Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Kratz Road house sits on almost 17 acres, which includes a walled garden and a babbling brook.
A three-bed, three-bath home on Kratz Road in Lower Frederick, “reminiscent of an English farmhouse,” is on the market for $799,900, according to Zillow.com. The home, built circa 1792, sits on 17 private acres of woodlands and pasture, including a meadow island. The home has exposed stone walls and restored wide-plank floors throughout, aand a great room with a walk-in fireplace, beamed ceilings, large windows, views of a lily pond and walled gardens. The family room has built-in cabinetry and a wood stove, the dining room has a beamed ceiling, and the kitchen boasts a soap stone sink, solid Tiger maple counter tops, high-efficiency appliances and primitive cabinetry. All three windows include picture windows, and the master bedroom …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Are you trying to keep that New Year's resolution? The township can help.
Wednesday, January 23
Are you trying to stay fit? Are you looking for a new way to get in shape? The Lower Frederick Township Parks and Recreation Department has a few tips to help you out. The township is currently offering a yoga and meditation course for area residents. The cost for the eight-week session pack is just $25. Alternatively, guests may drop in to try out a single class for just $5. The yoga classes are held each Wednesday night through March 6. They are held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Lower Frederick Township Building. If the weekends are more your free time for working out, the township also has a Stretch and Fit session running for any age to join. From 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., the township building plays host to the course which will also run for …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Ryan Markle, 24, formerly of Lower Frederick, must pay back $13,515 to Twin Ponds Golf Course in Douglass, after admitting to stealing from them while he was employed there
Lansdale’s Ryan Patrick Markle, 24, just scored the biggest bogey of them all at Twin Ponds Golf Course. On Tuesday, the resident of the 600 block of South Valley Forge Road, formerly of Lower Frederick Township, admitted to stealing more than $13,000 from the Douglass, Montgomery County golf course in after-hours thefts, while employed there in 2011, according to a Pottstown Mercury article. He was sentenced to one to three months at the Montgomery County prison, according to the article. Upon release, he was three years’ probation. Markle gets credit for time served. Markle, who entered a plea agreement, must pay back $13,515 to the Twin Ponds Gold Course, according to the article. Markle admitted to felony theft by unlawful taking, …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Vehicles crashed in Upper Hanover and Lower Frederick Townships.
Two hit-and-run crashes were reported in Lower Frederick and Upper Hanover Townships between Dec. 28 and Dec. 30, according to the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP). Lower Frederick Crash An unknown sedan crashed into a GMC Sierra truck on Rt. 29 near Old Gravel Pike in Lower Frederick Township at 6:15 a.m. on Dec. 28, according to police. The truck, driven by Joseph Gimber of Schwenksville, was traveling north on Rt. 29 near Old Gravel Pike when the unknown sedan, traveling south, moved into the northbound lane and forced Gimber to crash into the guide rail, police said. The driver of the sedan did not stop, according to the PSP, and fled the scene going south on Rt. 29. Police are asking anyone with information to contact the PSP …
Friday, December 14, 2012
The new code is intended to improve many safety issues; a permit is required for major improvements.
The Lower Frederick Township Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance regarding requirements for township driveways, aimed at improving safety issues throughout the township. “The existing township code addresses sideways, but it has been insufficient to address certain matters of safety, sight distance and gradation,” said Lower Frederick Engineer Carol Schuehler. As a result, she said there were many township driveways with insufficient sight distances, driveways push stone and mud into township streets, and townships with poor drainage that cause icing and other issues. Schuehler noted that the new ordinance requires safe sight distances, the obstructed line of sight 3.5 feet above the pavement surface, the thickness of …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Ofc. Marc D. Messenger, whose employment with the Lower Frederick Police Department was terminated in August of 2010, sued the township and staff.
Lower Frederick Township entered into a settlement agreement with former police officer Marc D. Messenger, according to Board of Supervisors Chairman Ernest Schmitt. The board unanimously approved a motion at the board’s Nov. 27 work session that Schmitt read aloud at the Dec. 4 meeting: “On November 27, the board of supervisors made the motion to ratify entering into a settlement agreement with Marc C. Messenger to settle all litigation, arbitrations and any other pending or future claims in relationship to his employment as a Lower Frederick Township Patrolman” “This bring to an end a saga that we could talk about for hours but, because of the nature of the agreement, we can’t,” Schmitt said. According to minutes of the Sept. 7, 2010 …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Budget includes extra revenue from the newly initiated Local Service Tax and increased sewer rates
The Lower Frederick Township Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the 2013 budget with no municipal tax increase at its December meeting. The township’s millage will remain at 1.85, including .2 mils going towards Lower Frederick Ambulance, .27 mils to the Lower Frederick Fire Company, and .065 for fire hydrant services. The new budget includes a new local services tax, which was passed at the board’s October meeting. The new tax requires individuals working in the township of Lower Frederick to pay $1 per week, or $52 per year, to the township. The budget also includes increased revenue from increase in sewer rental rates. The rate for all properties that utilize the public sewer will raise from $85 to $91 per quarter. “You won’t see…
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Applications are due to the Lower Frederick Township Building before Dec. 7.
The Lower Frederick Township Planning Commission must fill a vacancy in January of 2013, and is asking interested parties to apply. The township’s planning commission is responsible for reviewing all applications pertaining to zonings, and makes recommendations to the board of supervisors. Recent matters in front of the board include the Old Gravel Pike Bridge, the commercial vehicle parking ordinance, and Lower Frederick’s sign ordinance. Planning commission meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the township building. Any interested Lower Frederick resident should send in a letter of interest along with a list of qualifications to the township building.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Residents objected as the board passed a local services tax, affecting all who work in Lower Frederick, and an amendment to the zoning code that limits the size of trucks in residential neighborhoods.
At its Oct. 2 meeting, the Lower Frederick Township Board of Supervisors passed a new local services tax for all Lower Frederick employees and an amended the zoning code to restrict the size of commercial trucks parked at residences. Both pieces of legislation passed 2-1. Chairman Ernest Schmitt and Ron Kerwood voted in favor of the new tax and the amendment; Vice Chairman Bob Yoder voted against both. LOCAL SERVICES TAX All individuals who work in the township of Lower Frederick will be responsible for paying $1 per week, or $52 per year, to the township - regardless of where the employee resides - according Tom Keenan, the township's solicitor. Keenan cited the example of a Perkiomen Valley Middle School West teacher who works in Lower …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
DUI Crashes were reported in Lower Frederick and Upper Salford Townships since Aug. 31
Editor's note: The following items include information provided by the Skippack Barracks of the Pennsylvania State Police. Arrests, where they are mentioned, do not indicate conviction. 19-year-old Blue Bell Woman Crashes in Lower Frederick According to the Pennsylvania State Police, 19-year-old Hope Daniel, of Blue Bell, has been charged with DUI after her car struck an electrical pole in Lower Frederick Township just after midnight on Sept. 2. The report states that Daniel was traveling westbound on Zieglerville Road when, for an unknown reason, she lost control of the vehicle and struck an electrical pole on the north side of the road, near 24 Zieglerville Road. Police determined that Daniel was operating the vehicle while under the …