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As summer temperatures rise, residents of Perkasie Borough will have the opportunity to cool off in the town’s Menlo Aquatic Center after all. Any potential opening of the pool has hung in the balance as Borough decision makers awaited clarity in the form of guidance from Governor Wolf and the PA Department of Health.
At their regular meeting on June 1st, Borough Council voted to open the Menlo Aquatic Center, initially to Borough residents only and with several Covid related safety measures in place. New procedures are based on guidance provided by the Bucks County Department of Health as the Borough anticipates the County’s move into the “Yellow Phase”.
Perkasie anticipates opening the Menlo Aquatic Center on Wednesday, July 1st and limiting entry to Borough Residents in 3-hour time slots for at least the first 2 weeks. A nominal entry fee of $5 per resident, per day reflects the 3 hour limit and hopes to mitigate any inconvenience experienced by users as they become familiar with the new safety procedures, and pool staff and management find their “sea legs”. There is no fee for Resident Adults aged 62+ or for children under 3 years old. The first hour of operation each day will be reserved for senior swim, water walking and lap swim for adults only.
CDC guidelines require that Menlo removes tables, chairs and umbrellas so patrons will be asked to bring their own chairs and to place them inside 10 foot socially distant “family unit” squares marked on lawn areas. A “family unit” consists of up to 6 individuals and the facility has a newly calculated capacity limit of 92 of these family units. When not in their “family unit” squares or in the pool, patrons will be asked to wear masks and to follow directional signs and safety instructions. Staff will monitor and limit numbers in bathrooms and changing areas and will increase cleaning and disinfecting procedures on touch surfaces throughout the facility.
When in the pool, family units are asked to remain socially distant from other pool users. Per CDC guidelines, however, lifeguards are at the pool to monitor water safety and will not police social distancing. As in years past, children under 14 years old must always be accompanied and supervised by an adult.
“We understand that Perkasie’s beautiful Menlo Aquatic Center holds a very special place in the hearts of our residents” smiles Chuck Brooks, Councilman and Chair of the Borough’s Park and Recreation Committee. “We are delighted to be able to open the pool this year, albeit with a number of operational changes necessary to meet CDC and Health Department guidelines, and we are looking forward to another wonderful, safe, pool season in Perkasie.”
A complete list of guidelines for facility users, and instructions on how to register for a time slot at the pool, will be made available on the Borough’s website, on our registration system at www.PerkasieRec.com, and the Menlo Aquatic Center Facebook page. Questions can be emailed to ParkandRec@PerkasieBorough.org.
Perkasie Borough Council is asking pool users to remain flexible as procedures may change based on their experience in the first two weeks of operation, and the County’s status, whether Bucks moves to “Green” or moves back to “Red” in the coming weeks.
Residents, since our Memorial Day has been cancelled for this year, we are now asking families to print and color a page or two so we may hand these to the Hartzell-Crouthamel Post #280. There is also a sheet for a letter from a youngster or you can create something on your own! We are asking the finished “THANK YOUs” be submitted through our mail slot at Borough Hall (as you exit onto Chestnut, the mail slot is on your right) by Thursday, May 21st.
We will then deliver these to the Commander of the Post to share with members. We thank you in advance for taking time to thank our veterans, they deserve it and much more. If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“Perkasie Borough announced this week that the opening of the popular Menlo Aquatic Center will be delayed until at least July 1st. Originally due to open on Memorial Day, Monday May 25th, Borough Council is waiting on additional guidance from the PA Health Department about social distancing and other safety measures necessary because of the global Coronavirus pandemic, before making a decision. Council and staff will engage in further discussion about whether, and when, to open the Center at their next Borough Council meeting, scheduled for May 18th.
Perkasie Borough is in the process of refunding membership fees to anyone who has already purchased a membership. As and when a new opening date is announced, the Borough will publish a new fee schedule based on the new season length and the hours of operation.
“We want to thank all everyone for their patience during this time.” says Councilman Chuck Brooks. “We understand the Menlo Aquatic Center is like a summer home for many of our residents and we hope to be able to welcome everyone soon. Until then, stay healthy!”
Updates will be posted to www.perkasieborough.org and here on the Menlo Aquatics Center’s Facebook page. Questions about the Menlo Aquatic Center should be directed to the Parks and Recreation at email@example.com.”
Perkasie Borough Street Sweeping 2020
The Borough of Perkasie will continue its street sweeping program Monday, April 27 and continuing through Thursday, April 30. These dates may be changed as this is a weather dependent project. Streets will be swept by an outside contractor, beginning at 7:00 AM. The street sweepers will follow a specific route assigned to them by the Public Works Director. In order for residents to be aware of the schedule, the street sweepers will be cleaning streets in the section of the Borough that corresponds to the day your refuse gets picked up. For example, if your refuse is picked up on a Monday, you can expect the street sweepers to be in your area on Monday of that week. Tuesday refuse pick up would mean sweepers would be there on Tuesday, etc. Again, this schedule is weather dependent and may be adjusted accordingly. Signs will be posted at the entrance to these areas to remind residents to be watchful for the sweepers. Residents are strongly encouraged to remove their parked vehicles from the street, on the day of sweeping, in order to allow the sweepers to clean the curb line.
Street sweeping is an important component of storm water management practices as it reduces sediment build up and decreases silt accumulation in storm water that flows into our local streams. Street sweeping also helps with weed control, and in addition, beautifies the overall appearance of Perkasie Borough.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel welcome to contact the Perkasie Borough Public Works Department at 215-257-6860.
Spring Leaf Collection
Perkasie Borough will begin curbside spring leaf collection starting on Monday April 20, 2020. Borough crews will make one pass through the Borough following the established routes.
Residents are reminded that they must have their leaves curbside by 7:00 AM on Monday April 20.
There will be no call backs for leaves placed out after April 20.
Leaf piles should be placed so they do not block storm drains. Please ensure that the leaf piles are free of any stones or other debris that may cause injury to employees or damage to the machinery. Grass clippings and sticks will not be picked up by Borough crews and will be left curbside for residents to dispose of correctly.
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. Drop off begins at 7:30 AM and ends promptly at 3:30 PM. No late arrivals please. Leaves and other yard waste being brought in must either be in cans or paper bags. No material will be accepted in plastic bags. This is a free service provided by the Borough for Borough residents only, no contractors are allowed. Proof of Borough residency may be required and must be presented if asked for by the attendant. Please follow the signs and the attendants’ directions at the recycling center for proper disposal site information.
Please feel welcome to contact the Borough with any questions concerning this leaf collection program at 215-257-5065.
Residents and visitors are advised that the intersection at 5th St & Park Ave is now a permanent 4-way STOP as of Friday, December 27th, 2019.
The 4-way stop is a result of a traffic study conducted and to help alleviate speeding and potential accidents at this heavily traveled intersection. Please obey the rules of the road while driving, thank you.
YARD WASTE DROP OFF INSTRUCTIONS:
This is a reminder to residents that the only allowable material for Yard Waste drop off is the following: leaves, brush trimming, bush trimmings, and flower bed clean up material. Yard waste must be either loose or in paper bags. Residents who bring yard waste in cans or plastic bags must be emptied out at the site. No plastic bags are accepted for recycling.
Items NOT permissible: tree branches, stumps, grass clippings, lumber, trash, glass, metal, and plastic.
Anyone who spots an illegal dumper please get the license plate of the vehicle and report it to the Borough immediately by calling 215-257-5065.
Yard Waste is only allowed to be dropped off on the first Saturday of the month from 7:30 am until 3:00 pm and is for Borough Residents only. ID may be required as Perkasie Borough reserves the right to request identification of users to show residency.NO CONTRACTORS.
Residents, please review the Mailbox Guidelines set forth by the United States Postal Service. Adhering to these guidelines also helps our Public Works Department during the snow plowing process. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
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