Gale Opposes Montgomery County Advisory Board Appointments | New
NORRISTOWN – Several higher education and health board appointments were opposed by Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale at Thursday’s County Commissioners Council meeting.
“If the goal is to have (…) more county control over this specific board, it might make sense to appoint the attorney or county comptroller to oversee the finances, or the legality of actions. with the board, “Gale said Thursday. “But this is a complete overhaul, and I just don’t feel comfortable with that, and the precedent it sets for moving forward.”
Montgomery County Commissioners Chair Val Arkoosh has recommended that Jocelyn Gallagher, Barbara O’Malley, Tara Gaudin, Joshua Stein and Jerry Nugent be appointed to serve on the board of the Higher Education Health Authority.
Several of the appointees are currently affiliated with Montgomery County. For example, Stein serves as a lawyer, O’Malley works as the deputy county director general, and Gaudin is the director of the Montgomery County health and social services office.
The board provides funding to health and educational institutions in the form of tax-free bonds, according to Kelly Cofrancisco, director of communications for Montgomery County.
The terms of the appointees were to “begin immediately and serve at the pleasure of the county commissioners,” Arkoosh said.
Gallagher’s term would then expire in 2022, according to Arkoosh. Additionally, the terms for O’Malley, Gaudin and Joshua Stein would expire in 2023, followed by Nugent in 2024.
The five new board members were appointed to the seven-member board, according to Cofrancisco, who confirmed that the terms of the previous representatives have ended.
Ultimately, the board members were appointed in a 2-1 roll-call vote. Gale was the only dissident.
In other cases, the trio of county officials has authorized more than $ 678,000 in contracts spanning multiple departments, including assets and infrastructure, information and technology, and public safety.
In addition, officials have allocated $ 178,790 to install a 9/11 memorial on the Montgomery County Public Safety Department campus in Eagleville.
The initial $ 9.08 million contract with SJ Thomas Co. Inc., of Lansdowne, provided for the construction of a warehouse and storage facility on the property of the Montgomery County Emergency Operations Center , located at 50 Eagleville Road in Eagleville.
Additional funds would cover the “construction of a base, including foundations, electricity, landscaping, paving and installation” of the memorial, according to the agreement.
The revised contract now stands at $ 9,264,801.
A previously approved $ 320,401.44 contract with Crown Castle Fiber, of Warrington, has been re-approved.
Under the agreement with the Montgomery County IT and Technology Solutions Department, the Bucks County company provided “dark fiber connectivity and ISP services for Montgomery County.” It was originally defined as a five-year contract with five optional one-year renewal periods, depending on the contract.
County IT has requested renewal of the contract “for the third available renewal period,” which is not expected to exceed $ 320,401.44.
The award of a contract for 200 parking spaces at the Norristown Transit Center was approved in a 2-1 roll call vote. Arkoosh and Lawrence voted in favor of the issue, while Gale voted against.
The agreement between the Montgomery County Department of Assets and Infrastructure and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority of Philadelphia would allocate parking spaces in the parking lot, located at Lafayette Street in downtown Norristown, for $ 7,000 per month.
According to the contract, the department “needs a parking lot during the construction of the justice center”. Spaces would be designated for a maximum period of 60 months, or five years.
The next meeting of the Montgomery County Council of Commissioners is scheduled for July 15 at 10 a.m. There will be a virtual viewing option, but it will take place on the eighth floor of One Montgomery Plaza, located at 425 Swede St. in Norristown.