Micah Knapp

Nether Providence Board of Commissioners, Ward 3

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This Fall I’m running for a second term as your representative on the Nether Providence Board of Commissioners. I’m writing you to reintroduce myself and ask that you vote in the May 21 primary election.

I’ve met many neighbors on Election Day, at community events, and on their doorsteps. But I still don’t know all of you. And many don’t know me. I’m a commercial insurance broker and attorney. My wife, Carrie Miluski, and I have a seven-year-old daughter and four-year-old son. We moved to Nether Providence in 2013. Carrie grew up down the street and graduated from Strathaven (’93). I was new to Nether Providence then. I found that I quickly developed a strong affection for our Township, meeting so many friends with shared values, including an appreciation of our schools, our parks and our strong sense of community. Those connections and desire to help improve services inspired me to run four years ago.

Since 2016, I’ve worked with the Board to ensure that your local government is responsive, fiscally responsible, and planning for a better future. In 2016 we purchased the old Summit School and preserved most of the land as open space. Along with our strong township administration, we’ve secured significant grant funding to build sidewalks on Wallingford Avenue in the Third Ward, Copples Lane near the middle school and Moore Road by NPE. Soon, we’ll pave a path along West Rose Valley Road and build a sidewalk on Possum Hollow from the Wallingford Train Station to Providence Road. We have also put in place traffic calming measures including speed tables and improved signage.

In 2018, the Democrats gained a majority on the Board and the ability to drive long-term goals. Chief among my priorities are formalizing strategies for the future of our parks, improving pedestrian access to schools and public transit, better maintaining our roads, and promoting and enforcing safe traffic. We also need to address our recycling contract and provide for a long term recycling strategy at a time when there is almost no market for recycled materials. This is all bread and butter stuff. But it’s important. And it must be done right.