Today is Friday, November 9, 2018!
Next Borough Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 beginning at 7:30 pm in the community room located at 117 Rosehill Avenue.
Monday, November 12, 2018 – The Borough Office, Maintenance Garage, and Sewer Plant will all be closed for Veteran’s Day. We will resume our regular hours on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. If you have a water or sewer emergency, please call 610-869-2792.
4TH Quarter Water and Sewer Bills were mailed out on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 with a due date of Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Penalties will be added and delinquent letters will be mailed on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. Properties will be posted for non-payment on Monday, November 26, 2018 with an additional $20.00 fee added. Shut-offs for non-payment will be on Thursday, December 6, 2018 with an additional $30.00 fee added. Prompt payment will avoid additional fees on your water and sewer billing.
I wanted to share with you that the County is receiving a surge in the number of calls about the Spotted Lanternfly – in both rural and urban areas – and pass along information for you to share with your residents.
You have likely heard that the Spotted Lanternfly is the latest invasive insect pest that threatens our natural habitats, managed landscapes, and farms and forests.
This is potentially the worst invasive pest since the introduction of the gypsy moth nearly 150 years ago.
This Asian planthopper was found for the first time in the United States in Berks County, Pennsylvania, in 2014. It has since spread throughout 13 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania, currently under quarantine, including Chester County. The insect has recently been found in New Jersey and Virginia.
This insect threatens not only about $18 billion of agricultural products in Pennsylvania, but it can make outdoor areas unusable by excreting a sticky substance called honeydew, which serves as a host for sooty mold. Furthermore, the presence of Spotted Lanternfly could threaten the shipment of goods over state lines and from the port of Philadelphia, should restrictions be placed on the movement of Pennsylvania products.
Since it is new to the United States, little is known about its behavior and biology, but researchers in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are working tirelessly to gather scientific data on how to contain and manage this pest. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) and USDA are leading the strategy and implementation of containment and control efforts, while the college focuses on research, education, and outreach.
Working with PDA and USDA, Penn State Extension has launched a spotted lanternfly website — extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly— that serves as the primary hub for the most up to date information on this insect. To help stop the spread, the public can visit this website to learn how to identify spotted lanternfly and to report any potential sightings for action by PDA.
You will also find an online course that provides businesses with the necessary training to receive a PDA permit that is required for companies operating in the quarantine zone to move equipment and goods within and out of the zone.
We need your help in fighting this pest as September through December is their egg laying season.
Please help us spread the word by pasting the below spotted lanternfly image on your web sites and hyperlink it to the Spotted Lanternfly website (extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly).
Click on the below link for upcoming events at The Kennett Area Senior Center
Kennett Area Senior Center
Click on the below link for upcoming events at the Avon Grove Library:
Chester County 911 has implemented a new program called Smart911 where you can give your information ahead of time to help if you ever need to call them. Sign up today because every second counts. Smart911
Reducing Stormwater – Please click on the below links for ways to reduce stormwater. If you have any questions, the DEP’s Bureau of Water Management can be reached at 717-772-5661 or www.dep.state.pa.us:
Car Wash Fertilizing Oil Change Pet Waste
New Recycling Guidelines
Also for your recycling needs! – Sycamore International is based right in West Grove on Baltimore Pike, and we are able to recycle essentially “anything with a plug.” If it has electricity run through it – we can recycle it. The only exceptions with regard to materials accepted are CRT Televisions/Monitors (the old big televisions), paint, light bulbs, nuclear/bio-hazardous waste, and compressed gas/chemicals. As technology recyclers, we primarily follow a model of refurbishment and extension of life of older equipment. This model is far more environmentally friendly than other recycling methods, as most energy consumed by technology is in its creation. All e-waste processed through our facility is recycled according to R2, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OSHAS 18001 standards. Click on the below link for more information regarding Sycamore International.
Sycamore International Website
Electronics Recycling now FREE for Individuals: Because of changes in market conditions, SECCRA is now able to accept your electronics for recycling at no charge. We are extending this to all residents in our service area. However, this does not include groups or companies, so fees may still apply to those entities. We are accepting them during our normal business hours at our landfill at 219 Street Road, West Grove PA. They can be reached at 610-869-2452.
Please be sure that the Borough Office has your updated phone number. With a lot of people these days dropping their landlines and using their cell phones as the main number we may not have the correct phone number to reach you in case of an emergency. If you have recently changed your number or only use your cell as your contact number, please email Trisha at firstname.lastname@example.org with your updated number. Thanks!
The West Grove Borough Public Works Department is now picking up TV’s for a fee of $20.00 payable in advance; just give us a call at 610-869-2792.
Old Working Refrigerators or Freezers Disposal – PECO will give you $50 for old working refrigerators or freezers. To schedule, go to www.peco.com/Smartideas, or call 1-888-5-PECO-SAVE (1-888-573-2672). Program funding is limited. Participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted.
PECO-An Exelon Company
Ready Notify PA has been updated. Click on the below website in order to update your email or phone number to receive these notifications.
UPCOMING LOCAL EVENTS:
Below is a few website’s to local events in West Grove and surrounding areas:
Borough of West Grove Stormwater Management Ordinance No. 2014-03: The West Grove Borough Council adopted the Stormwater Management Ordinance No. 2014-03 on Wednesday April 2, 2014. Please click on the following links to accept a copy of Ordinance NO. 2014-03 and a copy of the Appendices that are also a part of Ordinance.
Rain Check – Reducing Stormwater Runoff
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection requires all Government Offices to post a fact sheet regarding pool and hot tub discharges. Please click on the link for more information: PADEP fact sheet on pool and hot tub discharges.
Who Are Your Elected State and Federal Officials: The League of Women Voters of Chester County maintains a Legislative Directory for both State and Federal officials. If you are not sure what districts you are in, the Municipality District Guide will help you determine your correct districts according to the town you live in.
Are you planning on selling your property? – If so, the Borough of West Grove adopted an ordinance that a Transfer Inspection must be done prior to settlement. The forms can be found on our website under Borough Information and Forms & Applications. You will need to print the Transfer of Property Application, the Transfer of Property Inspection List and the Sewer & Water Certification Form. The inspection is scheduled about one month prior to settlement to allow time in case of failing the inspection. Please follow everything on the Inspection List because that is what our Inspector will be inspecting. The Sewer & Water Certification is done a day or two prior to settlement so we can check the meter and get a reading so the sellers are billed for the water they have consumed before moving. If you have any questions, please call Trisha or Greg at 610-869-2792. Thanks!
Are you planning on renting your property? – Have you decided to rent your house? If so, the Borough of West Grove adopted an ordinance that any property used as a rental in the Borough of West Grove must have a Rental Inspection completed prior to the tenant moving in. The forms can be found on our website under Borough Information and Forms & Applications. You will need to print the Residential Application Form, Page One, the Residential Application Form, Page Two, and the Residential Rental Inspection List. The inspections are done on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons. The inspection is required once a year. If you have any questions, please call Trisha or Greg at 610-869-2792.