Rockhill Road Bridge Reimbursement Received
The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission awarded East Rockhill $847,275 in reimbursement toward reconstruction of the Rockhill Road Bridge. The money partially repaid a loan we took out in 2012 to pay for the work upfront, reducing our cost to about $200,000. We are grateful for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, DVRPC, Bucks County and to the many people who worked tirelessly to ensure township taxpayers did not have to bear the full burden of the reconstruction project.
Fine for Damage to Covered Bridges Enacted
With the approval of Ordinance 280 there is now a $1,000 fine in addition to restitution for damaging Mood's Covered Bridge or Sheard's Mill Bridge by not adhering to the posted limits of the Bridge.
FEMA Floodplain Ordinance
Ordinance 277 requires all person, partnerships, businesses and corporations to obtain a permit for any construction or development within a floodplain as mandated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Pennridge Regional Welcomes Two Full-Time Officers
At the Police Commission January meeting, Officer Ruiz and Officer Dean were transitioned from part-time to full-time officers with the Department. Officer Ruiz has been with the department since 2011 and Officer Dean started in 2014. They are both welcome additions.
2015 Final Budget Approved
At the Board's December 23, 2014 special meeting, the 2015 Preliminary Draft Budget was approved. See our finance page for highlights.
On September 9, the Board recognized and thanked Rescue 26 and Station 17 for their commitment placing themselves in harm's way rescuing a female subject from a cliff at Hansen Quarry. Special thanks to Perkasie FD Battalion Chief 26 Shawn Eby, Perkasie FD Captain 26 Joseph Ferrara, Perkasie FD Firefighter John Yannaccone, Perkasie FD Firefighter Timothy Yannaccone, Haycock FD Deputy Chief 63 Gretchen Francis, Haycock FD Marine Captain Daniel Suszko.
Schwenkmill Road Bridge
In order to correct some Critical Deficiencies; as identified by PennDOT's review, the County closed Schwenkmill Road Bridge over Perkiomen Creek on July 23, 2013. Construction began September 2014 and re-opened April 15, 2015.
Traffic Signal to be Installed
Thanks to an ARLE award, plans for a traffic signal at Route 313 and Mountainview Road (SR563) have been submitted to PennDOT for review. As part of the review process PennDOT has determined a left-turn lane should be added on Route 313 at the intersection when the traffic light is installed. Widening of the road will be required and construction will coincide with the signal installation. Approved plans have been received from PennDOT. The Township is preparing documents for bid placement with bid approval anticipated at July 21 Regular meeting.
Rockhill Road Bridge ReOpens
After being closed on March 4, 2014, a ribbon cutting ceremony took place on August 1, 2014 at 9:00am to re-open Rockhill Road Bridge located on Rockhill Road at Three Mile Run. Supervisors were joined by Bucks County Lynn Bush and Representative Paul Clymer. In 2011 the Board authorized rehabilitation of the Bridge with the hope of receiving 80% reimbursement through State funding and approval was received January 2015. The Board's grateful to all the people who worked tirelessly to reduce the burden to East Rockhill taxpayers.
Household Hazardous Waste
What do you do with household hazardous wastes in your home when it is necessary to dispose of them? Your waste hauler does not want hazarous waste mixed in with household trash nor does he want any liquids for that matter. Take advantage of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection 2015 Program.
The Public Works Department installs up to four driveway pipes each year. The driveway must be located on a Township-owned road; cost is materials plus a $300 installation fee. If you are interested in using this service, send us an email requesting the installation. An agreement will be mailed to you with notification of the material cost, and an invoice sent after the work is completed. If you choose to hire a contractor to install a driveway pipe, a Road Occupancy permit is required.
Welcome to East Rockhill Signs
In 2013 David Nyman began donating his Pennridge Wastewater Treatment Authority wage to the purchase of a Welcome to East Rockhill sign. The first sign was placed along Route 313. In 2014 John Cressman continued the effort with donating the same wage which was placed on Branch Road, just past Callowhill Road. In 2015, Jim Nietupski donated his wage to a 3rd sign placed at SR313 at Rockhill Road. Gary Volovnik continues to donate his Supervisor wage to the general fund and David Nyman contributes his wage to the Pennridge Community Center.
Republic Services, 215-723-0400, previously known as Allied Waste and BFI, will be the exclusive trash and recycling hauler within the Trash District starting January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2014. Two additional years have been approved extending the contract to 2016. Republic is pleased to offer Recylcebanks so customers can earn rewards with the more recycling they do. While all 180 households in the Trash District (Pines II, Pines III, Cedarbrook Crossing) must use Republic, other township residents are free to choose their own hauler. However, Republic has agreed to extend the terms of their winning bid to all township residents willing to sign a three-year contract. More information: Trash & Recycling Implementation Plan, Recyclebanks Information
Protect Yourself from a Flood
Anywhere it rains, it can flood. A flood is a general and temporary condition where two or more acres of normally dry land or two or more properties are inundated by water or mudflow. Many conditions can result in a flood: hurricanes, broken levees, outdated or clogged drainage systems and rapid accumulation of rainfall. Flood Insurance Rate Maps
Tax Freeze on Preserved Properties
In 2014 t he Pennridge School District School Board joined Bucks County Commissioners and East Rockhill Township agreeing to freeze the real estate taxes on properties that have been preserved. Owners of properties that have been preserved from development will continue to pay taxes, but will not be subject to millage rate increases in the future.