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Written by Jennifer Frieze, Correspondent
May 22, 2019

            At Monday night's Supervisor meeting, Solicitor Robert Brant announced that the Supervisors held an executive session regarding police department matters. A proposed memorandum of understanding between the Township, Board of Supervisors, and bargaining unit of the officers to negotiate new contracts for Douglass Township Police Department has been in underway.

            An agreement was reached that includes a four year contract with a 3 percent increase in pay for 2019 and a 3.5 percent pay increase consecutive years. In addition, officers will contribute a modest portion of pay to benefits and retirement funds.

            Solicitor Brant presented the Supervisors with a police officer grievance agreement between Douglass Township and Officer Andrew Mathias. The officer requested longevity payment based on incorrect documentation of pay which began in 1994. Officer Mathias was awarded approximately $4,500 in back pay.

            In other news, Chief Barry Templin presented his report to the Supervisors for the month of April. The Douglass Township Police Department received ...



Written by Larry Roeder, Editor
May 22, 2019

            Little more than 21% of registered voters turned out in Montgomery County to try out the new "paper ballot" system in a Tuesday's Primary Election.  Turnout was similarly low in neighboring counties as well.

            While the Democratic race for Montgomery County Commissioner provide no surprise as Democratic incumbents Val Arkoosh (48,398) and Kenneth E. Lawrence, Jr. (46,841) easily topped challenger Ray Sosa (9,789), the Republican ticket provided five candidates looking to challenge them in November.

            Republican incumbent Joe Gale (16,233) and Whitpain Township Supervisor Fed Conner (16,114) topped Sean Gale (14,420), Dean Eisenberger (14,454), and France W. Krazalkovich (5,909), and will face-off against Arkoosh and Lawrence in November.

            In Berks, the race for County Commissioner saw Republican incumbent Mark C. Scott (6,968) and Democratic incumbent Kevin S. Barnhardt (6,457) lose their bid for reelection.  Competing in the November election will be Republicans Christian Y. Leinbach (9,529) and Michael Rivera (8,779) who will be running against Democrats Donna Reed (8,343) and Michael Morrill (6,489).

            The race for a seat on the Upper Perkiomen School Board, 10 candidates cross-filed in the race with ...



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