Fall 2010 - Souderton Borough Souderton Borough



Fall 2010 - Souderton Borough Souderton Borough
Fall 2010 • Volume 8 • Number 2
A Publication for the Residents of Souderton Borough
Pool Committee Aims to Raise $1M
This time next year, residents across
the Indian Valley will have enjoyed
three months of jumping in and
splashing around in the new Souderton
Community Pool. That’s the plan if
fundraising efforts to raise $1M are
successful. Though just beginning the
capital campaign, the Souderton Pool
Committee, led by Borough Councilor
Jeffrey Gross, is confident that local
businesses and residents will come
together to make the pool complex a
cherished community space for years
to come.
Campaign Efforts In Motion
The Make Your Splash Campaign is
well underway. Approximately 8,000
mailers have been distributed
to residents of Souderton,
Franconia, and Telford
townships. To date, $18,000
has been collected from this
campaign for the pool
complex and contributions
are still being accepted.
“We are one third of the way
there,” says Mike Coll,
Souderton Borough Manager,
explaining that a total of
$290,000 has been raised
from state grants, a mailing
campaign, and in-kind
services from Franconia and
Telford Boroughs who are
assisting with demolition and
The Souderton Pool Committee is working hard this fall
season to form partnerships with major donors to help
the Make Your Splash Campaign reach its goal of raising
$1M for the new community pool.
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Univest Grand Prix – A Brand New Experience
compete, and the race will feature live
television coverage on WFMZ-69.
Race Starts With Cyclosportif
Beginning with the 2010 Univest GP
Cyclosportif from 8 to 10 a.m., amateurs
riding the race course will raise money
for the Penn Foundation. In 100k or
60k races, friends and neighbors can
experience the same challenge and
excitement as the pros.
The new and improved Univest Grand Prix
bike course will keep racers in Souderton for
the majority of the race.
When the 2010 Univest Grand Prix
and Community Expo comes to town
Saturday, September 11, be ready for
an exciting new experience with more
opportunities to watch the cyclists than
ever before! More than 150 professional
riders from over a dozen countries will
Following Cyclosportif, children will
get their big wheels, tricycles, or twowheelers on the starting line for the
13th Annual Kids Races. Children 3 to
13 participating in this fun competition
will receive a ribbon and medallion
after they cross the official UGP Start/
Finish line. Registration is at 9:30 a.m.
and races begin at 10:15 a.m.
Professional Racers Will Cross
Finish Line around 3 p.m.
When the Grand Prix begins at 11:30 a.m.
make sure you are ready to experience
the exciting course changes. The course
has been significantly condensed in
the borough so each lap will take
approximately 14 minutes. Gone are
the days of waiting for bikers to return
from Green Lane.
At approximately 1 p.m., the professional
riders will face 13 laps of a brutally
hard, but spectator friendly, 5k/3m loop
through the borough. The Univest Grand
Prix is one of only 13 Union Cyclist
International ranked professional road
cycling competitions for men in the
United States.
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Phase II of Streetscape Project��� p. 2
Meet New Police Chief����������������� p. 3
Community Events������������������������ p. 4
Complete By Year-End: Phase II of Streetscape
modeled toward calming traffic, we
become more pedestrian-oriented,”
says Coll.
The Ripple Effect
When the Streetscape Project Phase II
is completed, residents and visitors
will enjoy more granite curbing, granite
block pavers, and new sidewalks along
Main Street. The main construction will
last September through November, with
project completion by year-end.
During construction, Main Street will
experience periods of closure or partial
closure. A clearly marked detour route
around the construction area will go
from Chestnut to North Front Streets.
“The main objective of this project is to
create a pedestrian-friendly downtown,”
says Mike Coll, Souderton Borough
“By providing new sidewalks, better
street lighting and using a design
Coll believes the project has a huge
impact on the whole borough including
existing and new businesses. The
borough’s investment in the project
causes a ripple effect as property owners reinvest in their property. This is
evidenced by the renovation of two Mill
buildings housing Allebach Advertising
and David Halliday’s Village Center
Properties (currently at 65% occupancy).
“Being in a vibrant downtown area
where tenants are close to great
restaurants and can watch the parade
and soapbox derby pass by their
windows is very attractive,” says Pam
Coleman, Souderton-Telford Main
Streets Manager.
Restoring Broad Street Theater
The Broad Street Theater restoration
project is an example of investors
responding to the borough’s commitment.
Main Streets secured gap financing and
worked with an adjacent property owner
resulting in doubling the size of the
When the venue is complete it will
include a casual restaurant, a dinner-only
steak house, a lounge, a concession stand,
and a 490-seat theater that will not only
return movies, but also accommodate live
performances and corporate meetings.
“The Broad Street Theater Complex
in our downtown will be like a miniconvention center – we will become
a regional destination,” says Coleman.
Construction will last nine months.
Main Streets is working to develop
a restaurant association so that all
restaurants benefit from two theaters
in the downtown.
Borough Council approved the conversion
of an Anchor Building Grant into a
revolving loan program with the Broad
Theater as its first recipient. As the
funds are repaid, they will be available
for future commercial projects within
Souderton. v
Univest Grand Prix – A Brand New Experience
(continued from page 1)
Community Expo Has
Something For All
This year’s Community Expo will be
expanded into the new Main Street Plaza
and will feature something for everyone.
Local business and visiting exhibitors
will sell a wide variety of merchandise
and delicious food. The expo’s Kids
Zone includes inflatable bounces, face
painting, clowns, and the ever popular
chalk walk.
If you live on Main Street or are attending
a party there, be ready for a day of quick
action. Visit www.stmainst.org for tips
on how to watch the bike race so you
and your guests understand what’s
happening! Get your cameras ready and
take pictures of your house party to post
on Facebook. Prizes will be awarded on
race day.
For more information, to volunteer, or
to register for Cyclosportif, visit
www.univestgrandprix.com. v
The Univest Grand Prix
returns to Souderton on
September 11-12 with a
new race course. The 83
mile race will challenge
racers to the Wile Avenue
hill 16 times.
Opening 5.8 mile racecourse
Clockwise direction
Finishing 3.8 mile racecourse
Clockwise direction
Pool Committee Aims to Raise $1M
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site work. Vincent Pools Inc. will be
handling the pool construction.
Swim Team Raises Funds
Through Swim-A-Thon
Support From Businesses and
The swim team has great hopes for the
new pool. With a well deep enough for
diving competitions, the diving team
will no longer travel by bus to the
high school pool for meets. In joyful
anticipation of their new pool complex,
the swim team has been active in fundraising, raising over $3,500 from a
swim-a-thon and collection boxes at
area shops and restaurants. The Yocum
Family generously matched this effort
with a personal contribution of $3,500.
The pool committee is now shifting its
focus, and is seeking major donors for
the project. Five tiers of giving have
been established:
• Community Donor (gifts $1,000-$5,000)
• Bronze ($5,000-$10,000)
• Silver ($10,000-$25,000)
• Gold ($25,000-$99,000)
• Platinum ($100,000+)
Platinum donors will be provided
naming rights to the concession stand
area, community room, slide, bathhouse, or kid’s zone. Individuals or
businesses interested in making a $1M
contribution will have naming rights
to the entire complex.
“Contributing to the pool is an
opportunity for businesses to leave
a lasting legacy that generations will
enjoy,”says Gross.
Donors of all levels will be recognized
in a mural on a dedication wall, designed
in partnership with the Indian Valley
Arts Foundation.
Get Involved Now!
More information is available at
www.soudertonpool.com, a website
donated and managed by Pool
Committee member Renee Page.
The Pool Committee is looking for
members to assist with fundraising
activities–please contact Jeff Gross.
Donations are always being accepted
and if donors would prefer making a
pledge, contact Borough Manager Mike
Coll at 215-723-4371.v
2010 Souderton Community Pool Annual Fund
Make Your Splash
YES! I want the children, families, and adults I know, live, and work with to
have access to a new and safe community pool. Here is my/our gift to help build
the new Souderton Community Pool scheduled to reopen Memorial Day 2011.
Please check one:
q $500 q $250 q $100 q $75 q $50 q $35 q $25 q Other $ ______
A Gift from (Name): _____________________________________________________
Address ________________________________________________________________________
City, State, Zip Code _____________________________________________________________
In Memory of: __________________________ In Honor of: _____________________________
Relationship to deceased/honoree:_________________________________________________
q Check if you would like to remain anonymous.
q Check if you would like to receive information on making a planned gift.
q Check if your company has a matching gift program.
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Thank you for your generous Souderton Community Pool donation. Checks can be made
out to the Souderton Borough Community Pool Annual Fund, and can be mailed to the
attention of Borough Manager Mike Coll at 31 West Summit Street, Souderton PA, 18964.
Meet New Souderton
Borough Police Chief
James Leary
Friends and family packed into the
borough’s council chambers on
Monday, July 12 to watch James P.
Leary put his hand on the Bible as
he promised to “protect, obey, and
defend” both the U.S. Constitution
as well as the Constitution of the
commonwealth of Pennsylvania as
the new Souderton Borough Police
Chief. Leary is most looking forward
to mentoring future generations of
Souderton Borough police officers
in his new role. A United States
Army veteran, Leary brings over 36
years of law enforcement experience
to the borough. v
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John Reynolds, Mayor
SOUDERTON Borough Council
Brian K. Goshow, President
Andrew C. Schlosser, Vice President
D. Jeffrey Gross (Chair of SoudertonTelford Main Streets)
Richard V. Halbom
Edward M. Huber
Ned D. Leight
Steven J. Toy
John U. Young
The Souderton Story
is written, edited, and
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Community Events
Univest Grand Prix
Cash Bingo
Penny Auction
Saturday, September 11
Cyclosportif Amateur Race: 8 a.m.
Professional Road Race: 10:50 a.m.
Locaton: Main Street, Souderton
Sponsored by: Univest
Sunday, October 10 – Noon
Perseverance Fire Company
Sponsored by: The Ladies Auxiliary
Saturday, November 13 – 5 p.m.
Perseverance Fire Company
Sponsored by: The Ladies Auxiliary
Souderton Holiday Parade
*See pages 1 & 2 for more details
Indian Valley Farmers Market
Pumpkin Baking Contest
Saturday, October 16
8:30 a.m.
Marketplace at Telford Station,
Main Street and Penn Avenue
Sponsored by: www.ivfm.org
Firehouse Breakfast
Sunday, September 19
7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Perseverance Fire Company
Sponsored by: The Ladies Auxiliary
2010 Fall Leaf Collection Schedule
Saturday, December 4 – 11 a.m.
Main Street and Broad Street
Sponsored by: Souderton-Telford Main
Christmas Tree Collection
Undeck your halls with the help of
Souderton crews. Remove all ornaments, lights, and decorations and
place your Christmas tree at your curb
for collection during the week of
January 3, 2010.
When fall comes into full bloom,
crispy auburn leaves fall to the
ground, and crews are gearing up
for another season of vacuuming the
leaves on property curbsides starting
the week of October 25.
to know exactly when to rake your
leaves to the curb.
Section 1 – From the railroad tracks
east to County Line Road between
reliance Road and Cherry Lane.
Mark down the curbside leaf collection
schedule below, and bookmark
Section 2 – From the railroad tracks
west to the borough line between
Reliance Road and Cherry Lane.
Nov. 1-5, Nov. 15-19, Nov. 29 - Dec. 3
Nov. 8-12, Nov. 22-26, Dec. 6-10
•Meet New Souderton Borough Police
Chief James Leary
•Phase II of Streetscape project aims
to be complete by year-end
•Learn more about the Souderton
Community Pool’s fundraising
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