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Wissahickon and Cross County Trails Feasibility Studies Virtual Public Meeting

Posted on: July 20th, 2021 by Brandon Strong No Comments

Wissahickon and Cross County Trails Feasibility Studies Virtual Public Meeting
July 29, 2021 | 6:30–8:30 PM | Virtual Meeting

Please join us at a virtual public meeting covering the following two county trail segments:

The first hour of the meeting (6:30–7:30) will cover Segment 1, and the second hour (7:30–8:30) will cover Segment 2. We hope you can join us for both segments, but feel free to drop in for a specific segment that interests you. Staff from the Montgomery County Planning Commission (MCPC) and the trail planning consultant team, led by Gilmore & Associates, Inc. and joined by Campbell Thomas & Co., will provide an overview of each study, describe the alternatives being considered for each segment, answer questions, and invite your feedback. Please preregister for the virtual meeting. For further background information, we invite you to view the project website. Contact Ellen Miramontes, MCPC Trails & Open Space Planner II, at 610-278-3486 or emiramontes@montcopa.org with any questions.

Wissahickon and Cross County Trails Feasibility Studies Virtual Public Meeting

Posted on: July 19th, 2021 by Brandon Strong No Comments

WISSAHICKON AND CROSS COUNTY TRAILS FEASIBILITY STUDIES VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETING
JULY 29, 2021 | 6:30–8:00 PM | VIRTUAL MEETING

Please join us at a virtual public meeting covering the following two county trail segments:

The first hour of the meeting (6:30–7:30) will cover Segment 1, and the second hour (7:30–8:30) will cover Segment 2. We hope you can join us for both segments, but feel free to drop in for a specific segment that interests you. Staff from the Montgomery County Planning Commission (MCPC) and the trail planning consultant team, led by Gilmore & Associates, Inc. and joined by Campbell Thomas & Co., will provide an overview of each study, describe the alternatives being considered for each segment, answer questions, and invite your feedback. Please preregister for the virtual meeting. For further background information, we invite you to view the project website. Contact Ellen Miramontes, MCPC Trails & Open Space Planner II, at 610-278-3486 or emiramontes@montcopa.org with any questions.

 

Link: 2020 Wissahickon and Cross County Trails Meeting | Montgomery County, PA – Official Website (montcopa.org)

Montco Office of Veteran’s Affairs – Public Servant Veteran Survey

Posted on: July 19th, 2021 by Brandon Strong No Comments

The Montgomery County Office of Veteran’s Affairs has launched a new online survey for veteran civil servants who live in Montgomery County. The survey is open to veteran public servants and their families to help the county better understand the needs of its veteran population and inform its services and outreach.

If you are a veteran, it is encouraged that you take the survey or share it with any other veterans that you know who work in public service (county, towns, boroughs, municipalities, etc.).

Rent & utility relief available to those facing pandemic-induced hardships, Family-friendly events, and more

Posted on: July 19th, 2021 by Brandon Strong No Comments

Rent and utility relief available to those facing pandemic-induced financial hardships

 

With the COVID-19 eviction moratorium set to expire at the end of this month, the Montgomery County Commissioners are urging residents struggling with pandemic-induced financial hardships to look into our rent & utility relief program administered by Your Way Home. This program has provided much-needed support to both renters and landlords alike, keeping families in their homes while ensuring landlords are compensated.

 

Montgomery County residents who have experienced a COVID hardship and are in need of rent and/or utility assistance should call 2-1-1 or text their zip code to 898-211. They can also visit https://yourwayhome.org/eruc to learn more.

Montgomery County seeks new farmers to preserve their farms for future generations

 

The Montgomery County Planning Commission is accepting applications for the 2022 round of the Montgomery County Agricultural Land Preservation Program. This program encourages farmers to learn about how they can apply for permanent agricultural preservation of their farm.

 

The farmland preservation program purchases agricultural easements on operating farmland in Montgomery County, PA. After the easement is purchased, the owner keeps the land, which must remain in farming in perpetuity.

 

Some benefits of preserving a farm include direct financial help for the owners to support operations and the reduction of estate and inheritance taxes for those looking to pass on the farm to future generations. Preserved farmland is also more affordable for young farmers to purchase, guarantees a future food supply, and ensures a cherished way of life for the future.

 

Farms applying for preservation must meet minimum criteria to be eligible for the program. To apply for the program, a farm must:

·     Contain the greater of 50 percent or 10 acres of land in agricultural production.

·     Be a member of an Agricultural Security Area (ASA) consisting of 500 acres or more, which can be done through your municipality. Not sure you’re in a local ASA? We can provide more information on how to join.

 

To learn more, click here.

MontcoStrong 2021 nonprofit resiliency grant program applications are now open

 

The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners announced that a total of $5 million will be made available to nonprofit agencies, who suffered disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, through the MontcoStrong 2021 Nonprofit Resiliency Grant Program. Applications open today, July 19, 2021 at noon and will close on August 10, 2021.

 

“Nonprofit organizations that provide help with food, healthcare, housing, childcare, mental health resources, elder care and more are critical to the restoration of our communities as we move towards more normalcy,” said Kenneth E. Lawrence Jr., Vice Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners.

 

There are several differences from the previous MontcoStrong nonprofit grant program administered in 2020. Most notably, the types of organizations that are eligible, the eligible use of funds, and the amount of grant dollars an organization can apply for have changed.

 

Entities awarded a grant may use the funds for operational expenses paid or to be paid between January 1, 2021, through October 31, 2021. Grant amounts will be determined by the criteria provided in the program guidelines.

Montco Commissioners appoint new Director of Public Safety

 

Last month, the Montgomery County Commissioners appointed Michael O. Vest as the Director of the Department of Public Safety. Director Vest has been serving as Interim Director since January 6, 2021, following the retirement of former Director Thomas M. Sullivan.

 

“For the past 12 years, Mike has served Montgomery County with accountability and integrity,” said Dr. Valerie A. Arkoosh, Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. “As he has done for the past several months, I am confident that through his leadership, he will continue to be a valuable asset to the County in providing the highest level of public safety for our residents and visitors.”

 

“We congratulate and officially welcome Mike into this new role,” said Kenneth E. Lawrence, Vice Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. “I can’t think of anyone else who is better suited to continue to lead our public safety efforts at this critical time.”

Get your COVID-19 vaccine in Montco today!

 

New COVID-19 variants are threatening not only the health and wellbeing of our communities but also all of the progress we’ve made as a County against this virus. Vaccines have been shown to be safe and they remain our best bet for ending the pandemic and ensuring a lasting return to normalcy.

 

The good news is that it’s never been easier to get vaccinated in Montco. Our County runs four vaccination clinics all of which welcome walk-ups. For our latest clinic schedule, including hours and location, please visit https://www.montcopa.org/COVID-19Vaccine.

Upcoming Parks, Trails and Historic Sites events

 

Montgomery County’s Parks, Trails and Historic Sites have a number of events scheduled for the rest of July. Here’s what’s coming up:

 

Creek Discovery

July 22, 2021 from 11 am to noon at the Norristown Farm Park

Explore Stony Creek in search of the critters that live within its waters.

More details

 

Build a Bug Hotel

July 24, 2021 from 10 am to 11:30 am at the Norristown Farm Park

Learn all about insects and build your own bug hotel to take home. Cost: $10 per

hotel.

More details

 

Alcohol Ink Art

July 24, 2021 from 12 pm to 3 pm at the Norristown Farm Park

Get an overview of how to use alcohol inks, some demonstrations and lots of

hands on help if needed. Cost is $35 per person. Adults only.

More details

 

Summer Strolls Series

July 29, 2021 from 9 am to 10 am at the Norristown Farm Park

Tour the natural world of the Farm Park during this free, all ages hike.

More details

 

Invasive Plant Walk

July 30, 2021 from 10 am to 11 am at the Peter Wentz Farmstead

Discover the difference between native and invasive species and learn how to

identify non-native plants.

More details

 

Family Campfire

July 31 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm at the Norristown Farm Park

Bring your family for an educational campfire, games and stories.

More details

Montgomery County Office of Veterans Affairs Update: July 2021

 

Dennis Miller, Director of our Office of Veteran Affairs, provides a monthly video update on dates and services local veterans and their loved ones need to know about. Learn more at www.montcopa.org/veteransaffairs or call (610) 213-4022 or teamveterans@montcopa.org.

Emergency Rental Assistance, Medicare Counseling, Heat Safety, and More

Posted on: July 16th, 2021 by Brandon Strong No Comments
 

Emergency rent/utility assistance is available

The federal moratorium on evictions is set to be lifted on July 31. Please remember that help with rent and utility bills remains available for anyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Montgomery County, the rent and utility relief program is administered by Your Way Home.

More details, including eligibility information and partner organizations that can help, are available here. Interested individuals also can call 2-1-1 or text-message their ZIP code to 898-211 for more information.

Medicare counseling has a new name in PA
Pennsylvania’s Medicare counseling program, formerly called APPRISE, has a new name – PA MEDI (PA Medicare Education and Decision Insight).

The program will continue to provide free, valuable information to help Medicare-eligible individuals make informed decisions about health care.

More information is available here. Please call my office for more information, including details on how to schedule an appointment with a PA MEDI counselor.

MontcoStrong 2021 Nonprofit Resiliency Grant program

Applications will open July 19 for the MontcoStrong 2021 Nonprofit Resiliency Grant program, which supports non-profit businesses that were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of $5 million in funding is available. The application period closes Aug. 10.

Please note that there are differences from last year’s nonprofit grant program. Full details can be found on the program website.

Staying safe in the heat

Our region has seen extreme heat in recent weeks, so I wanted to share some resources for staying safe and cool when the temperatures are high.

Young children, older residents, and those with chronic medical conditions can be more at risk for injury or exhaustion from extreme heat – so check on neighbors and loved ones when you can.

Click here for tips from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, including information about the symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

Montgomery County will declare a Code Red in extreme heat situations. Information on Montgomery County’s extreme weather plans is available here.

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You can now sign up to receive the latest state government news by text message.

You’re already receiving my email updates, but if you’d like to receive occasional text alerts, please visit www.RepBradford.com and scroll down to the “Stay Informed” section.

Fill out the form and make sure to check the box to receive text messages.

Warmest Regards,

Matt

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Plymouth Township 4th of July Parade 2021

Posted on: June 23rd, 2021 by Brandon Strong No Comments

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic 6/21/21 @ Elmwood Park Zoo

Posted on: June 9th, 2021 by Brandon Strong No Comments

Speak Your Mind On Your Time to PA Legislators

Posted on: June 1st, 2021 by Brandon Strong No Comments

Updates on COVID-19, new unemployment compensation system, and more

Posted on: May 26th, 2021 by Brandon Strong No Comments

Vaccine updates

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available for anyone 12 years of age or older. Please note that anyone younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The county is offering the Pfizer vaccine for those 12 or older and the Johnson and Johnson vaccine for those 18 or older. Parents or guardians bringing children 12-17 to get vaccinated should make sure to choose a clinic offering Pfizer.

Montgomery County clinics are now accepting walk-ups, though appointments are still recommended. You may click here for the clinic schedule and other important information. Additionally, the county recently announced its clinics will have extended evening hours until 6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

If you have questions, you can call the Montgomery County COVID-19 hotline at (833) 875-3967 or contact my office.

 

Memorial Day: Mitigation orders to be lifted

COVID-19 mitigation measures, with the exception of masking, will be lifted on Memorial Day. More information on these changes is available here.

Pennsylvania’s masking order will remain in place until 70% of Pennsylvania adults are fully vaccinated – as of this weekend, that number is about 51%.

Click here to read more from the PA Health Department.

 

New unemployment compensation system coming soon

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry will soon move to a new, simpler unemployment compensation system.

The transition will take place May 30 through June 7, with the new system anticipated to be live on June 8. The system will be offline for several days during the transition.

You can click here for more information.

The department has also scheduled virtual workshops to help users understand the new system. Click here for a schedule and links to join. Please contact my office with any questions.

 

Mental health resources are available

May is Mental Health Awareness Month – a good reminder that resources are available if you or someone you know is struggling.

For crisis and treatment resources and more helpful information, visit the state’s guide to mental health here.

 

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Montgomery County, PA COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Now Serving Ages 12-15

Posted on: May 20th, 2021 by Brandon Strong No Comments

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