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Pottstown may add Boyertown to transit route

POTTSTOWN, Pa. - Bus service from Pottstown to Boyertown and Gilbertsville may be right around the corner.

That was the principal conclusion of a transit development study prepared by Michael Baker International, Harrisburg, and presented to the Pottstown Borough Council in a progress summary at a Committee of the Whole meeting Wednesday night. The plan is expected to be completed within two weeks for presentation to PennDOT.

The planning process included 236 on-board interviews with riders. High on the riders’ list of priorities was more and better maintained bus shelters. Another high priority was to maintain the existing day and night bus routes in Pottstown and the surrounding towns.

Borough Manager Justin Keller questioned a Michael Baker representative. The representative said that the Boyertown bus route would not require financial contributions from Berks County because it would run on Route 100, which is just inside the Montgomery County border.

The transit plan is funded by PennDOT.

Police Chief Michael Markovich asked the council to authorize conditional offers of employment for two new police officers. Markovich said that one position is needed to bring the department up to its authorized level of 46 police and the other position is needed to fill the slot of an officer who is retiring in September. He also warned the council that three more officers will retire in December.

Mayor Stephanie Henrick announced that Frank Hand was appointed fire chief/fire marshal. Hand previously served as deputy fire marshal for Lower Merion Township in Montgomery County.

Henrick also presented a proclamation honoring borough resident and businessman William C. Hurter on his 102nd birthday. Hurter is a naval veteran of World War II, having served on the aircraft carrier USS Franklin.

In addition, Henrick read a proclamation for Public Service Recognition Week in honor of the millions of public employees at the federal, state, county and local levels including the military.

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