Homeowners Guide to Spotted Lanternfly Management

Several years ago, Spotted Lanternflies were discovered in southern Berks County, Pennsylvania, not far north of Philadelphia. They probably arrived as an egg mass, stuck to a pallet or similar packing material and were received by an unsuspecting recipient, who did not notice them.  Since then they have been breeding and spreading. Spotted lanternflies are known to “host” (feed) on many different hard wood trees that we have in our landscape. That said, they tend to have preferred choices that they feed on, such as Ailanthus, walnuts or grape vines. This means that they will choose certain species first if possible, but settle for what is available. Get the facts and help stop the spread of spotted lanternflies… Click HERE for the Homeowners Guide to Spotted Lanternfly Management from Penn State Extension.

Township Office Open by APPOINTMENT ONLY

The township office building will be open beginning June 5, 2020. However, we are not accepting walk-ins at this time. If you want to come to the building, please make an appointment using this link.

Guidelines from the County Department of Health for Restaurants and Retail During the Yellow Phase

For Outdoor Seating/Dining Guidelines:

  • Municipalities must approve the plans/seating location first.
  • Reservations should be required, if possible.  This will help manage congestion if dining must be canceled or reduced due to bad weather.
  • Outdoor dining tables will be limited to the ability to social distance.  A maximum group of 25 people under yellow guidance does not apply to independent dining numbers, although table size should be limited to one family unit.
  • Table social distancing should be measured from the backs of the chairs associated with a table to the backs of the chairs at the next closest table.
  • Tents or outdoor temporary structures can be used if the tent flaps are open to the outside air at all times and are approved for use by the municipal code enforcement authority.
  • Bars must remain closed.
  • Porta Potties are not allowed, only inside restrooms may be used.
  • Restrooms should be cleaned and disinfected every hour on all high touch points and counters.
  • No food storage or preparation should be in any walkway that leads to a bathroom.
  • All waiters and waitresses should be masked and gloved (with glove changes at consistent intervals).
  • All condiments should be single serve units.
  • Any questions on serving drinks to outside tables should be directed to the LCB.
  • All menus must be disposable or incorporated into the table or table area (under glass, taped out reach on a wall, etc.).
  • All tables and chairs must be sanitized after every use.
  • Considerations for pedestrian traffic must be evaluated to ensure social distancing

For Outdoor Retail Tent Guidelines:

  • Municipalities must approve the plans/location first.
  • 25 person capacity including employees.
  • Social distancing must be adhered to.
  • All persons including employees must wear masks.
  • All sides of the tents must remain up so air can pass through the tent.
  • Considerations for pedestrian traffic.

Signed by:

David C. Damsker, MD, MPH – Director of Bucks County Health Department

PECO Extends Financial Resources for Customers Impacted by COVID-19

To offer continued assistance to customers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, PECO is extending its support policies, which include suspending service disconnections, waiving new late fees, and reconnecting customers who were previously disconnected, through at least July 1, 2020.  The company is also highlighting financial resources, including flexible bill pay options and the Gift of Energy Program, which allows customers to provide support to those struggling financially.

The company’s COVID-19 policies, designed to help ensure all customers have access to safe and reliable electric service during this critical time, launched in mid-March with PECO’s announcement to suspend service disconnections and waive new late payment charges for all of customers.  The commitment was extended shortly thereafter to reconnect customers who previously had their power disconnected.

Customers who are challenged to pay their energy bill should contact PECO customer care as soon as possible at 1-800-494-4000.  PECO will work closely with customers to waive late payment fees, avoid having their service shut off, discuss reconnections, and determine eligibility for assistance programs.  PECO representatives can also discuss payment options, like budget billing, which averages payments over a 12-month period to help customers manage their monthly energy bill, or flexible payment arrangements that offer individually tailored payment installment plans.

Throughout the year, PECO offers many other programs to help customers manage their energy costs and save money.  Existing financial assistance programs can be found at www.peco.com/help.

For customers who want to assist those facing financial hardships, PECO offers the Gift of Energy.  With the PECO Gift of Energy program, customers can make a payment towards a friend or family member’s energy bill.  Customers may give any amount to any PECO customer and the gift appears on a future bill as a credit to the recipient’s PECO account.  The process is quick and easy, simply visit www.peco/gift or call 1-800-597-9514.

To ensure customers receive the most up-to-date information from PECO, they are encouraged to register for “My Account,” an easy, online interactive tool that provides customers with the ability to set alerts and provide important contact information.  Visit www.peco.com/myaccount or PECO’s free mobile app to learn more about these programs.