Public Safety Alert
The State Police have asked us to alert residents to an increase of burglaries in and around the Schwenksville area. Citizens should remember to lock house and car doors and to call the State Police at 610-584-1250 if they have seen any strange activity in the past week including strangers knocking on doors or strange vehicles in the community. If there is a stranger or suspcious activity observed called 911 immediately.
Skippack Barracks 2047C Bridge Road Schwenksville, PA 19473
Town Meeting Response
On July 27, 2016 Schwenksville Borough Council held a Town Meeting to update residents on the revitalization planning and implementation efforts underway and to discuss police coverage in the Borough and a proposal to contract for local police services from Lower Frederick Township. The power point presentation presented at the meeting is included here. The meeting was attended by about 30 residents and the Borough received positive feedback. Multiple residents in attendance also espoused the view that the Borough should concentrate more resources on code enforcement of the existing Property Maintenance Codes. The Police Coverage conversation was well received with those present generally in favor of making a change but wanting to hear from more of their fellow residents.
In response to these public comments the Borough has taken several steps. First, we have engaged our third party inspection service to survey the Borough for property maintenance code violations. The Borough is being divided into three sections and the Inspector will make rounds in each section compiling a list of property maintenance violations and sending notices out to property owners requesting the property be brought into compliance. Second, we have started an electronic newsletter we are calling E-Pathways. It is hour hope that we will be able to send out this emailed newsletter monthly and use the registration for it to also send out emails about important information that we don’t have time to advertise well in advance. We also plan to use it to send out a citizen survey regarding Police Coverage. As always we encouraging to send us your own comments via email to Gail@schwenksville-pa.org or aklepfer@Schwenksville-pa.org.
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”.
Pennypacker Mills Hosts History Adventures Summer Program starting 8/16
Pennypacker Mills is hosting their History Adventures in the Summer program from 1 to 3 pm. The program will run from Tuesday through Friday. On Tuesday, we are having a Revolutionary War reenactor who will most likely fire his musket as part of a demonstration for kids. On Friday, we will have a single campfire for a cooking demonstration. History Adventures Poster and PR History Adventures Week at Pennypacker Mills.
Pennypacker Mills is also hosting a Senior Social in September with a Civil War theme this year. It’s $3pp and folks must pre-register. It’s open to individuals, senior centers & assisted living groups. We have it on the mansion porch and folks can choose which of the three days they wish to come. Any help with advertising this would be most appreciated. PR Senior Social at Pennypacker Mills – Learn About Life during the Civil War Senior Social Poster and PR Senior Social at Pennypacker Mills – Learn About Life during the Civil War
Grants Approved for Meadow Park Improvements
I am pleased to announce that Schwenksville Borough successfully obtained $450,000.00 in grant money for Meadow Park Phase II Improvements and along with $22,000.00 in matching funds from the Borough and Montgomery County’s pledged $28,000.00 for Trail Head Parking, now have $500,000.00 to make significant improvements for Schwenksville Borough and Montgomery County residents.
Those improvements include:
• Handicap Accessible Kayak and Canoe Boat Ramp Access to the Perkiomen Creek
• Perkiomen Trail Parking
• Pedestrian Connections & Wayfinding Signs
• Internal Walking Trail/Nature Trail at Meadow Park
• Site Improvements including access drive for the Boat Ramp and Parking
• Park Benches & Bicycle Racks
We are excited to begin design work on this project and look forward to partnering with Montgomery County to complete this exciting project.
Here is the press release that went out January 28th: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/…/docume…/news/DCNR_20031594.pdf
And here is the list of DCNR grantees: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/…/do…/document/dcnr_20031593.pdf
Commonwealth Financing Authority
Governor Wolf’s Press Release: http://www.newpa.com/…/governor-wolf-announces-152-4-mill…/…
Montgomery County Recycling Events
Throughout the year Montgomery County Sponsors Recycling Events. There are still events ahead of us for Free Community Paper Shredding and Free Tire Collections. Please check Paper-TireComboFlyer for dates and details. There are also still events ahead of us for the Household Hazardous Waste Events. Please check HHWasteEventFlyer for dates and details.
In addition, This Saturday, June 4th is SAVE Community Recycling Date at SOUDERTON AREA HIGH SCHOOL (625 Lower Road – Souderton, PA 18964). SAVE-SpringRecyclingDay2016flyer
PAPER SHREDDING ONSITE!
Drop off any of the following (Fee may apply):
- ELECTRONICS ($20 per TV / MONITOR)
- CELL PHONES
- CLOTHING, SHOES, ALL TEXTILES
- USABLE BOOKS (NO ENCYCLOPEDIAS)
- SCRAP METAL (All Types)
- BABY GEAR, CHILDREN’S TOYS
- BICYCLES (ALL SIZES)
- CAR BATTERIES (No Household)
- INK CARTRIDGES
- APPLIANCES ($5 charge with Freon)
- CAR TIRES (Reg: $3 w/o rim,$5 w/ rim) (additional charge for oversized tires) SORRY, NO PAINT OR CHEMICALS
Community Day was Saturday May 7th
Thank you to everyone who turned out on a soggy wet day and who stayed to enjoy a special event that many people worked hard to provide. A special thank you to Schwenksville Community Day Sponsors and the special people who stood by us to make this event happen.
Gold Sponsor – Greenfield Senior Living and Silver Sponsors: Advanced Disposal, Ambler Savings Bank, Behmerwald Nursery, Ebert Engineering, Inc. Gilmore & Associates, Inc., Liberty Ministries, Moccia’s Train Stop, Ray A. Shaffer, Inc., Robert L. Brant & Associates, Schwenksville Dental Care, LLC, Schwenksville Investment Properties LLC, Skippack Eye Care, Studieo 29 Tattoo, The Goddard School, Tailwind Bicycles, LLC, Univest Bank & Trust Co.,
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.
Route 73 Bridge over the Perkiomen Creek Closing
GRATERFORD ROAD BRIDGE AND SKIPPACK BRIDGE (ROUTE 73)
Recently, Schwenksville Borough was made aware of the status of the Graterford Road Bridge Project and the Skippack Pike Bridge Project (located at the intersection of Route 29 & Route 73). Both of these projects are under the jurisdiction of PennDOT. The current information from PennDOT notes that, once the Graterford Road Bridge reconstruction is completed, the bridge will be re-opened to vehicular traffic. The anticipated opening day is Friday, April 22, 2016. The Route 73, Skippack Pike Bridge, will close to traffic on Monday, April 25, 2016 and remain closed for the duration of the bridge reconstruction which is expected to last through the remainder of 2016. The proposed detour for the PA 73, Skippack Pike Bridge will use Gravel Pike (Route 29) to Plank Road to Route 73 for both the south bound and west bound movements along Gravel Pike and Route 73. Closing of the Skippack Pike Bridge will cause traffic delays in Perkiomen Township, Skippack Township, and Schwenksville Borough. The longest traffic delays will probably happen during the morning and the afternoon commutes.
Ordinance No. 383 – Property Maintenance Ordinance View Ordinance View Legal Notice – Adopted 4/14/2016
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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
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