From Schwenksville Borough.
Please take the time to read the information contained in the latest Newsletter included here in two PDF files: Winter Newsletter Part I and Winter Newsletter Part II. One item in particular is of great importance! Snow Emergency Routes exist in the Borough to aid in the keeping open and safe critical transportation routes through the Borough. It is important that cars be removed from street parking in advance of snowstorms forecast for 3 inches of snow or more. The Borough is in the process of updating its procedures for addressing non-compliant vehicles and enforcing the Snow Emergency ordinance requirements. This means that non-compliant vehicles are subject to towing. More information and communication with residents along these routes will follow the newsletter article. In the mean time, your assistance with keeping our roadways clear of obstructions is greatly appreciated.
Borough Council Resignations
January 8th, 2015 Borough Council convened the first meeting of the year absent two familiar faces. Between meetings, resignations from Joe Homan and Lisa Dull were received and in January were accepted with regret. Joe served on Council from March 2014 through December and stepped up to the plate taking on a leadership role as Council President for the last couple of months of the year. Lisa served for three years on Council and was extremely committed to the Activities Committee and Meadow Park. She was also on the Revitalization Task Force Committee. Both Joe and Lisa resigned due to professional and personal commitments. The Borough thanks them for their services and wishes them well in all of their endeavors. Applications for new Council Members as well as other volunteers to fill vacancies on advisory boards are now being accepted. A SPECIAL MEETING OF COUNCIL has been advertised for February 5th t 6:30 PM for the purpose of filling vacancies. The meeting will take place at Borough Hall, 140 Main Street prior to the Regular Planning Commission Meeting.
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.
The 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Montgomery County Sponsored Recycling Events
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: