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FVMR Drops Green Lane from Ambulance Service after April 1st
Written by Mary Gibbs Kershner, Correspondent
2024-01-04

            On Tuesday night at the Green Lane Borough Council reorganization and regular council meeting, Mayor Lynn Wolfe Bergey, announced she had received a shocking notice that day that the Harleysville EMS, Freedom Valley Medical Rescue (FVMR) will cease operations within its Collegeville and Green Lane stations effective April 1. 

            After a review of its budget, municipal contributions, and call reviews, FVMR decided to eliminate ambulance staffing at certain locations.  It will continue to operate its stations in Limerick and Lower Salford. 

            Newly reappointed Council President Brian Carpenter noted the borough will review its options for ambulance service for its residents. Carpenter observed there is money in the borough's budget for ambulance service.

            The borough council announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) have signed the paperwork for approximately $1.2 million to be distributed for the purchase of flood-ravaged properties along Lumber Street.  The second half of the award will be distributed at a later date. It is expected the funds will begin to be disbursed within a few months. 

            Now, the borough must search for a demolition contractor to raze the buildings that will be purchased by the state and federal agencies.  Borough Engineer Joe Carlin, Gilmore Associates, cautioned the borough council that some materials can be salvaged out of the properties. Carlin noted the council should be aware that, depending on how the contract is worded, demolition contractors can sell salvaged material.

            A resident of the borough informed council that a gasoline station located in the borough that formerly sold sandwiches in its shop now sells mostly vaping tools and cigarettes.  She expressed concern because she has three young sons.  The borough council suggested the resident restrict her children to where they can and cannot go.  The council also noted the resident should inform the state police if she perceives illegal activity.

            There is still illegal use of the borough dumpster at the borough's park.  The borough council agreed to place a lock on the dumpster until spring unless the trash hauler can remove it for less than $250.

            The borough council announced the state police will monitor speeding on Green Street.

            Bergey announced that the Wreaths Across America sponsored by VFW Post 5954 in Red Hill was a huge success.  Wreaths were placed on veterans' graves at Friedens Cemetery in Sumneytown.  Veterans who served the United States of America are buried at the cemetery from the Revolutionary War through all the recent wars.  The wreaths were handmade of balsam fir and grown in Maine.

            Bergey administered the oath of office to three newly reelected borough councilmen, Gerald Godshall, Jack Findley, and Jonathan Corey Guntz.  All three reelected members will serve for another four years.

            The Green Lane Borough Council reorganized itself with no changes.  Council President Brian Carpenter was reappointed to the position. Godshall was reappointed vice president. Godshall also acts as a borough council member on the borough sewer authority.  Dave Comer, Fox Rothschild, was reappointed as borough solicitor.  Joe Carlin, P.E., Gilmore Associates, was reappointed as borough engineer. 

            Carlin has been instrumental in obtaining lighting, paving, and sidewalk grants as well as assisting with PEMA and FEMA grants for the properties along Lumber Street that have been ravaged by flooding. 

            Mary Theresa Garber was reappointed as borough secretary/treasurer, and right to know officer. Garber, along with Carlin, has been very involved in seeking assistance from FEMA and PEMA for borough residents harmed by flooding in Green Lane.


 

 

 

 

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