Perkasie, Pa. – Sometimes the anticipation of a storm ends up causing more anxiety and headaches than the actual weather event. That was not the case with the snow and ice storm that rolled through the area on a Tuesday night and Wednesday of the first few days of February. With heavy snow already covering the trees, several more inches of snow was predicted, followed by a thick coating of slick ice and eventually stronger winds.
“Winter storms like this one really test our infrastructure and staff,” stated Jim Purcell, Council Vice President and Chairman of the Borough’s Public Utility and Public Works Committees. “The Borough’s crew spends all year preparing for weather events that challenge the system. Regular, proactive maintenance to the infrastructure is the key to success. Our Electric Department has an aggressive tree trimming program as well. Because the Borough’s Electric Utility is owned by the municipality – the residents – we have the ability to control the integrity of it.”
Power outages wreaked havoc across both Bucks and Montgomery Counties, while very little happened to the Borough’s system. Some flickering of lights in one neighborhood, service ripped off a house in another, but the power stayed on. The Department is responsible for maintaining two square miles of electric infrastructure.
“The Borough Council always takes time every year to listen to the Department Heads and make sure our critical infrastructure and equipment are maintained and in good working order,” said Jim Ryder, Perkasie Borough Council President. “If the Borough equipment or infrastructure fails, it’s going to have a big impact on the residents and businesses. We know that if the power goes out, the businesses cannot open, and residents may not have heat or air conditioning. Their living conditions will quickly deteriorate. We want our residents to feel safe and enjoy the quality of life they have in Perkasie. And we want our businesses to succeed, and they can’t do that if the power is off.
Perkasie is unique among Pennsylvania municipalities. They are one of only thirty-five communities to own and operate their own electric utility for the benefit of the community. As a municipal-owned utility, the Borough is part of a mutual aid network that allows the Borough to provide or receive help.
“The Borough has always owned the electric utility and has had hand-shake agreements to provide mutual aid for many years,” stated Harold Stone, the Electric Department Superintendent. “We as a nation have learned that having mutual aid agreements in place are critical when a disaster strikes. And it’s not just with your neighbors, but with communities even farther away. When you have those larger scale disasters that impact half of the state, you need resources in areas that are not a part of that disaster to bring in manpower and resources.”
The most recent ice and snow storm brought Perkasie’s linemen down to Lansdale Borough, in Montgomery County. Not only are they helping a neighboring electric utility, but the crew is gaining valuable experience that can be used in future disaster situations.
“It’s hard to practice for these situations when the suns out and your customers power is turned on,” continued Stone. “It’s when the weather conditions are not favorable, and there is pressure from the loss of power … that’s when you can really put your skills to the test. The crew must work together with a team, and sometimes that team consists of linemen that they’ve never worked with before. They have to trust each other to get the job done, the power back on, and do it safely so everyone gets to go home to their own family when it’s all over.”
The Borough’s Electric Department evolved from a desire to improve street lighting. It began with the installation of a generator which supplied electricity for the street lights. The first electric power plant was constructed in 1900 at a cost of $11,500. The demand for power grew rapidly, and the decision was made in 1947 to retain a distribution system. It was at this time that the first agreement was made with PP & L to supply wholesale power to Perkasie Borough. A modern substation was built in 1995 and is being used today to distribute electricity to the Borough.
The Perkasie Electric Department consists of four skilled linemen, a foreman, and a Superintendent.
Perkasie, Pa. – In a move initiated by Council Member Matt Aigeldinger, Perkasie Borough elected officials sent a loud and clear message to residents, business owners, and developers welcoming improvements, growth and development in the town. At their meeting on Monday, January 20th, the nine-member Borough Council voted unanimously to approve a new fee schedule for 2014 that cuts many building, zoning, and subdivision & land development fees by 50% for the remainder of the year.
All of the fees included in the reduction are listed on the Borough’s website. Building and construction fees for residential construction, additions, garages, and accessory buildings, including demolition and roof permits, have been cut in half. Electrical, mechanical and plumbing permits were also reduced.
“Reducing the fees will allow current property owners and businesses to complete necessary repairs to their home for less money,” stated Jim Ryder, President of Perkasie Borough Council. “And by making those improvements to their property, it will help increase the value of their property and that of the rest of the neighborhood and ultimately the Borough. Perkasie is a great town to live in and do business.”
Fees related to non-residential development and subdivisions will also see a 50% reduction, although those associated with professional review will continue at the same rate.
“We’re creating an ideal situation for current and new businesses or all sizes, and investors. It’s really like having a sign that says ‘Open for Business’ in Perkasie,” said Council Member Matt Aigeldinger. “We have a few unique parcels in town that would be a great opportunity for development or redevelopment. This move will provide an incentive for businesses to move forward with their plans to renovate an existing building or build new on an empty lot.”
At the turn of the century, Perkasie was the hub of commerce and has a rich history of providing unique manufacturing services to the rest of the nation. Baseballs were hand sewn by the locals for many years right in town, along with the manufacturing of cigars. There were dairies, and two brick factories and hosiery that made ladies’ undergarments. The rich architecture of the past is still in place all around town and provides something outside the ordinary for residents and businesses to consider.
“I’ve been here for 40 years and would love to see a new, vibrant Town Center,” stated Council Vice-President Jim Purcell. “Reducing the fees associated with building and land development is going to make it more affordable for homeowners to make needed repairs to their homes or even move forward with additions that they’ve been dreaming about. We’re all excited to see what happens in Perkasie over the next 12 months.”
More information on the fees can be found on the Borough’s website (click here) or by calling the Borough at (215) 257-5065.
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 hazardous waste mixed in with your household trash nor does he want any liquids for that matter. Therefore, you may have begun to wonder what is the proper way to dispose of this material. If so, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program is for you.
The intent of the program is to provide an environmentally responsible way to dispose of hazardous materials and to provide residents with information on how to produce less hazardous waste in the future. For example: when purchasing products that may be hazardous, only buy enough material for the intended purpose, or be sure, as a DIY auto mechanic, that you regularly take your used motor oil to auto service centers that are willing to accept it.
The collection program consists of at least twenty-five collection days scheduled throughout southeastern Pennsylvania of which five are scheduled in Bucks County. At the five collection events being held in Bucks County, old Computer Systems and any size TV’s are also being accepted from residents.
The dates in Bucks County are:
April 20, 2013
Truman High School-Bristol School District
3001 Green Lane, Bristol Township
June 10, 2013
Upper Bucks County Area Vo-Tech School
3115 Ridge Road - Bedminster Township
July 27, 2013
Central Bucks School District –South High School Campus
1100 Folly Road – Warrington Township
August 24, 2013
Bucks County Technical High School
610 Wistar Road - Bristol Township
September 14, 2013
Quakertown Area Community High School
600 Park Avenue - Quakertown Borough
Residents may bring up to 25 gallons or 225 pounds of material to the collection event. Acceptable materials include, in part: Pesticides - Chlordane, DDT, Malathion, and Sevin; Toxics - photographic chemicals, mercury, pool chemicals, weed killers, paint remover; Flammables - kerosene, gasoline, oil-based paints, paint thinner; Caustics - household lye, ammonia-based products, oven cleaner; Lead-acid batteries, household batteries (rechargeable, lithium or button-type only).
Do not bring: LATEX PAINT, appliances, biological waste, explosives, radioactive waste, or tires.
Guidelines for safely transporting household hazardous waste to the collection sites include:
§ Place all materials securely in a box, to prevent spilling.
§ Keep all products in their original containers with labels intact.
§ Keep all caps and lids on tight.
§ Wrap leaking containers in newspaper and place in a plastic container for transport.
§ Do not mix materials.
§ Do not leave loaded vehicle in a hot unventilated area for prolonged periods.
§ Do not smoke near the chemicals.
The program is for residents only; no material will be accepted from businesses, industry or institutions.
There will also be an electronics only event in September to help residents dispose of electronic items that a new Pennsylvania law, the Covered Devices Recycling Act, has banned from normal disposal.
September 28, 2013 ONLY ELECTRONICS WILL BE ACCEPTED
Lower Makefield Corporate Center - South
770 Township Line Road - 2/10 mile south of Stony Hill Road
Lower Makefield Township
This is a regional program as the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia are working together to make the program more convenient to the residents in southeastern Pennsylvania. As a result, the residents of Bucks County are welcome to take their household hazardous waste or electronics to one of the neighboring county collection events if that date or location is more convenient. The dates and information phone numbers will be distributed when it becomes available. Please verify the details of the Non-Bucks events; some may be only taking paints or only taking TVs. All collections are held on Saturday’s from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. unless noted otherwise, rain or shine.
Questions about the new Electronics Recycling Law? Click here for more information.
On March 28, 2013, local Girl Scout Daisy Troop 2762 based out of the West Rockhill Elementary School visited the Borough's Public Works facility to learn about recycling!
Perkasie Borough will again perform a Borough wide curbside pickup of leaves. Similar to the fall leaf collection carried out by the Public Works department, this pick up will start the week of April 15, 2013.
All residents interested in participating should have their leaves raked to the curb by 7:30 AM Monday April 15th. Borough crews will make one trip thru the Borough and there will be no call backs for leaves placed out after Monday, April 15th. Borough crews will make one pass through the Borough following established routes.
Residents are reminded to have leaves placed curbside and not blocking storm drains. Grass clippings and sticks will not be picked up by Borough crews and will be left curbside for the residents to dispose of correctly. Residents may also be fined if unacceptable material is deposited on the street as per Ordinance # 108-1.
Residents are also reminded that they may drop off yard waste on the first Saturday of every month at the Borough Recycling Center located at 311 S. 9th St. This drop off begins at 7:30 AM and ends promptly at 3:30 PM. No late arrivals permitted. Leaves and other yard waste being brought in for this drop off must be either in cans or plastic bags for dumping or paper bags. No material may be dropped off in plastic bags. This free service is for Perkasie Borough residents only and no contractors are allowed. Proof of Borough residency may be required and must be shown if asked.
Anyone with questions is welcome to call 215-257-5065 for further information.
The "Perkasie Pride Award" was established by the Mayor and Borough Council to recognize up to three properties within the Borough (one in each ward) that have made a significant contribution to beautifying the town. The improvements, restoration and-or beautification recognized by the award do not necessarily have to occur within the calendar year that the award is given.
Any person may nominate a building or property for consideration for the Award by contacting the Mayor, any Council member or the Borough Office at 215-257-5065. Such nominations should be received by the Borough, along with a brief paragraph describing the improvements. Awards will be made at Pennridge Community Day, on July 7, 2013. It is asked that nominees include any historical information about the buildings so that information can be preserved for the record.
Borough Council will select 3 properties to receive plaques. Once nominated, a property would remain in nomination for subsequent years.
The Mayor and Council will award a wall plaque suitable for outdoor display. This plaque is approximately 7 inches in diameter and contains the words "PERKASIE PRIDE AWARD", the date the award is given and is embossed with the Perkasie Hickory Nut Tree. The plaque also shows the year the building was constructed.
Perkasie Borough Takes First Step to Initiate New Power Supply Master Plan