Incumbent Upper Merion Township Supervisors Bill Jenaway and Greg Waks are pleased to announce that they will be seeking re-election to the Board of Supervisors.
Upper Merion has progressed phenomenally over the past few years. What was a struggling local economy is now unquestionably one of the most vibrant in our commonwealth. The unemployment rate in the township hovers around 3%, we have maintained our AAA bond rating, and we have not raised taxes. We have also eliminated the costly mistakes of the past by substantially reducing the amount of litigation against the township, including the all important settlement of the decades old golf course case. The ongoing restructuring of office space will prevent the need to expand the township building, which will save millions of taxpayer dollars. We have made major infrastructure investments, including a new community and senior center and construction of a trail linking Heuser Park to Valley Forge National Park. We have passed ordinances that protect our residents from unwanted commercial solicitors, excessive noise and discrimination. Additionally, for the first time in years there is a healthy and productive relationship with the school district and the unique Board of Community Assistance Scholarship Program has helped make college more affordable for dozens of deserving local students. By revamping our archaic zoning codes and working with redevelopers, the long desired construction of senior housing can come to fruition, and what was an antiquated business park will soon see new life. Public safety and traffic mitigation issues have taken precedence like never before. Equally as important, the culture of the Board of Supervisors is vastly improved. Both the township and supervisors frequently reach out to residents to discuss various issues or areas of concern and we have dramatically expanded the use of email and social media. Residents who show up at board meetings are always treated with respect, and political affiliation is no longer a consideration for appointments to citizen boards.
These accomplishments and many others have been widely recognized. In the past 2 years our community has received numerous accolades, including being named the best place to live in the Philadelphia area, the second best place to live in Pennsylvania, one of the 10 best places to find a job in Pennsylvania and one of the best places to retire in the country. While we are extraordinarily proud of this record, we know it’s not enough to do good; you have to keep doing good. This is what motivates us every day in our role as your representatives. And this is why in the coming months we look forward to speaking with you- not just about our record over the past few years- but about our exciting plans for the future to make Upper Merion Township an even greater place to “live, work, and worship.” We once again look forward to earning your support!
Bill and Greg