SOUDERTON BOROUGH DURING THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY
Current-Local Outbreak Information
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SOUDERTON PLANNING COMMISSION 12.2.20 7pm
Borough Council Work Session Agenda 11.16.20
Borough Council Work Session 11.16.20 Zoom Recording
Borough Council Meeting 11.2.20 Zoom Recording
Souderton Planning Commission Agenda 11.4.20 7pm
Borough Council Meeting 11.2.20 7pm Agenda
Special Borough Council Meeting Notice 10.26.20 7pm
Borough Council Work Session Agenda 10.12.20 7pm
Borough Council Meeting 10.05.20 Zoom Recording
Borough Council Meeting Agenda 10.05.20 7pm
Souderton Planning Commission Meeting Agenda 10.07.2020 7pm
2020 POOL CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT
Souderton BID offers giveback
SOUDERTON BOROUGH COUNCIL MEETINGS DURING COVID-19
FOOD NEEDS DURING COVID-19
Effective May 4, 2020; The Borough office will be open from 8:30am to 5pm. If you have symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19 please don’t enter the building. Upon entering the building all residents must wear masks, abide by the social distancing guidelines, use the hand sanitizer provided in the lobby and please only have one representative enter the building. We ask that if you just need to make a payment or drop off paperwork that you use the 24 hour drop box inside the first set of doors. As for rental and commercial business license inspections please just return the paperwork to our office and we will call you once we are able to complete the inspections.
You may use our 24 hour drop box for check payments; we are also able to take credit card payments over the phone 215-723-4371 for building permit and other Borough payments, and also for trash/sewer payments. Trash/sewer payments can also be made online at www.soudertonborough.org/Bill Pay. For rental invoices and building permits please call the Borough office to make credit card payments.
Parks and Playgrounds
All Souderton Borough Parks and Playgrounds are now open to the public. The community is encouraged to implement social distancing practices when using these facilities and to bring their own personal hand sanitizers and wipes. Avoid group gatherings in excess of 25 individuals.
At this time we do not expect there to be any interruption to Trash service. There will be no interruption to Police or Fire Department services at this time.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this challenging time for all of us.
2020 COVID-19 Previous information Prior to August Click here:
BOROUGH COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING 08.31.2020
SOUDERTON BOROUGH WORK SESSION 08.10.20 7pm
BOROUGH COUNCIL MEETING 08.03.20 ZOOM RECORDING
BOROUGH COUNCIL MEETING 09.14.2020 ZOOM RECORDING
BOROUGH COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA 09.14.2020 7pm
BOROUGH COUNCIL WORK SESSION AGENDA 09.21.20
BRUSH SHOULD BE ON A SEPARATE PILE THAN LEAVES
PLEASE PLACE STICKS FOR BRUSH COLLECTION ON A SEPARATE PILE THAN LEAVES. LEAVES AND STICKS ON THE SAME PILE WILL NOT BE PICKED UP. THE STICKS CLOG THE LEAF MACHINE. THANK YOU.
The entire Borough will be spot checked for piles of leaves starting the week of 10/26/2020. The regular leaf collection will start on Monday, November 2nd. Please review the schedule below for all the pick-up dates.
Information on proper placement of leaves for pick up:
Rake your leaves to the curb line of the street for collection by the Borough. Please note that the Borough will not collect leaves in alleys. Leaves are collected through vacuum equipment and disposed at a recycling facility. Please keep in mind that we cannot pick-up piles of leaves with excessive quantities of sticks, stones, hedge clippings, plant materials, and other trash. These items will damage or clog the equipment or jeopardize our ability to dispose of the load at the recycling facility.
Detailed information for Leaf collection:
Collections will alternate each week between east and west sections of the Borough. Rake your leaves out to the street by Monday of the scheduled collection week; remember that once the crew has passed your street they will not return until the next scheduled collection time. Rain could possibly delay pick-up as wet leaves clog the vacuum machine.
WEST SECTION- SECTION 2 on Map
Includes the area west of the railroad tracks to the Borough line between Reliance Road & Cherry Lane
- 1st Collection: November 2nd– 6th
- 2nd Collection: November 16th – 20th
- 3rd Collection: November 30th – December 4th
EAST SECTION- SECTION 1 on Map
Includes the area east of the railroad tracks to the borough line between Reliance Road and Cherry Lane
- 1st Collection: November 9th- 13th
- 2nd Collection: November 23rd -25th no pick up on November 26thor 27th due to the holiday
- 3rd Collection: December 7th -11th
PLEASE PLACE STICKS FOR BRUSH COLLECTION ON A SEPARATE PILE THAN LEAVES. LEAVES AND STICKS ON THE SAME PILE WILL NOT BE PICKED UP. THE STICKS CLOG THE LEAF MACHINE. THANK YOU.
Active Service Men & Women are welcome to get banners too!
Total of 185 banners hanging in the Borough!
The Souderton Hometown Heroes Banner Program, is a living tribute created for the community, to recognize and honor our Veterans. Participants can be serving or have served our country in any branch of the United States Armed Forces. Additionally, a Veteran or active duty service-person, living or deceased must have/had a connection to Souderton at some point in his or her life. Examples of the connections are: attended local schools, relative, friend, or resident. Also Veterans who have been honored on War Memorials or Veterans recommended by the local VFW and American Legion Posts. Any additional questions of if your Veteran qualifies please contact the Borough office.
Banner Description and Instructions for purchase:
The banner will be 24” x 48” heavy vinyl, printed the same on both sides. The banner will display the service person’s photograph, include their full name, branch of the Military and the era of service (WWI, WWII, Vietnam, etc.). An example of the banner is the the photo to the left. Each Banner requires the Hometown Heroes Form to be filled out, a photograph of the Hero in uniform and a payment of $130.00 for each banner, payable to: Hometown Heroes. Please note the picture will not be returned. All applications should be mailed to Anne Henning Scheuring her address is listed below.
For further information please contact Anne Henning Scheuring, 225 South Line Street, Lansdale, PA. 19446 or at E-Mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: (215) 855-1743.
Banners will be displayed from May through Veterans Day in November in observance of all Military Branch birthdays. Afterwards the banners will be removed and stored until the same period in the following year at which time they will be re displayed.
The 185 Hometown Heroes banners we have received into the office have been placed around the Borough. Also we have been notified by Anne that there are more on order. Consequently if you don’t see a name on the list we haven’t received it into our office yet. Click on the list below to find the location of your banner.
There is no Open Burning in the Borough of Souderton.
- Items must be in a non combustible container
- The container must be a recreational approved container. Example would be a fire pit that you could purchase from a hardware store.
- In backyards only must be at least 20' from nearest property. (yours or neighbors property)
- No Closer than 16' from nearest structure. (Example Shed or Garage)
- Clean wood only. No Burning of leaves or grass clippings.
If you see this happening please contact our code enforcement officer 215-723-4371 as it is happening M-F 8:30-5 pm. If it is after hours please the police department 215-723-6500.
Polling Locations https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/PollingPlaceInfo.aspx/
Ward 1:E. MERTON CROUTHAMEL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 143 S. SCHOOL LN
Ward 2: Zion Mennonite Church, Front St. & Cherry Ln.
Ward 3: Zwingli UCC, 330 Wile Avenue.
Are you renovating, repairing or painting a home, child care facility or school built before 1978?
As of April 22, 2010, federal law requires that contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb more than 6 square feet of paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and trained to follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.
- For your protection make sure you only hire a contractor who is in a Lead-Safe Certified Firm. Find a Lead-Safe Certified Firm near you
- Read about the EPA's requirements for renovation, repair and painting
- Download the Environmental Protection Agency’s brochure on renovation, repair and painting
Obtaining a Marriage License or Death Certifcation are done through Montgomery County-Norristown PA. Please click the links below for more information on how to Obtain them.
Donald D Bergey is the Tax Collector for Souderton Borough. His office is located at 31 W Summit St. He is in the office on Monday AND Thursday 11 am to 5 pm. Check the top of your tax bill to see if he has any additional hours. His Mailing address is PO BOX 64024 Souderton PA 18964. If you need to contact Donald his phone number is 215-207-1077
Permits are required for:
- Curb, Sidewalk and Driveway Construction
- New Construction, Alterations to Buildings
- DEMOLITION PERMIT -demolition of residential or non-residential structures.
- Electrical/ Solar Panels/New service(Meter Replacement)/Generators
- Sale of your Home (Use and Occupancy Permit) Also need Sewer/Trash and Tax Certification
- Swimming Pools: Above Ground 24 inches or greater and All In Ground
- Solicitations (Contact Police Department) 215-723-6500
- Yard/Garage Sale
- COMMERCIAL KITCHEN HOOD, DUCT AND EXHAUST EQUIPMENT
- MECHANICAL PERMIT PROCEDURES-Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning for new construction, renovations, alterations, fireplaces and insert, wood and gas stoves
Contact the Souderton Borough Office before starting any construction to ensure that your project complies with various building and zoning ordinances. The Borough will need a copy of your plans, estimated construction cost, and contractor information. Click on Forms to get permits. Fee Schedule is located here. Please note with Fees the state fee on permits has increased from $4.00 to $4.50.
Contact our office to set up inspections at 215-723-4371 any one of the ladies that can set up appointments for you.
FENCES - A fence permit is required to construct or replace a fence. Fences shall not exceed 6 feet in height in rear yards, with a maximum height of 4 feet in front yards. Fences in front yards must be designed to be open and ornamental. The finished side of the fence must be oriented to your neighbor. There is no setback requirement from property lines. Corner lots may require additional setbacks to maintain visibility at intersections. A professional surveyor should be contacted if you do not know where your property pins or monuments are located for your property. The property lines must be clearly visible or surveyed as a condition of the permit.
GRASS - Regular mowing required so as not to exceed six inches.
POOLS - Must be 10 feet from property lines. In-ground pools must be enclosed with a minimum 4' high fence and locking gate. Above ground pools must have removable ladders or fence-enclosed ladders and deck areas.
RECYCLING/TRASH REMOVAL - In January 2016 we went to the single hauler in the Borough. Advanced Disposal is the provider. Any issues you should be contacting the Borough office on your trash day. Please make sure your trash is out by 6:30 am on your collection day. Make sure your cans are out to the property line. Gray can is for trash and blue lid can is for the recycling. Please only put recyclables in the tote with the blue lid.
SNOW REMOVAL - Sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours after cessation of snow. Clear a path of at least 30 inches wide.
SUMP PUMPS - Sump pumps cannot be discharged to sanitary sewer lines. Please redirect sump pump discharges from streets or sidewalks between November and March to avoid ice hazards.
TREES/SHRUBS - Trees must be trimmed to a height of 7 feet over sidewalks and away from street signs and stop signs. Shrubbery must be trimmed to avoid overhanging onto sidewalks.
CURB/SIDEWALK - Property owners are responsible for the construction or replacement of curb and sidewalk. Deteriorated curb and sidewalk must be replaced prior to any scheduled road reconstruction activity or prior to the sale or transfer of the property as part of the Borough’s Certificate of Occupancy permit.
ATTENTION ALL RESIDENTIAL RENTAL OWNERS
Senate Bill No. 607 of November 2013 requires all residential multifamily and apartment buildings who use fossil fuel-buring heater or appliances or have an attached garage to install centrally located in the vicinity of sleeping rooms and the heater room carbon monoxide detectors within 18 months of notice. Occupants are required to test and maintain batteries in such devices.
Since 1991, owners of rental properties have been required to regularly report the names of tenants to the Borough Office. This program has yielded only moderate results, prompting the adoption of Souderton Borough Council Ordinance No 647 on October 4, 2004, which completely revamps the reporting process for rental properties.
The goal and objective of this new comprehensive program is to provide for the equitable distribution of tax levies; protect and promote health, safety and welfare of the residents and particularly the occupants of rental units; encourage owners and tenants of rental units to maintain such units in a well maintained, safe and sanitary condition and develop and maintain a comprehensive data base of information and contacts to better respond to police, fire and medical emergencies that may occur within rental properties.
Since 2004 the Borough has required every owner of rental property to annually file registration information with the Borough, including tenant information and contact information. This data is maintained by the Code Enforcement Officer and Police for purposes of making contacts in emergency situations. Tenant information will also be shared with the local tax collectors. To help defray administrative expenses, there is an annual registration fee to register a rental property, payable to Souderton Borough, which should be enclosed with the registration form. Upon submission of the required information, the Code Enforcement Officer will issue a Certificate of Occupancy for display in a common area of the building.
Regulations also require periodic inspections of all rental units to verify compliance with life and safety issues and the Property Maintenance Code. The inspections will occur every three to four years. The inspection schedule is broken down by the three wards in Souderton Borough.
We hope that this program will be beneficial for all parties involved. Please feel free to contact our office at 215-723-4371 between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm if you should have any questions or require assistance in completing a rental registration form. This form can be Fax to 215-723-5569 emailed to email@example.com or dropped off at office located 31 W Summit St Souderton PA.
The Borough is to be notified of any changes to tenants as they are moving in or out. This helps the Police and Tax Collector know who is living in the Borough.
A Use and Occupancy Permit is required prior to the sale of residential or commercial properties. The purpose of this permit is to verify that the current or proposed use of the property complies with Zoning and Building Codes. This form can be found here on the website under Forms and Use and Occupancy. Fee for this is $100.00. The paperwork should be submitted to our office at least 30 days before settlement. An inspection of your property is required and should be completed 30 days prior to the scheduled settlement to provide time to address any problems. Of particular concern is the condition of curb and sidewalk and the closure of cellar drains.
Please put in writing that you are requesting a sewer cert. With this you will get the outstanding balance for Sewer and Trash. This can be sent in with the U&O. There is a $25.00 fee for the Certification for Trash and $25.00 fee for the Certification for Sewer. These should be sent to Souderton Borough Attn: Maryjane 31 W Summit ST Souderton PA 18964. We will need three separate checks.
Also please make sure you are contacting North Penn Water to let them know of the settlement date.
We will send all paperwork the day before settlement to the contact information on the U & O Form.
The amount of your sewer bill is based on the number of residential or commercial units on your property and the volume of water consumption as metered by the North Penn Water Authority. Excessive water consumption caused by watering lawns, washing cars and driveways, or leaking plumbing fixtures will be reflected in higher sewer bills.
Payments may be made by mail or in person at the Borough Office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. The Borough accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover and debit cards. In December of 2016 there will be a fee of 2.45% Min of $3.00 for every card used at the Borough. The Borough had been absorbing all of the fees for years and with the new processer Munici-pay they now retain the processing fee. Please see the online bill pay site for more information on credit card payments.
Payments after hours can be deposited in the drop box located in the front vestibule of the Municipal Building.
SEWER BILLING SEND 1st WEEK DUE 2nd WEEK
1st Quarter-Dec 1 to March 1 Bill: May Due:2nd Fri in June
2nd Quarter-March1 to June1 Bill Aug Due: 2nd Fri in Sep
3rd Quarter-June 1 to Sept 1 Bill Nov Due:2nd Fri in Dec
4th Quarter-Sept 1 to Dec 1 Bill: Feb Due:2nd Fri in March
For many Souderton Borough homeowners, summer is a time for home improvement and construction projects! To best protect yourself from home improvement fraud, remember to complete these 4 research steps before hiring a contractor for home renovation work:
- All contractors must be registered with the state. Search for registered contractors on the Attorney General of Pennsylvania’s website
- Check out your contractor’s company with the Better Business Bureau
- Call your contractor’s references
- Always obtain more than 1 bid for your home improvement project
TRASH BILLING INFORMATION
SEND 1st WEEK DUE 2nd WEEK
1st Quarter-Jan1 to March1 Bill: Jan Due: 2nd Fri in Feb
2nd Quarter-April 1 to July 1 Bill April Due: 2nd Fri in May
3rd Quarter-July 1 to Oct 1 Bill: July Due: 2nd Fri in Aug
4th Quarter-Oct 1 to Jan1 Bill Oct Due 2nd Fri in Nov
In 2016 Souderton Borough went with a single hauler trash service. You will recieve your bill from Souderton Borough not the trash company. The bill will look similar to your sewer bill. The writting on your trash bill will be Green verses the Red color of the sewer bill. Your trash bill is a flat rate of $65.00 per unit per quarter. for more information on the Trash service please go to the Trash/Recycle page on this website.
Please click the link below to see what items are recyclable and how to dispose of other items that you might have.
Anyone wishing to conduct a yard sale must obtain a Yard Sale Permit from the Borough Office. There is no fee for the permit. Call the Borough Office and provide your name, address and sale dates and pick up your permit at your convenience.
Residents are permitted to have 2 yard sales per year. A single yard sale can extend over two consecutive days and count as one yard sale. Remember, do not post yard sale signs on utility poles or street signs.