Borough ABC’s [Authorities, Boards, Commissions and Committees]

In general, Pennsylvania local governments are small operations. More than 77 percent of the state’s 2,562 municipalities serve populations of less than 5,000. In such governments, municipal officials are usually non-professionals; that is, his or her profession or occupation is usually not government service. He or she may be a merchant, farmer, doctor, steel worker, teacher or industrial supervisor. In short, most municipal officials are ordinary citizens serving their community. Citizens run for and seek appointment to local office for a number of reasons. Primarily, they have something at stake – their life in the community, their property, their future and their children’s future. Second, being mayor, councilman, planning commissioner, park & recreation chairman or activities chair can be an interesting and exciting challenge. A local official is in the middle of community activity, in a position to get things done for the community. In the lives of most government amateurs, there is scarcely a dull moment as numerous duties must be performed and obligations honored. There are tough decisions to make, many thankless jobs, and even some disgruntled residents.

The non-professional status of most officials does not imply they know little about governmental operations. Through time and experience, some develop into experts, both in government administration and the knowledge of the needs of their communities.  They bring into local government new thinking from the world of business or other areas of life. All in all, the citizen-official is the backbone of local government in Pennsylvania, and local government is the foundation of the American system of democracy.

In addition to the elected positions of Councilman, Mayor, Tax Collector and Auditor, there are many Authorities, Boards, Commissions and Committees (ABC’s) with which residents can get involved and volunteer to serve.  To apply for an appointed volunteer position please complete the Volunteer application_2 form and return it to: Borough Council, 140 Main Street, Schwenksville, PA 19473

Here in Schwenksville Borough the Following ABC’s are active:

Board of Auditors- Elected Auditors prepare the Borough’s Financial Statements and Audit Borough Accounts

  • Susan Rash – 4 Year Term through 12/23
  • Vacant – 6 Year Term through 12/25- Open
  • Paula Steiger – Term Ends 12/31/21

Schwenksville Borough Authority – Responsible for Governing the Water & Sewer Service for Schwenksville Borough

  • John Markley (Chair)
  • Donald A. Whitko
  • Thomas Slater, Sr.
  • Brian Pippert
  • Darren Rash

Park and Recreation Board: Helps maintain Meadow Park, plans for improvements to the park and makes recommendations regarding Parks and Recreation. 

  • Peter Grauer
  • Sarah Knickerbocker
  • Gail Phillips
  • Darren Rash
  • Vacant

Activity Committee – Subcommittee of Park and Recreation Board plans Community Day, Concerts in the Park and other activities for the Main Street Plaza and Meadow Park

  • Gail Philips
  • Maureen Harte
  • Lee Ann Miller
  • Patty Clark
  • Tom Laconis
  • Paul Ensminger

Vacancy  Board – Vacant — Is the tie breaking vote when Council Cannot Agree on Appointments in the prescribed time.

Zoning Hearing Board:  Hears Applications for Zoning Variances and Appeals of the Zoning Officer’s Decisions

  • Glenn Umberger – Chairman
  • Harry Philips -Vice- Chairman
  • Adam Slater
  • Alternate Member – Vacancy

Planning Commission- Reviews Zoning,  ZHB applications, Subdivision and Land Development Application

  • Jim Caprio
  • H. Gilbert Williams (Chair)
  • Vacant- Term ends 12/31/23
  • Gary J. Schneider (Vice-Chair)
  • Darren Rash

UCC Appeals Board – One Year Annual Appointment – Hears appeals of the Building Code

  • Jim Caprio

Historical  Committee : Performs Historical Research, Writes historical Narratives, curates artifacts donated to the Borough

  • Lee Ann Miller
  • Darren Clossin
  • Sharon Morgan
  • Roy Miller

    Revitalization Task Force : Helps prepare the Revitalization Plan and Main Street Design Guidelines and Updates, helps plan for streetscaping, place making and economic development

    • Lee Ann Miller (Chair)
    • Gary Schneider
    • Brian Pippert
    • Chantel Brannan
    • Heidi Carrow
    • Jon Carrow
    • Joe Giunta, Mayor
    • Anne Klepfer – Staff Liaison
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    140 Main Street
    Schwenksville, PA 19473
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