Fox Chase residents get sneak peek at voting machines

Fox Chase Town Watch and Homeowners Association reconvened for the first time since the summer with updates from police and a new voting machine demonstration.

Fox Chase Town Watch and Homeowners Association met last week for the first time since the summer to receive updates from police and try out the touch screen voting machines that will be used citywide this November.

Town Watch president Stephen Phillips started the meeting with a moment of silence in remembrance of 9/11 and also pointed out this November will be 25 years since Eddie Polec was killed in the neighborhood.

Community relations officer for the 2nd Police District Mark Mroz stopped by to advise neighbors to make sure to lock their cars and not to keep valuable possessions in their cars. He urged drivers to be respectful of driving behind school buses and that officers will give out substantial fines to those who do not. He also thanked the associations for their donations to a recent bike ride and bike giveaway.

“We don’t have too many break-ins of cars where they’re actually smashing the windows, they don’t want to draw that attention,” Mroz said.

Neighbors also got a hands-on look at the city’s new voting machines. Voters will receive a paper slip that they will insert into a slot on the machine when they begin to vote. They will make every choice by tapping the box with the chosen candidate’s name in it until it is highlighted. Once voters have made their selections, they will print the slip of paper that will be submitted as a physical backup copy in case there is an error with the machines.

Options for English and Spanish, changing the screen’s contrast or display the ballot in bigger font are available.

In other news:

  • Homeowners Association President George Bezanis returned after being away for a year. Vice President Kate Friend reported updates that could be happening in Fox Chase as part of the city’s 2035 plan, which could make the area more walkable and to turn the area with the library and school into a town center. Representatives are scheduled to visit the associations in November.
  • Trash and roots will be cleared from Lorimer Trail before work begins on its extension. It is unknown when work will begin, with a spring 2020 start looking likely. The walking and bicycling trail will stretch on the old SEPTA line from Rhawn Street to the Montgomery County line. It will be 12 feet wide and covered in crushed stone.
  • Meetings take place the second Wednesday of every month at American Legion Loudenslager Post 366, 7976 Oxford Ave. The next meeting will take place Oct. 9.