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Black Fly Spraying

On Thursday, May 14, 2015, an aerial black fly (biting gnat) suppression operation will be conducted on the Schuylkill River in Montgomery, Chester, Berks, and Schuylkill Counties; on the Lehigh River in Norhtampton and Lehigh Counties; on the Perkiomen Creek in Montgomery County; on the Tulpehocken Creek in Berks County.  Work will be conducted on the Perkiomen Creek from the mouth upstream to Spring Mount.

Typical aerial operations involve the application of Vectobac 12AS (a brown, viscous, liquid material that smells like fish oil) from a helicopter.  After circling a site for observations, the helicopter will apply the Vectobac perpendicular to the river flow in designated areas by flying back and forth across the river and discharging the material from a boom arm. The material is then carried downriver. The active ingredient in Vectobac is Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (B.t.i.), a naturally occurring soil bacterium.

Helicopter Applicators of Gettysburg, PA is the scheduled contractor and will be using a blue and gray Bell Jet Ranger with tail number N139RD.

Any questions or concerns regarding this operation can be directed to me at the number below. More information about the program can be found at the link below.

 

Ben Russell | Biologist III

Department of Environmental Protection

2 East Main Street | Norristown, PA 19401

Phone: 484.250.5109 | Fax: 484.250.5971

http://www.depweb.state.pa.us/blackfly

The Circus is coming to Town!Circus

Circus Day is Sunday, June 7th at Meadow Park.  There is an admission charge.  Shows are at 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM.  Proceeds to benefit the Schwenksville Fire Company.  www.schwenksvillefire.com.

Rain Barrel Workshop

Rain Garden Workshop posterThe Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy will be holding a Rain Barrel Workshop on Saturday, June 13 at 9:30 am.  Please pass this information along to any interested parties.  Attached is an informational poster about the event along with information about how to register.

Jessie Kemper

Conservation Coordinator

Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy

1 Skippack Pike, Schwenksville, PA 19473

610-287-9383

 

Flag Retirement Ceremony & Band

On Sunday, June 14th, Schwenksville Borough will honor our Country’s Flag and all the Freedoms it represents.  The Patriotic Order Sons of America Camp 387 and Boy Scout Troop 105 will have a Flag Retirement Ceremony and the Montgomery County Concert Band will serenade us with great music.   Bring lawn chairs and come out to enjoy the day!Flag

Music in the Meadow Series

Wednesday, June 17th 6:30PM to 8:30PM – Brian Brazil and the Hard Case Blues Band – www.bluesharmonica1.com

Wednesday, July 15th 6:30PM to 8:30 PM – Christopher Dean Band – www.christopherdeanband.com

Wednesday, August 19th 6:00PM to 8:00PM – Dog Bite Money – www.dogbitemoney.com

South Main Street Improvement Project

This project includes improvements along Main Street between Perkiomen Avenue and approximately 41 Main Street funded with federal Community Development Block Grant dollars.  The design and engineering costs are paid for by the Borough of Schwenksville.

  • Selective road widening to allow for 11’ travel lanes, parking lanes on both sides of the street where width permits, and sidewalks for pedestrians
  • Striping of a modified turn lane at Perkiomen Ave
  • Replaced curbing and sidewalk with new curb & sidewalk
  • Dedicated parking lanes with 15- 17 marked parking spaces (has changed with revisions)
  • Three small bump-outs
  • Planning for future Street-scaping improvements such as ornamental street lighting and holiday decorations.

The project is currently in the permitting stage.  After a Highway Occupancy Permit is obtained from PennDot, the bid specifications and design need to be finalized and then advertised for bids.   Construction is anticipated for summer 2015.  For background and frequently asked questions please read this South Main Street Project Background.

As a part of the Citizen Engagement Process, Council agreed to create a log of citizen comments compiled from three Project Specific Meetings, Submission of written comments , Comments at Regular Monthly Meetings and comments from individual meetings.  The South Main Street Resident Concern Log is now available to view.   Additional Information regarding this project will be posted shortly.  Thank you for your interest and patience.

2015 Draft Budget Approved

The 2015 Draft Budget of $990,455.00 has been approved and authorized for public comment.   This sum includes $481,455 in General Fund Expenditures, $466,000 in Capital Expenditures and $43,000 in Liquid Fuels (highways) expenditures. The Borough is faced with increasing maintenance and insurance costs and stagnant or decreasing revenues, most notably the Earned Income Tax.  It was with great reluctance, but collective agreement, that Borough Council is advertising a proposed .5 mill real estate tax increase.  The increase amounts to a $76.00 increase in the annual real estate tax paid to Schwenksville Borough for the median home assessed value of $152,047, which is about 21 cents per day.  This is an 11% increase and is the first tax increase in since 2007.

pie chartThe 2013-2014 winter hit the Borough hard.  Not counting winter expenses for Nov. through Dec. the Borough is $19,285 over budget for winter maintenance and $16,800 over budget on road repairs.   The Borough’s emergency cash reserves are projected to decrease from 2013 and the forecast for another harsh winter is a significant financial concern.   At the same time, the Borough feels a commitment to continue progress addressing aging infrastructure and public safety.  The Borough’s ability to leverage cash reserves to access state and federal grant money is critical to the Borough’s long term capital plan.  The Budget includes $466,000 in capital projects financed predominately with state and federal grants that reimburse the Borough for work completed.  Those projects are not possible without sufficient cash on hand.  They are outlined in the Borough Newsletter which will be mailed to Residents in the near future.

Borough Manager Anne Klepfer welcomes any resident to come speak to her about the proposed budget and the specific projects projected for 2015 and beyond.  It is recommended that you call in advance to make sure she is available.  The Borough is accepting public comments in writing or in person at the December 11th Council Meeting at which time Council will vote on both the proposed Tax Ordinance and 2015 Budget.

2015 Summary Budget- As Advertised              2015 Draft Line Item Budget

 

To Report a Public Safety Concern

The Borough of Schwenksville is covered by the Pennsylvania State Police.  Residents should feel free to contact the State Police with any and all public safety concerns as many times as necessary.  It is helpful to report incidents, or suspicious behavior at the time they are occurring or observed; however for habitual problems, please contact the State Police to alert them so that they can respond appropriately.   Trooper Deanny  E. Wright is the Community Services Trooper Assigned to Schwenksville Borough from the Skippack Barracks.

Skippack Barracks
2047C Bridge Road
Schwenksville, PA 19473
(610) 584-1250

Deanny E. Wright – DEAWRIGHT@pa.gov

Emergency – 911

Ways You Can Protect Our Water Supply

When rains come down the storm water flows over roofs, across lawns, and down driveways, sidewalks, and roads before entering stormwater drains. The water entering those drains go directly to our water supply, along with all the dirt, debris, and chemicals it picked up along the way. In Schwenksville Borough, that water could contaminate the Perkiomen Creek and its tributaries.  Protect our water and natural areas by helping to reduce the contaminants in our stormwater.  Start with the following tips, and visit the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy http://www.perkiomenwatershed.org  and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection at http://www.depweb.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/water/6008 for more information.

  • Use the Montgomery County Household Hazardous Waste  Collection Program to dispose of hazardous household substances, such as      used motor oil, cleaning supplies, and paint.
  • Use pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides properly to prevent excess runoff.
  • Pick up after pets and dispose of their waste properly.      If left in your backyard or at the park, pet waste can be carried into the      storm sewer system or a stream by stormwater runoff.
  • Instead of washing your car in your driveway, take it      to a car wash, where the water is treated and recycled.

Schwenksville Borough operates a municipal storm water system that is permitted by the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection. The permit requires that the Borough:

  • Continue public education and outreach activities
  • Notify and solicit public input/involvement regarding      management of the system
  • Monitor, test and eliminate illicit discharges from      outfalls in the system
  • Control construction site stormwater runoff through      enforcement of ordinances
  • Ensure that all post-construction stormwater      improvements in new or re-developed areas are built as designed and are      operated and maintained properly
  • Implement a pollution prevention program for municipal  operations.

For more information or to provide public input please contact the Borough Manager at aklepfer@schwenksvilleborough-pa.org

Montgomery County Sponsored Recycling Events

Electronics Recycling

Electronics Collection events, Free Paper Shredding Events, Tire Collection Events and Household Hazardous Waste Events for 2014 have now been scheduled. For a complete list of events and details please view the following documents:

 

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Schwenksville Borough
140 Main Street
Schwenksville, PA 19473
(610) 287-7442 Phone
(610) 287-8098 Fax

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