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Snow Emergency Declared

Schwenksville Borough has declared a  SNOW EMERGENCY DECLARATION 1-22-16 in Advance of the Nor’Easter expected January 22, 2016.  The Snow Emergency goes into effect at 10 PM and will continue until three (3) hours after the cessation of snow.   Vehicles must be removed from the following streets pursuant to Ordinance No. 380.

2nd Street Both Perkiomen Avenue to Centennial Street
Centennial Street South 2nd Street to Borough line
Main Street – Route 29 West Northern Borough line south to Perkiomen Ave
Maple Street Both Second Street to 3rd Street
Mine Hill Road Both Borough Line to Game Farm Road
Walnut Street South Main Street to Forest Lane

Snow must be cleared for a 2′ wide path and openings for all cross walks must made within 24 hours of the cessation of snow.

Christmas Tree Disposal

Advanced Disposal will collect Christmas Trees with Yardwaste on the last Tuesday of January for composting.   They will also pick them up with your regular trash.  To make arrangements for the Composting Collection please call Advanced Disposal at 610-440-3700.

South Main Street Improvements

The South Main Street Improvement Project is out to bid again. The Borough is seeking sealed bids to selectively widen Route 29/South Main Street between Perkiomen Avenue and the Borough Line.  Curbs and sidewalks will be replaced, bump outs, a left turn lane and ornamental lighting are also included in the bid specification.

Legal Notices
Bids for the South Main Street project were opened.   Council has 60 days to consider the bids.  South Main Street Bid Results

 

INVITATION FOR BIDS The Borough of Schwenksville will receive sealed bids online for the Schwenksville Borough Main Street Streetscape Improvements Project. Sealed bids may be submitted and updated online via the PennBidTM Program until Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 10:00 AM. The bids shall be publicly opened and read aloud on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Borough of Schwenksville, 140 Main Street, 19473. All Bid Documents and solicitation details are available on December 14, 2015 at no cost at PennBidTM – www.pennbid.net. A certified check or bank draft, payable to the order of the Borough of Schwenksville, negotiable U.S. Government Bonds (at par value), or a satisfactory Bid Bond executed by the Bidder and an acceptable surety, in an amount equal to ten (10%) of the total bid amount shall be submitted with each Bid. The successful Bidder will be required to furnish and pay for Satisfactory Performance and Payment Bond and Labor and Materialmen’s Bond. This Contract is subject to the requirements of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, as amended, which provides that training, employment and other economic opportunities generated by HUD assistance or HUD-assisted projects covered by section 3, shall, to the greatest extent feasible, be directed to low- and very low-income persons, particularly persons who are recipients of HUD assistance for housing. Attention is called to the fact that not less than the minimum salaries and wages as set forth in the Contract Documents must be paid on this project, and that the Contractor must ensure that employees and applicants for employment are not discriminated against because of their race, color, religion, sex or national origin. The Borough of Schwenksville reserves the right to reject any or all Bids or to waive any informalities or irregularities in the bidding when, in the opinion of the Borough, such rejections or waivers shall be to its interest or advantage. Prior to awarding the contract, bids may be held by the Borough for a period not to exceed sixty (60) days from the date of bid opening for the purpose of reviewing the Bids and investigating the qualifications of bidders. All bidders are invited to attend a Pre-bid Meeting to be held at 2:00 PM (prevailing time) on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at the Borough of Schwenksville, 140 Main Street, Schwenksville, PA 19473. By: Anne Klepfer Schwenksville Borough Manager MER 12/14,21 a-1

Regional Transportation Projects

Graterford Road Bridge Rehabilitation Underway
Crews began work on began on the Graterford Road Bridge over the Perkiomen Creek in Perkiomen and Skippack townships. They are working to rehabilitate the three-span bridge that was closed in June 2014 due to severe structural deterioration.

PennDOT’s contractor will restore the bridge by replacing the deck and beams, repairing the piers and support abutments and upgrading guide rail. The Graterford Road Bridge is expected to reopen to traffic in late April 2016.

During construction, Graterford Road through traffic will continue to follow the posted detour of Route 29, Plank Road and Route 73. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the area.

PennDOT to Repair and Resurface 19 Miles of State Highway in Montgomery County
Construction is starting on a $6.4 million project to repair and resurface 19 miles of state highway in Montgomery County. PennDOT will improve travel conditions on each state highway by milling or removing the deteriorated pavement and placing a new asphalt riding surface on each roadway.

Route 29 Corridor Road and Bridge Repair and Improvement Projects
Route 29/Plank Road/Otts Road Intersection and Installation of Temporary Light – PennDOT is installing a temporary traffic signal at the intersection of Route 29 (Gravel Pike)/Plank Road/Otts Road in Perkiomen Township to improve travel through the off-set intersection. Crews have cleared trees in the area where the temporary signal will be located and spotted the locations for the temporary poles. Work will continue to install the temporary signal, which will be operational in May. The temporary traffic signal will remain in the place during the upcoming replacement of the Route 73 bridge over the Perkiomen Creek and until the project to realign the intersection and install a permanent signal is completed.

Skippack Bridge – The three-span Route 73/Skippack Pike bridge over the Perkiomen Creek bridge will move to construction in 2016 after the Graterford Road Bridge reopens to traffic. The project to replace the bridge’s superstructure (bridge deck and beams) and repair the support piers and abutments is part of a $7.5 million Act-89 funded group bridge project (Group J), which includes the rehabilitation of seven additional bridges in Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery counties. The bridge, which was built in 1929, will be closed and detoured during construction. The bridge carries an average of 12,750 vehicles a day.

2016 Budget adopted

Tax increased .5 mill

At their December 10th Council Meeting Borough Council voted to adopt a Draft 2016 Budget that includes a half mill (.5 mill) real estate tax increase.  Borough Manager noted that the total assessed value for the Borough decreased again from successful property valuation appeals filed by property owners and that earned income tax projections continue to decrease.  Maintenance and Road Repair and Improvement line items increased a total of $16,340.00 with the remaining additional tax dollars being earmarked to pay for required cash matches to grant projects anticipated for 2016.   South Main Street, Walnut Street, Library Lane, Mountain View and the traffic signals are all scheduled for improvements in 2016.  It was also noted that professional service rates for engineering and legal advice also increased.

2016 DRAFT BUDGET         2016 capital plan update

PERMIT APPLICATONS

All permit applications should be made payable to Schwenksville Borough by check or money order.

Spotted Lantern Fly Quarantine

On September 22, 2014, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, confirmed the presence the Spotted Lanternfly in Berks County Pennsylvania, the first detection of this invasive non-native species in the United States.

Upon determination that the potential impact to Pennsylvania’s agricultural economy and natural resources was great, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture issued a quarantine with the intent to restrict the movement of the Spotted Lanternfly on November 1, 2014. To date, several municipalities in Berks and Montgomery counties are under a limited movement quarantine as the department and its federal, state, local and non-governmental cooperators develop a strategy to eliminate this pest from the Commonwealth.

The quarantine includes Upper Hanover Township and the boroughs of East Greenville, Pennsburg, and Red Hill in Montgomery County. In addition, it includes Colebrookdale, District, Earl, Hereford, Longswamp, Oley, Pike, Rockland and Washington townships and the boroughs of Bally, Bechtelsville and Topton in Berks County.

The general quarantine restricts movement of any material or object that can spread the pest. This includes firewood or wood products, brush or yard waste, remodeling or construction materials and waste, packing material like boxes, grapevines for decorative purposes or as nursery stock, and any outdoor household articles like lawnmowers, grills, tarps and any other equipment, trucks or vehicles not stored indoors.

Businesses in the general quarantine area need to obtain a Certificate of Limited Permit from the department in order to move articles. Criminal and civil penalties of up to $20,000 and prison time can be imposed for violations by businesses or individuals.

The Spotted Lanternfly, which has no known impacts to human health, is an inch-long black, red and white spotted pest and is native to China, India, Japan and Vietnam. It’s an invasive species in Korea, where it has attacked 25 plant species which also grow in Pennsylvania.

Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, attacks grapes, apples, pines and stone fruits. It often attaches to the bark of Tree of Heaven – sometimes referred to as Paradise Tree – an invasive species similar to Sumac that can be found around parking lots or along tree lines. Adults often cluster in groups and lay egg masses containing 30-50 eggs that adhere to flat surfaces including tree bark. Freshly laid egg masses have a grey waxy mud-like coating, while hatched eggs appear as brownish seed-like deposits in four to seven columns about an inch long. Trees attacked by the Spotted Lanternfly will show a grey or black trail of sap down the trunk.

All Pennsylvanians are encouraged to watch for the Spotted Lanternfly and offered the following suggestions :

  • If you see eggs: Scrape them off the tree or smooth surface, double bag them and throw them in the garbage, or place the eggs in alcohol or hand sanitizer to kill them.
  • If you collect a specimen: Turn the adult specimen or egg mass in to the department’s Entomology Lab for verification. First, place the sample in alcohol or hand sanitizer in a leak proof container.
  • If you take a photo: Submit photo of adults or egg masses to badbug@pa.gov.
  • If you report a site: Call the Invasive Species report line at 1-866-253-7189 with details of the sighting and your contact information.

While Pennsylvanians can submit suspect eggs to the department headquarters in Harrisburg or to its six regional office locations, county Penn State Extension offices are often a closer, faster option.

For more information about the Spotted Lanternfly, visit www.agriculture.pa.gov and search “lanternfly.”

Learn More About Your Local Government

A newly updated website, www.lgc.state.pa.us, seeks to connect residents with their local governments and the laws governing them, such as land use, private property issues and municipal taxation. The website, offered by the bipartisan Local Government Commission, facilitates ready access to municipal codes; dozens of frequently cited municipal laws of Pennsylvania; brief summaries of all acts signed into law since 1993, including those vetoed; and updates on recent projects by the commission.

Woman’s Club Celebrates 100 Years

womens club croppedThe Woman’s Civic Club of Schwenksville will celebrate their 100th anniversary in 2016.  Eliza Pennypacker, daughter of former governor Samuel Pennypacker started the club in 1916 and was the first president.   The club is part of the international General Federation of Women’s Clubs and is dedicated to community improvements by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.  The club organizes the annual Holiday House Tour which is scheduled for Saturday December 12, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  For Tickets call Anne at 610-287-7267.   The club also started and maintained the garden at the Schwenksville Trail Head near the intersection of Routes 73 and 29.  Happy Anniversary Ladies!!  The anniversary year celebration will conclude with a celebratory luncheon at the Bay Pony Inn in May 2016.

 New Building Inspection Program

Schwenksville Borough is pleased to announce that Code Inspection Inc. (CI) of Horsham PA is now the  UCC Code Inspection Services provider for Schwenksville Borough.   Tom Heisner has been assigned to service Schwenksville Borough for all Plan Reviews, Permitting and Inspections relating to the Building Codes of Schwenksville Borough.  Code Inspections Inc. will also provide Zoning and Property Maintenance review and enforcement services on an as-need basis.   This change was effective July 10th 2015.

Office Hours:

Tom will have a dedicated office hour on Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 10 AM.  During this hour, and additional time as needed, Tom will meet with applicants by appointment, pick up permit applications filed with the Borough, issue permits, return phone calls and meet with staff regarding open permits.  Call 1-800-288-2633 to schedule an appointment with Tom Heisner. Or stop by if you don’t mind waiting your turn.

Permit Applications:

All Permit Applications for Construction, Rental Inspections, Re-Sale Inspections, Change In Tenancy, or signs; as well as zoning, stormwater mgt., Road Opening/Sidewalk Replacement etc. should still be filed with Schwenksville Borough.  Forms and applications are listed below or are accessible from a link listed under “I want to” on the left side of this home page”.  The Construction Permit shall be used for New Construction, Renovations, Alterations, Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical Permits.  An application for a commercial or accessible plan review is also available.   More information and guidelines are available at http://www.codeinspectionsinc.com/inspection.php.    The New 2015 FEE SCHEDULE is available here.  Checks made payable to SCHWENKSVILLE BOROUGH may be submitted through the Borough when the permit application is dropped off or when the permit is issued;   All other permits are made payable to Schwenksville Borough as indicated below.

Inspection Hours. 

Primary inspections hours in Schwenksville Borough will be Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  All other inspection times will be accommodated as able with sufficient notice.   Inspections with Tom Heisner should be scheduled by calling Borough Hall at 610-287-7442 or by emailing gail@schwenksville-pa.org.   You can also call CI 1-800-288-2633 if you are unable to reach Borough Staff.

Permit Applications

Code_Inspections_Application for New Construction, Renovations, Alterations, Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical improvements.  Checks made payable to SCHWENKSVILLE BOROUGH.

PlanReviewApplication for non-residential and accessibility projects.  SCHWENKSSVILLE BOROUGH.

Use and Occupancy Application _Updated 8_31_15For Rental Inspections, Re-Sale and Change in Tenancy Inspections .  Checks ($85 Residential and $100.00 Commercial) made payable to SCHWENKSVILLE BOROUGH

U & O Requirements_Updated 8_31_15 – For Rental Inspections & Re-Sale are required prior to change in tenancy or ownership

Tenant Registration–  Tenant Registration is required Annually and is $25 per rental unit

Zoning Permit Application – For Pools, hot-tubs, Fences, new retaining walls, Sheds, Decks, patios, Driveways, New Construction, Change In Use, Signs, Balconies and awnings etc. .  Checks ($60 Residential, $100 commercial) made payable to Schwenksville Borough.

ZONING SAMPLE SITE (Plot) Plan for Zoning Permit – An example of the type of detail required to be submitted with all Zoning permits other than Change in Use.

All other applications please inquire with Schwenksville Borough at 610-287-7442.

Collection Dates (Hazardous Materials, and More):

  • Montgomery County publishes a list of recycling and drop off events annually that take place between the Spring and Fall of each year at various locations across  Montgomery County.  Please refer to  the County’s Recycling website, found here: http://www.montcopa.org/index.aspx?nid=637, for upcoming dates, acceptable items, and more.

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.

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

 

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Schwenksville Borough
140 Main Street
Schwenksville, PA 19473
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