General Membership Luncheon
January 25, 2017. Christopher Christman, Palmer Township Manager, was a guest speaker at the January 25, 2017, BIP membership luncheon. Chris reported that by the end of 2017, some long overdue capital projects should be completed. They include: the new public works/parks/utilities garage; renovations to the community pool; full outdoor amenities to the Charles Chrin Community Center, which includes a full sized multipurpose turf field, new natural grass fields and a walking trail that will connect with the Palmer Athletic Complex near the Palmer Elementary School.
Christman also reviewed activities going on in each township department. The Planning Department has contracted with Environmental, Planning and Design of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (EPD) to serve as the township’s consultant on updating the Township Comprehensive Plan. The process is already underway with monthly public meetings being held the third Wednesday of each month at the Charles Chrin Community Center at 6:00 p.m.
The Board of Supervisors approved at their January 24, 2017 meeting, a new collective bargaining agreement with the Township Police Association. The new contract will run through December 31, 2020.
The Fire Department has grown to over 40 active volunteers. The department has purchased two new firevehicles, a tiller ladder truck and a pumper truck that should be delivered in the last quarter of 2017.
The township is also updating its financial software package along with conducting a server upgrade to a cloud based system. From an emergency management perspective, this will allow the township to be more seamless in both the access of, and the distribution of information during emergency events.
Chris then turned the meeting over to Chairman, David Colver. Dave went through the township, project by project, and gave an update of the new land development plans currently underway.
Both are in agreement that the State of the Township is strong. It is an exciting time to live, work, and play in Palmer Township.
June 22, 2016. Cyndie Carman, Director of Planning and Zoning for Palmer Township was the speaker at this luncheon. Cyndie introduced a major project for Palmer Township which will begin soon. This project is the updating of the township's Comprehensive Plan (CP). This is the plan that sets the stage for development in the township for the next 25 to 30 years. This plan was last update in 2013. The township has hired Environmental Planning and Design a planning consulting firm from Pittsburgh to assist the Planing Department, Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors in formulating this plan. This process will take approximately one year and during that time it is planned to have extensive public participation through this process.
March 23, 2016. Larry Palmer, Chief of the Palmer Police Department was the speaker at this luncheon. Since the Chief took his position he has work to make the department transparent to the administration, Board of Supervisors and the public through the press. They have also begun to use social media through Facebook which has been very effective. One of the main improvements that have been made is having a department that is accredited. This is important so that there are proper policies and procedures for the officers to follow. The department has gone to 12 hour shifts and increased the number of officers. He has also revamped his command staff to be more effective and efficient. Since the department has one officer dedicated to the drug task force and as a result the department has received a considerable amount of money from the drug forfeiture program. This money is used to update the existing equipment and purchase new equipment.
Since Larry joined the department the professionalism has increased considerably.
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