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Nominations are now being accepted for the annual “Perkasie Pride Award”. The deadline for nominations is July 15, 2020.
The “Perkasie Pride Award” was established by the Mayor and Borough Council to recognize up to three properties within the Borough (one in each ward) that have made a significant contribution to beautifying the town. The improvements, restoration and-or beautification recognized by the award do not necessarily have to occur within the calendar year that the award is given.
Any person may nominate a building or property for consideration for the Award by contacting the Mayor, any Council member or the Borough Office at 215-257-5065. Such nominations should be received by the Borough, along with a brief paragraph describing the improvements. Awards will be made at the October 5th Council meeting. It is asked that nominees include any historical information about the buildings so that information can be preserved for the record.
Borough Council will select 3 properties to receive plaques. Once nominated, a property would remain in nomination for subsequent years.
The Mayor and Council will award a wall plaque suitable for outdoor display. This plaque is approximately 7 inches in diameter and contains the words “PERKASIE PRIDE AWARD”, the date the award is given and is embossed with the Perkasie Hickory Nut Tree. The plaque also shows the year the building was constructed.
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.
Annual TRASH BILLS were sent out to residents last week, and are due on June 19th.
The crisis in the global recycling market has caused massive cost increases across the entire recycling industry. The repercussions are being felt by communities across the entire country. Perkasie Borough is seeing an increase of almost $75,000 or approximately 400% in the fees that the Borough is being charged by our recycling haulers. Click here to find a copy of the Borough’s Refuse Budget.
In December 2019 Borough Council voted to increase the annual trash fee to $50, a necessary step in order to cover these increased recycling disposal costs. The annual trash fee is payable by each residence in addition to the pay-as-you-go trash bag fees or the toter fees.
PRESS RELEASE: PERKASIE BOROUGH ANNOUNCES ACCESSIBILITY IMPROVEMENTS AT HISTORIC BOROUGH HALL
Perkasie Borough is taking advantage of the temporary closure of Borough Hall to complete essential improvements. Financial support from Bucks County in the form of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is providing for the construction of a main entry ramp, designed to accommodate individuals with differing physical abilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The Borough’s contractor, McCarthy Concrete & Sons, is removing existing sidewalk obstructions, installing an ADA accessible ramp with handrails, installing electric push button door operators and replacing the existing doors with two automated doors. The ramp will connect to the current landing of the front entrance stairway to prevent any conflicts with the existing steps. The pedestals with lights will remain in place. All construction is being carried out in compliance with ADA Title III regulations, 2010 Standards for Accessible Design.
We have made a number of accessibility improvements to Borough Hall in recent years” noted Steve Rose, Councilman and Head of the Borough’s Public Works Committee, “but the CDBG grant from Bucks County has covered the engineering, survey, design and construction costs of the new ramp to the front door, meaning that we really are able to have Borough Hall more easily accessible for our wider community.”
Built in 1924 as the headquarters of the First Union Bank, Borough Hall now serves as Perkasie’s main public meeting and administrative office and is home to various other local organizations which use the Hall as a gathering and meeting space.
Questions about Borough Hall improvements should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or (215) 257 5065.
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 email@example.com.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The next Perkasie Borough Council meeting will take place at 7pm on Monday May 4th.
Under emergency provisions approved by the Pennsylvania state Open Records Office, the meeting will take place via teleconference, and will be live-streamed on Perkasie Borough’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/channel/UCUjEdnyLhWSxQkG5C6NBzLQ
Copy and paste this link to see the agenda : https://perkasieborough.org/borough-c…/2020-minutes-agendas/
Members of the public wishing to make Public Comment during the general Public Forum, can do so by sending an email to email@example.com or texting 267-436-7094 during the meeting. Only emails and texts received during the meeting will be added to the meeting record where appropriate. The comments will be published on the Borough’s website along with a video recording of the meeting.
A PC will be available in the Council Room at Borough Hall as a last resort for residents who wish to view the meeting but do not have access at home.
On Sunday at 7 p.m., area residents and churches are asked to ring bells for three minutes in support of first responders, healthcare workers and essential employees.
PRESS RELEASE: PERKASIE BOROUGH PROUD TO PARTICIPATE IN “BELLS ACROSS PENNSYLVANIA”
Perkasie Borough has announced that they will be participating in “Bells Across Pennsylvania Day” in support of first responders, healthcare workers and essential employees, and their ongoing efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.
On May 3, area residents and churches are asked to ring bells at 7 p.m. for three minutes, with each minute representing one of the following principles:
• To recognize and honor first responders, healthcare workers, and employees of grocery stores, pharmacies and other life-sustaining businesses who have maintained essential services while at risk of infection from COVID-19;
• To show solidarity with elected officials and residents of municipalities across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, all of whom are fighting COVID-19 on the frontlines together; and
• To demonstrate a collective resolve that Pennsylvanians will prevail over COVID-19 and work tirelessly to ensure that their businesses and civic life will thrive once again.
“Bells Across Pennsylvania Day” is an initiative of the Pennsylvania State Mayors’ Association.
Questions regarding the Bells Across Pennsylvania event may be directed to Mayor Hollenbach’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Borough of Perkasie will continue its street sweeping program Monday April 27 and continuing Tuesday April 28, Wednesday April 29 and Thursday April 30. These dates may change as this is a weather dependent project. Streets will be swept by an outside contractor, beginning at 7:00 AM. each day The street sweepers will follow a specific route assigned to them by the Public Works Director.
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. This schedule is weather dependent and may be adjusted accordingly.
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.