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Work Continues at Baghurst Remediation Site in Upper Salford
Written by Jennifer Frieze, Correspondent

           At the board of supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Upper Salford Township Vice Chairman Kevin O'Donnell announced that monthly and work site meetings will continue at the Baghurst remediation site until the work is complete and the residents of that area have clean water.

           Approximately 50 wells have been contaminated since the Montgomery County Health Department made its first investigation in 2000. The area was listed by the Environmental Protection Agency as a Superfund National Priority.

            The supervisors also informed the residents that a recreational district zoning amendment has been drafted. This will add a new accessory use for home-based small batch craft alcohol businesses. The recreational business will be owned and operated by the homeowners. There is criteria for signage and parking. The business is allowed one employee from outside of the family. In addition, the residential character of the property must be maintained.

            The board will submit the amendment for review by the township and county planning commissions. There is a 30-day comment period. The board will then review the comments before proceeding forward with adopting the zoning amendment.

            There was a discussion about the Adelphia Gateway LLC Right-of-Way agreement. The company purchased gas lines that run through the township. Several properties have deed restrictions in regard to the use of those lines. Other properties have no restriction for use. The matter is based on whether liquid fuels or natural gas is pushed through the pipelines. The property deeds state liquid fuels only. Adelphia is requesting that the deed restrictions be lifted in order for the company to push natural gas though the lines.

            The board asked the township solicitor, Stephen Imms Jr., to review the request and negotiate terms and conditions with Adelphia.

            The board announced the award of $183,000 in grant money. These funds will be used for the acquisition of land to be annexed into open space for the township. It's a privately owned 25-acre parcel of land that is adjacent to the right side of the historic Heister House. The land is attached to the open space preserve that the township already owns. This provides over 100 acres of undisturbed land that is unique in flora and fauna. The board is very pleased to have acquired this land for the community.

            The grounds crew from the Philadelphia Folk Festival cleaned up 16 bags of trash along Upper Salford Road. The festival was held virtually this year due to the pandemic.

            Stream Cleanup with the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy will take place on October 31.

            There is a steady increase in resident attendance at the meetings as everyone practices social distancing and continues to wear masks.





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