Announcements

2020 Perkiomen Watershed Stream Clean-up

2020 Stream Clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, April 4th from 9 am - 12 pm with some corporate groups volunteering on Friday, April 3rd. Clean-up sites are located throughout the watershed. Be sure to check out our site map using this link so you can see where volunteers will be working.

Voting Machine Training

In April 2018, all Pennsylvania counties were informed by the Commonwealth that they must select new voting systems that provide a verifiable paper record, and that those new systems be in place no later than the 2020 primary.

After many months of research and deliberations, Bucks County Board of Commissioners approved a new Clear Ballot system. Clear Ballot is a voter-verified paper ballot system that uses ballots lacking bar codes or QR codes. Voters complete paper ballots by hand and feed them into a scanner, which drops the ballot into a ballot bag for transportation to the Board of Elections office at the end of Election Day. The Clear Ballot scanners also scan an image of the completed ballots and tabulate results from each precinct for efficient Election Night reporting. All tabulated and scanned images are kept in a secured database and do not touch the Internet.

The Clear Ballot system also provides a ballot-marking device for each polling place for voters who require ADA provisions. The ballot-marking device prints a ballot identical to those provided to non-ADA voters at the polling place before it is fed into a scanner.

Below are links to videos provided by Bucks County regarding the new voting machines.

https://vimeo.com/390599616/45c0381891

https://vimeo.com/390599228/79dbba5ebd

Below is the complete public schedule.

  • February 24, 5 to 8 p.m., Bucks County Technical High School, 610 Wistar Road, Fairless Hills
  • February 25, 1 to 4 p.m., Quakertown Branch, Bucks County Free Library, 402 W. Mill St., Quakertown
  • February 26, 5 to 8 p.m., Bensalem Municipal Building, 2400 Byberry Road, Bensalem
  • March 3, 5 to 8 p.m., Sellersville Fire Department Hall, 2 N. Main St., Sellersville
  • March 6, 5 to 8 p.m., Bucks County Administration Building, 55 E. Court St., Room R110, Doylestown
  • March 10, 1 to 4 p.m., Bensalem Municipal Building, 2400 Byberry Road, Bensalem
  • March 17, 5 to 8 p.m., Bucks County Community College, Newtown Campus, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown
  • March 23, 5 to 8 p.m., Bucks County Administration Building, 55 E. Court St., Doylestown
  • March 30, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ben Wilson Senior Activity Center, 580 Delmont Ave., Warminster
  • April 7, 1 to 4 p.m., Juniper Village at Bucks County, 3200 Bensalem Blvd., Bensalem
  • April 16, 5 to 8 p.m., Bucks County Community College, Lower Bucks Campus, 1304 Veterans Highway, Bristol
  • April 21, 5 to 8 p.m., Bucks County Community College, Perkasie Campus, One Hillendale Road, Perkasie

2020 Census : What You Need To Know

Community Impact

“The Census Effect”

The U.S Census Bureau data helps the community in various ways.

  • It determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress.
  • Communities rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of resident needs such as new roads, schools and emergency vehicles.
  • Businesses use census data to help provide more local jobs and places to shop.

Questions Asked

What are the questions that the 2020 Census will ask me?

The Census asks questions that provides snapshots of the nations Census.

  • Population count
  • Any additional people living of staying
  • Owner/Renter
  • Phone Number
  • Name
  • Sex
  • Age and Date of Birth
  • Hispanic, Latino or Spanish Origin
  • Race
  • Whether a Person lives or stays somewhere else
  • Relationship
  • Citizenship

How the 2020 Census will invite everyone to respond

Every household will have the options of responding online, by mail, or by phone. Nearly every household will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 census from either a postal worker or a census worker.

What to expect in the Mail

According to census.gov you should except to have received an invitation in late March of 2019, followed by a reminder letter. If you still did not respond they sent out a reminder postcard followed by a reminder letter and paper questionnaire in April of 2019. By the end of April, a final reminder postcard was sent. If you did not respond to the invitations in the mail, they will follow up in person.

How to respond online

The US Census now has new technology to make it easier to respond to the census. For the first time, you will be able to respond online at http://www.2020census.gov.

Utilize the Bucks County Census Web Portal

Find important information, dates and learn how to get involved.

https://2020census-bucksgis.opendata.arcgis.com/


THE GREAT AMERICAN CLEAN-UP DAY OF PENNSYLVANIA APRIL 4th

The Great American Clean-Up of PA event for West Rockhill Township will be held Saturday, April 4, 2020. Join your neighbors and friends in picking up roadside trash throughout the township. Trash is also removed from the on/off ramps of the 309 by-pass and sections of 309 itself. Gloves, vests and trash bags donated by PennDot will be available for participants at township building between 8:00 and 9:00 on April 4th. Township trucks will be available to pick up trash bags along the roadside for disposal throughout the following week.

The township will award four $50.00 checks to randomly drawn names of two adults and two youth participants from the Northern Division and Southern Division.

If you would like to participate and have not done so previously, please contact Shari Frerichs/Northern division (roads north of Ridge Rd.) at 215-257-4277, kidsnkats@verizon.net or Rita Cipriano/Southern Division(roads south of Ridge Road)at 215-723-9215, rjcip@yahoo.com.

West Rockhill Video Channel

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

Volunteer needed to serve on Planning Commission

West Rockhill Township Board of Supervisors is requesting a volunteer to serve on the West Rockhill Planning Commission. As a Planning Commission member you will be required to attend the monthly meeting which is held the second Tuesday of each month. If interested, please fill out the form below and mail, fax or email back to the Township.

Route 309 (Sellersville Bypass) Weekday Lane Closures Scheduled for Construction in Montgomery and Bucks Counties

King of Prussia, PA – Route 309 (Sellersville Bypass) motorists will encounter a weekday lane closure in both directions between Unionville Pike and Reliance Road in Hatfield Township, Montgomery County and Hilltown Township, Bucks County on Monday, December 9, through Friday, December 20, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM for lighting installation and lane shifts under a $53.5 million project to rehabilitate the pavement and repair several structures on a 9.1-mile section of the expressway in Bucks County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work areas because backups and delays will occur. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.

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 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).

James D. Morrissey, Inc. of Philadelphia is the general contractor on the project which is financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds. Physical construction on the project is expected to finish in summer 2023.

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, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 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.

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.