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Sellersville borough is located in the upper portion of beautiful Bucks County in southeastern Pennsylvania approximately 30 miles north of Philadelphia and 22 miles south of Allentown . The Borough is governed by the Council-Manager form of government.  There are seven Council members and a Mayor who are elected by the voters.  The Chief Administrator is the Borough Manager, who is appointed by Council and is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Borough. Sellersville borough welcomes input from its residents.  Questions, concerns and comments can be brought to our attention by e-mail at Sellersville@sellersvilleboro.org ,  USPS  mail to  Borough Manager, 140 East Church Street, Sellersville, PA 18960 or by telephone (215)-257-5075. This website is regularly updated to better serve you as additional information and links are added. 

NEW ITEMS OF INTEREST

 

St. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE AND CELTIC FESTIVAL MARCH 21, 2020

 

The 6th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celtic Fest will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020.  The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celtic Festival is a fun-filled family event enjoyed by all. It has continued to grow from its beginning in 2015 to this year, which promises to be bigger and better than ever! This event is a combined effort between the Pennridge Chamber of Commerce and Sellersville Borough. This year the parade will begin at 11 a.m. in Perkasie at the Pennridge Middle School on Fifth Street and proceed down East Church Street to North Main Street in Sellersville, ending at the Sellersville Fire House. All events after the parade will be held in the Sellersville Fireman’s Picnic Grove behind the Fire Hall. There will be food and craft vendor tables, games and contests! This year an authentic Irish band known as Celtic Rebels Band will be performing in the Fireman’s Grove!

Businesses and other groups have opportunities to promote their organization through sponsorships, entering a float in the parade, or having a table at the Grove!

To register for the  parade, please complete the form: Parade Participant Registration 2020. Form

To participate in the Celtic Fest as a vendor, please complete form: VENDOR APP FORM.2020

If you would like to sponsor the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celtic Fest, please download and complete form:

St. Patricks Day Parade-Celtic Fest Sponsor Form 2020

Please visit the Pennridge Chamber of Commerce website for more details  www.pennridge.com

WASHINGTON AVENUE ROAD WORK

Due to the icing problem we have experienced between 216 Washington Avenue to West Church Street, the borough will be installing an inlet at 216 Washington Avenue that will pipe street water runoff underground to the existing inlet at West Church Street. The street section affected begins in front of 216 Washington on the even numbered (west) side and runs south to West Church Street.  The inlet and pipe installation will be completed in the spring when we are able to get asphalt.

The asphalt has been cut out 4’ from the curb and temporally replaced with stone in the section where the pipe and inlet will go. We are hopeful that this will intercept the water runoff and help alleviate the icing problem until the inlet and pipe can be installed. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    2020 CENSUS  and JOBS

    The 2020 U. S. Census is underway and it is important that everyone be counted! The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. The 2020 Census will count everyone who lives in the U.S. as of April 1, 2020 (Census Day). Census statistics help determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local, and federal lawmakers every year for the next 10 years. Beginning in mid-March, households can respond to the census online or by phone. Additionally, about one-quarter of households will receive a follow-up paper questionnaire at that time. Beginning in mid-April, households that have not responded will receive a paper questionnaire.

    Your responses are confidential and cannot be used for any other purpose. Below are links relating to the census:

    Sample Copy of the 2020 Census Questionnaire

    2020 Census FAQ

    Brochure About Residence Criteria

    CENSUS JOBS

    The 2020 Census Team is looking for people to help with the 2020 US Census! They offer great pay at $20/hour, flexible hours and paid training. Call 1-855-562-2020 (1-800-877-8339 TTY/ASCH) or apply online at 2020census.gov/jobs Click on www.gsa.gov/fedrelay for additional information.

    Working together to clean-up and protect our local streamside habitats

    Each spring, the Perkiomen Creek Watershed Conservancy hosts a watershed wide clean-up event focusing on removing trash, tires and other debris from regional waterways. During this event, volunteers work together to clean up sites located throughout the watershed. In 2019, 1,170 volunteers removed 1,022 bags of trash, 78 bags of recyclables, 145 tires and 3,620 lbs of scrap metal from 88 sites throughout the watershed! Some of these sites include Sellersville and Perkasie Boroughs.

    The 2020 Stream Clean-up is scheduled on Saturday, April 4th from 9 am – 12 pm.  The Conservancy also offer corporate groups the opportunity to volunteer on Friday, April 3rd.

    For more information on joining the cleanup effort, please go to: https://www.perkiomenwatershed.org/stream-clean-up

    LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR POSTER CONTEST

    The League of Women Voters of Bucks County invites Bucks County high school seniors to enter the 2020 High School Senior Poster Contest. The contest is open to students enrolled in their senior year in a Bucks County public or private high school or in their senior year of home-schooling in Bucks County.

    Students are asked to create posters illustrating their feelings about voting and the democratic process, in keeping with this year’s theme “What Voting Means to Me.” The posters must be nonpartisan and free from political bias and affiliation. The contest is now open and the deadline is February 28.  An independent panel of recognized representatives from the local art community, collegiate art education and the League of Women Voters will judge the art on relevant criteria.  The winner will be announced April 30. A $500 prize will be awarded.

    Official contest rules, entry form and model release for the 2020 High School Senior Poster Contest can be found at https://my.lwv.org/pennsylvania/bucks-county .

    EMERGENCY ALERT & NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

    Would you like to be informed of flood, snow emergencies, road closures, trash pick-up schedule changes, etc.?    The recent storm that knocked out landline telephone as well as electric service to many residents, underscored the importance of providing cell telephone numbers for our contact information. Click on this following link to input your contact information and we will keep you informed Contact Form

     

    RECYCLING – ACCEPTABLE AND NON-ACCEPTABLE ITEMS

    Sellersville Borough has a single stream recycling program where items can be put out for collection on the last day of collection; Thursday for the south end and Fridays for the north end. In recent years it has become harder for recycling companies to find markets for their products and have had to tighten quality control on recycled materials. Contamination of unacceptable materials can lead to a load being rejected and sent to a landfill. Rejected loads of recycled materials cost the haulers as much as $175/ton versus a cost of around $65/ton to haul directly to a landfill. The extra charge is being passed on to the customers.

    We need to improve the quality of items put in our single stream recycling containers. There have been too many non-recyclable goods, such as plastic bags, used pizza boxes, ceramic and china kitchen ware, light bulbs, garden hoses, used diapers, and food contaminated containers among many other items, put into the recycling containers. Recycled items also need to be clean and dry. The recycled items cannot be treated like regular garbage. Flyers that provide more information on the proper preparation of recycled materials can be viewed at: Recycling PDF-What Is and What Isnt Recyclable and Empty Clean Dry Flyer

    Republic Services has a video that is very informative regarding proper preparation of recyclables that can be accessed by clicking on this link Recycling Video.

    If the quality of the borough’s recycled materials is not improved, we may be forced to stop the program. Your cooperation on making the recycling program work is greatly appreciated.

    Recycling Stickers Available

    Republic Services has provided the Borough  8″ diameter Recycling Stickers for residents to use on their recycling containers to help the collectors better identify the recycling containers from the trash. They can be obtained at the Sellersville Borough Hall, 140 E. Church Street, Sellersville, PA Monday – Friday between 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

     

    HOMETOWN HEROES BANNERS

    The Sellersville Borough Hometown Heroes Banner Program is a living tribute created to honor our veterans who are serving or have served in the United States Armed Forces.  To qualify, a veteran living or deceased, must have had a connection to Sellersville Borough (attended local schools, relative, friend,..) at some point in their life. Also eligible are those honored on war memorials and veterans recommended by the local VFW or American Legion Posts.

    The banner will be 24″ x 48″ heavy vinyl, printed on both sides, and will display the service person’s photograph, full name, branch of service of the Military and the era of service. Banners will be displayed from Memorial Day in May through Veterans  Day in November then taken down, stored and then redisplayed the next year during the same time period.

    BANNERS NEED TO BE RECEIVED BY THE BOROUGH BY MAY 1st OF THE YEAR TO BE HUNG. BANNER ORDERS CANNOT BE GUARUNTEED TO BE RECEIVED IN TIME IF ORDERED AFTER MARCH 15th. The Borough rents a bucket truck to mount and take down the banners and will not rent a truck to mount banners after the initial installation.

    Each banner requires the Hometown Hero Form to be filled out, attach a photograph of the hero in uniform and include payment of $130 for each banner, payable to Hometown Heroes. Send the completed form, photograph and payment to Sellersville Borough, 140 East Church Street, Sellersville, PA 18960.  For more information and the form, please click on Hometown Heroes form

     

    FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES IN SELLERSVILLE AREA

    READING PROGRAM -SAMUEL PIERCE FREE LIBRARY IN PERKASIE

    Hours at the Branch:

    Mon – Thurs      9 am – 8 pm

    Fri                        10 am – 6 pm

    Sat                       9 am – 5 pm

    Sensory Story times scheduled on Monday at 1:30 p.m.  These story times are 30-minute interactive sessions ideal for children on the autism spectrum, with sensory processing issues, or who feel overwhelmed by noises or crowds.  After story time, there is 30 minutes of monitored social play including toys aimed at improving fine & gross motor skills. Registration is required as sessions are limited to 10 children and their families.  Limited to Pre-school-aged children. Register at calendar.buckslib.org

    Activities include:

    Yoga Storytime with Jess: Tuesday, 1/28/2020 at 10:15 am

    Let’s Play School Storytime:   Thursday 1/30/2020 at 6:30 pm

    Groundhog Storytime: Saturday 2/1/2020 at 10:30 am

    Maker Zones: Thursdays 2/6 and  2/13 from 6 – 7:30 pm

    School’s OUT!: Rock & Rhyme w/ Mr. Jon: Friday 2/14/2020

    Badge Squad: Time Traveler Saturday 2/15 from 2 – 4 pm and Thursday  2/20 from 6 – 7 pm

    Let’s Play School Storytime:  Saturday 2/22 at 10:30 am and Monday 2/24 at 6:30 pm

    Yoga Storytime with Jess: Tuesday 2/25 10:15 am

    The January 2020 schedule can be viewed at January Library Schedule
    The full February 2020 schedule can be viewed at February 2020 Kids Schedule

       Check out all Bucks County Free Library branch events at:  http://calendar.buckslib.org/         

     

    EXHIBITS AT THE SELLERSVILLE MUSEUM

    The Sellersville Museum will be open on Saturday, February 8th and Sunday, February 9th between 12 noon and 4:00 p.m.  February’s featured exhibit is a Fun A Day Art Show! The Sellersville Museum is located at 120 E. Church Street, Sellersville, PA 18960.   For information on the Sellersville Museum click on: www.SellersvilleMuseum.org or call 215-257-5253.

    BINGO THURSDAY NIGHTS AT SELLERSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT

    The Sellersville Fire Department holds bingo games every Thursday night between 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The Fire Hall is located at 2 North Main Street, Sellersville, PA 18960.

    OTHER INFORMATION

    LICENSE YOUR DOG!

    If you own or are harboring a dog, it is your responsibility to make sure that the dog or dogs has/have a license.  Information on where and how to license your dog(s) can be obtained by clicking on: Dog Licensing or by visiting www.licenseyourdogpa.com. You may also contact the PA Department of Agriculture at 717-787-3062 or the Bucks County State Dog Warden, Verna North at 610-909-5707.

    DISCHARGING FIREWORKS IN BOROUGH

    The change in the Pennsylvania fireworks law has created confusion on the part of citizens who are under the mistaken belief that fireworks are allowed to be set off anywhere, anytime. In reality, there are essentially no places in the Borough of Sellersville where private citizens can set off fireworks as they cannot be set off within 150′ of an occupied structure whether or not it is occupied. This provision essentially eliminates any location within the Borough for discharging fireworks. Other restrictions include:

        They cannot be ignited or discharged on a public or private property without express permission of the property owner.

    ·         They cannot be discharged from or within a motor vehicle or building.
    ·         They cannot be discharged toward a motor vehicle or building.
    ·         They cannot be discharged within 150 feet of an occupied structure, whether or not a person is actually present.
    ·         They cannot be discharged while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug.

    For more information on the fireworks regulations, please see the PA State Police FAQ site

    If residents hear or observe the improper setting off of fireworks within the borough they are encouraged to contact the Perkasie Police Department at (267) 517-0099.

    RESIDENTIAL RENTAL PROPERTY LICENSING AND INSPECTION

    Sellersville Borough Council requires the licensing and inspection of certain residential rental units. Residential rental property owners must apply for a license by December 31, 2019 to: Sellersville Code Enforcement Officer, 140 Church Street, Sellersville, PA 18960. Inspections will take place in the year 2020 by Barry Isett & Associates.

    The full text of the Ordinance can be viewed by clicking on Rental Property Inspection Ordinance 728.

    The  Rental Dwelling Registration Form to register a rental unit(s) can be downloaded at Rental Unit Registration Form

    The list of minimum inspection elements can be downloaded at Rental Property Inspection Requirements

    The fee schedule has been established by Resolution #19-10 and can be viewed at Resolution 19-10 Establishing Rental Property Fee Schedule

    The Rental Property License Fee is $80/unit which is paid with the Application form. A copy of the lease agreement is required to be submitted with the application. The License is good for three (3) years from the date of issuance or the sale or transfer of the residential rental unit. If a re-inspection is required following a Notice of Violation or following a Residential License Revocation, there will be a $50/unit fee for  the re-inspection. Appeals of the Code Enforcement Decision to Borough Council is $500.

    PROPERTY MAINTENANCE ORDINANCE

    Sellersville Borough Council adopted the 2018 International Property Maintenance Code regulating and governing the conditions and maintenance of all property, buildings and structures; by providing the standards for supplied utilities and facilities and other physical things and conditions essential to ensure that structures are safe, sanitary and fit for occupation and use; and the condemnation of buildings and structures unfit for human occupancy and use, and the demolition of such existing structures in the Borough of Sellersville; providing for the issuance of permits and collections of fees therefor; and all other ordinances and parts of the ordinances in conflict therewith.

    The full text of this ordinance can be viewed at Ordinance 717 Property Maintenance

                

     SWIMMING POOLS

    Swimming pools are regulated under the Borough’s Zoning Ordinance and the Uniform Construction Code. Prior to purchasing and installing any type of pool, including the blowup types, please review Zoning Ordinance Section 160-56 for the restrictions and requirements that need to be met. Some of the requirements include a 20′ setback from adjacent property lines, a fence with a latching gate and plantings of trees and bushes to block the view and noise from neighbors. Section 160-56 can be viewed at: http://www.ecode360.com/27025767 .  The Permit fee for an above ground pool is currently $200 plus a $500 Compliance escrow. The fee for an in-ground pool is $850 plus a $500 Compliance escrow. Building permits can be downloaded at: http://sellersvilleboro.org/building-permit-application/

    RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT IN PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY

    Sellersville Borough Council passed an ordinance at the November 9, 2015 Council meeting which bans the use, erection and storage of recreational equipment in the public right-of-way. The full text of this ordinance can be viewed at Ord-705 Recreational Equip in R-O-W

    OUTDOOR BURNING ORDINANCE

    On Monday, August 10, 2015 the Sellersville Borough Council updated to the Code of the Borough of Sellersville regarding outside burning regulations within the borough. The newly enacted ordinance can be viewed by clicking on Ord. No. 702 – Burn Ordinance The former regulation is contained in Chapter 60 of the Code of the Borough of Sellersville Borough and can be viewed at  http://www.ecode360.com/27035513

    SELLERSVILLE IN SPOTTED LANTERNFLY QUARANTINE AREA

    The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced that nine municipalities in southeastern Pennsylvania have been added to the list of areas quarantined due to the invasive Spotted Lanternfly. In Bucks County, sightings of the invasive insect were confirmed in Springfield, East Rockhill and West Rockhill townships, as well as Perkasie, Sellersville and Telford boroughs. The  total number of affected municipalities to 84. The quarantine restricts movement of any material or object that can spread the pest.

    The Spotted Lanterfly is an invasive exotic species that originated in China, India and Vietnam. The Spotted Lanternfly  (SLF) feeds on a variety of plants including sugar maple, grapes, cherries, stone fruits and Tree of Heaven. The PA Agricultural Department is requesting that residents be on the lookout for this devastating pest and take action to help eradicate them.  Risks of SLF movement come from transportation of firewood, outdoor equipment and toys, timber and woody debris. For more information please go to: www.pda.state.pa.us/spottedlanternfly. You can also click on Spotted Lanterfly brochure   for information and Spotted Lanterfly Checklist for a checklist for residents to review before moving possible items hosting the Spotter Lanternfly eggs, nymphs or adults.

    Please see Management Options for SLF- sticky bands to get information from the Penn State Extension on the use of “sticky bands” to assist in capturing spotted Lanternfly. Penn State Extension also has a page for homeowners to help manage SLF on your property: https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly-management-for-homeowners

    For information on how to kill the Spotted Lanternfly please click on Spotted Lanternfly Control

    Reporting Potholes – PennDOT Highways

    There are two ways to contact PennDOT to report potholes on PennDOT highways. You can call 1-800 FIXROAD (1-800- 349-7623), or you can go on the PennDOT web site, www.dot.state.pa.us and contact them via the Customer Care Concerns in District 6-0.

       Tips for Reducing Stormwater Pollution

    Sellersville Borough and the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy would like to remind you of the importance of preventing stormwater pollution while you make the most of the fall season.  Stormwater is formed when rainwater makes its way into storm drains or runs off our properties directly into streams.  On its journey to the stream, stormwater can pick up harmful substances that pollute our watershed.  Click the following link for tips from the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy for fall related tips on helping to reduce stormwater pollution:

    Spring Flyer

    Summer Flyer Winter Flyer Fall Flyer

    Fall Flyer

    Winter Flyer

    Additional information on reducing stormwater contamination can be found on our website under: Stormwater Management  

    CALL BEFORE YOU DIG!

    April has been designated “National Safe Digging Month” by the Common Ground Alliance, a member-driven association of 1,700 individuals, organizations and sponsors in every facet of the underground utility industry.  (www.commongroundalliance.com)   Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc. and Sellersville Borough supports this initiative. For more information on how to avoid trouble when excavating and/or digging holes, please click on: We support Pennsylvania 811 web button

     

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