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.
Fire Company Merger Announced
It is with much regret and sadness that the Borough passes on an announcement from the Schwenksville Fire Company. As you will learn, the Borough is going through great changes and is faced with the challenge of facing those changes head on and adapting to new realities and changes for the greater good of the Borough. More information and review will be forthcoming. As always, residents are always welcome to attend monthly Borough Council Meetings or reach out to Borough Council members via contacts available on this site.
On Monday, June 12, 2017, the members of Schwenksville Fire Company passed a vote progressing the merger forward with Lower Frederick Fire Company. The merger will combine fire protection services into one, unified company. The decision to do so was not taken lightly, however, due to declining volunteerism Statewide, and increased costs of operations, this was seen as the best path forward for the residents of the Borough, surrounding communities, and fire company members.
The process of merging the two companies will begin immediately, and will be concluded no later than December 31, 2017. The current Schwenksville fire station, 300 Main Street in Schwenksville will remain in operation for a period of time, to ensure a smooth transition of fire protection for Schwenksville Borough. At the conclusion of the merger, all fire services will be provided out of the Lower Frederick fire station, 137 Spring Mount Road in Lower Frederick.
Should you have any questions, or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Fire Company at 610-287-9370 x 808. – Schwenksville Fire Co.
Schwenksville Borough Council would like the public to know that the Schwenksville Fire Company has been a foundation for the Schwenksville Community for over one hundred years and would like to say thank you to every member past and present for their dedicated service to the residents of Schwenksville Borough. Borough Council, as always, will support the Fire Company in their efforts to best serve the residents of Schwenksville and will work with the Fire Company to ensure a smooth transition. The Borough will assume ownership responsibilities for the Fire Company properties and will continue to endeavor to keep the public informed as the merger process plays forward.
Music in the Meadow Summer Concert Series
Bring your chairs, blankets, picnic dinner, the kids and the dog, to our Free Summer Concert Series. The first concert featuring Flower Power Band is Wednesday, June 21 from 6:30-8:30 at Meadow Park located behind the Fire Company at 300 Main Street. The July 19th concert will feature Mike Mettalia and Midnight Shift and the August finale is our very own Dog Bite Money on Wednesday August 16th from 6 pm to 8 pm (starts earlier due to waning daylight). Summer Concert Series Flyer
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”.
More Revitalization Activities Funded
We are pleased to announce that Schwenksville Borough has received a 2017 Montco 2040 Implementation Grant for the Main Street Pedestrian Plaza. The grant, aimed at implementing the county comprehensive plan, Montco 2040: A Shared Vision, is one of thirteen recently awarded by the Montgomery County Commissioners.
Schwenksville will create a distinctive sidewalk connection and harmonious public gathering place with landscaping, pavers, custom concrete instead of asphalt, benches and bike racks in the center of Schwenksville’s Main Street corridor. The plaza and the pedestrian connection will support Schwenksville’s downtown and community destinations that include Meadow Park, the Schwenksville Fire Company Museum, the proposed Old Post Office Museum and the Perkiomen Trail as well as local businesses.
The purpose is to create a space to bring people together and make a pedestrian connection between Main Street and Meadow Park to encourage Meadow Park users and Perkiomen Trail users to explore the existing Fire Company Museum, a proposed Historic Post Office Pocket Museum and Main Street businesses; and to encourage Main Street visitors to explore Meadow Park and museums as well.
Visit www.montcopa.org/Montco2040GrantProgram for more on the grant program and to see all of the grant recipients.
Meadow Park/Borough Clean-Up Days
The Park and Recreation Board has scheduled specific dates they are seeking volunteers to assist with sprucing up Meadow Park, the Trail Head and other Borough spaces. We often get volunteers willing but without any specific date or event, are unable to use them. The Park Board will meet at Meadow Park on the following dates and times:
|Saturday, April 22, 2017||9-12|
|Saturday, May 13, 2017||9-12|
|Saturday, June 10, 2017||9-12|
|Saturday, July 8, 2016||9-12|
|Saturday, August 12, 2017||9-12|
|Saturday, September 9, 2017||9-12|
Let there be light
Schwenksville Borough is a proud participant in the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commissions Streetlight Procurement Program. The Program involves municipalities from across the region joining together to procure and install LED Street Light Upgrades under a program that is designed to guaranty that the municipality will save enough money on repairs and electric procurement over the life time of the lights to pay for the new lights. Read all about it here.
Summit Avenue Speed Complaint
Schwenksville Borough Council received a complaint of excessive speeding on Summit Avenue, specifically northbound traffic approaching the stop sign at Woodland Avenue. Along with the complaint, a request for speed humps to be installed for both northbound and southbound traffic was made. Borough Council took this request under advisement and reviewed the history of complaints and deterrence measures in this neighborhood. The Borough Engineer was requested to and did provide a cost estimate for installation of speed humps in a manner consistent with engineering standards. The portable Speed Display sign was installed to collect traffic volume counts and speed data. The Borough also asked residents of this corridor for opinions of the request and provided a cost estimate for implementation. The public comments were a mixed result with strong sentiments on both sides favor or disfavor. Based on the empirical and financial data as well as the mixed level of support for the proposal, no Council Member made a motion to act on the request and the matter was closed for a lack of action.
As always, Borough Council and staff will continue to look for and evaluate funding sources for road, mobility and safety improvements throughout the Borough. Thank you to the residents who took the time to respond to our request for public comment. A summary of public comments can be reviewed here. Summit Ave Speed Hump Public Comment Summary.
Meadow Park Phase II Improvements—-Proposed Meadow Park Master Plan Draft-11×17
Meadow Park could soon become a stop for boaters on the Perkiomen Creek. The construction of an accessible boat ramp for kayakers and canoeists is the principle improvement planned for Meadow Park. The project, which also includes an internal looped walking trail, benches, bike racks, and parking improvements is funded by a $250,000 Community Conservation Grant and a $200,000 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority, whose funding comes from the Act 13 drilling impact fee and the Marcellus Legacy Fund. These grants, along with funds pledged from Montgomery County and Schwenksville Borough, will create much needed Perkiomen Trail and Meadow Park parking and will encourage visitors to frequent Schwenksville’s downtown corridor. Please help us and Borough Business and property owners by encouraging trail users to park in the Meadow Park lot located behind the Fire House.
Gilmore & Associates, the Borough’s municipal engineering firm was selected as the project engineer and is currently applying for outside agency permits and working on design elements. The project will be reviewed by the Borough’s advisory boards and approved by DCNR before it is ready to be advertised for bids – hopefully, this summer. It is our hope that the new boat ramp contributes to the Perkiomen Watershed’s efforts to have the Perkiomen Creek designated as a State Water Trail and that fun events like the Lenape Survival Challenge (April 22, 2017) and the Perkiomen Creek Sojourn (June 3, 2017) will someday involve or utilize Meadow Park.
Sunrise Trail Planning
Montgomery County has commissioned a Feasibility Study on the construction of the Sunrise Trail. The proposed trail would start at the Perkiomen Trail crossing on E. Park Avenue in Schwenksville and would continue through Zieglerville to the County Open Space at Sunrise Mill to a Park in Upper Frederick Township and would terminate at a park in New Hanover Township.
For more information visit the County YouTube stations or contact the Montgomery County Planning Commission at 610-278-3722:
In addition, here is a link to our photo database of the Swamp Creek corridor that you may find useful. We will be showing many of these pictures at the public meeting, but feel free to use them.
Property Maintenance Survey.
You may have received a property maintenance letter. You are not alone if you did.
The Borough has received public comments suggesting that it does not do enough to enforce current property maintenance codes and that while the Borough’s efforts at revitalization activities and improvements is admirable…….the Borough should first be enforcing property maintenance codes.
Code Inspections Inc. was hired to perform an exterior Property Maintenance Survey. Exterior violations can lead to interior inspections, but the main priority and directive was for exterior code violations.
This project was started in August. Due to the limited amout of time the inspector is in the Borough and the amount of time and effort it takes to complete the survey, some properties are just receiving letters now.
The important thing is for property owners to respond to the letter. If errors of ownership or property confusion exists, Code Inspections will correct it and send out a new letter. If an extension of time for compliance is needed, the property owner should write a letter or email indicating their intent to comply and requesting an extension of time.
Thank you for your cooperation.
2017 Budget Adopted as drafted
Borough Council approved a draft 2017 Budget for public comment. The Budget totaling $1,570,520 includes $963,575 worth of capital improvements funded primarily with grant funds. This includes upgrades to the Borough’s traffic signals, revitalization grants and Meadow Park improvement grants. It also includes $45,000 for road repairs and improvements. Due to increasing maintenance responsibilities and rising costs Council approved a 1 mill tax increase to enable the Borough to continue with its improvement projects, respond to necessary infrastructure repairs and offset a declining tax base due to property assessment appeals. Comments or questions can be submitted to Anne Klepfer, Borough Manager at aklepfer@Schwenksville-pa.org.
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.
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
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”.
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. For more information visit MontgomeryCountyRecycles.org ; This year’s events are advertised by the following flyers:
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.
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.
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.
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