January 3, 1993 |
The municipal property tax in Hatfield Township will remain level this year. But officials say avoiding tax increases may be more difficult in future years as growth levels off. The township's 1993 budget maintains the 1992 rate of 33 mills - 30 for the general operating fund, two for fire and one for recreation. For the homeowner whose house is assessed at the township average of $8,600, the property tax will remain $283.80. Other taxes will stay constant. All residents will continue to pay a $10 head tax, and those who work within Hatfield Township will pay a $10 work tax. Minimal fees for street lighting and fire plugs also will remain unchanged.
September 21, 1989 |
The Hatfield Township Planning Commission has voted unanimously to recommend conditional approval of The Commons at Hatfield, a 181,600-square- foot flexible-use building. At Tuesday night's meeting, the commission voted, 4-0, to recommend that the Board of Commissioners approve the Alexander Vacca Co.'s development plans. John Skutelas, a member of the Planning Commission, was absent. Company president David Vacca outlined the plans, which call for the building to be located in the Hatfield Business Commons, on a 12.2-acre tract off Bergey Road near Route 309. The building's interior will be able to be adapted for use as either a warehouse or an office building.
May 15, 1997 |
The pivotal seat that carried an earned-income tax into this municipality in October will be up for grabs in Tuesday's Republican primary, when newcomer Gerald Andris seeks to oust Richard Lewis from the Board of Commissioners. Andris, 36, an engineer at Ford Electronics, said that if he was elected to the Ward 5 seat, his top priority would be working for repeal of the tax. "It's an escalating process," Andris said. "The politicians in office want more money, and they're not being held accountable for the money they have.
April 18, 1986 |
A former Hatfield Township garage owner went on trial yesterday, charged with the $10,000 contract killing of a South Carolina truck driver and the slaying of the man's traveling companion, a Methodist minister who is said to have witnessed the execution. Assistant District Attorney Ward Cotton said in his opening remarks to the Montgomery County Court jury that he would present evidence to show that Paul J. Guglielmi, 29, fatally shot Harold Sellers, 35, of Hartsville, S.C., to receive $10,000 from Sellers' employer, the beneficiary named on his $100,000 life insurance policy.
November 26, 1999 |
Garfield James Edmonds Jr., 70, of Towamencin Township in Montgomery County, had owned and operated manufacturing companies and was well-versed in the Bible through seminary studies. He died of heart failure Monday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He was an engineer for Atlantic Refining Co. until 1956, when he joined the family business, JED Manufacturing Co., a machine shop in the East Falls section of Philadelphia. In 1958, JED moved to the city's Germantown section.
August 20, 1998 |
Martin R. Fountain, 79, who had a colorful lineage and served Pennsylvania as an administrative law judge, died Saturday at his home in Upper Gwynedd Township. After practicing law in Philadelphia and working for the Legal Aid Society for several years, he became a hearing examiner for the state Liquor Control Board. He then served as an administrative law judge for the Public Utility Commission until retiring a few years ago. Judge Fountain was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and, according to his family, was a descendant of Oliver Fountain, who served George Washington as a messenger during the Revolutionary War. Another ancestor, Albert Jennings, was a lawyer who represented Billy the Kid. After graduating from Boys High School in Brooklyn, Judge Fountain served as a staff sergeant with an Army cavalry unit and then with Gen. George Patton's Third Army in Europe.
May 30, 1997 |
Karl F. Trupp, 86, of Lansdale, a retired electric company employee who had been honored for community service, died Monday at North Penn Hospital in Hatfield Township. He formerly lived in Erdenheim and Gwynedd. For more than 45 years before his 1976 retirement, Mr. Trupp worked in the customer service department of the Philadelphia Electric Co. He spent much of that time in a managerial capacity, said his wife of 60 years, J. Elisabeth "Betty" Trupp. After he retired, he participated in the Meals on Wheels program sponsored by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and for many years helped others prepare their income tax returns through the free Income Tax Filing Assistance Program for Senior Citizens.
August 29, 1993 |
On Sept. 20, Sydney Britten will become this township's first manager. Britten, 51, was Hatfield Township's first manager when he took that job in 1971. He left Hatfield in 1988 to make more money as a property manager, a move that failed when the recession hit in 1990, he said. The new position, which pays $35,000, excites him, Britten said. He is currently an account representative for Metropolitan Insurance Co. "It's not that I did not like it," said the Hatfield resident.
August 4, 1987 |
A woman and two children on their way to Bible school were killed and a third child was seriously injured yesterday when their car hit a tractor- trailer that had jackknifed into their lane in Hatfield Township. Township police identified those killed in the 9 a.m. accident on Forty Foot Road as Sandra Smith, 37, of Hickory Way; her son Jeffrey, 9, and Brad Tuerk, 9, also of Hickory Way. The third child, Michael Smith, 13, was taken to North Penn Hospital in Lansdale, where he was in serious condition in the intensive-care unit, a nursing supervisor said.
December 18, 1996 |
John J. Hartigan Jr., 71, of North Wales, retired head custodian for the Upper Dublin School District and a former mechanic, died Friday at North Penn Hospital in Hatfield Township. He had retired in 1990 after eight years with the school district. Formerly, he was a mechanic on heavy-duty construction equipment for Ingersoll-Rand Co. in Montgomeryville. Mr. Hartigan was born and educated in Philadelphia, and served in the Pacific as a Marine Corps sergeant during World War II. He had resided at the Neshaminy Falls retirement community in North Wales for the last 16 years.