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Hurst is New Supervisor Chairperson in Marlborough
Written by Ernie Quatrani, Correspondent

            Longtime Board Chairperson Brian Doremus stepped away from that position in favor of Billy Hurst at Marlborough Township's annual organization meeting, held before the supervisors monthly public meeting. Doremus, who stated he wanted a break from the responsibilities of the chairperson, nominated Hurst for the position, and Hurst was quickly voted in.

            Doremus will take on the mantle of Vice Chairman.

            "It's been a significant amount of time," Doremus said of his tenure after the Monday meetings. "It's a job that has a big commitment. I think it's time for the other members to get their chance, to share the responsibilities."

            Doremus will remain on some of the other township committees but expressed a desire to step back from the behind-the-scene obligations of the chairperson.

            Asked to cite improvements that occurred in the township during his term at the helm, Doremus mentioned enhanced township facilities, staffing and organization.

            Doremus did not rule out again serving as chairperson in the future. "I think if we continue to rotate the position, at some point, certainly."

            Doremus alluded to chairperson sharing in Marlborough's past as a way to generate "fresh ideas".

            At the end of last year, Doremus came under fire for a controversial health care ordinance that had been passed in October. But, there was no mention of the issue at Monday's meeting.

            Before the organization meeting ended, Marybeth Cody was reappointed as Township Manager/Secretary/Treasurer and the supervisors also approved appointments to several township committees, noting that there are some vacancies that should be filled.

            The organization meeting was adjourned, Doremus and Hurst switched chairs, and the board discussed several issues related to zoning during the regular session.

            Cody stated that the Village Commercial amendment will be advertised and ready for public comment and potential adoption in February.

            The drafts of the Driveway and Nuisance Ordinances were scheduled for discussion at the March meeting. Both have undergone multiple revisions with Supervisor Bill Jacobs objecting to the amounts of potential fines.

            "I think the newest version that you have does change the penalty section," Cody told the supervisors.

            Additionally, proposed changes to the Sewer Ordinance will be debated at the April meeting.

            Cody advised the supervisors that she will be advertising a public meeting to discuss a zoning change application requested by John Haines who is asking that his property be rezoned from R-1 to Institution.

            Police Chief Darren Morgan publically thanked Project Live UP for its $1,000 donation to the Marlborough Police from the Citizens Assist race held in November. Morgan received permission from the supervisors to dedicate the money to technology improvements.

            Morgan described the result of his department's Christmas Toy Drive as "fantastic". Over 500 toys were donated and distributed between Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and The Open Link.

            "Both of them were very happy, again, with our donations."

            Morgan also lauded the Upper Perk and East Greenville police for their aid with the drive and noted that Marlborough was happy to help Upper Perk with its Shop-with-a-Cop program which benefited around two dozen recipients this year.

            The supervisors approved a motion to issue a conditional letter of employment to a part-time police officer candidate, and Morgan announced that another part-time officer will be departing and another interview process to fill the position will begin.

            Montgomery County has announced its hazardous waste collection schedule for this year. The closest collection points will be in Boyertown on April 25, Harleysville on May 2 and Royersford on Sept. 26.

            Tire collections (10 maximum) will be held on May 9 and 30 and June 27 in Blue Bell, Green Lane Park and Limerick, respectively.

            More information about both events can be found at

            The next supervisors meeting will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.





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