With the election in the rearview mirror, the excitement is growing among the three democrats that won seats on the Wissahickon School Board. Sherri Becker, Tracie Walsh and Ron Stoloff along with Republican Joe Honeycutt will take the oath of office at a reorganization meeting on December 2nd. Becker attended the school board meeting Monday night and said job one is getting a grasp on the issues at hand including contract negotiations and facility questions. Stoloff was there too and said the new board members will leave their party labels at the door after they are sworn in. He also said there have been no discussions about who will become board president at the December 2nd meeting. With the winners in the election preparing to take office, current School Board President Young Park took his leave Monday night and said he respects teachers immensely in spite of his disagreements with their union.
The Montgomery County Commissioners say their finances continue to move in the right direction. They received a report Thursday that projects a $540,000 dollar operating surplus at the end of this year. There were some cautionary notes too though. Chief Financial Officer Uri Monson said the cost of operating the emergency 911 system is $2,800,000 over budget because the surcharge on telephone service that is supposed to provide the funding is no longer enough. Monson also told the commissioners he expects the county to have more than $41,000,000 in the bank at the end of this year after it sells the Human Services Center in Norristown and the nursing care facility Parkhouse in Upper Providence.
The Montgomery County District Attorney is offering a $10,000 reward for information about a Lansdale murder case gone cold. The lifeless body of Julie Barnyock was found in a freight yard near the SEPTA train station in the borough almost 20 years ago. Her cause of death was listed as blunt force head trauma. Law enforcement officials are hoping that new forensic technology will allow them to make use of evidence that could not be tested at the time of the murder.
Lansdale Borough Council found itself in new surroundings Wednesday night. With Borough Hall closing on Friday to make room for a new municipal complex, the first meeting of Lansdale officials outside of the old facility took place at the North Penn School District Educational Services Center on East Hancock Street. The borough is renting meeting room facilites from the district for a nominal fee. Officials are reminding Lansdale residents that Borough Hall will close for good on Friday at 4-30 in the afternoon. Starting on Wednesday, November 13th most borough business will be conducted in the modular offices that have been set up at 645 Ninth Street.