Thursday, January 10, 2013
The asking price is $190,000.
(Editor's note: The following announcement comes from Lower Merion Township staff.) The Lower Merion Affordable Housing Corporation, in cooperation with Lower Merion Township, is accepting applications for the affordable first-time homebuyers program. The Affordable Home Ownership Program's next home will be an end-unit townhome, located at 1048 Floyd Terrace in Bryn Mawr, Lower Merion Township. It has 3 bedrooms, 1 ½ baths, a front porch and off-street parking. Special preference will be given to people who currently live or work in Lower Merion, former residents and active Lower Merion volunteer firefighters. The asking price is $190,000. Homebuyers must meet eligibility requirements including income restrictions, good credit and …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Two new screens would be added to the theater.
Wednesday night, Bryn Mawr Film Institute moved one small step further in the list of approvals needed for the theater's future expansion. At Wednesday night's Lower Merion Building and Planning Committee meeting, commissioners recommended approval of a lot line change for the theater and held a conditional use hearing for certain design plans for the theater's expansion. The plans for expansion would involve building an addition to the theater that would house two new screens and face the Central Avenue streetscape. Because BMFI's plans deviate from certain design standards of the Bryn Mawr Village District, they necessitate a conditional use hearing in which the applicant must show how they are still meeting the design standards of the …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Lower Merion did not take official action.
With widespread power outages, road obstructions and unsafe conditions still lingering, one of the biggest questions on the minds of Lower Merion residents the past few days has been: Will we still be trick-or-treating? The township issued a statement early Wednesday afternoon suggesting that trick-or-treating be moved to Sunday evening, from 4 to 6 p.m. The full release is below. Due to the continuing issues with downed trees and wires throughout our community, Lower Merion Township is recommending that parents postpone sending their children out for trick-or-treating tonight. While it is not within the Township’s authority to prohibit the observance of Halloween, public safety is our responsibility and the safety of our community – and …
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Lower Merion residents can apply to have their properties included in this winter's deer culling, the police superintendent said at Wednesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting.
Lower Merion Township will spend an extra day on deer culling this winter compared to last year’s program, Police Superintendent Michael McGrath said at the Board of Commissioners meeting Wednesday night. Hunters will target deer, particularly does, on two days in November, two days in December and two days in January, with the goal of reducing deer encounters on township roads. Last year’s five-day program netted 42 deer—25 does and 17 bucks—at a cost of about $15,000. In the previous two years, the township spent more days culling and got more results: McGrath said residents who want culling to take place on their properties can ask police to visit and decide whether culling would be suitable there. Since 2009, 63 private parcels have …
Friday, October 5, 2012
Get rid of refuse, recycling, household appliances and more on Saturday and Sunday.
This weekend, Lower Merion Township residents can get rid of refuse, recycling, household appliances and more during the township's free fall cleanup, according to a township news release. Between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, items can be dropped off at the township's public works complex, located at 1300 Woodbine Avenue in Penn Valley, where township staff will assist in unloading. The full township release is below: On Saturday and Sunday, October 6th and 7th, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., residents are invited to participate in the Township's annual free Fall Cleanup Weekend. This opportunity to dispose of unwanted refuse and recyclables, household appliances, textiles, plastic, glass, newsprint, aluminum and plain old trash will …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Other municipalities with the cameras have experienced mixed effects on accident frequency.
Lower Merion’s police superintendent on Wednesday described a potential red light camera system that would largely pay for itself, part of the reason several Board of Commissioners members favored the idea. Superintendent Michael McGrath told commissioners a new bill passed by the state legislature this year allows municipalities of 20,000 people or more to install cameras at certain intersections for the purpose of policing red-light runners. A contractor would operate the cameras, the township would process the tickets, and the revenue from the tickets is meant to cover the cost of the program, with some left over to send to the state for redistribution through transportation grants. The prospect was attractive to several commissioners…
Friday, September 14, 2012
Recycling disposal has cost more this year, and recycled-paper resale has earned less, officials said.
Projecting a growing budget deficit in its refuse-collection service, Lower Merion's government is preparing to raise rates 9 percent. The measure will be the subject of an Oct. 17 public hearing and subsequent vote, the Board of Commissioners decided at Wednesday night's meeting. A minimum majority, six of 10 members present, voted to advance the matter to the public hearing. Chief financial officer Dean Dortone said the township looks to lose $200,000 this year on garbage and recycling collection, with $6.5 million in revenue and $6.7 million in expenses. Without a rate hike, Dortone said, the estimates for 2013 are $6.6 million in revenue and $6.9 million in expenses, which would deplete reserves. (The full slideshow Dortone presented …
Sunday, September 9, 2012
The program will air monthly on LMTV.
Lower Merion Township has announced a new monthly half-hour program on the township's television station LMTV, dedicated to answering questions about the township's laws and functions. Officials in the inaugural September episode speak to topics including: For more information about the program, the questions asked and the schedule of programming, visit the LMTV and Public Information Office sections of the township website. LMTV is channel 7 on Comcast, channel 37 on Verizon FIOS.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The bat was captured at a home on the 700 block of Mill Creek Road, according to officials.
A Gladwyne bat captured at a home on the 700 block of Mill Creek Road tested positive for rabies, according to a Tuesday press release from Lower Merion Township. The release goes on to say: All contacts with bats should be reported to the Montgomery County Health Department at 610-278-5117. Bats can bite when you are asleep and leave hardly any telltale signs of a bite. If you find a bat in your home, it is best to seclude it in a room and have authorities capture and test it. Testing a captured animal – alive or dead – is important. If a bat is freed from an enclosed home or disposed of, it must be assumed that anyone living there was bitten and infected. “Anyone that has been bitten, scratched or had saliva exposure by a bat must …
Monday, August 13, 2012
The scam involves a false federal assistance program.
Pennsylvania State Police have issued a bulletin regarding a utility scam they say is sweeping the nation, according to a Lower Merion Township news release. The scam mentions a false federal assistance program and claims that President Obama is providing funds to help residents pay for utility bills. The release continues below: “Imposters contact power company customers through telephone calls, mail, fliers, email, text messages, social media, and in person,” the bulletin states. “After the victim is contacted, the imposter convinces them to relay personal information by claiming that the victim is eligible to receive cash benefits from a government program. After the victim provides their social security number, credit card number, and…