Next Steps

Outreach to Township Commissioners and Legislators

It does not matter if you live in an elected official’s ward, district, or state. If you have something to say, say it. The more information they have, the better able they are to make an informed, rather than political, decision. Speak to their emotions but back your letter with facts. Thank you for your support!

Here are a few suggestions to make things easier but by all means please use your own:

From the family of a high school rower:

Dear Commissioner xxxxxx,

Our daughter/son rows for Harriton/Lower Merion. The sport has been great, giving him/her the opportunity to take part in a team sport whereas without rowing, he/she would not have the opportunity. As parents, we have to pay dues and raise money to support the sport. Because the township does not have a facility, the district must bus our children to a crowded facility in Conshohocken, one which restricts the amount of time the students can get on the water. If our students can launch from Lower Merion, then more of their day could be spent rowing (and doing their homework) than waiting for buses to unload and standing in line to launch their boats.

We would greatly appreciate if you would support building a boathouse on our side of the river.

From a resident of Lower Merion who rows:

Dear Commissioner xxxxx:

I live in Lower Merion and I also enjoy the sport of rowing. I rowed in HS/College and today row out of xxxxx. It would be a great convenience if we built a boathouse on our side of the river on the upper Schuylkill, above the dam. I would be able to row more often as I would have not have to travel as far and vie for space in and around Boathouse row.

Please support the project to build a beautiful community boathouse for Lower Merion.

From a resident of Lower Merion who is not a rower:

Dear Commissioner xxxxx:

I am not the parent of a rower and I do not row myself. I am, however, a resident of Lower Merion and a taxpayer in both Lower Merion and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

We have a wonderful community, which is made even better when we work together as a community. The recent Cynwyd Trail is one such example of how a community oriented project enhances our community, makes this a better place to live, which increases the desire of other people to live here. Building a community boathouse would be another such enhancement, which if built and maintained to the highest standards, would again increase the value of living in Lower Merion.

Please support the project to build a beautiful community boathouse for Lower Merion.

From a coach:

Dear Commissioner xxxxx,

I coach crew at Harriton/Lower Merion high school. This sport enables hundreds of kids each year to participate in a sport that does not require exceptional athletic skills or years of training. When the students start our program, they are all equal. They learn how to train, how to develop discipline, how to juggle school and after-school activities, and they develop friendships that last a lifetime. For over sixty years, Lower Merion schools trained out of Boathouse Row in Philadelphia, but the popularity of the sport squeezed us out of the downriver location. Now we must vie for space in an overcrowded boathouse in Conshohocken.

Recently, Haverford and Malvern high schools, along with the borough of Conshohocken, constructed a boathouse. One of the most important points to this is that now two schools can launch boats down a ramp onto a dock, whereas at the Conshohocken boathouse, we must wait for boat after boat to use the ramp. Our kids attend school, so the amount of time wasted, impacts their ability to progress in rowing as well as in their school work.

A boathouse on our side of the river would reduce the travel time, reduce the congestions and give these kids the overall experience they deserve.

Please support the project to build a beautiful community boathouse for Lower Merion.

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Here is a list of our Commissioners – if you are not sure who your commissioner is you can find that information here: http://www.lowermerion.org/index.aspx?page=182

Our Commissioners

The Honorable Daniel S. Bernheim, Esq., President

Gladwyne, Merion Park, Penn Valley, Wynnewood – Ward 1

  • President, Board of Commissioners
  • Chair, Fire Committe

Phone: 215-636-4468

Email: dbernheim@wilentz.com

The Honorable Joshua L. Grimes, Esq.

Gladwyne, Penn Valley – Ward 2

  • Co-Chair, Building and Planning Committee
  •        Co-Vice Chair, Intergovernmental Relations Committee
  •        Co-Vice Chair, Police Committee
  •        Member, Ad Hoc Traffic Safety Committee
  •         Member, Ad Hoc Township Services Assessment Committee

Phone: 215- 772-5070

Email: jgrimes@lowermerion.org

The Honorable Michael F. McKeon, Esq.

Belmont Hills, Penn Valley and Bala-Cynwyd – Ward 3

  • Chair, Public Works Committee
  • Co-Vice Chair, Economic Revitalization Committee
  • Co-Vice Chair, Library Committee
  • Co-Vice Chair, Parks and Recreation Committee
  • Chair, Ad Hoc Pools Committee
  • Member, Ad Hoc Nominations for Township Boards Committee

Phone: 202-906-0350

Email: mmckeon@lowermerion.org

The Honorable Anthony C. Stevenson, Ed.D.

Ardmore and Haverford – Ward 4

  • Chair, Economic Revitalization Committee
  • Co-Vice Chair, Grants and Community Development Committee
  • Co-Vice Chair, Intergovernmental Relations Committee
  • Co-Vice Chair, Public Works Committee
  • Chair, Ad Hoc Affordable Housing Committee
  • Member, Ad Hoc Pools Committee

Phone: 610-645-6145

Email: astevenson@lowermerion.org

The Honorable Ray A Courtney

North Ardmore and Wynnewood -Ward 5

  • Chair, Intergovernmental Relations Committee
  • Vice Co-Chair, Economic Revitalization Committee
  • Vice Co-Chair, Parks & Recreation Committee
  • Chair, Ad Hoc Environmental Initiatives Committee
  • Member, Ad Hoc Stormwater Management and Ad Hoc Zoning Committee

Phone: 484-413-2245

Email: RCourtney@LowerMerion.org

The Honorable Andrew S. Gavrin

Rosemont-Villanova – Ward 6

  • Vice President, Board of Commissioners
  • Co-Chair, Finance Committee
  • Co-Vice Chair,  Township Properties
  • Member, Ad Hoc Stormwater Management and Ad Hoc Zoning Committee

Phone: 646-527-8491

Email: agavrin@lowermerion.org

The Honorable Sean P. Whalen Esq.

Wynnewood, Ward 7

  • Chair, Township Properties Committee
  • Vice Chair, Building and Planning Committee
  • Co-Vice Chair, Fire Committee
  • Vice Chair, Telecommunications Committee
  • Member, Ad Hoc Nominations For township Advisory Boards Committee

Phone: 215-662-7402

Email: SWhalen@LowerMerion.org

The Honorable Anna Durbin, Esq.

South Wynnewood and East Ardmore,  Ward 8

  • Chair, Library Committee 
  • Co Vice-Chair, Grants & Community Development Committee
  • Chair, Ad Hoc Nominations for Township Boards
  • Member, Ad Hoc Traffic Safety & Ad Hoc Pools Committee

Phone: 610-649-0147

Email: annadurbinward8@gmail.com

The Honorable David McComb, ESQ.

Bala Cynwyd — Ward 9

  • Chair, Legal Affairs Committee
  • Vice-Chair, Finance Committee
  • Co Vice-Chair, Police Committee
  • Member, Ad Hoc Township Services Assessment Committee

Phone: 610-667-1446

Email: DMcComb@LowerMerion.org

The Honorable V. Scott Zelov

Haverford, Bryn Mawr, & Gladwyne–Ward 10

  • Co-Chair, Finance Committee
  • Chair, Police Committee
  • Co-Vice Chair, Fire Committee
  • Chair, Ad Hoc Traffic Safety Committee
  • Member, Ad Hoc Affordable Housing and Ad Hoc Zoning Committee

Phone: 610-256-4120

Email: vscottzelov@lowermerion.org

The Honorable Tiffany O’Neill

Bryn Mawr, Gladwyne, Rosemont — Ward 11

  • Chair, Grants and Community Development Committee
  • Chair, Parks and Recreation Committee
  • Co-Vice Chair, Library Committee
  • Co-Vice Chair, Township Properties Committee
  • Chair, Ad Hoc Stormwater Management Committee
  • Member, Ad Hoc Environmental Initiatives Committee

Phone: 610-349-3258

Email: toneill@lowermerion.org

The Honorable Todd M. Sinai

Merion, Ward 12

  • Co-Chair, Building and Planning Committee
  • Chair, Telecommunications Committee
  • Chair, Ad Hoc Township Services Assessment Committee

Phone: 215-898-5390

Email: tsinai@lowermerion.org

The Honorable Gilda L. Kramer, Esq.

Cynwyd & Merion Park — Ward 13

  • Chair, Health Committee
  • Vice Chair, Administrative & Human Resources Committee
  • Vice Chair, Open Space Committee
  • Member, Ad Hoc Environmental Initiatives Committee

Phone: 610-617-3131

Email: GKramer@LowerMerion.org

The Honorable Rick Churchill

Penn Wynne, Wynnewood — Ward 14

  • Chair, Administrative & Human Resources Committee
  • Chair, Open Space Committee
  • Co-Vice Chair, Health Committee
  • Co-Vice Chair, Intergovernmental Relations Committee
  • Member, Ad Hoc Affordable Housing

Phone: 610-755-5397

Email: rchurchill@lowermerion.org

State Representatives touching Lower Merion

Representative Mary Jo Daley

148th Legislative District

Narberth Office Info

Narberth Borough Hall

100 Conway Ave.

Narberth , PA 19072

Hours of Operation – 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Notes – Second and fourth Tuesday of each month

Repmaryjodaley@pahouse.net

Representative Pam DeLissio

194th Legislative District

6511 Ridge Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19128

P*: (215) 482-8726
RepDeLissio@pahouse.net

Representative Tim Briggs

149th Legislative District

554 Shoemaker Rd
Suite 149
King of Prussia, PA 19406
610-768-3135

tbriggs@pahouse.net

Representative Greg Vitali

166th Legislative District

1001 East Darby Road

Havertown, PA 19083

P*: (610) 789-3900

RepGregVitali@pahouse.net

State Senators touching Lower Merion

Senator Daylin Leach

17th Senate District

601 S Henderson Road
Ste 208
King of Prussia, PA  19406
610-768-4200

Leach@pasenate.com

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