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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. 

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.

NEW ITEMS OF INTEREST

GALLERY OF THE ARTS-SUNDAY SEPT. 15th  NOON – 5 PM

This Sunday will mark the 51st Annual Pennridge Gallery of the Arts event on North Main Street with booths lining the streets filled with art and crafts.  The day also features live music throughout the festival, children’s entertainment and activities, Sellersville restaurants are open to the public, plus food trucks, as well as local breweries, wineries and more. The Gallery of the Arts Committee strives to recognize our local talents in all forms! Come to the Pennridge Gallery of the Arts and have a great time! For more information click on Gallery of the Arts.

Please be advised that North Main Street will be closed from the bridge over the SEPTA tracks to Elm Street.  East Temple Avenue from North Main Street to East Walnut Street and West Temple Avenue from Maple Avenue to North Main Street will also be closed however, the municipal parking lot will be open. Parking is available at the Druckenmiller Playground at Lawn Avenue/Maple Avenue intersection; Kraft-Nase American Legion; Sellersville Fire Hall and on many side streets.

 

UGI GAS LINE REPLACEMENT-EAST CHURCH STREET

UGI will be replacing an aging steel gas line on East Church Street from N. Main Street to Cedar Avenue beginning Tuesday, September 3rd. They will not be closing East Church Street, however travelers can expect delays at times during construction. The work is expected to last 4-6 weeks.

 

NORTH MAIN STREET BRIDGE CLOSURE -MONDAY AUGUST 19, 2019 thru OCTOBER 2020

Loftus Construction ,under contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, has announced the closure of North Main Street, Sellersville, over the SEPTA tracks near the intersection of East Church Street, to rehabilitate the truss bridge. The bridge closed Monday, August 19, 2019 and will remain closed until October 2020 The official detour, which uses the Route 309 bypass, will be posted. A copy of the detour route can be viewed at Main St Detour Route.

NO PARKING LAWN AVENUE

Due to the increased traffic on Lawn Avenue with the bridge closure, the Council has instituted temporary “no parking” from the Nobel Street to Maple Avenue section.

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

 

RESIDENTIAL RENTAL PROPERTY LICENSING AND INSPECTION

ORDINANCE NO. 728

Sellersville Borough Council passed Ordinance 728 on August 19, 2019, that 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.

 

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

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.

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

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

September’s Activities include:

1) Storytime on the Road – 11:00 am Wednesday, 9/25 at the Dairy Queen, 200 Constitution Avenue, Perkasie

2) Write On!  Creative Writing Workshop for Kids

Thursday, Sept. 19              6:30 – 7:30 PM

Saturday, Sept. 28               2:00 – 3:00 PM

Creative writing can be play!  Join us for a story and activities to get your kids brainstorming and writing.  In this session, we will read “A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea” and come up with some astonishingly terrible ideas of our own.

Best for ages 6 – 12; Parental participation is encouraged!

Registration is VERY preferred – Register at calendar.buckslib.org

3) Badge Squad -earn your Gumshoe badge! Saturday, 9/14, from 2-4 pm and Thursday 9/ 26 from 6- 7:30 pm

4) Sing, Dance, Read (- Music & Movement Story time! Saturday, 9/14 11:00 am

5) Yoga Storytime with Jess– Tuesday, 9/24 at 10:15 am

  Check out all BCFL branch events at:

http://calendar.buckslib.org/         

 

EXHIBITS AT THE SELLERSVILLE MUSEUM

The Sellersville Museum will be open on Saturday, August 10th and Sunday, August 11th between 12 noon and 4:00 p.m.  August’s featured exhibit is Red Hat Club! 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

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:

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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