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Board of Supervisors

Board of Supervisors Meeting

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 7pm

Community Meeting Room

Neshaminy Creek Greenway Trail Project

The Neshaminy Creek Greenway Trail project begins! Please see the letter to be sent to residents in the vicinity of the project.

RE: Neshaminy Creek Greenway (Bristol Road to Upper State Road) Start of construction

Dear Resident,

As you may know, New Britain Township, Chalfont Borough, and Doylestown Township have been working together with Bucks County to build a portion of the Neshaminy Creek Greenway. The Neshaminy Creek Greenway project is a countywide effort to build a walking/bicycling trail and linear park that will extend for 33 miles from Peace Valley Park in Chalfont to Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem.  The portion of the project from Bristol Road to Upper State Road will start construction in December 2019; the project is anticipated to be completed by December 2020.

The 1.3-mile-long project involves construction of a shared-use path for walking and bicycling between Lenape Lane in Chalfont Borough and the existing Neshaminy Greenway Trail on Upper State Road in Doylestown Township.  The proposed project will begin at the existing trail on Lenape Lane and follow neighborhood roads/sidewalks toward Bristol Road.  Along Forrest Drive from Lenape Lane to Bristol Road, only bicycle shared lane pavement markings and signage will be added along the existing roadway to create an on-road bicycling route. No excavation or shared use path construction will be done along Forrest Drive.  At the intersection of Bristol Road/Forrest Drive, a user activated flashing warning signal will be installed to create a safe crossing point to the start of the trail on the north side of Bristol Road. The flashing warning signals will be mounted on an overhead mast arm above the travel lanes as well as on ground mounted poles on the edge of the roadway. Crosswalk, warning signage and pavement marking improvements will also be installed for the trail crossing. The project will continue along the north side of Bristol Road heading east toward Neshaminy Creek.  An 8’-10’ wide shared use path with a 5’ grass buffer to the outside edge of the roadway shoulder will be constructed. The path will cross over the Neshaminy Creek on the existing Bristol Road Bridge. A concrete barrier will be added along the shoulder of the bridge to protect the trail area. Once across the bridge, the trail will turn off Bristol Road and will follow the creek for 0.3 miles on the south side where it will end in a cul-de-sac north of Willow Wood Drive.  A future New Britain Township project will complete the trail between the cul-de-sac and Upper State Road. The project also includes an 8’ shared-use path with 5’ grass buffer along the south side of Upper State Road from Leapson Lane toward the existing Neshaminy Trail at the Chalfont-New Britain Sewer plant. A crosswalk across Upper State Road with advance warning signage and pavement markings will be installed at Leapson Lane to allow access to the trail for the Willow Wood development. The trail route involves crossing the Upper State Road Bridge over Neshaminy Creek.  The existing sidewalk on the Upper State Road bridge will removed and the bridge resurfaced to create space for the shared use path. A concrete barrier will also be added along the shoulder of this bridge to protect the trail area. The path will connect to the existing Neshaminy Greenway Trail near the Chalfont New Britain Sewage Treatment Plant and provide a direct connection to the 202 Parkway Trail.

Construction Coordination:

The project has been designed to minimize impacts on adjacent residents and motorists traveling through the area as much as feasible. However, some impacts/delays will occur. Lane shifts and off-peak lane restrictions (between 9am and 3pm) will be required along Bristol Road and Upper State Road primarily at the bridges over the Neshaminy Creek. To complete the improvements on the Bristol Road Bridge, the southbound lane on Bristol Road will be closed between Janton Way and Upper State Road and a one-way detour will be put into place. The northbound lane will remain open. This construction phase is estimated to last 1-2 months from March 17 – April 27, 2020. Once that phase is complete, the roadway will be opened up to two lanes again. Later in the project, the eastbound lane at the Upper State Road bridge will closed between Leapson Lane and Teal Drive and a one-way detour will be put into place. The westbound lane will remain open. This construction phase is estimated to last 2-3 months from April 28 – August 31, 2020. Please keep in mind that the timeframe may change due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.

The contractor is required to maintain access to all streets and driveways at all times during construction. For any residents with driveways within the work area, the construction contractor or construction inspector will coordinate directly with you to coordinate driveway adjustments/repaving.

Thank you for your cooperation as we complete this important improvement to our community.

Sincerely, Stephanie J. Mason Township Manager

CC: Board of Supervisors Doylestown Community Bike/Hike Committee New Britain Township

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – What You Need to Know

As winter slowly settles in and more people turn on their heating systems to combat the cold, it is vital to keep an eye out for carbon monoxide buildup.

What is Carbon Monoxide?

            Carbon Monoxide, or ‘CO’, is often referred to as the “Invisible Killer” because it is a poisonous, clear, colorless and odorless gas that is produced any time a fossil fuel is burned.

If left to build up in your homes or vehicles, Carbon Monoxide can lead to serious illness-and possibly death-to any person or animal who breathes it in.

Where Is It Found?

            Carbon Monoxide is found in the fumes from anything you use to burn fuel. It can most commonly be found in the fumes from:

Cars Trucks Small Engines
Grills Stoves Fireplaces
Lanterns Furnaces Gas Ranges  

Symptoms

According to the CDC, symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning appear to be “flu-like” and include the following:

Headache Weakness Dizziness
Upset Stomach Vomiting Chest Pain
  Confusion  

Who’s at risk?

Everyone is at a potential risk of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. However, those most likely to be affected by CO poisoning are infants and the elderly. Those with chronic health problems such as heart disease, anemia, or breathing problems-like asthma or COPD-also run a higher risk of being affected.

Prevention

            The CDC recommends that the best way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning from happening to you is to install a Carbon Monoxide detector in your homes. Make sure to check/replace the batteries twice a year (it is recommended that the best time to do this is in the spring and fall when you change the time on your clocks), as well as replacing the detector itself every five (5) years or so.

In order to prevent Carbon Monoxide buildup, the CDC also recommends doing the following:

  • Have your water heater, heating system, or any other fuel (gas, oil, or coal) burning appliances serviced every year by a qualified technician.
  • Have chimneys checked/cleaned every year. Your chimney could be blocked by debris, which can cause a CO buildup in your living space.
  • DO NOT use a gas range or oven to heat your living space.
  • DO NOT burn charcoal indoors. CO can be found in any type of burning charcoal.
  • Check to make sure your gas appliances are being properly ventilated.

It is also recommended that, in order to prevent Carbon Monoxide poisoning from your car/truck, you should:

  • Have a qualified mechanic check your car/trucks exhaust system every year.
  • Never run your car/truck inside a garage that is attached to your home, even if the garage door is open.
  • If you have a detached garage, make sure to open the garage door when you run your car/truck to let in fresh air.

For a complete list of ways to prevent Carbon Monoxide poisoning or buildup from occurring in your home, please check out the CDC Website, linked below!

https://www.cdc.gov/co/faqs.htm

Conclusion

            According to the CDC more than 400 people die every year from unintentional CO poisoning, that is not linked to fires. Additionally, more than 20,000 people visit the ER for symptoms related to CO poisoning, and more than 4,000 of them are hospitalized. If your Carbon Monoxide detector does go off, make sure to immediately vacate everyone-including your pets!-from the premises and call 911. Never ignore it if your CO detector goes off!

So remember, now that it’s getting colder out take all the steps you can to ensure that Carbon Monoxide poisoning does not happen to you or anyone else in your home!

Leaf & Yard Waste Disposal

We are about to enter the season when we start to realize we have an ever increasing mountain of leaves and yard waste to deal with. There are several ways you can dispose of leaf and yard waste in the Township.

The best for a wooded or natural area of your garden is to let the leaves lay and naturally decompose to enrich the soil and feed the trees and shrubs. Next best is to collect the leaves and, after shredding if possible, compost the leaves which will provide a rich organic mulch for your garden.

If you wish the leaves to be removed from your property you have several options:

  1. The Twp. Licensed Trash Hauler that you contract with for the collection of your recyclables is required to provide a Spring and Fall leaf collection. If you are uncertain of those collection dates contact your Trash Hauler directly for the dates and any requirements they may have for the collection.
  2. You can contract with a landscaper who can dispose of your leaves and yard waste at a commercial recycling center.
  3. Residents may use their own vehicles (no landscape or commercial vehicles accepted) to bring leaves and yard waste to the New Britain Road entrance to Central Park. This Drop of Site is open every third Saturday of the month, March to December from 9am to 11am. All yard waste is to be removed from containers when dropped off; no leaf bags, boxes or plastic bags can be accepted. Please do not dump yard waste at the site on any other days when the drop off area is not manned.

When collecting leaves, please remember to contain them on your own property and not to pile them into the street or drainage swales where they would impede the free flow of Stormwater and lead to localized flooding. Following are the Township Code sections requiring debris free streets:

In order to keep Township roads open, free, unclogged and safely passable and ditches properly drained, from and after the effective date of this article it shall be unlawful for anyone to cause a nuisance of any kind on roads or ditches or suffer, allow, permit, maintain or deposit in any ditch or on any road in said Township any dirt, ground, mud, gravel, sand, stones and debris; and the same is hereby prohibited.

In case any person or persons shall violate this article, the Supervisors shall have the power to remove any dirt, ground, mud, gravel, sand, stones and debris and all other nuisances from roads and ditches, after written notice so to do to the person or persons who have caused or are responsible for the same, delivered to his or their last known address, and, in his or their default, to collect the cost of such removal, together with a penalty as provided in § 1-13 of Chapter 1, General Provisions, for the use of the Township from the person or persons so causing the same, by summary proceedings.

For more information, including the list of licensed trash haulers and their contact information please view the Trash and Recycling page on the Township website.

PennDOT’s Proposed Roundabout Project

PennDOT’s presentation at the October 2, 2019 Board of Supervisors Meeting proposed two roundabouts at state Route 611 (Easton Road) and New Britain Road/Sauerman Road.

CLICK HERE to see the PennDOT presentation.

Invasive Plant ID & Removal Workshop

Saturday, October 19, 2019 @ 9am-11am

2-hour workshop focusing on the identification and removal of Burning Bush, also known as “Winged Euonymus.” A commonly-used non-native landscape plant, Burning Bush has escaped into our woodlands and is choking out valuable native shrubs and wildflowers. It’s easiest to see in autumn when its rosy-red leaves are most obvious.

Wear sturdy shoes, bring work gloves and pruners (if you have them). Please be prepared to be a Park Partner as Doylestown Township continues its long-standing responsible environmental stewardship.

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Old-Growth Forest Trail Walk

Saturday, November 2, 2019 @ 1pm-3pm

Join Doylestown Township’s Environmental Advisory Council & Heritage Conservancy for an Old-Growth Forest Network dedication ceremony in Hart’s Woods!

Enjoy a 30 minute exploration through both the woods in Central Park and the Heritage Conservancy Preserve.

The DART Shuttle will be available for transportation between trails but please remember to dress for exploration!

*Parking will be located at Central Park
(New Britain Road Entrance)
425 Wells Road, Doylestown, PA 18901

Please call Doylestown Township at 215-348-9915 with any questions about the event.

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School Bus Safety

With the new school year fast approaching bus safety is a priority! Students, parents, teachers administrators and the motoring public all play important roles in keeping our children safe while in or around the scbool bus.

Pennsylvanian’s School Bus Stopping Law

  • Motorists must stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended.
  • Motorists must stop when they are behind a bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped.
  • Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety.
  • If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping.
  • Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety.

Penalties of violating Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law

  • $250 fine
  • Five points on your driving record
  • 60-day license suspension

For more information, review Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law Fact Sheet.

Visit www.penndot.gov/safety for more information.

For more information visit www.doylestownrec.com or call (215) 348-9915

Leaf and Yard Waste Recycling

The best thing for the environment is to let your leaves lay, but if you want to clean up your yard and garden in an environmentally friendly way, bring your leaves and yard waste to the Township’s leaf and yard waste composting site. Removing yard and leaf waste from the Solid Waste Stream is important! This program is open to Doylestown Township residents only.

Leaf Pick Up

Advanced Disposal – 11/2/2019

DelGuerico, Inc. – As Needed

Republic Services – 11/16/2019

Waste Management – 11/9/2019

Whitetail Disposal – 11/9/2019

Company
Advanced Disposal Services, Inc.
2295 Felton Road
Norristown , PA 19401
(610) 313-971
DelGuerico’s Wrecking & Salvage, Inc.
2895 Grouse Lane, Suite 100
Reigelsville, PA 18900
(610) 346-9500   
Republic Services
731 East Reliance Road
Telford, PA 18969
(215) 723-0400
Waste Management of Indian Valley
300 Progress Drive
Telford, PA 18969
(215) 257-1142
Whitetail Disposal, Inc
334 Layfield Rd
Perkomenville, PA 18907
(610) 754-0103

Leaf Drop Off

The Drop off Site is open every third Saturday of the month, March-December from 9am-11am.

  • March 16. 2019
  • April 20, 2019
  • May 18. 2019
  • June 15, 2019
  • July 20, 2019
  • August 17, 2019
  • September 21, 2019
  • October 19, 2019
  • November 16, 2019
  • December 21, 2019

Location: New Britain Road access to the back part of CENTRAL PARK

Directions: Turn into the New Britain Road entrance to the back part of Central Park

REMINDER: Do not dispose of construction material, concrete, fences, invasive plants, large stumps, pressure treated wood or materials cut by contracted service.