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Municipalities Coping with COVID-19
Written by Staff Report
2020-03-18

            COVID-19 has impacted municipalities in the Upper Perkiomen valley and area communities. Its presence has forced some to postpone meetings and delay other business.

            Officials in Upper Hanover closed its municipal office from March 16-20. All township meetings have been canceled until further notice. Residents are urged to contact the township office on business either by phone at 215-679-4401 or email at sseitzinger@comcast.net.

            Park trails in the township will remain open However, tot lots at Macoby Run and Camelot parks are closed to public access and use due to the novel Coronavirus.

            In Pennsburg, Borough Hall will remain closed through March 30, when it is tentatively scheduled to open. A March 24 council meeting has been canceled.

            In East Greenville, Borough Hall has been closed indefinitely to the public. Municipal employees continue to work and the public is being served by appointment only, according to Manager Jim Fry. Tuesday's planning meeting has been canceled. According to the manager, council is considering alternative meeting methods for the April 2 public meeting.

            In Red Hill, the borough building will be closed to the public until Monday, March 23. Residents needing to drop off anything at the office please use our drop box, which is attached to the building to the left of the mail box. Municipal staff will be available during normal business hours (Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) via phone or email.

            The Marlborough Township administrative office has been closed to the public until further notice. Residents are urged to contact the township office on business either by phone 215-234-9300 x11 or at mcody@marlboroughpa.org. All Marlborough Township Public Meetings and Tax Collection have also been POSTPONED until further notice.

            Elsewhere in Montgomery County, Douglass Township officials have closed the municipal lobby. All business will be handled by phone. All forms or bulk stickers that are needed will be mailed or left outside entrance doors for pick up. if you have township business please call the administration office at (610) 367-6062 OR by email for permits: mjohn@douglasstownship.org, zoning: aduncan@douglasstownship.org; administration: phiryak@douglasstownship.org ormmeitzler@douglasstownship.org.

            In New Hanover, the township's township manager and emergency management coordinator have declared a disaster effective immediately. All municipal buildings, except the police department, are closed to the public through March 29. All public meetings and recreational events are canceled. All in-person "over the counter" township services will, subject to evolving conditions with COVID-19, resume Monday, March 30. The township will continue to provide essential services, such as Police, and all other and non-essential services such as tax collection, financial services and permitting will be open for business, but residents will be directed to online and telephone services.

            In Lower Frederick, the township lobby will be closed until March 27th.  All business will be handled by phone or email.  All forms needed will be mailed or left outside entrance doors for pick up. If you have township business, please call the administration office at (610) 287-8857 or email us for permits: rroyer@ltlconsultants.com; administration: manager@lowerfrederick.org or bonnie@lowerfrederick.org.

            In Washington Township, Berks County, the municipal office is open during regular hours. In an effort to minimize the potential spread of COVID19, visitors are encouraged to use the drop box located at our main entrance anytime for dropping off payments and applications. We can email or mail receipts as requested.

            In Bucks County, officials in Milford Township are currently operating on a limited status. The municipality is attempting to practice a new "normal" behavior oriented to stop the spread of communicable disease. The Planning Commission meeting on March 25th has been canceled. The supervisors April 7 meeting remains on the schedule, but could be canceled. The office will remain open for employees and only for those having appointments. Drop-ins will find locked doors. Access will be restricted to those with essential business who call 215-536-2090. Municipal officials expressed a preference for residents to conduct business by phone and e-mail. Those with appointments are asked to maintain a social distance. Residents feeling ill are discouraged from visiting the building.

            In Quakertown, Borough Hall has been closed to all visitors until further notice, according to information posted on its Twitter account. It states that office staff will continue to answer questions by phone at 215-536-5001 and email.

           In Trumbauersville, borough officials have decided to close the borough office to the public until further notice. Employees remain available by telephone at 215-536-1761 or via email at tvilleboro@comcast.net . Water, tax and trash payments can be made by utilizing the drop box outside the building or through the U.S. Postal Service.


 

 

 

 

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