Beginning this spring you will see Crown Castle a provider of shared wireless network infrastructure install 11 facilities in the Township’s public right of way on wood utility poles. This technology is often referred to as a Distributed Antenna System (“DAS”). DAS equipment is now permitted due to a ruling by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Public Utility Commission (PUC) this past fall. The purpose of this system is to off-load the hand held phone data traffic from the overall cellular network. This enhanced network will enable a wireless device to deliver faster download speeds and improved access to public safety services like enhanced 911. The DAS equipment being installed in the Township is part of a larger project Crown Castle is doing in Bucks County.
The March 25th temporary closure of Kids Castle in Doylestown Township marks another step in the ongoing “Build the Kingdom” campaign, aimed at achieving inclusive play at the playground for children of all abilities including those of special needs.
The Friends of Kids Castle volunteers raised over $400,000 for these improvements through the generosity of individual donors, sponsors of play equipment, local businesses, grants from state and private organizations, and in-kind donations of goods and services.
During this temporary closure, new play structures will be installed that meet the needs of children with a variety of abilities at all ends of the spectrum to encourage and enable them to play with one another.
Children will be able to participate equally and independently at their own skill levels with their siblings, neighbors, caregivers, and friends. Play features are also included for children with visual impairment, hearing impairment, autism/SPD, mobility impairment, and cognitive disabilities.
In addition to these inclusive play upgrades, the temporary closure will also allow for improvements of the existing playground, including the installation of a new, more durable safety surfacing called Poured-in-Place that will also provide equal access to the playground for all.
The Kids Castle playground will remain closed from March 25th through early to mid-June until these upgrades are completed. The Park itself will remain open during the entire project.
The ongoing “Build the Kingdom” Capital Campaign Project would not be possible without the generous ongoing support of volunteers, donors, the Township, and the entire community. Volunteers are still actively fundraising for additional upgrades to Kids Castle that are needed for children of all abilities.
Every winter the pipes in your home are at risk of damage from cold temperatures. Extremely cold temperatures can cause pipes to freeze or even burst. Here are a few reminders as the cold weather settles in: Remember to turn off water to outdoor faucets and be sure they are drained: know where your water shut-off valve is to turn water off quickly in case pipes freeze; protect exposed pipes and wrap them with insulation
•Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
•Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up and out of the reach of children.
•When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing.
•Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
•If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
•If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
•Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe. •Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
•Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
•Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.
Snow, sleet, rain and ice are upon us! Please take some time to go through the important information and resources available to ensure your safety during winter weather conditions.
Bucks County will issue a Snow Emergency if the conditions are extremely bad. When a snow emergency is declared, all routes must be kept clear of parked cars or unattended vehicles so they roads can be plowed properly.
Power outages can happen during severe winter weather. Please do not report power outages to the Township or inquire when it will be restored as we do not have this information. It is important to contact PECO at 1-800-841-4141 to report any power outages. Please note that every home without power should report it to PECO so they can be aware of the number of outages in the area. Utilize PECO website at http://www.peco.com to stay updated.
If you are a planning a home improvement project for the New Year, it is always important to make sure you have properly planned and researched what your Municipality requires of you. As of October 2018, the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code adopted the 2015 ICC Construction Codes. This is applied to all residential and commercial building projects contracted after October of 2018. Any and all new construction plans submitted with applications must be compliant with the 2015 Codes.
Our website contains resources for the most common projects we see within the Township. This would be a good place to start your research. Look under the “Code and Zoning” section (under the “Departments” tab on the home page) for some basic guidelines on permit requirements. The Doylestown Township On-Line Code book is also accessible on this page. Chapter 175 of the Township Code is where all Township Zoning requirements can be found. Please check to make sure your application is compliant with the regulations of your Zoning District.
You can also find the updated 2019 Fee Schedule here. Please check the current Fee Schedule as some fees have changed for 2019. We do not require payment of permit fees at the time of submission. Permit fees are due after the application has received approval, and the exact amount due is calculated during the plan review process. You will be notified of the fees due.
Additionally, we have provided downloadable PDF files under the “Forms for Download” tab for “Code Enforcement Guidelines”. Here you will find literature on certain projects, such as, basement finishing, new home construction, and stormwater management practices.
We look forward to receiving your applications, and as always, are more than happy to assist you with the permitting process.