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.
This link, https://imageserv11.team-logic.com/mediaLibrary/295/GRASSCYCLING_1.pdf can be followed or pasted into a browser to a fact sheet about Grass Recycling. Find out useful information and learn how this technique helps control stormwater pollution and promotes environmental friendly maintenance.
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.
Rental Unit U&O Permit ApplicationFor Rental Inspections for Change in Tenant Commercial or Residential , Checks ($85 Residential and $100.00 Commercial) made payable to SCHWENKSVILLE BOROUGH
Residential Property Transfer Application For Residential properties scheduled for transfer
Commercial Property Transfer Application – For Change in ownership of a Commercial Property, or change in ownership of a Commercial Business
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.
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.
Construction is anticipated for spring 2016. For background and frequently asked questions please read this South Main Street Project Background. To view the plan please look at Final South Main Street Sheet 3.
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.
Schwenksville Borough will not be holding Community Day this year in order to concentrate fully on improvements to Meadow Park and surrounding area. The planned improvements include paved parking, walking trails, a boat ramp and a public plaza. The Borough recognizes the importance of community events and greatly appreciates the participation of area businesses and organizations. We do plan on holding smaller events including summer concerts and will be planning a large celebration in 2019 for the 10th Anniversary of Community Day. We are seeking ideas for that event and volunteers to work on planning community activities. Please contact Gail Phillips @ email@example.com or 610-287-7442 if you are interested in joining the Activity Committee.
Saturday, June 2nd & Sunday, June 3rd, 2018– Pennypacker Mills will be hosting the Civil War event http://www.ppmcivilwar.org/ where re-enactors will be camping onsite both days, have campfires for cooking and will be shooting guns and firing cannons . It’s that time of the year when cannons start to blast and the countryside rumbles! They have an outstanding event lined up this year . Hopefully many residents of Schwenksville will find their way here over the weekend of June 2-3.CW Poster 2018. PennyPacker Mills is located at 5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville, PA 19473. 610-287-9349.
“BE A SOLDIER” KID ENLISTMENT
CIVILIAN STREET DEMONSTRATIONS
CONFEDERATE FIELD HOSPITAL
MUSIC & SONGS
SUTLERS (Itinerant Merchants)
FOOD VENDOR ONSITE
The Philadelphia Folk Festival is held in Upper Salford Township, Montgomery County, PA at 1323 Salford Station Rd, Harleysville, PA 19438. For more information please visit their website: https://www.pfs.org/
Pennypacker Mills Historic Site: The serene country estate was landscaped by Thomas Meehan and Sons to highlight the Colonial Revival mansion and surrounding farmland of 170 acres. Originally constructed about 1720, the mansion was redesigned and enlarged by architect Arthur Brockie in 1901 to enhance a country gentleman’s lifestyle. Pennypacker Mills is an unusually well documented historic site with an orignial collection, fully furnished with antiques collected and documented by former Pennsylvania Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker reflecting his interests in early Pennsylvania history, German and Dutch settlers, native Americans, the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. The collection also includes Governor Pennypacker’s political (1903 – 1907), genealogical and personal papers. Research by appointment.
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 4pm & Sunday 1 pm to 4pm. They are closed all Mondays and County Holidays and Christmas Eve & Day and New Year’s Eve and Day. Tours are offered year-round & take approximately one hour. Last tour is at 3 pm. Visit http://www.montcopa.org/pennypackermills for more information. 2017 PPM Guided Tour Poster.
Seasonal Tips for Protecting Our Waterways in Winter
By Emma Danz, Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy
Winter is certainly here, and with it comes road salts, piles of snow and uninvited house guests (the furry kind). These seasonal sights may impact water quality, and our goal is to keep winter wonderful by preventing pollution from reaching our waterways. Just like rain, snow-melt can carry pollutants into storm drains and streams. Think of all the black snow that accumulates along roadways; once it melts, that dirty water, full of petroleum products and other contaminants, finds its way to a stream, where it can harm wildlife and pollute our drinking water resources.
By making smart decisions while battling the cold, ice and snow this season, we can prevent additional stormwater pollution. For example, salt used to prevent ice on driveways, roads and sidewalks can easily wash into freshwater streams and destroy aquatic ecosystems. And we all know that pests like rodents and insects love to hide out in our homes for warmth over the winter, but using pesticides or insecticides can harm the watershed. If used outdoors or disposed of improperly, these chemicals can be washed into our streams by stormwater. In our waterways, these chemicals have the same effects on aquatic organisms that they do on the pests in our homes. These pesticides and excess salts also reduce the quality of the water we use for drinking and recreation.
Why not do your part this winter season to protect our streams from unnecessary stormwater pollution? Following these tips can help keep our water clean and protect the environment:
Dispose of shoveled snow in vegetated areas; never dump it into streets or streams. The more water can be absorbed by plants or sink into the ground, the less water will run off, carrying pollutants into streams. A rain garden or other planted area is the perfect place for shoveled snow.
Use safe and effective alternatives to salt for ice, and follow the application rate on the label. Safety is of utmost importance, but salt is damaging to plants, animals, concrete and water quality. Instead of focusing on melting the snow on your driveway or sidewalks, use sand to help gain traction. Or, use a salt-free de-icer like SafePaw. Remember, the sooner you shovel, the better, as less ice will form and less de-icer can be used. For more information, click here or type in http://goo.gl/B3MkAy.
Use natural and non-toxic alternatives to chemical pesticides, and reduce indoor and outdoor chemical use. Boric acid is a low-toxicity mineral that is highly effective over time, and bait boxes are another great alternative. There are also many herbal pest deterrents; for example, mint detracts mice. For more information, visit the Natural Resources Defense Council at http://goo.gl/dvmB94.
Salt piles should always be stored under a roof. Report uncovered salt piles to the Department of Environmental Protection at 484-250-5900.
Have a safe and happy winter, and thank you for keeping the health of the watershed in mind. Your efforts can make a difference! If you have any questions or concerns about stormwater management this winter, the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy is available as a resource. Visit our website at PerkiomenWatershed.org.
Seasonal Tips for Protecting Our Waterways
By Emma Danz, Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy
It is that time of year again- fall is here! The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy would like to remind you of the importance of preventing stormwater pollution while you make the most of the fall season. Stormwater is formed when rainwater makes its way into storm drains or runs off our properties directly into streams. On its journey to the stream, stormwater can pick up harmful substances that pollute our watershed.
There are many sources of stormwater pollution unique to autumn, and we need your help to control them. The leaves are falling, and their improper disposal poses a threat to our water resources. Leaf litter and any yard waste dumped into a stormwater basin or near a waterway can cause harmful nutrient accumulation. Leaves swept into the street can easily enter storm drains and make their way into the nearest creek as well.
Fall is the time for seeding and fertilizing your lawn. If excess fertilizer is applied, however, it cannot be absorbed by the soil and washes away with the rain. If you are working on a landscaping project in your yard this season, bare soil can also run off into streams and cause sediment pollution. The Skippack Creek is already categorized as impaired because of silt, so let’s keep our soil in place! All of these problems can be avoided by putting some of our pollution prevention tips into practice:
Dispose of leaf litter and yard waste in a compost pile and never in the street or stream! You can shred yard and leaf waste to use as mulch or fertilizer for your yard and garden. Or, check with your municipality for yard waste collection opportunities.
Do not use fertilizers immediately before a rainstorm, and do not apply them in excess. Always follow the directions on the bottle for safe application and disposal whenever you use a chemical product. Reduce outdoor and household chemical use as much as possible.
A little extra caution while you keep up with your fall to-do list can make a big difference for the health of our watershed, and we thank you for cooperating with this effort. If you have any questions or concerns about stormwater management this fall, the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy is available as a resource. Visit our website at www.PerkiomenWatershed.org.
Borough loses “Captain of our ship”
It is with profound sadness that the Borough acknowledges the passing of Council President Arthur Fairclough on January 30, 2014. Arthur joined Council in January of 2008 and took on a leadership role as Council President in May of 2009. Arthur was a very practical man who spoke volumes with very few words. He was known to run an organized, well-prepared meeting and was known to be fair-minded, reasonable and always willing to listen. He was instrumental in organizing the Borough Administration and incorporating best management practices. He was passionate about Meadow Park and was an advocate for developing the park into a place residents would want to spend time at. In Memory of Arthur the Fairclough Family has made a donation to the Schwenksville Borough Meadow Park Development Fund. Anyone wishing to honor Arthur’s memory by making a donation to the Borough should contact Gail Philips, Schwenksville Borough Treasurer at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 610-287-7442.
Located behind The Schwenksville Fire Company, Meadow Park is a 6.47 acre Borough Park located along the banks of the Perkiomen Creek and adjacent to the Perkiomen Trail. The park has a natural meadow for passive recreation, a picnic pavilion with tables, a playground for children and a rain garden that is under reconstruction. It is a wonderful picnic area and respite for trail users. Parking is permit behind and adjacent to the Fire Station.
Schwenksville Borough refers to itself as the “Gateway to the Perkiomen Trail” because the Perkiomen trail travels the entire length of the Borough. Both the Trail and the creek it was named after are tremendous assets for the Borough, bringing people and wildlife to our town, providing recreational opportunities and attracting people to our small businesses.
The 20-mile Perkiomen Trail follows the route of the Perkiomen Creek from Oaks to Green Lane Borough. It connects to the Schuylkill River Trail and the Audubon Loop. For most of its length, the “Perky,” as it is known by many, uses the former rail bed of the Perkiomen Line of the Reading Railroad. This trail connects many public parks and historic sites, among them Lower Perkiomen Valley Park, Central Perkiomen Valley Park, Green Lane Park, John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, Pennypacker Mills, and the local Skippack Township trail that continues to Evansburg State Park. The trail passes through the historic villages and towns of Arcola, Collegeville, Schwenksville, Spring Mount, and Green Lane, offering many town services for trail visitors. For more information please go to http://www.montcopa.org/index.aspx?NID=1153
- Length: 20 miles
- Width: 10-12 feet
- Surface: Crushed stone and a few paved sections
- activities: Biking, walking, jogging, horseback riding, cross country skiing
Right in Schwenksville Borough’s backyard lays Spring Mountain Adventures! Located off Spring Mountain Road , Spring Mountain Adventures, is the year-round place for adventure and fun. In the winter, experience skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing; and when the weather turns warm and dry, try rock climbing, geocaching, downhill biking, and the thrill of a zipline canopy tour. For more information please check out their website: https://www.springmountainadventures.com/
Schwenksville Borough is fortunate to have it’s very own library! The Perkiomen Valley Library at Schwenksville is located at 290 2nd Street, Schwenksville, PA 19473. You may reach them by telephone at 610-287-8360 or visit their website at http://www.pvlibrary.net/libraryinfo.html. The library is a great place to find free and inexpensive activities for all ages.
Hours Monday through Thursday 12:00 Noon–8:00pm Friday 12:00 Noon-6:00pm Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm Closed Sunday
Closed Dates New Year’s Day Good Friday Memorial Day Independence Day Labor Day In-service Day Oct 20
Closing 5pm Nov. 24 Thanksgiving Day Christmas Eve Christmas Day New Year’s Eve
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been updating the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMS) for Montgomery County. These are the maps that depict the floodway, floodplain, and various flood zones for the County’s streams. Once these maps are finalized, the municipalities will be required to update their floodplain ordinance to maintain their standing in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
The draft FEMA maps are available to look at online…at the below link.
The process for reviewing and adopting a revised Floodplain Ordinance will begin in June, 2013. Once a draft ordinance is prepared it will be reviewed by the Schwenksville Planning Commission, the Montgomery County Planning Commission, the Montgomery County Conservation District and FEMA for review and approval prior to adoption by Schwenksville Borough.
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 the Fire Company 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.
This year, the Activities Committee is sponsoring a Pot Luck Dinner to kick off the Summer Concert Series. More details will be posted soon! Stay tuned.
Music in the Meadow Series
Wednesday, June 21 6:30PM to 8:30PM – Flower Power Band go to http://www.flowerpwerband.com
Wednesday, July 19th 6:30PM to 8:30 PM – Mike Mettalia and Midnight Shift go to www.mnightshift.com
Wednesday, August 16th 6:00PM to 8:00PM – Dog Bite Money – www.dogbitemoney.com
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 crown 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.