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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. 

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Wolf Administration Announces Start of Route 309 Safety Improvement Project in Bucks County

Improvements to be made at 17 Route 309 intersections

The Wolf Administration announced today that construction is scheduled to begin on Monday, December 17, on a project to install Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) systems at 17 intersections along Route 309 (West End Boulevard) and several adjacent roads in Richland Township and Quakertown Borough, Bucks County.  

“These signal upgrades will improve the commute for thousands of motorists by helping to reduce congestion on this state highway,” said Governor Tom Wolf. 

In addition to the signal improvements, ADA curb ramps and pedestrian signage will also be added at each intersection. On Monday, December 17, through mid-January, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, weekday lane restrictions are scheduled on Route 309 (West End Boulevard) between Rich Hill Road and Mill Road for survey operations. 

Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work area because backups and delays may occur. All scheduled activities are weather dependent and subject to change. The entire project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2021. Kuharchik Construction, Inc., of Exeter, PA is the general contractor on the $3,686,191 project which is financed with 100 percent federal funds. 

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ANNUAL HOLIDAY LIGHTING CONTEST

The 7th annual Holiday Lighting judging contest will held Friday, December 14, 2018 in the evening. Homes and businesses in the Borough of Sellersville that decorate for the holidays will be judged by the Park and Recreation Committee. First, second and third prize winners will receive an ornament commemorating the year it was won. Categories include single family homes, townhouses and twins and commercial businesses.

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

 

2019 PROPOSED BUDGET

The 2019 Sellersville Borough proposed budget will be voted on by Council at the December 10, 2018 Council meeting. There is no tax or trash rate increase proposed for the general fund. The draft budget does include an increase in the base sewer rate from $50 per quarter to $60 per quarter and a $.25 per 100 cubic feet usage for those users over 50,000 cubic feet. The last base rate increase was effective February 2016 when it increased from $45 to the current $50/quarter. 

The draft capital plan includes the Green Street sewer line and street reconstruction project and reconstructing West Ridge Avenue, replacing the roof on the old fire hall and realigning the stream flow at E. Park Avenue across from the Armory.

A budget summary can be viewed at 2019 Budget Summary Additional information on the budget can be viewed at 2019 Budget backup packet Council

 

RECYCLING GUIDES- 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 of 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 tightened quality control on recycled materials. Contamination of unacceptable materials can lead to an 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 has 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. The recycled items also need to be clean and dry. The recycled items cannot be treated like regular garbage. Flyers that provide more information non the proper preparation of recycled materials can be viewed at: Recycling PDF-What Is and What Isnt Recyclable and Empty Clean Dry_Flyer

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.

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

NEW 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 12/3; 12/10; and 12/17 at 11:30 a.m. for December are : 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, join us for 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

December 2018 schedule can be viewed at December 2018 Kids Calendar

Badge Activities at the Library for December are:

  1. Badge Squad Folding Master 12-23-2018
  2. Badge Squad Brickmaster 12-26-2018
  3. Badge Squad Board Gaming 12-27-2018

Other kid friendly activities include Pajama story times on Monday nights at 6:30 p.m. on December 3rd; 10th and 17th

 

The Library will be having a Ring in the New Year at Noon Party on Monday, December 31st between 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  for those who can’t stay up late! Stories, songs and activities for the whole family! All ages welcome!

 

EXHIBITS AT THE SELLERSVILLE MUSEUM

The Sellersville Museum will be open on Tuesday night December 4, 2018 between 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. and again Saturday, December 8th and Sunday, December 9th between 12 noon and 4:00 p.m.  December’s featured exhibit is the Christmas forest! Local organizations will decorate Christmas trees which will be on display in the Museum. 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

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.

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE ORDINANCE

Sellersville Borough Council adopted Ordinance 717 at the Monday, March 12, 2018 Council meeting .Ordinance 717 adopts 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

            

SELLERSVILLE IN SPOTTED LANTERNFLY QUARANTINE AREA

The Bucks County Conservation District (BCCD) has a program to assist in controlling the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) infestation. An integral part of the program, is to scout for and destroy egg masses. The Borough’s Lake Lenape Park has a large number of tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima) where the SLF prefers to lay its eggs. BCCD is willing to provide on-site training. If anyone is interested, or if you know of someone who might be interested in participating and receiving the training, please send an email to sellersville@sellersvilleboro.org by November 9,2018 and the borough will make arrangements with BCCD to schedule a group training session.

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

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.

 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

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:Seasonal Tips for Protecting Our Waterways-Fall 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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