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Dollar General Proposal Moves Forward in Marlborough
Written by Ernie Quatrani, Correspondent

American Rescue Plan will help with township upgrades


            During the monthly Marlborough supervisors meeting, Dollar General had its conditional use application approved as part of the process to develop a retail store in the township.

            The proposed building, at 3024 Main St., would occupy four acres of the 21-acre site that now includes a daycare in the building that was formerly Green Lane Elementary. How the rest of the site will be used remains to be determined.

            Robert Blue, Jr. and Daniel Glass, of Robert E. Blue Consulting Engineers, P.C., presented the vision for Dollar General's proposed 10,680 square foot building.

            Blue explained that "due diligence" has been done at the site, including locating wetlands and identifying topographic features.  "We've got a good feel for what's going on there," Blue said.

            Blue also stated that the site for a well has been determined, but water testing has not been done.

            A previous effort to develop the same site was abandoned after an adequate water supply could not be located. Blue made it clear that this proposal is not connected to past attempts to build on the site, and he is confident that any water issues can be resolved.

            Blue, who is a member of the Montgomery County Planning Commission, addressed concerns about protecting the neighbors of the site when it comes to issues such as drainage, buffering and lighting.

            Blue spoke about the underlying corporate vision of Dollar General–which is not associated with the Dollar Tree, located on Gravel Pike in East Greenville.

            "What used to be everything in the store is a dollar is no longer the case," Blue explained. "Basically, 25 percent of the stock items are a dollar or less. The balance of it is whatever the cost may be."

            Blue described Dollar General as a "neighborhood general store" that takes pride in being "the grocery store in the middle of nowhere", as opposed to a dollar store. Health and beauty aids, gift cards and food are among the products that can be purchased.

            The store will employ six to ten full or part-time employees with preference given to hiring local residents.

            "They definitely want to be a good neighbor," Blue assured the supervisors.

            Following the hearing, the supervisors went into executive session for 15 minutes to discuss the application before unanimously approving it.

            In other business, the board approved the 2022 budget including using President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan money to update the heating, cooling and phone systems and to increase building security.

            The supervisors passed resolutions for the real estate tax, the real estate transfer tax, and the earned income tax that include no rate increases.

            Solicitor Zachary Sivertsen discussed Comcast's contract proposal with the board, but no action was taken.

            Police Chief Darren Morgan received permission to advertise for a part-time position in the department to replace one of his officers who took a full-time job.

            Morgan reminded the meeting that the department's toy drive ends this Friday, Dec. 17 at noon. New unwrapped toys and gift cards for newborns to 18-year-olds can be dropped off at the Marlborough police station, or the borough offices of Pennsburg and East Greenville. Donations benefit children in the Upper Perkiomen Valley and patients at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The Upper Perk and East Greenville police departments are also helping out.

            "As of right now, we've been getting a tremendous outpouring from the community," Morgan said. Donations are on track to double last year's gifts.

            Marlborough police partnered with Upper Bucks police to Shop with a Cop at the Walmart in Quakertown last week, an event that served 230 children, and in the Valley, 16 children shopped for gifts last Sunday at the East Greenville Walmart.

            Minutes from the Parks and Recreation meeting indicated no progress on the tree removal issue that has been brought up at several supervisor meetings. The members of parks and recreation did consult with an expert but he "was unable to help at this time."

            The board also met in executive session before the regular meeting to discuss personnel issues, including the township manager's agreement, which passed unanimously during the regular meeting.

            The next supervisors meeting will be on Monday, Jan. 3, preceded by the annual reorganization meeting.






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