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Welcome to the Borough of West Grove

Today is Friday, April 29, 2016!

Southern Chester County Regional Police Department – Daily Local News: Town Meeting article Link:

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HOMETOWN STREETS CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE: The Hometown Streets Project was awarded to Marino Corporation, 1400 Cressman Road, Skippack Pa 1947 for the proposed replacement and upgrade of pedestrian sidewalk and other miscellaneous construction on Evergreen Street, Prospect Avenue and Exchange Place.

Please open links for the latest construction update!

Hometown Street Construction Phasing Map

Hometown Streets Construction Memo #1 – North Side Evergreen Street

Hometown Streets Construction Memo #2 – North side Evergreen Street

Hometown Streets – 2 weeks Construction Schedule – April 25th thru May 7th

Your patience and cooperation will be greatly appreciated during the construction process. If you have any questions; please feel free to contact me at the Borough Office. Sharon B Nesbitt, Borough Manager

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2nd Quarter Water and Sewer Bills were mailed out on Monday, April 4, 2016 with a due date of Monday, May 9, 2016.  Penalties will be added and delinquent letters will be mailed on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.  Properties will be posted for non-payment on Friday, May 20, 2016 with an additional $20.00 fee added.  Shut-offs for non-payment will be on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 with an additional $30.00 fee added.  Prompt payment will avoid additional fees on your water and sewer billing.

 2016 Real Estate Tax Bills were mailed out on Monday, February 22, 2016 with a due date for the 2% discount period by April 30, 2016.  Full amount of your bill is due by June 30, 2016, and a 10% penalty will be added if bill is paid after July 1, 2016.  If your bill is not paid in full by December 31, 2016, it will be forwarded to the county for tax lien.  Please call Wanda Prosser at 302-379-2276 if you do not receive your tax bill by March 4, 2016.

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 administrator@westgroveborough.org with your updated number.  Thanks!

Next Borough Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 beginning at 7:30 pm.

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

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.

Congratulations West Grove Borough Residents:  Due to your outstanding curbside recycling efforts 398.79Tons were diverted from the SECCRA Landfill in 2015 and saved the Borough of West Grove $27,586.51 in landfill tipping fees.

We now accept credit card payments.  The credit cards we accept are MasterCard, Visa, and Discover.  There is a $2.00 service fee per transaction

Ready Notify PA has been updated.  Click on the below website in order to update your email or phone number to receive these notifications.
www.readychesco.org

Safe Digging is no Accident! – Know what is below! – Dial 811 before you dig!
Brochure        Safe Digging        PA One Call


UPCOMING  LOCAL EVENTS:

On Saturday, April 30, the YMCA of Greater Brandywine is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. It is being held at Harmony Park, West Grove, PA from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Along with Healthy Kids day you can also turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal.

This year marks the 25th annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. The day-long event features activities such as moon bounces, obstacle courses, family games, arts and crafts, face painting, healthy snacks and cooking demonstrations to motivate and teach families how to develop healthier routines at home.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at more than 1,300 Ys across the country by more than 1.2 million participants, works to get more kids moving and learning, creating habits that they continue all summer long, which is a critical time for kids’ health. When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential. Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. As spring turns to summer, Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to let children idle away their summer days. Instead, the Y hopes to focus on wowing them with their potential and make this their best summer ever by staying active and learning.

“The Y believes in the potential of all children, and we strive to help kids find the Wow! factor inside themselves,” said Denise Day, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine “A child’s development is never on vacation and Healthy Kids Day is a great opportunity to educate families and motivate kids to stay active in spirit, mind and body throughout the summer.”

In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y also offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:

High Five the Fruits and Veggies – Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development. And to keep kids’ taste buds evolving, have everyone in the family try at least one bite of a new fruit or vegetable at least once a month.

Foster an Early and Ongoing Passion for Books – Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage  of their development.

Team Up for Athletic Events – Set a family goal of great health by teaming up for community or charity events like races, walks, fun runs, bike rides, etc.

Volunteer Together – Find a cause that matters to the kids. Open their eyes to a world beyond themselves and the rich rewards that come from making a difference.

Make sleep a priority – Doctors recommend 10-12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5-12 and 7-8 hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning, and other vital functions.

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine’s Healthy Kids Day will take place at various community sites across Chester County. Times and specific locations vary by branch, beginning at 10 a.m. at some and lasting until 2 p.m. For details, visit www.ymcagbw.org/hkd.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is supported by Krapf Bus Company, Nemours Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children and Auto Dealers Caring for Kids Foundation.

Monday, May 30, 2016 – The Borough Office, Maintenance Garage, and Sewer Plant will all be closed for Memorial Day.  We will resume our regular hours on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.  If you have a water or sewer emergency please call 610-869-2792.

West Grove Borough Community Yard Sale to be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

10th Annual Chester County Balloon Festival to be held at the New Garden Flying Field on June 24, 25, 26, 2016.  Click on the below link for more details.
Chester County Balloon Festival

February 18, 2015 – A message from West Grove Borough Police Chief Michael King: The West Grove Borough Police Department provides primary police coverage in West Grove Borough, when officers are on duty. The Department is not 24/7 and hours of coverage vary. In our absence, The Pennsylvania State Police, Avondale Station, responds to calls for service in town. Very often, voicemail messages, regarding incidents that require an immediate police response, are being left on the department answering machine. If WGPD personnel are not on duty at the time or are out on patrol, these important calls are missed. In an effort to ensure that calls for police service are handled in the timeliest manner possible and to ensure that the appropriate agency is dispatched, we have changed our voicemail greeting to the following: You have reached the West Grove Borough Police Department. IF THIS IS AN EMERGENCY, PLEASE HANG UP AND DIAL 911 If you have a non-emergency request that requires an immediate police response, PLEASE HANG UP AND DIAL CHESTER COUNTY POLICE RADIO at (610)268-3171. If you have general information, questions, or inquiries and you are receiving this message, it means that officers are either on the street or not on duty. You can leave a detailed message and your call will be returned at the earliest opportunity.  Pennsylvania State Police Community Awareness Bulletins

Vehicle Lock-Out Service

A message from Chief Michael King –

CRIME PREVENTION ALERT – THEFTS FROM MOTOR VEHICLES

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 Sharon 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 Thursday mornings.  The inspection is required once a year.  If you have any questions, please call Trisha or Sharon at 610-869-2792.

Below are some websites for local farmer’s markets:  

Amish Farmers at Local Markets

Chester County Farmer’s Markets

Farmer’s Markets in Pennsylvania