Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The group aims to inform motorists and officials of cyclists’ legal right to public roadways, and to honor cyclists who have been injured.
Bikesport is organizing a group of cyclists for the 10th annual Ride of Silence through Trappe and Collegeville on Wednesday night. Participants will ride, with a Pennsylvania State Police escort, through Collegeville and Trappe beginning at 7 p.m. to honor those who have been injured or killed on roadways and to increase awareness of cyclists' rights. The group will meet at the Trappe Shopping Center at 6:30 p.m., and will be part of a world-wide event. “Join us in silent solidarity as we bring awareness to our right to ride on the roads, and to honor fallen riders who have been injured or killed on roads,” said Bikesport. Cyclists across the globe will participate in the event.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Copper piping was stolen from the 100 block of Main Street, police say.
Homes on the 100 block of Main Street in Trappe Borough were broken a total of three times in the month of April, and copper piping was stolen from the basement, according to the Pennsylvania State Police. As previously reported on Patch, individuals allegedly tried unsuccessfully to break into 133 W. Main Street between April 11-13, but did gain entrance to 135 W. Main Street, both of which were owned by a Boyertown man. No items were reported stolen at the time, according to the police. Between 2 p.m. on April 19 and 11 p.m. on April 28, individuals gained entrance to one of the homes by breaking out a window on the rear door, police said. They then allegedly broke into a second house and cut copper piping from the water heater and …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Shawn P. Burns, of Lansdale, was cited after the Third Ave accident.
A Lansdale man was cited for careless driving after a three-car crash on Third Avenue in Trappe around 8:40 a.m. on April 11, according to the Pennsylvania State Police. Shawn Burns, 44, of Lansdale, allegedly caused the crash when he “took his attention off the road” while driving his Lexus on Third Avenue in Trappe and struck a Chrysler 300, Driven by Winston Small, of Pottstown, who was waiting behind Catherine Meeley, in a Ford Freestar, who was waiting to make a left onto College Avenue with a six-year-old passenger. Small’s vehicle went up onto the embankment of the right lane when trying to avoid Meeley’s vehicle; both Small and Meeley’s vehicles required towing from the scene, police said. There were no injuries reported, but the…
Sunday, April 14, 2013
The school bus operator lost consciousness on Wednesday afternoon, police say.
A school bus crashed on Wednesday just after 3 p.m. when the driver lost consciousness at the intersection of West Seventh and Main Streets in Trappe, according to the Pennsylvania State Police. The bus, driven by a Collegeville man, was stopped at a red light when the driver lost consciousness and traveled into a vehicle, driven by a Collegeville woman, according to police. There were no injuries to either operators, or to the passengers in the school bus, according to police, and both vehicles were drivable. The vehicle hit by the school bus suffered damage to its passenger side door, front and rear quarter panels, police said. The operator of the bus was taken to Phoenixville Hospital for testing and observation, according to police.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
The group will meet on April 27.
Trappe Borough Council announced Tuesday that a borough cleanup day will be held on April 27. The group will meet at Rambo Park at 9 a.m. and will clean up the park, as well as borough grounds. “Bring your enthusiasm along with work gloves, hat and gardening tools, if you are able,” says the Trappe website. The borough requests that tools be labeled with the owners’ names. “Come- make friends…and make a difference,” the website says.
Friday, April 5, 2013
The proposed ordinance will be sent to the Montgomery County Planning Commission; the borough solicitor suggested a meeting between council and business owners prior to a public hearing.
Trappe Borough Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night to send the borough’s proposed sign ordinance, an amendment to its zoning code, to the Montgomery County Planning Commission, taking the next step towards the adoption of the document. Solicitor David Onorato said that countywide planning commission will take roughly 30 days to respond with comments; after that time, the borough can hold a public hearing on the ordinance, and then a vote can be taken and the amendment can be adopted. According to a previous Patch story, the proposal includes 19 types of signs that will not be permitted in Trappe, including electronic signs, inflatable signs, balloons, streamers, signs painted on a building and signs attached to a utility pole. …
Monday, March 11, 2013
The neighboring boroughs will now bid the service separately after more than a decade.
Collegeville and Trappe Boroughs decided to part ways regarding snow removal and bid for services separately, due to discrepancies in billing and contractor performance. According to Trappe officials, the issue was brought up in January, when Trappe township staff deduced that 58 miles were being plowed in Collegeville and 42 miles were being plowed in Trappe, but they were being billed evenly. According to township staff, this has been the billing process for at least the past decade. Trappe council, which had been witholding payment to the vendor due to billing issues, voted to pay January’s bill while they worked to sort out the rest of the billing, which included increased hours because the plows were "called out and given no …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Trappe Borough Council is considering reversing course on the current local law that places curb repair and replacement on the shoulders of property owners.
At the Feb. 5 Trappe Borough Council meeting, Councilman Marshall Stomel proposed including curb repair in the road maintenance program, thereby relieving property owners of the burden of repairing and replacing curbs when the borough does road rehabilitation. Currently, under Borough Code 286, council is required to give property owners 30 days' notice to repair or replace curbs at the owner's expense. Property owners are also responsible to pay for borough permits prior to doing curb work. If property owners do not comply within the prescribed time limit, the borough may order the repair work and bill the property owner for the cost, plus 10% for the owner in default. Councilman Paul Edwards expressed concern over the current law, …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The woman’s vehicle struck a pole on Main Street.
A Gilbertsville woman was charged on Feb. 7 with DUI and related summary offenses relating to a Jan. 18 crash on Main Street in Trappe just before midnight, according to police. Kimberly A. Welch, 41, was driving westbound on Main Street in Trappe near 5th Ave, allegedly utilizing her cell phone, when she "failed to pay attention to the roadway” and crashed her 2008 Honda Accord into a PECO electrical poll on the north side of the roadway, police said. Welch suffered minor injuries and was treated at Phoenixville Hospital. After an investigation, Welch was charged with a DUI of .16 blood alcohol or greater. She was also charged with summary offenses of disregarding traffic lanes, careless driving and failure to use a safety belt, both …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Recommendations are expected to be presented to the borough on March 5.
After months of discussion, the Trappe Planning Commission intends to propose a new ordinance that will affect signage within the borough. All signs, including banners, yard sale and real estate signs, address, and memorial signs may be affected. If the ordinance is adopted, all individuals and businesses will be expected to comply. The zoning officer will have the authority to remove signs that are not in compliance and fines may be issued. Currently the proposal lists 19 types of signs that will not be permitted in Trappe, including electronic signs, inflatable signs, balloons, streamers, signs painted on a building and signs attached to a utility pole. Sandwich board signs will be permitted under the proposal, but must be purchased …