Yard Waste Collection Begins Thursday, April 2

Yard waste collection resumes this week on Thursday, April 2nd.  Unlimited yard waste will be collected and taken to a composting facility the day following collection of trash/recycling.  Always use biodegradable 30 gallon paper bags or trash containers that do not weigh more than 50 pounds when full.  Yard waste in plastic bags will NOT be collected.  Tree branches and shrubbery must be no more than 36″ long and less than 3″ in diameter.  They must be bundled and tied, taped or put in biodegradable bags.  Branches or shrubbery cannot extend over the top of the can or bag.

For any issues, please contact JP Mascaro directly at 1-800-432-1616.

Township Closes All Parks Effective March 22, 2020

Out of abundance of caution, ALL township parks and facilities are CLOSED until further notice effective 9 PM on Sunday, March 22, 2020.  This includes the following:

  • Playwicki Farm – The trails, playground equipment, and bathrooms are closed.
  • Russell Elliott Memorial Park – The playground equipment, athletic fields, batting cages, trails, and bathrooms are closed.
  • Dolphin Swim Club – The athletic fields and skate park are closed.
  • Township Municipal Building – The athletic fields and the batting cage are closed.

This is being done in order to encourage social distancing and to protect the health of our residents.  The objective of social distancing is to reduce contact between persons.  We need to protect one another and cease with some normal activities so in the long term we can fight this virus.  We, as Americans, need to do our part and protect one another during this trying time.

Lower Southampton Township Services are Suspended For Two Weeks

On Saturday, March 21, 2020, Board of Supervisors Chairman Ray Weldie announced that the Township has suspended Township services for two weeks beginning today and ending April 5, 2020.  The Township building will be locked to employees including Administration, Public Works, Zoning, Parks & Recreation, and Finance.  Staff are monitoring voice mail messages and email remotely and will respond as soon as possible.  All trash & recycling collection will continue as scheduled.  If you have any trash & recycling issues, call Mascaro at 1-800-432-1616.

The Police, Fire, and Emergency Services will continue to operate.  Public Works employees are on call for sewer emergencies.

To see a video of Mr. Weldie’s announcement, tune into our TV channel (Comcast – 22, Verizon – 28) or Facebook page.  The video will play every 20 minutes on the TV channel.

Continue to watch our website, Township Facebook page, the Fire Marshal’s Facebook page, and our TV channel for updates as they are released.

You can also subscribe to Township email alerts on the homepage of our website.

Message to Residents from Ray Weldie, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors:

To our township residents, this is the latest information regarding the current status of township services amid the COVID-19 Pandemic:

First and foremost, the safety, health, and well-being of our residents and visitors is our number one priority. The CDC has recommended no more than 10 people congregate in one location, maintain social distancing at a distance of 6 feet or more, and practice disinfecting and steady hand-washing with soap and warm water.

The township Disaster Emergency Declaration, which was posted this past Sunday, will be renewed for another seven day period this weekend.

For our seniors, the Feasterville Giant is open for seniors (60+) to shop from 6-7 AM, while the Feasterville Acme is accommodating seniors from 7-9 AM on weekdays. If you’re a senior or know of a senior in need, please feel free to utilize the stores during those hours. Please help a senior and those most vulnerable to this novel virus by checking on them, helping them out, or contacting the township building (215-357-7300) or our Fire Marshal/Emergency Coordinator at rsmith@lowersouthamptontownship.org.

This afternoon, the decision was made to cancel the March 25th public township meeting for obvious reasons. We’re looking at options to hold the April 8th township meeting remotely while looking at broadcasting options, if this continues to worsen.

Township operations continue, with your dedicated employees working daily to maintain sewers, streets, and public safety. Although the township building is closed to the public, business is still being conducted via phone, e-mail, and drop box. We are also looking at the possibility of staggering employees and shifts to maintain services while minimizing exposure.

Just this afternoon, the playgrounds at Russell Elliott Park, Playwicki Farm, and the Skate Park at Dolphin have been cordoned off by township workers to minimize contamination and exposure risks.

Please, for the duration of this pandemic and until hearing otherwise, practice and preach those recommendations to keep you and your family safe and healthy. We have always been a close-knit community that has banded together and helped each other no matter how tough things have been. We can all work together to beat this and get back to our normal, daily routines.It may take a little while, so please bear with us. I, and the board, wish you all the best as we weather this storm.

New Zoning Department Procedures During Township Building Closure

Important Information Regarding Permits and Inspections

Due to the Corona Virus outbreak, the Township Building is closed to public access. During this difficult time The Permits and Zoning Department will still be able to assist you with permits. The necessary application forms are available to download from the Township web site.   Completed applications can be mailed to the Township, dropped off at the drop box located at the Township building or e-mailed. Applications that are e-mailed will be added to the system and will be finalized when payment is made.

Once a permit is submitted, our staff will calculate the permit amount and notify you. Payment can be made by dropping off a check in the drop box or by US mail.  If you wish to make payment via a credit card, that can be completed by phone. Please notify the permit office if that is your intention and arrangements will be made for us to contact you directly to complete that transaction. Completed Building Permits and Use and Occupancy certificates will be e-mail or sent via us mail.  They may not be picked up at the Township Building.

Inspections

Due to health concerns, Inspections made during this time period will be limited. Permits for new residential and commercial construction will be made only if no workers are present in the area where the inspections are taking place.  Use and occupancy inspections will only be conducted in empty buildings with no one present and empty of personal possessions.

Violation Complaints and Code Enforcement

Concerns of property maintenance, building, zoning code or other permit related issues may be submitted to the Township via e-mail.   Complaints will be investigated based on staff availability and appropriate action will be taken if needed.  Please contact Kim DeFrancesco at  kim@lowersouthamptontownship.org

Land Development and Zoning Issues

Questions regarding Land Development, Zoning Variances and other Zoning related matters may be directed to the Zoning Officer Jeff Bartlett via e-mail.   jbartlett@lstwp.org