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The Sunrise Trail Feasibility Study

The Feasibility study commissioned by Montgomery County to analyze the feasibility of constructing a western bicycle and multi-purpose trail has been completed.  The study can be viewed here.

For more information visit the County YouTube stations or contact the Montgomery County Planning Commission at 610-278-3722:

Borough News

Due to the sudden passing of Council Member Todd Larsen, Council welcomed a new Council member on board in July.  Fire Marshal and current Planning Commission member Chris Melville was appointed to fill the unexpired term through December 31, 2019.  Chris is hoping to gain the Democratic Committee’s endorsement to be on the Ballot in November and will be seeking election to a four year term.  Chris has informed Council that he plans to resign from Planning Commission at the end of his term, also December 31, 2019.

In other Council News,  Council Member Greg Pocius has announced that he will be moving out of the Borough and will need to resign his positions on Council and the Borough Authority.   This move also means his wife Siobhan Pocius will need to resign as Tax Collector.  It’s a huge loss to Schwenksville Borough.  Greg and Siobhan are very active in our community and have been dedicated volunteers for the Borough for many years.    Greg’s final Council Meeting will be August 8th and he will need to resign prior to the sale of his home.

If you are a resident of Schwenksville Borough and are interested in serving on the Planning Commission, the Borough Water & Sewer Authority, Borough Council or another committee, please submit a letter of interest to DarrenRash@Schwenksville-pa.org.   There will be openings on other boards and committees as well since Greg and Todd held many positions.      Please submit a letter of interest along with your qualifications/professional background.   Greg’s background in financial management and team leadership will be missed greatly.

Music in the Meadow Series – July Concert Date Changed (Again)

Hey Music Fans!  Did you know that on three Wednesday’s during the summer you can walk down to the Meadow to jam with local bands?  Come out and feel the beat and have some fun with your neighbors.   Meadow Park is conveniently located behind 300 Main Street in the center of town.  No alcoholic beverages are permitted.  Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages and enjoy the sweet sounds of music in the night.

Wednesday, June 26 6:30PM to 8:30PM – Rhodes less Traveled – www.facebook.com/rhodeslesstraveled/

Wednesday, July 24th 6:30PM to 8:30 PM – Four Lanes End go to www.facebook.com/Four-Lanes-End-Band ( Updated Change of date)

Wednesday, August 21st 6:00PM to 8:00PM – Dog Bite Money – http://www.facebook.com/dogbitemoney

Confirmed for a return performance is Schwenksville’s own DOG BITE MONEY .  Bite Money is always a local favorite and has quite a large following in the Schwenksville area. Their reputation as a crowd pleasing band stretches well beyond the local area. Dog Bite Money is a classic rock cover band with a song list that goes from Aerosmith to ZZ Top, and everything in between. 2009 was the 10 year anniversary of DOG BITE MONEY. This was also the year DOG BITE MONEY was named WMGK102.9fm “Band of the Year”. They finished that year playing to a crowd of over 50,000 fans in New Jersey with Paul Rodgers of Bad Company. What to expect at a DOG BITE MONEY show?  Great songs, high energy show, & always encourage crowd participation. Come see what you’ve been missing!!! For more info on the band “like” them on Facebook.

Pennypacker Mills Special Event “In the Good Old Summertime”

Pennypacker Mills is pleased to announce an upcoming event “In the Good Old Summertime” at Pennypacker Mills.  It will be Saturday, August 3rd from 11am to 3pm.  Please checkout the event flyer for more information.Small Poster (for Summertime)

Regional Policing Study Public Information Meeting

The Pennsylvania Legislature has been considering legislation that would begin to charge municipalities for State Police Services without expanding coverage or increasing services provided. The Study examined the feasibility and cost of creating a Regional Police Department that would provide 24-7 full-time local police services to a group of 3 or 4 municipalities as an alternative to State Police Services.
The 2018 Regional Police Study  is available for review and a multi-municipal public meeting was held to review the findings in December.  An addendum to study a third option for a smaller force is now being prepared. Each municipality is currently evaluating their options for providing public safety services to their community.
SCHWENKSVILLE AWARD NEW TRASH & RECYCLING CONTRACT TO WHITETAIL DISPOSAL
Schwenksville Borough has a Single Hauler Ordinance.  This Ordinance dictates that only one Trash Company can operate in the Borough during a specific contract period.   The purpose of the Ordinance is to limit the number of days trash is placed at the curb and restrict the number of trash trucks traveling the Borough’s narrow roads.  Under the Ordinance, Schwenksville Borough seeks competitive bids from multiple trash companies and selects the lowest responsible bidder to service the Borough’s Trash and Recycling needs under the Single Hauler Ordinance.    This includes anyone who utilizes a dumpster system for trash.  A rate schedule for dumpsters is also included in the Bid.    All Residential & Non-Residential properties are required to have an account for Trash and Recycling collection services.
Beginning January 1, 2019 the new company that will be servicing Schwenksville Borough both for Residential Service and all dumpsters is Whitetail Disposal. Whitetail will be sending postcards to property owners with instructions and information about their company. You may also log on to www.whitetaildisposal.com/ for more information about the company and their services.   An account for you will be established and you will be responsible for payment for the service regardless of whether or not you call to personalize your account.   The standard toters provided to you will be 96 gallon sized toters.
Your first step is to call Whitetail at 610-754-0103 and customize your account.  You may also email them at Schwenksville@whitetaildisposal.com.  You have until December 24th to let them know you if you want a different size recycling container.  Tell them you live in Schwenksville Borough and want to set up your account under the Borough Contract. For more information about Whitetail Disposal, log on to www.whitetaildisposal.com. You can also wait until a Schwenksville Whitetail Website is available. We will post all current information on www.schwenksville-pa.org as it becomes available.    Your second step will be to select the size trash toters you wish to utilize. The standard size for trash and recycling is a 96 Gallon toter.  If you prefer, a smaller toter or recycling bin will be provided upon request. You will also have the ability to open up your account and select your toters on-line, information on how to do this will be posted at www.schwenksville-pa.org when the webpage is ready.   If you don’t take these steps to customize your account, residential properties will be enrolled automatically and the standard toters will be provided.
The Borough has signed a 3-year contract with Whitetail after advertising for and receiving sealed bidsfor the contract. Whitetail was the lowest responsible bidder. The price per residential unit for 2019 is $21 per month/$63 per quarter/$252 per year. The service days and services provided will remain the same: Tuesday pick up for trash and single-stream recycling; 1 extra bag permitted; 1 bulk item per week permitted and yardwaste bags to be collected when left in proper biodegradable leaf bags.
PLEASE NOTE:According to Borough Ordinances all dwelling units are required to have a trash and recycling service provider andall commercial/non residential operations are required to have trash dumpster and recycling services as well.

2019 Budget

Borough Council authorized the advertisement of the 2019 Budget with a balancing figure of $2,274,490.00 for all funds including the construction fund for proposed renovations at 300 Main Street.   The General Fund Operating Budget is balanced at $596,474.00 which is $19,384 higher than in 2018.   No tax increase is proposed for 2019 and no new services are being added as of the time the budget is advertised.  Residents may submit written comments prior to the December 13, 2018 Council Meeting or are invited to attend the Borough Council Meeting which begins at 7PM at Borough Hall, 140 Main Street, Scwhenksville PA 19473.    2019 Budget Advertised  November Budget Message  Budget Advertisement for 2019 Budget.

Volunteers for Community Service always welcome

From time to time we have willing volunteers approach us about small projects that they could do to help us keep the Borough looking as nice as possible.   We decided that the best way to accommodate those willing volunteers is to keep a list of things that need to be done.  Some are routine maintenance that will need to be done regularly, others are small items that need to be repaired.  Please note that anyone willing to donate their time and skills will be greatly appreciated.    In fact, the Mayor just created a special award to be given out when from time to time he feels a volunteer has really been extraordinary.   To volunteer please check out the  Community Service Projects that we have identified as needing assistance and fit the work into your schedule when possible.   Thank you in advance!

Borough Electronic Sign

Your business or organization can still purchase advertising on the digital sign located in front of 300 Main Street.  The Borough took over ownership of the property at 300 Main Street following the merger of Schwenksville Fire Company with Lower Frederick Township Fire Company, has commissioned a new sign to sit on top of the electronic sign and has taken over managing the messaging on the sign.   The rates are similar to what was charged by the Fire Company.  The proceeds are being earmarked for Park and Activities Committee expenditures.

If you are interested in purchasing advertising space please read the Borough Policy, complete the Application and submit to gail@Schwenksville-pa.org.  

Sign Usage _Application &  Fee Schedule

THIRD PARTY BUILDING/CODE INSPECTION

As of July 13, 2018, Schwenksville Borough has changed Contractors for Third Party Code Inspection and Plan Review service.  The new provider is Castle Valley Consultants Inc.   The application forms on our website will remain in effect.  The current 2018 Fee Schedule will be in effect until January of 2019.  All applications should be submitted to Schwenksville Borough.  U&O Applications require payment of the flat fee up front made payable to Schwenksville Borough.  All other applications will be reviewed by Castle Valley Consultants and a fee will be calculated and is payable upon receipt of the permit.  To schedule an inspection please call Castle Valley Consultants directly at 610-469-8414 and select Option #2.   Any questions can be directed to Gail Phillips or Anne Klepfer at Borough Hall or 610-287-7442.    The Thursday Office Hour is now in effect.  An inspector will be available to take calls or walk ins between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM on Thursdays.

The below files are PDFs and will require you to have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer. If you do not have this program you can download here.

2019 FEE SCHEDULE

 Building Permit Application as of 7_13_18 Use for all Building, Mechanical, Plumbing & Electrical Applications

FOR ALL OTHER PERMIT APPLICATIONS PLEASE USE THE LINKE ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE OF THIS PAGE

 

Spotted Lantern Fly Quarantine – Schwenksville

Schwenksville Borough was recently notified that it is now under Quarantine for the Spotted Lantern Fly.  Last summer 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.  It has now spread to Schwenksville Borough.

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 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, Kayaks, Canoes and any other equipment, trucks, RVS 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.”

Wireless Communications Ordinance Updated

Schwenksville Borough adopted Ordinance No. 392 updating its wireless communications regulations.  The Ordinance amends the Borough’s Zoning Ordinance to update and add definitions and regulations to establish certain general and specific standards relating to the location, placement, construction and maintenance of tower-based and non-tower wireless communications facilities.  Ordinance 392_Final.

Have Questions?

Have Questions?   Have concerns? Want to make a suggestion? Please call Borough staff at 610-287-7442.   We are typically staffed 9AM-Noon, 1PM-5PM Monday through Thursday and 9AM-2PM on Fridays.   The Third Party Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer [Tom Heisner of Code Inspection Inc.] contracted by Schwenksville Borough has office hours at Borough Hall on Thursdays 9AM-10 AM and can be reached at the number listed above.   Code Inspections Inc., is only in the Borough on Tuesday and Thursday Mornings and conducts all building inspections and performs all code inspections on these days.  All appointments for inspections can be scheduled by calling 610-287-7442.

There is also a COMPLAINT AND SUGGESTION FORM_ that can be used to lodge a complaint, request a service or to simply make a friendly suggestion or observation.   We require the use of the form to help us better keep track of legitimate complaints and process the requests and so that we have a record of our response and can refer back to them when an opportunity arises to address it.  It some cases, it helps us to build a file up for use in Code Enforcement Proceedings.  Please don’t take offense when we ask you to complete one.  The purpose is to make the process transparent, responsive, accountable and productive.

Please also consider signing up for the E-Pathways newsletter.   This is the best way to receive accurate information about what’s happening in Schwenksville Borough.  You can do this by emailing Gail@Schwenksville-pa.org and providing your email address with a request to be added to the distribution list; or you can simply text the word “SCHWENKY”  to 22828 and provide your email address when asked for it.

Stormwater Management

Modern stormwater management frequently includes the installation of “Best Management Practices” (BMPs).  One thing that all BMPs have in common is that they need routine maintenance in order to perform properly.  Since many BMPs are installed on private property and the responsibility of private property owners, it is important that property owners be offered advice on BMP Care.    The Pennsylvania DEP has prepared a Homeowners Guide to Homeowners Guide to Stormwater BMP Maintenance and has provided additional information and resources for homeowners.

Additional resources:

Landscaping with Native Plants

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/plants/nativeplants/

PA Stormwater Best Practices Manual (2006)

www.elibrary.dep.state.pa.us/dsweb/View/Collection-8305

Main Street Streetscape Plan & Design Guidelines

Last summer Council held a special Town Meeting to talk about revitalization and public safety in the Borough.   Thank you to those of you who took the time to share your thoughts on revitalization and provided constructive suggestions for our consideration.

We are pleased to announce that the Borough has completed and adopted Main Street Streetscape Plan and Design Guidelines to help guide development and improvements along Main Street.   And we have already started implementing some of the recommendations –look no further than the beautiful Mural at 350 Main Street painted by artist Teresa Haag.

Residents in attendance also asked us to make Property Maintenance code enforcement a priority.   Code enforcement is never an easy or pleasant responsibility, however, we took your comments to heart and are working with a Third Party Inspection company on enforcement.   We have updated our Property Maintenance Ordinance and we are working with residents and businesses on compliance.

 

Borough Association Recognition

Schwenksville Borough is proud to announce that the Schwenksville Newsletter “Pathways” received a First Place Recognition in the Borough News Municipal Newsletter Contest!  Winners were selected based on content, presentation and “readability”.   

 

 

 

Legal Notices – Uniform Construction Code Amendments

At their November 10th Meeting Borough Council will consider adoption of Ordinance No. 388 Amending the Borough Code that adopts and implements the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code.   Building Permits are now needed for all re-roofing projects where 25% or more of the roof is being re-shingled or any portion of the roof is being re-sheaved.

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Ordinance No 385 Adoption Floodplain Conservation District Legal Notice       View Ordinance – Adopted 3/15/16

Ordinance No. 383 – Property Maintenance Ordinance       View Ordinance     View Legal Notice – Adopted 4/14/2016

Sign up for E-newsletter

Schwenksville Borough will endeavor to send out a monthly newsletter electronically.  If you are interested in signing up for the newsletter you can do so by sending a text message to 22828 and text the word “SCHWENKY”.  You will get a text message response asking you for your email address. September-e-pathways-16-2

Emergency Management Information

Exelon has issued the 2016/2017 emergency planning brochure for individuals that reside within a 10 mile radius of the Limerick Power Plant.  You can review the brochure and its important safety information by visiting http://www.exeloncorp.com/locations/Documents/Limerick%20Emergency%20Planning%20Brochure%202016.pdf . Please read the entire brochure, discuss the information with members of your family, and keep the brochure in a convenient place for future use.  If you need additional information after reviewing the brochure, please contact your County Emergency Services Department.

Floodplain Maps

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved updated Floodplain Maps and has approved floodplain management measures that satisfy the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regulations.  The Borough adopted corresponding floodplain management measures contained in a floodplain management ordinance that meet or exceed the minimum NFIP requirements.  Schwenksville Borough is depicted on Panels 113, 114 and 227 of the FEMA Map which can be viewed from the Borough’s Home Page www.schwenksville-pa.org by clicking on the images below.  The Best Way to view the maps is to come in to the office at 140 Main Street and view the paper copies of the maps.  We do not interpret the maps for you and cannot certify whether or not a property is in the floodplain.

 

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Zika Virus Information

The Montgomery County Health Department has made the following information available to residents.  We hope that the information included will assist residents in having situational awareness about this disease event and how it may affect you if you travel to areas where there is suspected or confirmed Zika virus transmission. A comprehensive list of the countries affected may be found here: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/active-countries.html

Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) continues to be rapidly changing as the disease event evolves. Information sharing continues through regular distribution methods including the Montgomery County Health Department MCHD Zika Page.

 MCHD continues to be available 24/7 for consultation regarding Zika Virus inquiries. Montgomery County Health Department can be contacted at 610-278-5117.  For After Hours, Evenings, Weekends and Holidays contact: Montgomery County Police Radio at (610) 275-1222 and ask to speak to the person on-call for the Health Department

 

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.

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@schwenksville-pa.org

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