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Perkasie appoints Rose to borough council

MELINDA RIZZO

Perkasie Borough Council voted 5-3 to appoint a retired United States Postal Service administrator to fill out its vacant Ward 2 seat at a regular business meeting Monday night.

Steve Rose, who has lived in the borough since 1980, will fill the term left open by the death of Florence Frei, 75, who died at her home March 19.

Rose said he brings a broad range of government experience on the local, state and national level to council, at a previous meeting. He is running for his own term in the November general election.

Rose did not receive votes from Council President Jim Ryder and Councilmen Chuck Brooks and Scott Bomboy. The three councilmen voted instead to appoint former Councilman Justin Stottler to fill the vacant seat. The motion failed.

Before taking the vote, Ryder said both candidates were highly qualified. “We are not going to lose, either way,” Ryder said.

Councilman Scott Bomboy was appointed to lead a new committee to explore creating a Perkasie Town Center Historic Preservation District.

Bomboy, a student intern in the Historic Preservation Program offered by Bucks County Community College, presented findings to support creating a district to increase the value of the borough’s town center, inventory its assets and make further economic revitalization to attract new businesses though preservation tax credits and incentives.

“We have a lot of buildings here that would qualify for the tax credit,” Bomboy said.

The project lays the groundwork for creating a marketing plan and applying for historic designations, which create opportunities for tax credits and maintenance and preservation grant funding, according to Bomboy.

Bomboy’s inventory outlines where eligible properties are located, along with details about when they were built and the industries Perkasie supported during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

“A lot of the town was built between 1879 and 1951 and 87 percent qualify as contributing resources to the National Register of Historic places,” Bomboy explained.

From 1879 to 1930 a significant part of the town was employed by or supported the cigar business, which later evolved to cloth and garment manufacturing during the 1930s to 1950s.
“Very few, very old buildings but we have a lot of the town built before 1965 and a lot from the Victorian era to World War II,” Bomboy said.

Bomboy said the new committee would need an architect and real estate professional included in its membership.

For information, contact Perkasie Borough office at 215-257-5065.

In other news:

A panel discussion, Bucks County Drug Epidemic Forum will be held at 7 p.m., April 25, at the First Baptist Church, 1600 N. Fifth Street, Perkasie.

Panelists include Perkasie Police Chief Steve Hillias and Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub, who will speak to the escalating problem of heroin, opioid and illegal drug usage, and its devastating effect on communities. “It’s not just about the addict,” Hillias said. Public is welcome.

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