Cycling Enthusiasts take note!
Tailwind Bicycles of Schwenksville’s Annual Turkey Ride is almost upon us! Come join the fun!
Draft 2016 Budget available for public comment
At their November 12th Council Meeting Borough Council voted to advertise for public comment a Draft 2016 Budget that includes a half mill (.5 mill) real estate tax increase. “It (raising taxes) is not something I like to do but we are challenged to keep up with the needs for improvements to our roads and storm sewers, carry on recommended maintenance activities and still move forward with capital improvements and I’d rather we increase taxes incrementally than all at once,” commented Council Woman Lee Ann Miller. Miller 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.
Residents wishing to comment on the proposed Operating Budget or Capital Improvement Plan should submit their written comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Council is schedule to adopt the Budget and Five Year Plan at their December 10, 2015 Regular Council Meeting at 7 Pm at Borough Hall.
PERKIOMEN AVENUE RESURFACING
PennDot is resurfacing Perkiomen Avenue the contractor is Highway Materials Inc. The work will be completed at night beginning at 6 PM and will concluded at 6:00 AM. One lane of traffic will be open at all times. The contractor intends to start Friday, November 13, 2015 by milling the roadway. The resurfacing will most likely occur Tuesday, November 17th, weather permitting. As a result of the milling the Traffic Signal loop detectors will not be working and the light will cycle through until new ones can be installed, most likely on Monday, November 16th.
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 email@example.com.
- 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
The 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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call CI 1-800-288-2633 if you are unable to reach Borough Staff.
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_15– For 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.
2047C Bridge Road
Schwenksville, PA 19473
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 email@example.com