163 Municipal Road, Pipersville, PA 18947
Phone: (610) 294-9154 Fax: (610) 294-9889
Office Hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. 9 AM - 5 PM & Wed. 9AM - 12 Noon
Bulletin Board News
Graffiti Defaces Tinicum Township Bridges
Late Saturday night, 5 bridges in Tinicum, including 2 County-owned covered bridges and 1 covered bridge and 2 concrete bridges owned by PennDOT, were vandalized with graffiti. The Tinicum Township Police Dept. investigation to locate the responsible parties is ongoing. The Police filed damage reports with both Bucks County and PennDOT. However, before Bucks County personnel could remove the paint from the Uhlerstown covered bridge, well-meaning residents painted over the graffiti. Joe Bush, Bucks County's Director of Special Projects responsible for the County's bridges, urges residents to refrain from painting over graffiti. PennDOT has experts in dealing with graffiti and may choose to use special solvents to remove the paint from a covered bridge to preserve fireproof materials. If you see graffiti, please report it to Township Police 610-982-5411. Posted 5/17/13
Tinicum Township Dept. of Public Works Bid Package Results
Sealed Proposals received by Tinicum Township, Bucks County, in the office of the Township Manager, 163 Municipal Road, Pipersville, PA. 18947, were opened on Monday, May 6 at 10:00 am in the Township Municipal Office. Bids were awarded at the regular Supervisor’s meeting on May 7, 2013 at 8:00 pm. Click here for bid results. Posted 5/9/13
Tinicum Township Founding Families Day Sunday, June 9th, 2013!
Join us for a day of family memories, reminiscences, genealogy information and township history on Sunday, June 9th. From 1 PM to 6 PM at the Tinicum UCC (brick church) on 310 E. Dark Hollow Rd., the program will present historical and oral histories, including the history of Tinicum Township, schoolhouses, families and a founding families panel discussion ---- there's even a walking tour of local cemeteries! The evening program, held at Christ Lutheran Church at 353 E. Dark Hollow, presents speaker Jeffery Marshall, author of "Bucks County Barns".
The event is sponsored by the Tinicum Township Historic Commission and the Tinicum Township Board of Supervisors. For more information, to volunteer, add your family name to the list or to schedule an Oral History, call the Township Building at (610) 294-9154. Click here to view the brochure. Posted 2/12/13
Delaware Canal Advisory Board Invites the Public to June 13th Meeting
State officials will be present to provide updates on Canal repairs and to answer questions from the public at the upcoming meeting of the Delaware Canal Advisory Board at the Tinicum Park Barn, on River Road (Rte 32), Erwinna on Thursday, June 13th at 10:30 AM. The Advisory Board is also accepting applications for new members. Resumes may be sent to Delaware Canal State Park, c/o Rick Dalton, 11 Lodi Hill Rd, Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972-9540.
At the March 21st meeting, the DCNR reported that park crews are hard at work in the township cleaning up downed trees from Hurricane Sandy. Contractor bids for canal bed repairs are starting the end of March and bids for repairing structures such as locks and gates will be returned in April. Also construction to rehab Bridge Lane 5 (off of River Road) abutments and replace the deck and guardrails, is set to begin in April. Residents will be able to access their homes via a temporary bridge during construction. Posted 3/25/13
ROAD UPDATES Posted 5/3/13:
Point Pleasant Pike is now OPEN!
Uhlerstown Hill Road is OPEN to one-way traffic going uphill (northwest direction).
Bridgeton Hill Road is CLOSED for bridge replacement.
Bridge Five Lane Bridge rehabilitation and superstructure replacement is well underway.
Construction is anticipated to begin in 2013 with a 3-month completion timeline. Click here to review the plans.
Feasibility study to rehabilitate/repair Creamery Road over the Tohickon Creek Bridge Project is underway.
GPI/Greenman-Pedersen, Inc., engineering consultant to PennDOT District 6-0, is in the process of performing a feasibility study to rehabilitate/repair the existing Tohickon Creek Bridge, as an alternative to a total bridge replacement. Click here for details
PennDOT offers a Customer Care Center
Need a pothole fixed or deer carcass removed? The Customer Care Center (CCC) at http://www.dot.state.pa.us/penndot/districts/district6/d6ccc.nsf?opendatabase is an online resource for the residents of Pennsylvania to submit complaints about potholes, drainage issues, etc. A concern should not be submitted for immediate needs or issues that could create safety hazards. If the concern requires immediate attention, please call 1-800-FIX-ROAD to be directly connected to the county maintenance office in your area.
PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to www.511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions on major highways before heading out. Follow local PennDOT info on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPhilly. Posted 12/10/11
Residents with Severe Damage to Private Forestland May Be Eligible for Emergency Assistance
Private landowners of non industrial private forestland (NIPF) suffering severe damage may be eligible for assistance under the Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP).
To be eligible, NIPF land must have existing tree cover (or had tree cover immediately before the natural disaster occurred and is suitable for growing trees); and, be owned by any non industrial private individual, group, association, corporation, or other private legal entity, that has definitive decision-making authority over the land. In addition, the natural disaster must have resulted in damage that if untreated would impair or endanger the natural resources on the land; and, materially affect future use of the land. County Farm Service Agency (FSA) committees determine land eligibility using on-site damage inspections that assess the type and extent of damage.
For more information, contact the Bucks FSA office at (215) 453-9527 extn. 2 or visit the FSA disaster programs website http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov and request assistance before April 1st, 2013. Posted 3/8/13
Warning: Report of Met-Ed Scam
Met-Ed has alerted Tinicum Township to reports of individuals going door-to-door identifying themselves as Met-Ed and asking to see the customer's electric bill. In one particular case the customers were elderly and the perpetrators claimed they were checking to see if they were receiving senior discounts. The activities took place in the Monroe/Pike County Area. Met-Ed cannot say for sure if the individuals requested entry nor determined what is the purpose of their scheme.
Please be aware that Met-Ed employees do not go door-to-door and do not ask to go into a house (unless there is an inside meter). All Met-Ed employees and contractors wear a photo ID badge and Met-Ed vehicles are always clearly marked. If you are suspicious, call Met-Ed at 1-800-545-7741 to find out if they are working in the area or call 911 to report suspicious activity. Posted 3/8/13
Storm Damage May Be Tax-Deductible
For residents who have suffered damages from Hurricane Sandy, be sure to check with your tax accountant. You may be eligible for a tax break on your federal income tax return to offset losses that aren't covered by your insurance. Use IRS Form 4684 and consult IRS Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts, where you can find more information on the rules for writing off disaster losses. Posted 2/12/13
CURRENT RIVER CONDITIONS
In case of flood warnings, please check the link below to the National Weather Service web site current and forecasted river conditions.
Proposed FEMA Flood Maps 2011.
Bucks County Planning Commission is currently updating their on-line viewer for the new FEMA flood maps as a way of illustrating the proposed Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map changes. In the interim, paper maps are available at the township building. Posted 5/3/13
Del Val Fire Company Engine located at Hollow Horn May Help Lower Your Insurance Premiums
As previously announced, Engine 96, located at 237 Hollow Horn Road (in the Township garage) has been placed into service (24 hrs. a day, 7 days a week), providing faster fire response and medical care to local residents in the western section of our coverage area. What this means for those residents is that having a fire engine located closer to their home may lower their insurance premiums. Please contact your agent with the distance from this substation to your home and ask to have your premium lowered. Posted 1/17/12
Invasive Insect Update: Emerald Ash Borer
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive insect that has the potential to wipe out all 300 million of Pennsylvania's ash trees. An article from the Penn State Extension dated March 14th, 2012 reports that the insect has now been detected in Warrington PA, Bucks County. (Click here to read, "Yes, Kiss Your Ash Goodbye.") Adult beetles are metallic green and about 1/2 inch long. New infestations are often difficult to detect, as damage to the ash trees may not be apparent for up to 3 years. Jagged holes left by woodpeckers may be the first symptoms and after a year D-shaped exit holes left by emerging insects, will be present on branches and the trunk. The bark may split vertically. When the bark is removed serpentine tunnels are etched in the outer sapwood. After 2 years of infestation many trees appear to lose the upper crown and often die after 3-4 years. (The DCNR provides more information on EAB signs and symptoms - click here.)
It is critical to keep an eye on your ash trees. There are insecticide options that can prevent infestation, consider contacting a Bucks County Certified Arborist to find out more. (Click here for a list of arborists in your area.) If you believe your trees may already be infected call 1-866-253-7189 or email Badbug@state.pa.us. To slow the spread, a statewide quarantine has been established by the Dept. of Agriculture making it illegal to move out of state any hardwood firewood, ash trees, ash logs, limbs, branches, stumps, or roots. Due to other quarantines, no wood of any kind can be removed from Bucks County. Campers and homeowners should use only locally harvested firewood on site.
Get Involved in Your Local Government
Tinicum Township has vacancies on the Planning Commission, the Environmental Advisory Committee and the Historic Commission. To get an understanding of what is involved, interested residents are encouraged to attend a Commission and/or Committee meetings. Contact Linda McNeill, Township Manager, at (610) 294-9154 to apply for one of these positions.
Learn How to Protect Your Groundwater
For more information about how you can protect your groundwater, click here.