Announcements


Winter Potholes on PENNDOT Owned & Maintained Roads

posted Feb 8, 2018, 6:00 AM by Greg Lippincott

Many residents are not aware that major roads in West Rockhill are state roads maintained by Penn DOT. The Township does not plow, repair, or set speed limits for Penn DOT roads.  Please call the PENNDOT Bucks County Maintenance Office directly for complaints or concerns about state roads at 215-345-6060 or report your problem online.

Penn DOT State Roads in West Rockhill Township:
Allentown Road
Bethlehem Pike
Cat Hill Road
County Line Road
Finland Road
Lawn Avenue from Ridge Road to Farmers Lane 
Ridge Road 
Ridge Valley Road
South Main Street
State Road

Perkiomen Stream Cleanup April 7th 2018

posted Jan 25, 2018, 8:39 AM by Greg Lippincott

Each spring, the Conservancy hosts a watershed-wide clean-up event focusing on removing trash, tires and other debris from regional waterways. Looking to make a positive difference in the health of our local streams and nearby habitats? Join us this spring as we work to beautify and protect our watershed! Clean-up sites are located throughout the watershed. Visit their website to learn more and sign-up: 

Bucks County Municipal Waste Management Plan

posted Dec 27, 2017, 5:13 AM by Judith Decker

On behalf of the staff at the Bucks County Planning Commission, please find attached to this email a PDF DRAFT version of the 2018-2028 Bucks County Municipal Waste Management Plan.

                                                                                                                                                                                

The draft plan was approved for release by the County Commissioners on December 20, 2018 so that we may conduct the required 90 day public comment period commencing on January 3, 2018.

 

Comments on the plan must be submitted in writing to the Bucks County Planning Commission at: planningcommission@buckscounty.org or via regular mail sent to our mailing address:

1260 Almshouse Road, Doylestown, PA 18901

Copies of the plan will also be available at all County libraries for review as well.

 

A public hearing on the plan will be held on January 18, 2018 from 2 PM – 4 PM at the Bucks County Solid Waste Advisory Committee meeting to be conducted at the Bucks County Planning Commission office, located at 1260 Almshouse Road, Doylestown PA, 18901.

 

Thank you for your assistance in this matter and as always if you have any questions do not hesitate to call or email.

 

 

Evan J. Stone, PLA

Executive Director

Bucks County Planning Commission

1260 Almshouse Road

Doylestown, PA 18901

P: 215-345-3401    C: 215-880-7456

www.buckscounty.org

Snow Preparedness and Snow Removal Tips

posted Dec 8, 2017, 7:45 AM by Greg Lippincott

Please refrain from parking on township roadways after the start of continuous snowfall until the streets have been plowed the full width of the road. There is “no parking” in any township cul-de-sacs. Please park in your driveway until the roadway has been plowed. This will facilitate a more thorough, safe and faster snow removal operation.


Clear the snow from around the fire hydrant near your home. This could save valuable time in a fire emergency. Do not shovel or plow snow into the street as you clear your driveway. The snow from your driveway will end up back on your property or your neighbor’s property after the snow plow passes.


Do not clear the end of your driveway until the storm has stopped and the road is plowed from curb to curb. This will save you additional work and will lower your frustration level.


Be prepared: get all necessary foods, water, medications, etc. Make sure you have enough supplies to last at least two to three days.

Residents are asked to remain patient. Patience and cooperation from residents will help us conduct a more efficient snow removal.


The Public Works Department, during a snowstorm, may first open one lane of traffic in each direction one very town road depending on the amount of snow. This is done in anticipation of any emergencies that may arise. Then we will go back and plow the snow back to the curb exposing the storm drains.


Bucks County Issues Recycling Guide

posted Dec 7, 2017, 6:47 AM by Judith Decker   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 6:48 AM ]

The County of Bucks has issued a new Bucks County Recycling A-Z Guide for resident use. Please print and save a copy for your convenience. For more information visit our Trash & Recycling page. 

WRT Under Spotted Lanternfly General Quarantine

posted Jun 20, 2017, 12:28 PM by Judith Decker   [ updated Feb 12, 2018, 5:46 AM ]

West Rockhill Twp is under a Spotted Lantern Quarantine imposed by the PA Dept of Agriculture on June 24. Experts are still learning about this threat to agriculture in Pennsylvania and the United States and how to combat it. See this flyer for more information also available at the Township building. The Spotted Lanternfly has been found in West Rockhill Township.


The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture recommends (based on information from PennState Extension [9]):

1) Kill eggs October through May by scraping them off of surfaces, “Double bag them and throw them in the garbage,"[4] or scrape the eggs directly into a ziploc bag of alcohol or hand sanitizer to kill them. [10]

2) Removing/killing 90% Ailanthus altissima trees (Chinese Sumac or Tree of Heaven)  since the spotted lanternfly requires a meal from this non-native tree before laying eggs. They recommend saving the male trees as "trap trees", see #3. To kill the tree of heaven, it can be cut down and the stump sprayed with 44% triclopyr-in-water solution, for example Garlon 3A Herbicide. Otherwise, it will send out new shoots. DO NOT MOVE CUT TREES OCT-MAY when they might contain egg masses. Or you can leave the tree standing and kill it with 12% triclopyr-in-oil solution as a basal bark application. You may have to mix the triclopyr-in-oil. The two components are Triclopyr 4 and basil oil with dye.

3) The remaining male "trap" trees should be wrapped with sticky bands starting in early spring to catch any nymphs. These trees should also be treated with systemic pesticides June-August. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture recommends applying pesticides containing Dinotefuran or Imidacloprid as a basal bark spray.[11] One example would be Zylam Liquid.


Spotted Lanternfly Regulations: What the General Quarantine Means for Cannot Be Moved Items 
Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, is a new threat to Pennsylvania and the United States. It lays egg masses of 30-50 eggs wherever there’s a flat surface – meaning that many home items easily transported can pack this pest and help it spread quickly. Therefore, a general quarantine over any area found to harbor the Spotted Lanternfly means that any material or object that can spread the pest cannot be moved. 

Regulated Articles and Limitations Imposed by the General Quarantine:
• Any living life stage of the Spotted Lanternfly 
• Brush, debris, bark, or yard waste 
• Landscaping, remodeling or construction waste 
• Logs, stumps or any tree parts 
• Firewood of any species 
• Packing materials like wood crates 
• All plants and plant parts 
• Outdoor household articles like RVs, lawn mowers, chairs, grills, tarps, tile, stone, deck boards, and trucks or other vehicles not stored indoors 

You can move these and similar items if: 
• You have a valid certificate or limited permit that shows that the item has been inspected and determined free of Spotted Lanternfly, or if you have entered a compliance agreement that shows you have the understanding to identify the pest and can ensure the items you transport aren’t carrying it. 
• You are driving through the quarantined area and are transporting your item in a way that makes it unlikely to harbor the pest as you pass through. 
• You complete a certification checklist. 

More information is available at the Township building or at: https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly or www.agriculture.pa.gov/Spottedlanternfly.

• Quarantine Questions: Dana Rhodes 717-772-5205 danrhodes@pa.gov 
• To report possible Spotted Lanternfly: 1-866-253-7189 or badbug@pa.gov

With your assistance, we can stop the spread of Spotted Lanternfly, and increase our chances of eradication of this pest. 

ERT-WRT Water Well Testing Notice

posted Nov 18, 2016, 9:44 AM by Greg Lippincott   [ updated May 5, 2017, 6:02 AM by Judith Decker ]

West Rockhill Township was informed in November of 2016 that wells in East Rockhill Township have been found to have slightly elevated levels of PFCs (perfluorinated compounds) in the water resulting in North Penn taking one of its wells offline. After sampling private drinking water wells located within 1 mile of the North Penn Authority wells, it was discovered that additional private wells in West Rockhill contained PFCs and the investigation radius was increased to include the Bethlehem Pike and Old Mill Road area of West Rockhill Township. The investigation in ongoing.

The Pennsylvania DEP has dedicated website to posting results from the investigations and other information on PFOA and PFOS. Additional Notices are at the bottom of the page.


DEP MAP Ridge Run North Penn Well Map

Well Testing Company: Certified Water Services in Newtown 215-968-8860 Approx. cost $495, takes one-three months for results for PFOS and PFAS testing

Be Prepared for Emergencies

posted Jan 5, 2016, 5:53 AM by Greg Lippincott   [ updated Sep 30, 2016, 8:03 AM by Greg Lippincott ]

Find useful preparedness information below:

For current weather and updates go to: 

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/view/national.php?thumbs=on 

Bucks County's Emergency Preparedness Guide:

http://ow.ly/Xngpu 

Pennsylvania State EMA: 

http://www.pema.pa.gov/   (click on Alerts) 

Personal Preparedness Steps (American Red Cross): 

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family  

PA Homeland Security Advisory Level: 

http://www.homelandsecurity.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx#.VAnjpfmwInU 

National Homeland Security Advisory Level:

http://www.terror-alert.com/ 

Illegal Roadside Dumping

posted May 4, 2015, 6:04 AM by Greg Lippincott   [ updated Jun 20, 2016, 7:33 AM ]

It is unlawful to “throw, deposit, place, or dump…upon any street or highway or upon any public or privately owned land without the owner’s consent…”

Littering or dumping trash, furniture, electronics, animal carcasses, grass or brush clippings, construction materials, etc. along roadsides is prohibited. Violations are misdemeanors and punishable by fines of up to $1000.00 or 90 days in jail, or both. (Ordinance 167)

Residents are asked to be observant of suspicious vehicles and activity. If you witness roadside dumping, note the vehicle description, license plate number and dumping location and call the Pennridge Regional Police Non-Emergency line: 215-257-5104 immediately.

Power Outage preparedness

posted Feb 5, 2014, 2:15 PM by Greg Lippincott

Nor'easter storms can leave significant damage with downed trees, power lines and possibly localized flooding. Reporting outages is important because the more information we get, the better we can assess damage and prioritize repairs. Residents experiencing outages are asked to report them at 1-800-342-5775 (1-800-DIAL PPL) or through the online Outage Center at www.pplelectric.com/outagecenterWhen prompted, customers reporting by phone should press 1 for "Power Problem." The Outage Center also is available on smart phones or other mobile devices.


Staying safe is paramount in severe weather. PPL Electric Utilities advises the public to:

  • Stay clear of downed power lines.
  • Do not use gas ovens or ranges to heat your home.
  • Avoid candles and use flashlights instead. Candles can cause a fire if tipped by animals or people, or if they come in contact with a combustible item.
  • Never run a generator in your home, basement, or other indoor space where exhaust fumes may accumulate.

Other steps to take in an outage also are available at the utility's online Outage Center.  


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