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Quakertown Council to Vote on Recording Policy
Written by Jennifer Butler, Correspondent

            During its work session on Monday night, Quakertown Council reviewed a revised policy developed to limit disruptions created by audio and video recording equipment during public meetings.

            Council will vote on the policy during their regular council meeting on July 11. 

            "It really gives the president of borough council the authority to ensure that, if there is recording going on, that there would not be movement or activity that he would deem to be disturbing to the meeting," Vice President James Roberts explained Monday night.

            If the policy is adopted in July, council will ask Borough Manager Scott McElree to set up a designated area in council chambers for larger pieces of recording equipment.

            The policy was revised from an earlier version in May that also included an option for the general public in attendance to object to being recorded.  Roberts explained that, upon further review, it was determined that language pertaining to public objections would be removed.

            "If a person comes to a borough council meeting, you have to have the expectation in a public setting that you are both going to be recognized and may be recorded."

            There was no public comment pertaining to the policy during Monday night's work session.

            During the public comment period, Quakertown resident Diane Nolan asked council to consider renaming a portion of Mill Road in the borough, from Main Street to Route 309, Burgess Road.

            Nolan explained that the stretch was the original location of the Burgess Foulke House, relocated to 26 Main Street.

            According to the Quakertown Historical Society, the house, built in 1812, was named after the first burgess of Quakertown, Edward Foulke.

            "Since that is where the Burgess House once was, I thought Burgess Road would be a way to commemorate the historical significance," Nolan said.

            Council President Donald Rosenberger stated that council would further review the idea and discuss it at an upcoming meeting. Rosenberger noted that the change would impact GPS tracking as well as USPS mailing addresses.

            Roberts further noted that changing the name would impact residents of Bell Haven Nursing Home.





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