There were some tense moments in the Hatboro-Horsham School District on Friday. The high school and an adjacent elementary school were locked down as police searched the nearby woods for a mssing boy with a troubled past. The youth was found unhurt. Montgomery County law enforcement officials say he was not a threat to either himself or the students at the two schools.
Hatfield Township is facing the task of repairing the Walnut Street Bridge. According to Hatfield Township officials, the bridge is deteriorating. Fortunately for the Township, revenues for 2013 are up and projections for 2014 look to be in positive territory. The Commissioners will meet on November 6th and the 13th for two budget workshops. Full repair of the Walnut Street Bridge is estimated to be 1-point-5 million dollars.
A public interest group has issued a report card on the state of public education in Montgomery County. Public Citizens for Children and Youth says while the graduation rate among the 21 school districts of the county is the highest in the region only half of those starting school have access to full day kindergarten. County Commissioner Chairman Josh Shapiro joined the group for a press conference Thursday to call for the state to reinstitute a school funding formula. They said that the school districts of Montgomery County would have an additional $34,000,000 in state aid a year had the legislature not allowed the funding formula started by the Rendell Administration to sunset two years ago.
The Department of Environmental Protection is fining Souderton borough 84-thousand dollars in connection with sewer violations. The fines are accessed regardless of how the sewer system is impacted. According to Borough Manager, Mike Coll, two separate incidents, one an accident the other an act of nature led to the fines. Leidy’s meat packing plant suffered a problem with its pretreatment system, sending solids to the sewer plant. the other fine related incident levied by the DEP was brought on as a result of a lighting strike, which cut power to the sewer treatment plant. Coll says, the Borough was able to stop discharge into a stream during the outage. Souderton Borough is looking to get the fine decreased to 14-thousand dollars. If a compromise falls short, the Borough is expected to request a hearing.