Frozen Pipe Tips from Aqua
Frozen Pipe Tips from Aqua
This winter, Aqua has released helpful tips for residents in order to prepare for and prevent frozen pipes inside their homes as cold weather is here. These tips will help residents in the Borough avoid any problems with frozen pipes as lower temperatures continue to occur:
- Locate and visibly mark the master valve so you can turn off the water to your home in case a pipe breaks inside your home.
- Make sure the lids on outdoor meter pits are not broken or missing.
- Shut off and drain any outside faucets including those for lawn sprinkling systems.
- Prevent drafts in unheated areas, such as crawl spaces or basements, by replacing broken glass or making other repairs.
- Leave cabinet doors under sinks open to allow warm air to reach pipes. If it is below 10 degrees, leave a trickle of water (about the size of pencil lead) running overnight.
Aqua also advises that residents have heat tape, pipe insulation, a portable space heater, and hand-held hair dryer on hand to use in unheated areas of their homes to use during periods when temperatures are below freezing:
- Wrap pipes with insulation material or heat tape. Wrap indoor water meters with a blanket. Proper and safe use of portable space heaters can also keep exposed pipes in drafty areas from freezing.
- For interior plumbing located on an outside wall, such as a kitchen sink, install heat tape on the pipes beneath the sink. If no small children are in the house, open cabinet doors beneath the sink to allow the warm air in the home to reach the pipes.
- For additional tips and information on how to keep your pipes from freezing throughout the winter, please visit www.AquaFrozenTips.com
New Tax Collector Information
Important New Tax Collector Information
At the end of 2018, Tax Collector Judy Emig retired after over 34 years of service to the Borough. We would like to thank Judy for her dedication to the position of Tax Collector and wish her the best of luck in her retirement.
The Borough's new Tax Collector is April Mount. April is a long time volunteer of the Borough and also serves as the Enterprise Fire Company President.
Effective immediately, all tax inquiries, tax payments, tax certifications, duplicate bills, etc. must go through Tax Collector April Mount.
Tax Collector Mount will have office hours as follows:
Tuesday through Thursday: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
2nd & 4th Sunday of Every Month: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
March 29th through 31st & April 5th thorugh 8th: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Examination Announcement for Police Officer
Examination Announcement For Police Officer Montgomery County Consortium of Communities and Warminster
The Montgomery County Consortium of Communities and Warminster, on behalf of their respective Civil Service Commissions or Municipalities, will be conducting a written examination for Police Officer on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Montgomery County Community College, Parkhouse Hall, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422.
Participating agencies include Cheltenham, Collegeville, Hatboro, Limerick, Lower Moreland, Lower Pottsgrove, Lower Providence, North Wales, Norristown, Springfield, Towamencin, Upper Dublin, Upper Moreland, Upper Pottsgrove, Warminster, and Whitpain.
Beginning January 23, 2019 at 8:00 AM, a single unified application will be available on-line at https://www.montcopolicetest.com/. This application can be used to apply to any of the departments you are eligible for. Unified applications must be completed on-line at https://www.montcopolicetest.com/
The on-line application process will close Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 5:00 PM.
For more information, please visit https://www.montcopolicetest.com/
Hatboro 2040 Open House
Hatboro 2040 Open House
You are invited to an Open House for Hatboro's Comprehensive Plan and Parks Plan. A steering committee of Hatboro residents and business owners has been working on a comprehensive plan, which will provide a framework for Hatboro's future. The plan recommends strategies for Main Street, transportation, government, the environment, land use, and more, to allow Hatboro to reach a shared vision of what teh Borough should be like in 2040.
The steering committee is also working on a parks, recreation, and open space plan, which has concept plans for Miller Meadow and Eaton Park and will provide guidance for other future park-and-recreation related investments.
Join us to provide your input on the draft goals and recommendations in these plans. Your input shapes Hatboro's future. You have two opportunities to share your thoughts:
Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 1:00-4:00 PM at the Union Library of Hatborough (243 S. York Rd.)
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 7:00-9:00 PM at Borough Hall (414 S. York Rd.)
These events are open house format, so stop by at anytime and stay as long as you would like. For more information, contact Chloe Morh of the Montgomery County Planning Commission at 610-278-3739.
K-9 Program Fundraising
K-9 Unit Hoodies and Long Sleeve Shirts Now Available
Stay warm this winter with your very own Hatboro Police K-9 Supporter hoodie and long sleeve shirt. Clothing is available in 4 colors and in both youth/adult sizes. All proceeds from sales will directly benefit the K-9 Unit.
To purchase a K-9 Unit hoodie, visit: https://www.customink.com/fundraising/hatboropolice?side=front&type=4&zoom=false
To purchase a K-9 Unit long sleeve shirt, visit: https://www.customink.com/fundraising/hatboro-police-k9-unit
Aqua Water Main Replacement Project
Aqua Water Main Replacement Project to begin week of November 12, 2018
Beginning the week of November 12, 2018, Aqua will begin a water main replacement project on Moreboro Road (from Crooked Billet & Warren Rd.), Warren Road (between Moreboro & Continental), and Continental Road (between Horsham & Loller). Construction will take place weekdays between 7 AM and 3:30 PM. During this time, access will be provided for emergency services, mail, school buses, and trash services. Residents will have access to their properties, but at times may need to enter from a different direction due to changing work zones.
All residents affected will be notified at least 24 hours in advance of a scheduled shutdown and construction crews will work quickly to minimize periods without service. This project will increase reliability in the area and is expected for final completion in January of 2019.
Questions or concerns about this project can be directed to Mike Staerk at Aqua America at 215-659-2505 ext. 56005.
Aqua Water Main Replacement Project on Crooked Billet Road
Beginning the week of December 19, 2018, Aqua will be replacing existing water mains on Crooked Billet Road (between Moreboro Rd. and Windover Rd.). Construction will take place weekdays between 7 AM and 3:30 PM. During this time, access will be provided for emergency services, mail, school buses, and trash services. Residents will have access to their properties, but at times may need to enter the street from a different direction due to changing work zones.
All residents affected will be notified at least 24 hours in advance of a scheduled shutdown and construction crews will work quickly to minimize periods without service. This project will increase reliability in the area and is expected for final completion in April. Should you have any questions, you can direct them to Mike Staerk at Aqua America at 215-659-2505 ext. 56005.
Aqua Water Main Replacement Project on Springdale Ave. & Summit Ave.
Beginning the week of January 1, 2019, Aqua will be replacing existing water mains on the Springdale Ave. (between County Line Rd. and Tanner Ave.) and Summit Ave. (between Springdale Ave. and Jacksonville Rd.). Construction will take place weekdays between 7 AM and 3:30 PM. During this time, access will be provided for emergency services, mail, school buses, and trash services. Residents will have access to their properties, but at times may need to enter the street from a different direction due to changing work zones.
All residents affected will be notified at least 24 hours in advance of a scheduled shutdown and construction crews will work quickly to minimize periods without service. This project will increase reliability in the area and is expected for final completion in May.
Questions or concerns can be directed to Mike Staerk at Aqua America at 215-659-2505 ext. 56005.
Final 2019 Budget
Final 2019 Budget
On Monday, December 3, 2018 Borough Council approved the Final 2019 Budget.
A copy of this final budget is available for public review by clicking here.
Copies of the final 2019 budget are also available at Borough Hall during regular business hours.
Hatboro Police Department K-9 Initiative
Hatboro Police Department K-9 Initiative
The Hatboro Police Department is partnering with Elm Street Hatboro & Hatboro Federal Savings; we are seeking assistance to start our first K9 Unit. HPD is trying to raise approximately $40,000 through a “Go Fund Me” page by February 2019. The Hatboro K9 Unit is being completely funded by private donations. We are attempting to start this unit without any additional burden to the tax payers. That means we need a lot of help from a lot of generous people like you!
A Police K9 Unit joins the local community with the police department in an effort to increase officer safety, add tracking abilities to locate missing and endangered persons in a timely manner, solve crimes more effectively, and discourage criminal activity. The addition of a K9 Unit to the Hatboro Police Department broadens our capabilities of service to make Hatboro a safer community. A K9 also serves as ambassador to strengthen public relations between the community and local law enforcement.
A K9 unit will not only help the community of Hatboro but also assist Montgomery County with drug enforcement, locating missing persons, and the apprehension on wanted subjects. Thank you for your support!
Please visit the official Go Fund Me page here: https://www.gofundme.com/hatborok9
Credit Card Payments
Hatbro Is Now Accepting Credit Cards
The Borough of Hatboro now accepts credit cards as a valid payment method in addition to cash and check. Residents can pay for bulk trash permits, building/zoning permits, use and occupancy inspections, and fire marshal inspections using credit cards in Borough Hall or online.
To make an online purchase with a credit card, visit Hatboro's Municipay portal located here
To make an online purchase, you are required to have a reference number or address for the purchase. This reference number will vary based on the item being purchased. Before making an online purchase, you must call Borough Hall at 215-443-9100 to obtain a reference number and a corresponding amount to use for the purchase.
For example, if you are purchasing a Bulk Trash Permit, you must call Borough Hall, provide your address and what items you want picked up. Staff will then provide you with a permit number to use as the reference and the total dollar amount for the purchase. Once the payment is made through the online portal, you will receive a digital confirmation and staff will mail the corresponding paperwork to your address.
Please note, all credit card payments are subject to a $3.00 or 2.65% (whichever is greater) service fee. This convenience fee is charged by Municipay to process the transaction and will be added automatically to your total purcahse.
All purchases made with a credit card will appear as "Municipay" on your statement.
The Borough of Hatboro will not accept any credit card payments over the phone and all persons wishing to make a credit card payment in person must present a valid form of identification at the time of purchase.
A MESSAGE FROM PUBLIC WORKS
Want to Report A Pothole?
For potholes on the following state roads, contact PennDOT:
County Line Road
Jacksonville Road (from Montgomery Ave. to County Line Rd.)
Montgomery Ave. (from York Rd. to Jacksonville Rd.)
Warminster Rd. (from Byberry Rd. to Mill Rd.)
To report a pothole on any of the above state roads, call PennDOT at 1-800-FIX-ROAD or visit https://www.dot.state.pa.us/Internet/web.nsf/contactUsCCC?OpenForm
For all other roads in Hatboro Borough, call Borough Hall at 215-443-9100.
Hatboro 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Help Create The Hatboro 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Hatboro is creating a new Comprehensive Plan (Hatboro2040) and a Parks, Recreation, & Open Space Plan. These plans will have long-range visions and sets of goals for Hatboro, with specific recommendations and strategies to achieve the vision.
Hatboro 2040 will provide a framework for managing places and spaces that make the town unique. It will explore what currently exists in Hatboro and recommend strategies to ensure future growth, development, and investment will make the town an even better place to live, work, and play.
The plan is shaped by you! Your input as interested citizens, business owners, and stakeholders is critical in shaping the vision for the future of Hatboro. By sharing what you love about Hatboro, and what you want to improve, you will help to create a plan that truly reflects what is important to the community. Stay tuned for more information on public workshops and other opportunities to share your ideas regarding the future of Hatboro!
The Borough’s past planning efforts include:
The 2005 Open Space and Parks & Recreation Plan
The 2006 Elm Street Plan (A copy is available in Borough Hall for review)
WINTER WEATHER TIPS
IF YOUR POWER GOES OUT
- Call PECO's Emergency Line at 1-800-841-4141
- Use caution when using candles, and always follow manufacturer's specifications if you use a generator.
- Every house should have a corded phone, this way if the power goes out you still have communication.
HOW TO GET MORE INFORMATION
- For updated information from the Borough, please log on to Facebook and like our page titled "Hatboro Emergency Management". You must have a facebook account to see this information.
- Residents can also register for text or email alerts from the Hatboro Police Department at www.nixle.com
- For emegencies, ALWAYS dial 9-1-1
- For non-emergenicies or other information, you can call Borough Hall at 215-443-9100 during business hours, or the Police Department at 215-675-2832 (non-emergency calls only).
- For information on how to shelter in place and what to do during severe weather events, visit www.fema.gov or the red cross at www.redcross.org
- For information on sheltering for single residents of Montgomery County during "Code Blue", extreme cold weather events, please call the Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center (CHOC) or the Norristown State Hospital Grounds at 610-292-9244.
- For information on sheltering for families in Montgomery County, please contact the Salvation Army in Norristown or Pottstown at 610-275-4183.
ALWAYS REMEMBER IN TIMES OF RAIN/FLOODS WHEN DRIVING:
IF A ROAD IS CLOSED, PLEASE TURN AROUND - DO NOT DROWN
CONNECT WITH THE BOROUGH ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Do you want to receive news from the Borough of Hatboro Police Department and Emergency Services? Please visit www.nixle.com to register to receive alerts, messages and public information from the Borough of Hatboro Emergency Services.
POLICE PRESCRIPTION COLLECTION BOX
Through funding provided by the Montgomery County District Attorney, Kevin Steele and the Pennsylvania District Attorney's Association, the Hatboro Police Department has obtained a secure prescription medication disposal box that is located at the new Police Headquarters in the Second Floor of Borough Hall. Citizens may utilize this disposal container to safely dispose of any expired, unused, or unwanted medications, no questions asked. Please do not place syringes, injectable drugs, aerosol dispensers or liquids containing hydrogen peroxide in the collection bin.
Should you have any questions, feel free to contact the Hatboro Police Department at 215-675-2832
Do you want to receive emergency alerts from Montgomery County regarding hazardous weather situations in the Borough? Please visit www.readymontco.org to register to receive alerts, messages, and other information regarding hazards in the Hatboro area.
Reminder: Under Pennsylvania law, all dogs must have a license, which is available from the county treasurer or registered agents. Please visit www.montcopa.org for information on dog licensing and fees.
Montgomery County Rabies Clinics: The Montgomery County Health Department hosts Rabies Clinics for dog, cat, and ferret owners in the county at the rate of $10.00 per rabies shot. For a list of 2016 Rabies Clinic dates, please click here
Have you noticed an error regarding your address, street, or another location within the Borough while using a GPS? These errors can be submitted to various mapping companies including Google Maps, TomTom, Apple Maps, etc. by visiting www.gps.gov
Using this site, residents are able to easily report errors directly to the mapping companies as well as report "No Truck Violations" or postings that may be in effect on the street.
Are you interested in serving your community? The Borough is always looking for volunteers to serve on its various Boards and Commissions.
BOROUGH COMMITTEE MEETING
Borough Committee will be meeting on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 7:00 PM.
BOROUGH COUNCIL MEETING
Borough Council will be meeting on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 7:00 PM.
The Planning Commission does not have anything on its agenda for the month of February and therefore will not be meeting.
ZONING HEARING BOARD
The Zoning Hearing Board will be meeting on Wednesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM in Borough Hall to render its decision for the application submitted by RAV Collision (318 Springdale Ave.) as follows:
A determination from the ZHB that the proposed use of the existing nonconforming Automotive and Allied Sales and Services use is permissible; or, in the alternative, a variance from Section 27-1002(1) to permit an Automobile and Allied Sales and Services use within an O-Office District.
Note: Borough Council Minutes are approved at the following Council Meeting (normally the 4th Monday of each month). All meetings, unless otherwise stated, take place in Borough Hall. For questions concerning the approval process for minutes please contact Borough Hall.
Lukens Clock Restoration Committee Donations
The Lukens Clock Restoration Committee is now accepting donations toward a matching grant to Restore and Preserve the Lukens Clock in the tower of The Loller Academy. Donations will be accepted at Borough Hall (The Loller Building), Union Library of Hatborough, and the Millbrook Society P.O. Box 506, Hatboro, PA 19040. Checks should be made out to the Millbrook Society Clock Fund.