Announcements

Bucks County Hazardous Waste Dates are set.

Please see the flyer above.

Full-time Public Works position

West Rockhill Township seeks a qualified individual for Full-time Public Works position to perform routine work pertaining to the construction, maintenance, repair and cleaning of streets, drains, storm sewers, snow removal, parks and playgrounds, and public facilities. Use of heavy equipment and heavy manual labor in adverse weather conditions required. A valid Pennsylvania Driver's License, CDL - Class B is preferred. Successful applicants must undergo a background check and drug test prior to appointment. Interested parties should mail resume to West Rockhill Township, 1028 Ridge Road, Sellersville, PA 18960, Attention Township Manager.

Zoning Hearing Board Notice

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Zoning Hearing Board of West Rockhill Township will hold a hearing on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 beginning at 7:00 P.M. at 1028 Ridge Road, Sellersville, Pennsylvania, to hear the following application:

Michael and Kristen Leuthe, who requests variances from the West Rockhill Township Zoning Ordinance as follows: from Section 602 to permit more than the permitted impervious coverage and from Sections 1604.H5.4 and 1704.2 to permit improvements in the required 15’ rear and side yard setback and 25’ buffer respectively for the installation of a pool and accessory improvements. The property is located at 120 Springfield Drive, Parcel No. 52-27-10 in the SR Suburban Residential Zoning District of the Township.

The Board will consider any other business that comes before it in due course. All interested parties may attend this hearing and will be given an opportunity to be heard. Persons with disabilities who wish to attend the hearing and require auxiliary aid, service or other accommodation to participate in the hearing should contact West Rockhill Township at 215-257-9063.

/s/Christen G. Pionzio, Esquire

By:

Christen G. Pionzio, Esquire



Turnpike Public Notice

This District has received an application for a Department of the Army permit pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1344).

The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments and recommendations from the public concerning issuance of a Department of the Army permit for the work described in the link provided.

Opening on Conservation Committee

West Rockhill Township Board of Supervisors is looking for a Township resident to serve on the Township’s Conservation Committee. The Conservation Committee evaluates and recommends properties to the Board of Supervisors which properties to preserve for Open Space. The Committee meets the 3rd Thursday of January, March, May, July, September & November. The Township requests the applicant to fill out a volunteer application form and return it to the Township Manager glippincott@westrockhilltownship.org or at the Township Building 1028 Ridge Road Sellersville, PA 18960.

PUBLIC NOTICE Ridge Road Sewer 200 Ridge Road and extend (westerly) to the Route 309 bypass

Perkasie Regional Authority is proposing to construct a gravity sanitary sewer extension along Ridge Road in West Rockhill Township. The project will start at the current western terminus at 200 Ridge Road and extend (westerly) to the Route 309 bypass. The project will install 3,650 lineal feet of 8” gravity sewer and connect 29 existing houses to the public sewer system.


Connection to the public sewer main is voluntary, except for when the property is sold. If the property is sold, the property must connect to the public sewer. If connection is made on or before December 31, 2021, the estimated tapping fee for each dwelling unit or equivalent dwelling unit shall be $19,825. The Authority will also offer a 4-year payment program to all residences connecting on or before December 31, 2021. If connection is made after December 31, 2021, the estimated tapping fee shall be $31,855 per dwelling unit or equivalent dwelling unit. The final value of the tapping fees shall be determined at the end of the construction, when all of the costs are available.

If any existing on-lot sewage disposal system for any of the houses in the service area fails, DEP and/or the Bucks County Department of Health will not permit the installation of a replacement system. The homeowner must connect to the public sewers since the house is located in a public sewer service area.

A copy of the plan can be viewed on the Township’s website (link) or from 9:00am to 3:00pm daily at the Perkasie Regional Authority building at 150 Ridge Road, Suite 1, Sellersville, PA 18960.

If anyone has any public comments regarding this project, it is requested that the comments be sent in writing to:


Greg Lippincott, Township Manager

West Rockhill Township

1028 Ridge Road

Sellersville, PA 18960


The 30-day public comment period starts on the day of this publication.

Township Building Opened but masks are required.

Masks must be worn, over the nose, to enter the Township Building.

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

UCC Board of Appeals Volunteer position

West Rockhill Township seeks a volunteer to serve on the West Rockhill, East Rockhill, Dublin Borough and Silverdale Borough UCC Board of Appeals. Applicants for the UCC Board of Appeals shall be qualified by training and experience to pass on matters pertaining to building construction. Training and experience may consist of licensure as an architect or engineer, experience in the construction industry, and training or experience as an inspector or plan reviewer.

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.

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


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.

Part Time Public Works Position

West Rockhill Township is currently looking for a Part Time Public Works employee. The position requires 20 hours per week and availability during emergencies and snow events. For an application please email glippincott@westrockhilltownship.org or stop in the Township offices between 8 am and 4 pm. CDL Class B preferred.


Philly Workers Who Stayed Home May Be Due a Wage Tax Refund


Has your home turned into an office during the last year? With the pandemic forcing many people to work from home, thousands in our area are no longer commuting to work. For those who in the past commuted to Philadelphia, there is yet another benefit to working from home beyond saving time, gas, and tolls: a tax refund.


Anyone who works in Philadelphia and lives elsewhere is subject to pay the non-resident Philadelphia Wage Tax, which stands at a hefty 3.5019% of gross wages. Nearly all municipalities in the Philadelphia area levy an Earned Income Tax (EIT), with most topping out at 1%. Residents living in the suburbs are subject to this lower rate EIT where they live- unless they work in Philadelphia. However, with many required to work from their homes during the last year, they may no longer be subject to the Philadelphia Wage Tax while telecommuting.


Is it worth the effort to pursue a refund? The simple answer is yes! Someone working from home in the suburbs during the pandemic making $60,000 per year would be subject to their home municipality’s EIT, which is typically 1%. In the span of one year, this would equal a savings of about $1,500! Plus, the 1% you contribute to your local EIT will be invested into public safety and infrastructure improvements into the community you and your family lives.


How do you take advantage of this? For any amount of time a Philadelphia job was completed at a home outside of the city limits, they may request a Wage Tax refund from the City of Philadelphia. When submitting a tax return to Keystone Collections, the tax officer for all EIT in Bucks County, use the Out-Of-State Tax Credit Worksheet on Line 12 of the tax return form if you need to receive a tax credit for the time you did not work in Philadelphia.


For anyone who continues working from their home outside of the City of Philadelphia, they should submit a Residency Certification Form to their employer and request that their local EIT be deducted from their wages instead of the City Wage tax. A political subdivision (PSD) code will be needed for the form, which can be found using this tool.