and Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020.

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