Sunday, March 31, 2013
A look at a few of the events in the Perkiomen Valley this week.
Municipal Meetings Galore: Get some knowledge of what's going on in your backyard with Lower Frederick, Trappe Borough and Perkiomen Township meetings on Tuesday night at 7. http://www.trappeborough.com/ http://www.lowerfrederick.org/ http://www.perkiomentownship.org/ Movie Day at the Library: Watch Disney's "Brave" for free at Perkiomen Valley Library Monday afternoon. Hearing Aid Clinic: Get help with your hearing on Tuesday.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
A look at the few events in the Perkiomen Valley this week.
Collegeville-Trappe Memorial Day Parade Meeting: The Collegeville-Trappe Memorial Day Parade Committee invites all area residents, groups, non-profits and businesses to join the 2013 parade. Interested persons should come out Monday night at Trappe Borough Hall. Aerobics in Skippack: Trinity United Church of Christ invites aerobics fans to bring their mat, resistance band and light weights for a full-body one-hour workout Wednesday morning. Making Martinis: Learn how to make four different martinis with this Friday night class at After 5 Gifts. Be sure to add your event to the Perkiomen Valley Patch events calendar here.
Monday, October 8, 2012
New requirements will affect owners of mobile homes, recreational vehicles and trailers in Trappe Borough.
Trappe Borough Council got a look at the amended Recreational Vehicle ordinance at their Oct. 2, 2012 monthly meeting. The ordinance, which has been approved by the Planning, Zoning and Ordinance committee, was getting a second look by council members. Last month, at the borough meeting, the fire marshal expressed concerns about some of the language in the document. He recommended changes about flammable materials, such as propane, and their proximity to structures. He also suggested establishing a buffer between the recreational vehicle and any structures to ensure emergency vehicle access if necessary. Those issues appeared to be addressed in the amended version of the ordinance. Council did discuss language that reads “at no time should…
Thursday, September 6, 2012
A letter penned and read aloud by Trappe Councilman at the August Trappe Borough meeting brought residents out to the September meeting.
Trappe residents crowded into Borough Hall on September 4, 2012 for the monthly council meeting. One person handed out packets that included a letter by Councilman Marshall Stomel, with additional pages of charts and graphs comparing revenue and tax percentages of the general fund. A third page gave historical information about the former Trappe real estate tax and the current local services tax. During the public forum, several residents spoke to Council about the letter that proposed a trash collection fee to deal with a budget deficit. “I was kind of alarmed by this (letter) to be honest," said one resident. "The words were pretty strong, like 'ticking time bomb' as far as finances. Does revenue coming in meet the budget?" President …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Five homeowners told they have until September to pay $2500 or more to fix crumbling curbs. Councilman Edwards: "We know it's difficult for homeowners ... we all have financial obligations for the common good."
Trappe resident Sue Leighton is 82 years old and, like many senior citizens, doesn't have a lot of money. Leighton was therefore understandably dismayed to learn last week that the borough expects her to pay thousands of dollars to fix the curbing in front of her First Avenue home by September 1. "I received a letter last week and I was very upset when I got this letter," Leighton said Tuesday while addressing the Trappe Borough Council at its monthly meeting. "I have no idea how much this is going to cost me. I'm 82 years old and I don't have any income coming in. This hurts big time." Five letters went out last week to homeowners along First Avenue and College Avenue. The property owners were informed that they needed to repair their …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Open space funds going forward will be deposited into one account in Trappe Borough to ensure money is spent in a balanced and efficient manner.
Trappe Borough Council opened their monthly meeting on May 1 with a hearing on proposed Ordinance 417 involving open space funds. Currently in the borough, funds provided by developers for open space is designated to an “East Trappe Fund” and a “West Trappe Fund.” The funds in each account can only be used in the area they are designated. The proposed ordinance was introduced to the Planning Commission in March. It would create a single fund so that monies can be used anywhere in the borough for open space. After some discussion by Council, with an opportunity for public input, Trappe Council unanimously approved the ordinance. The two accounts will be maintained as separate entities until the balances reach zero. From this date forward, a…
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
New security and monitoring systems as well as repaired walkways will address safety and security concerns at the Trappe Borough Hall building.
Trappe Borough Hall is getting a new security system, to include a steel door, a buzzer system and a three foot by three foot service window. Approval for the system was granted at the April 3 Trappe Borough Council meeting. A monitoring system will further enhance security with a fire and entry alarm. Fire Chief Brian Long suggested a "panic" button" be added as well. There will be an installation fee for the monitoring system, as well as a monthly cost. Visitors to the building will also notice other improvements with repair work on rails and decking behind the Trappe Borough building now complete. Work will soon begin on the sidewalk repairs along Fifth Avenue and walkways around Borough Hall leading to the playground area in the rear. …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Trappe Borough Mayor Connie Peck presided over a swearing-in ceremony at Monday night's meeting.
On Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, Trappe Borough Council met for a reorganization meeting. Newly elected Councilwoman Tammy Liberi was sworn in, along with re-elected members, Fred Schuetz, Paul Edwards and Lew DiPrete. Trappe Tax Collector Gretchen Lawson also renewed her oath of office. Schuetz will remain council president. Council committee appointments were re-established and nominations for 2012 officers were conducted. In other borough news, Council approved 2012 fees, which include permit costs for sheds, deck, pools, spas and fences. On Dec. 29 2011, in a special budget meeting, Council passed a five-year budget for 2012-2016. The 85-page detailed report is available for public viewing. Trappe residents are reminded that curbside pickup is…
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Engineer reports on the quality of Trappe Borough roads and a local volunteer is honored for service at monthly meeting.
Trappe Borough engineer, John Sartor, presented information on road conditions to council members at the December 6, 2011 monthly meeting. Discussion ensued around the 35 borough-maintained streets and the idea of a 15-year timeline to reconstruct the “bad roads” and provide maintenance to other roads. “You realize that at the end of 15 years, you start all over again,” noted Borough Manager Jacqui Guenther. Engineer John Sartor said that most municipalities use a time schedule for road maintenance. Borough Council asked Sartor to present a timeline to them for consideration at the January meeting. President Fred Schuetz honored borough volunteer Doris Houck for her work on the establishment and maintenance of landscape beds over the years…
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
A Good Citizenship Award and new opportunities for the Trappe Ambulance Company were part of the November Trappe Borough meeting.
"I am pleased to award this 'Borough of Trappe Certificate of Achievement' to Paul Edwards for his efforts in attaching 190 decals on storm drain inlets," said Trappe Mayor Connie Peck. Edwards, a junior at Perkiomen Valley High School, completed the work in an effort to make people aware that what goes into the storm drains affects the waterways. His work not only saved the borough money, but assisted Trappe in meeting MS4 requirements. During the public forum of the Nov. 1 monthly Trappe Borough Council meeting, Clint Tichnell, Deputy Chief of EMS, informed Trappe Council, and the public, of partnerships the Trappe Ambulance Company is seeking. "We've got an increase in budget expenses and a decrease in reimbursements, which led us to …