Officer Hallman Retires
Officer Hallman started his police career in 1987 with the Sellersville department which then combined with East and West Rockhill to make the Pennridge Regional Police Department. 'Officer Hallman's influence has always been positive and he remains an expert in his field that has benefited those around him,' Chief Blake has said. 'He epitomizes the concept of community policing that the residents in the community have come to expect from its local police.'
Officer Raza recently took the oath of office as a new part-time officer in the Pennridge Regional Police Department. Raza is a 2014 graduate of the Montgomery County Police Academy and a Central Bucks South High School graduate. He is currently attending Temple University.
Walking Trail Plan Underway
With an eye toward applying for a state grant, the Township is moving forward with developing a plan for a walking trail that would connect Markey Park to the Pennridge School District campus. The Township is hoping the grant will cover 85 percent of the expected $286,000 cost.
Markey Park Spring Cleaning
Thank you to Boy Scout Troop 79 for keeping Markey Centennial Park looking good. The boys planted a rain garden by pavilion and wildflower garden by driving range shed. We appreciate your hard work and commitment to community service!
Continuing policy to preserve environmentally-sensitive property from ever being developed, a conservation easement totaling 32.9 acres was purchased at the Tohickon Family Campground on Covered Bridge Road.
New Part-Time Officer
Welcome to Officer Windfelder who joined the Pennridge Regional Police Department in April as a part-time Officer. Officer Windfelder is completing his field training.
2015 Officer of the Year
At the Pennridge Regional Police Commission February 24 meeting Detective Daryl Lewis was awarded the 2015 Officer of the Year.
Detective Lewis began his career with the department in 1992 and has held many positions within the Department including Field Training Officer, Bicycle Officer, Traffic Safety Officer and Dare Officer. Detective Lewis continues to strive for success within his profession and is a valuable asset to the Department.
Pennridge PD Chief Appointed
The new Chief of the Pennridge Regional Police Department is a familiar face in local law enforcement.
The Commission appointed Rodney Blake Chief of the Department in December 2015. Chief Blake has served as Officer in Charge since September 2014 and has served with the Pennridge Regional since it was formed in 1992.
New Traffic Signal SR313 & 563
The Board of Supervisors awarded a new traffic signal installation at SR313 & SR563 (Mountain View Drive) to Carr & Duff, Inc. for a base bid amount of $168,200. PennDOT SR313 intersections improvements where completed and the signal became operational on March 2, 2016.
The signal is made possible with a PennDOT ARLE (Automated Red Light Enforcement) Grant award of $160,000.
Do You Need Help with House Maintenance?
Habitat for Humanity Bucks County has a program that can help families struggling to maintain the exterior of their houses due to disability or family circumstances. For more details, visit the Habitat website and click on 'Home Repair.'
Roger E. Arnold Recognized
Mary Arnold accepted the Boards commendation of Roger Arnold at the Supervisors July 21 meeting. Mr. Arnold served on many ERT Boards as well as being instrumental in the purchase of land for the creation of the Willard H. Markey Centennial Park and creating pedestrian links to and within Markey Park. Sit and enjoy the park bench donated by the Arnold family along the walking path, it was one of Roger's favorite places to walk to with Mary.
Iron Bridge Park
The park located at 1450 Branch Road has been named the Iron Bridge Park. Amenities include a walking / bike trail that joins Perkasie and Sellersville trails along with athletic fields, basketball and a pavilion.
No Hunting on Township Owned Property
No hunting is allowed on Township open space. The law states no person shall hunt for, capture, kill or attempt to capture or kill, or aid or assist in the capturing or killing of, in any manner, any wild bird or wild animal of any description. A conviction for violating this Ordinance could result in a fine of $1,000 plus costs for each violation.
No Open Burning Allowed
As a reminder, burning of trash and recyclable materials - including leaf and tree waste - is prohibited by Township Ordinance in compliance with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection regulations.
Sgt. Karcher Retires from Pennrdige Regional
After serving 31 years as a dedicated and loyal Officer to the Pennridge community, Sgt. Karcher retired in July 2015. Sgt. Karcher began his police career in 1984 with the East Rockhill Township Police Department and was a founding 1992 member of the Pennridge Regional Police Department. We wish Sgt. Karcher many years of happiness and enjoyment in his retirement.
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.
2016 Final Budget Approved
At the Board's December 8, 2015 regular meeting, the 2016 Preliminary Draft Budget was approved. See our finance page for highlights.
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 Board approved a bid for the project in July 2015. Project is anticipated to begin in September.
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 2016 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.