Towamencin: New finance director now on board

Towamencin Township is in the process of filling one open position and is actively seeking a candidate for a second.

The appointment of a new finance director was announced by township officials on Wednesday night.

Vice Chairman Chuck Wilson announced that new finance director Adam Szumski would begin work by the end of June.

Since Brooke Neve, the previous finance director, stepped down at the end of February, the position has been vacant. When Wilson announced Szumski’s appointment in his finance committee report on June 8, a search firm was hired in March to find a successor.

Don Delamater, the township manager, said afterward that Szumski has about ten years of experience working with and for municipalities in Pennsylvania, most recently as a Senior Analyst for the Central Division of the Pennsylvania Economy League. While also working closely with finance departments to implement and train employees on financial management software, Delamater noted that Szumski “has contributed to numerous municipal operational reviews and developed long-range financial projections based on a thorough examination of line item financial statements of Pennsylvania municipalities.”

The manager confirmed that now that the previous vacancy has been filled, the staff is working to file a new one. Jen Guckin, the township’s code director since 2015, has left to take a job in private industry.

In order to fill the vacancy, the township is currently advertising and accepting resumes, according to him.

The auditor resigns.

Additionally, Don Lepp, the township auditor, has resigned, leaving the position open. Wilson made the announcement.

Interested residents can submit a letter of interest for the remainder of the term, Wilson said.

To avoid putting the position on the ballot for a public vote in the fall of 2023, a board-appointed auditor must now be appointed to the position within 30 days. Anyone interested should send a letter of interest and a resume to Delamater at Towamencin Township, 1090 Troxel Road, Lansdale, PA 19446 or email ddelamater@towamencin.org.

Upgrades are approved, as is a study.

Both of the late-May projects were approved by the board on June 8th.

The Chick-Fil-A restaurant on Forty Foot Road has a plan to widen their drive-through driveway and add a canopy structure near the pickup window to help staff better handle the heavy traffic the restaurant has seen since it opened in 2014. The plan was presented to the board in late May and approved. On June 8, the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a plan to resurface the parking lot of the Easter Seals of Montgomery County and make minor changes to add additional impervious surface.

A $49,000 proposal from township land planner Simone Collins to conduct a sidewalk study throughout the township was approved at the May meeting after staff investigated whether such services could be better provided by the Montgomery County Planning Commission. Commission staff had tabled the proposal for investigation.

Until the county planning commission is able to hire more planners, Wilson said, “we have received communication from them that they are not prepared to accept any new clients at this time.” It’s good to know that the township did its due diligence, but Supervisor Rich Marino said he’s okay with the consultant’s proposal because it’s more efficient and will move things along faster.

Updates to the sewer agreement have been made.

Changes to Upper Gwynedd sewer customers who cross township lines were ratified by a second unanimous vote in the township council.

According to Wilson, “A few Towamencin Township properties were to continue to be served by Upper Gwynedd” when Upper Gwynnedd Township withdrew from the sewer authority.

This number has since increased to seven, which necessitates an update to the intermunicipal agreement between Upper Gwynedd and Upper Darby. Two residents continued to express their opposition to the board’s plan to sell the township sewer system after the update was approved unanimously with no comments. Opponent Kofi Osei of Towamencin NOPE continued to challenge the projected rate figures presented by the sale consultant and which the board used to justify voting for sale, while resident Tina Gallagher asked for specifics about who will operate the plant locally for the national company that has purchased it.

Towamencin Day has been rescheduled.

After the May 21 Towamencin Day celebrations in the township were canceled due to bad weather, the board unanimously decided to move the event to October 1.

A screening of “Sing 2” on June 21 at 6 p.m. in Fischer’s Park, a concert by “Don’t Call Me Francis” on June 23, a concert by “The Supernaturals” on June 30, and an electronics recycling event at North Penn High School, 1340 Valley Forge Road, on June 25 from 9 a.m. to noon are just some of the upcoming events in the township’s calendar.

It’s 7 p.m. on June 22 at the township administration building, 1090 Troxel Road, in Towamencin. Visit www.Towamencin.org for additional information.