Announcements

Park and Rec Meeting July 9th, 2020

Park and Rec will meet at James Memorial Park 1027 Ridge Road Sellersville, July 9th at 7:00 PM in the Derstine Pavilion. In the event of bad weather it will be moved to a virtual meeting.

Rain Barrel Workshop

Have you wondered about how to get started using a rain barrel? Have all your questions answered and go home with your own rain barrel on Thursday, July 23 when we hold a workshop starting at 6:30 pm at the Willard H. Markey Centennial Park located at 1418 Ridge Road.

Pre-registration is required. There is a $50 fee for materials, which will be provided to you.

Register for Rain Barrel Workshop

WEST ROCKHILL TOWNSHIP PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE

Notice is hereby given, that in order to insure the public safety during the COVID-19 crisis, the monthly meetings of the West Rockhill Township Board of Supervisors will be held by audio and video conferencing until further notice. The monthly meetings will continue to be held at 7:00 PM on the third Wednesday of each month.

The public is invited to log on or phone in to the virtual meeting. Public comment will be taken by email during and before the meeting, by phone during the meeting, or as part of the video conferencing. Details on how to phone in to the meeting or log in to the video conference are posted on the West Rockhill Township website at www.westrockhilltownship.org. All interested parties are invited to participate.

In addition, the Township Planning Commission, Park and Rec and Conservation Committee will meet this way for the foreseeable future.

West Rockhill Township

Board of Supervisors

1028 Ridge Road

Sellersville, Pa. 18960

www.westrockhilltownship.org

Public Comment will be take via email by emailing glippincott@westrockhilltownship.org

West Rockhill Township now accept permits application 24/7 online.

West Rockhill Township now accept permits application 24/7 online. Simply upload your forms here and pay online here. Complete touch-less.

Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). More info at: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19

Pennsylvanians who need help feeding themselves

Pennsylvanians who need help feeding themselves or their family should find and contact their local food bank or pantry through

https://www.feedingpa.org/ & https://www.hungerfreepa.org/

West Rockhill Video Channel

West Rockhill Township meeting videos are now up. Please subscribe to our channel to keep up to date. Click here

PA DEP Update to Ridge Run PFAS HSCA Site

11/12/2019 Email from PA DEP:

Hello,

You are receiving this email from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) because you have previously expressed interest in the Ridge Run PFAS HSCA Site located in East and West Rockhill Townships, Bucks County.

This resource account, RA-EP-SEROecb@pa.gov, was recently created as a tool to better keep the community and other stakeholders informed of the Ridge Run investigation and other updates pertaining to the site. We will also be archiving each Community Update on our newly updated Ridge Run web page, found here.

UPDATES:

  • DEP announced today that it has identified a source of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination at the Ridge Run PFAS HSCA Site as part of its investigation in East and West Rockhill Townships, Bucks County. A copy of the press release and letter to Bergey’s Realty Co. and/or Bergey’s Retread Technologies is available on the project website.

  • Residents within the Site can expect to see DEP’s contractor surveying the monitoring wells on November 14th.

  • The monitoring wells will be sampled in the coming weeks.

  • DEP is also continuing to work with those homeowners with wells testing above 70 ppt to install the in-house treatment systems. We are installing them on a rolling basis and hope to have all of them completed by the end of the year.

Thank you for your continued interest in DEP’s work at the Ridge Run PFAS HSCA Site.

If you receive this message from a friend and would like to be added to the list, please contact RA-EP-SEROECB@pa.gov to be added with the heading “Ridge Run Updates” in the subject of your e-mail.

Sincerely,

Colin R. Wade | Environmental Protection Specialist

Environmental Cleanup and Brownfields

Department of Environmental Protection

Repair 9.1 Miles of Route 309 (Sellersville Bypass) in Bucks County

Wolf Administration Announces Project to Begin to Rehabilitate and Repair 9.1 Miles of Route 309 (Sellersville Bypass) in Bucks County


King of Prussia, PA – The Wolf Administration announced today that construction will begin on Monday, November 11 on a project to rehabilitate the pavement and repair several structures on a 9.1-mile section of Route 309 (Sellersville Bypass) in Bucks County.

“The planned improvements to this heavily-traveled corridor will renew the life-span and ride quality of the pavement and enhance the overall safety of the highway,” Governor Tom Wolf said.

Under this project, PennDOT’s contractor will reconstruct and rehabilitate the Route 309 corridor (Sellersville Bypass) from Unionville Pike in Hatfield Township, Montgomery County, to just north of Rich Hill Road in Richland Township, Bucks County. The improvement plan also includes the following:

  • Milling and overlay;

  • Reconstructing shoulders;

  • Installing new guide rail and median barrier;

  • Replacing two bridge superstructures;

  • Rehabilitating eight Route 309 bridges, four overhead bridges and four culverts;

  • Repairing concrete ditches;

  • Installing drainage improvements, new pavement markings and signs; and

  • Integrating Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).

Beginning Monday, November 11, Route 309 motorists will encounter single lane closures in both directions between Bergey Road in Hatfield Township, Montgomery County and just south of the Route 152 (State Road) Interchange in West Rockhill Township, Bucks County. Weather permitting, the lane restrictions will be in place Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and possibly weeknights from 7:00 PM to 6:00 AM through mid-December.

The lane closures over the next several weeks will allow crews to reconstruct and pave the shoulders in order to shift traffic onto the temporary pavement before the end of the year under Stage 1 construction. Once the new pattern is in place, activities over the winter will include center median and inlet reconstruction in this southern section of the project limits.

James D. Morrissey, Inc. of Philadelphia is the general contractor on the $53,491,393 project which is financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds.

Subscribe to PennDOT news and traffic alerts in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties at www.penndot.gov/District6.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com or downloading the 511PA application for iPhone and Android devices. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 950 traffic cameras.

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPhilly and like the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/phillypenndot and Instagram at www.instagram.com/pennsylvaniadot.

Bucks County A-Z Recycling Guide

The County of Bucks has issued a 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.

West Rockhill Twp is under a Spotted Lantern Quarantine imposed by the PA Dept of Agriculture on June 24, 2017. 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. For the latest information about this new pest, please consult this Penn State Extension link: https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly?utm_source=Listrak&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=https%3a%2f%2fextension.psu.edu%2fspotted-lanternfly&utm_campaign=Sellersville+to+Receive+Major+State+Grant+for+Sewer+Project

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 , https://extension.psu.edu/identifying-tree-of-heaven-and-some-native-look-a-likes 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



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.

DEADLINE FOR WRITTEN COMMENTS IS AUGUST 31, 2018

Lena Harper PADEP-SE Regional Office

2 East Main Street

Norristown, PA 19401

lharper@pa.gov

www.dep.pa.gov/pfcs

484-250-5721

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


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/

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 $1,000.00 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.

While West Rockhill Township maintains the ditches along Township roads, residents are responsible for installation and routine maintenance of their own driveway pipes (Resolution No. 98-07). The Township’s rural roads are vulnerable to flooding and icing when driveway pipes are clogged, crushed, or in need of maintenance, creating hazardous conditions. Chronically flooded or frozen roadways are also subject to rapid deterioration, with taxpayer dollars spent on repairs or costly repaving. Please inspect your driveway pipe seasonally and clear out debris that may be obstructing the flow of storm water through the ditches. If you see any driveway pipe or stormwater issues during a storm event, please take a photo and inform the Township of the location with the photo. We will investigate the problem.

Township Building Limited Opening

Masks must be worn to enter the Township Building.

Due to social distancing requirements only one person / family may enter the Township Building at same time. Please wait until the person leaves to enter the building. Appointments are encouraged.

Readers are encouraged to use the following contact information to reach Township staff:

Greg Lippincott Direct line 267-354-0065 Email: glippincott@westrockhilltownship.org

Sheri Baringer Direct line 267-354-0378 Email: sbaringer@westrockhilltownship.org

Township Phone: (215) 257-9063; Fax: (215) 257-0701