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2020 Census : What you need to know

Community Impact

“The Census Effect”

The U.S Census Bureau data helps the community in various ways.

  • It determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress.
  • Communities rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of resident needs such as new roads, schools and emergency vehicles.
  • Businesses use census data to help provide more local jobs and places to shop.

Questions Asked

What are the questions that the 2020 Census will ask me?

The Census asks questions that provides snapshots of the nations Census.

  • Population count
  • Any additional people living of staying
  • Owner/Renter
  • Phone Number
  • Name
  • Sex
  • Age and Date of Birth
  • Hispanic, Latino or Spanish Origin
  • Race
  • Whether a Person lives or stays somewhere else
  • Relationship
  • Citizenship

How the 2020 Census will invite everyone to respond

Every household will have the options of responding online, by mail, or by phone. Nearly every household will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 census from either a postal worker or a census worker.

What to expect in the Mail

According to census.gov you should except to have received an invitation in late March of 2019, followed by a reminder letter. If you still did not respond they sent out a reminder postcard followed by a reminder letter and paper questionnaire in April of 2019. By the end of April, a final reminder postcard was sent. If you did not respond to the invitations in the mail, they will follow up in person.

How to respond online

The US Census now has new technology to make it easier to respond to the census. For the first time, you will be able to respond online at http://www.2020census.gov.

Utilize the Bucks County Census Web Portal

Find important information, dates and learn how to get involved.

https://2020census-bucksgis.opendata.arcgis.com/

NRPA’s Park and Recreation Month- July 2019

July is National Park and Recreation month! We want to show the community all the fun, games, and excitement our Parks and Recreation Department offers. Anything from summer camps, to sports leagues to concerts in the park, Doylestown Township’s Park and Rec. department offers it all!

We will spend the month of July highlighting all the great things our department offers to all ages and abilities. Its “Game On” with Doylestown Townhip’s Park and Recreation Department!

Did you know?

General Key Messages

  • Since 1985, Americans have celebrated Park and Recreation Month in July to promote the importance of parks and recreation in health and wellness, conservation and social equity, and to recognize the thousands of park and recreation employees that maintain our nation’s local, state and community parks.
  • Through efforts by NRPA, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an official resolution for Park and Recreation Month in 2009 and introduced the resolution in 2017 and 2018.
  • Park and recreation agencies across the country are recognizing the month with summer programs, events, contests, commemorations and celebrations.
  • Park and recreation services are vital for our communities — from protecting open space and natural resources, to helping fight obesity and providing activities and resources for all walks of life — Park and Recreation Month encourages everyone to reflect on the exponential value parks and recreation brings to communities.

2019 Key Messages

  • This July, explore all the fun and games offered in local parks and recreation! With everything from summer camps to sports leagues and special events, there are plenty of ways to get in the game.
  • July is the perfect time to get out and see the great things happening at your local parks and recreation centers and meet the people who make it all happen.
  • It’s Game On at your local parks and recreation center! We’re celebrating Park and Recreation Month with the National Recreation and Park Association by highlighting all of the great ways to play and have fun with us this July.
  • NRPA encourages all people that support parks and recreation to share the fun, games and other exciting things offered at their parks and recreation centers with the hashtag #GameOnJuly.

Information provided by NRPA

Get Involved!

  • Sign up for a summer program, sports camp or class.
  • Visit the various parks located in Doylestown Township.
    • Central Park
    • Turk Park
    • Bridgepoint Park
    • Sauerman Park
    • Doylestown Dog Park
  • Play tennis or pickle ball at Central Park.
  • Become a member of the Doylestown Dog Park.

Visit doylestownrec.com for more!

Resident Restrictions on Consumer Fireworks

Consumer Fireworks are now legal in Pennsylvania.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police consumers can now purchase and use “Class C” or “consumer grade” fireworks that include firecrackers, Roman candles. bottle rockets, and similar fireworks that contain a maximum of 50 milligrams of explosive material.

Q: Who can purchase fireworks?

Anyone 18 years of age or older can purchase them.

Q: What are the restrictions on where they can be used?

  • 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.

Information provided by the PA Sate Police.

Find more information at https://www.psp.pa.gov/public-safety/pages/fireworks-safety.aspx

Doylestown Township Residents and the Restrictions on Consumer Fireworks

Doylestown Township has restrictions on Consumer Fireworks.

Fireworks may be set off for half-hour periods during the times of 5pm-10pm on…

  • New Years Eve *Beginning at 11:45 pm
  • New Years Day *Beginning at 12:15 am
  • Chinese New Year
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4th
  • Special Events
    • Wedding, anniversaries, milestorn birthdays. (These events must be granted by the Board of Supervisors at least 30 days prior to the event).

Violations & Penalties

This ordinance will be enforced by Doylestown Township Police.

Citations may be issued but will not exceed $1000.00. Any person who violates the ordinance may be issued a citation, however, nothing herein limits the Police ability to act under other valid law(s) of the commonwealth having application.

Click Here to read the complete Ordinance by visiting the Online Access to the Code of Doylestown Township.


Spotted Lanternfly Information & Identification

The Spotted Laternfly (SLF) is a threat to Pennsylvania agriculture, including tree-fruit, hardwood and nursery industries. This invasive pest is also a major threat to homeowners’ trees and properties in general.

The Spotted Lanternfly attack fruit trees by feeding on the sap in the trunks, branches, twigs, and leaves. When the insect feeds on sap, it excretes a sweet sticky fluid called honeydew has a lot of remaining sugar and fungi will grow on it. Growth of fungi is black in color and called sooty mold.

Identification & Life Cycle

There is one generation of SLF per year. The eggs are laid in the fall and hatch in the spring. These egg masses are laid on hard surfaces and protected with a mud-like covering.

See the pictures below that illustrate the SLF at all of its life stages: egg masses, nymph and adult.

Management

  1. Stop the spread
  2. Scrape eggs
  3. Brand trees to catch nymphs
  4. Remove tree-of-heaven
  5. Apply insecticides

Read more about the listed management techniques by reading Penn State Extension’s guide for homeowners.

Additional Resources

Visit PennState Extension and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Check out a video published by PennState Extension on Identification and Concern of the Spotted Lanternfly. Click Here to view the video.

Information provided by PennState Extension and the PA Department of Agriculture.

PennDOT to Begin Rehabilitation of Butler Avenue Bridge

June 13, 2019 –
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PennDOT to Begin Rehabilitation of Butler Avenue Bridge over Neshaminy Creek in New Britain Township, Bucks County

King of Prussia, PA – Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, June 17, on a project to rehabilitate the bridge carrying Butler Avenue over a branch of Neshaminy Creek in New Britain Township, Bucks County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

Due to the nature of construction, Butler Avenue will be closed and detoured between Brittany Drive and Surrey Road through the length of the rehabilitation project. Beginning Monday, June 17, through late August, Butler Avenue motorists will be directed to use Route 152 (Limekiln Pike), U.S. 202, and County Line Road.

PennDOT’s contractor will rehabilitate the bridge by replacing the existing structure with a concrete box culvert; milling and paving the roadway; installing impact attenuators; and replacing the guiderail.

Built in 1939 and reconstructed in 1963, the single-span bridge is 18 feet long and 38 feet wide. The structure carries an average of 12,359 vehicles a day.

Structure currently under construction include:Route 313 (Dublin Pike/Swamp Road) over Deep Run in Hilltown Township, Bucks County.

Work on the entire project is expected to be completed in late 2020.

Voter Information

Primary election Day is Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

Please view the voting districts map to see which district you are in!

District 1

Bucks County Health Department, 1282 Almshouse Road

District 2

Pine Run Community Center, Ferry and Iron Hill Roads

District 3 & 4

Pebble Hill Reformed Church, 320 Edison-Furlong Road

District 5 & 6

Central Bucks Community Senior Center, 700 Shady Retreat Road

District 7

Grundy Hall, next to Neshaminy Manor, 1290 Almshouse Road

District 8

Bucks County Health Department, 1282 Almshouse Road

Municipal Authority- Hydrant Flushing

Doylestown Township Municipal Authority will conduct its annual fire hydrant flushing and inspection program April through June between the hours of 6:30am and 3:30pm, Monday through Friday.  There may be times customers experience low water pressure and/or discolored water.  Avoid using water if possible to lessen the likelihood of drawing the buildup of materials from our pipes into your water lines. 

If discolored water is encountered, run the cold side of a bath tub faucet or laundry tub for 15-20 minutes.  If the problem persists, please contact us at 215-348-9915.

‘Bucks County Blitz’

Get involved and attend one of the dozen events aimed at educating the community on resources and systems in place for those struggling with an addition-related crises.

The Bucks County Blitz is a county information campaign which unifies local agencies, schools and activists on drug prevention and community education.

Visit buckscountyblitz.org/blitz-events-list for more information!

Installation of DAS Antenna’s

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.

Doylestown Township Node Map

Visit https://www.crowncastle.com/ for more information.