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Message from PECO about Preparing for Summer

Summer is almost here, and that means hot days and warm summer nights are upon us. But as you prepare for summer, don’t forget to also plan ahead for weather’s impacts on your energy bill and usage.

Use the tips below to manage your account so you can kick back and enjoy the summer.

  • Automate your Bills: Enroll in eBill for access to your bill 24/7, no more waiting for the mail. Then take the worry out of making payments with AutoPay to have payments automatically deducted on your due date.
  • Monitor Usage: Through MyAccount you can track your energy use and set up high usage alerts, get tips on how to reduce costs, and more.
  • Increase Energy Efficiency: Visit Ways to Save to learn about energy assessments and how to qualify for rebates and incentives.
  • Check and compare rates: Compare PECO’s current Price to Compare with any supplier offers or rates and educate yourself on energy supplier options.
  • Be Ready for Potential Outages: We encourage customers to prepare now in case they are impacted by any weather events this summer.
    • Download the PECO mobile app for outage reporting and updates.
    • Bookmark PECO’s outage webpage to report online and sign up for updates.
    • Enroll in our two-way texting program by texting “ADDOUTAGE” to MYPECO (697326). Once enrolled, if you experience an outage simply text “OUT” to 697326 to report your outage.

As you look forward to enjoying the new season, please take advantage of these programs to help minimize impacts on your bill from warmer temperatures and higher usage.

New Distracted Driving Law Bans Use of Handheld Devices

A new law prohibits the use of handheld cellular and other devices while operating a vehicle on a Pennsylvania highway or traffic way. Drivers may still use their phone if they are using hands-free technology, such as a docking station, Bluetooth or speaker technology.

For the first year, only warnings will be issued for violations. After that, there will be a $50 fine.

Distracted driving fatalities in Pennsylvania surged to a decade high in 2022, claiming 80 lives. The AAA Traffic Safety Culture Index found that the majority of drivers believe distracted driving has outpaced all other traffic-related issues as a growing safety concern. All of Pennsylvania’s border states and 28 others have enacted hands-free laws.

Bucks County Medical Reserve Corps (BC-MRC)

Working directly under Bucks County’s Public Health Preparedness department, the BC-MRC is a volunteer group comprised of both medical and non-medical volunteers dedicated to improving the health and safety of Bucks County communities.

The BC-MRC has been instrumental in public health preparedness trainings, exercises, and community events both in Bucks County and in the Southeastern Pennsylvania region. BC-MRC volunteers have been deployed in response to local and national emergencies. Our unit has also participated in community vaccination clinics and preparedness drills and exercises, staffed emergency shelters, and provided education at community events and expos.

Their volunteers were heavily involved in Bucks County’s COVID-19 response activities, including staffing a call center, conducting case investigations & contact tracing, and supporting vaccination clinics.

Proposed Ordinance – Legal Notice

NOTICE is hereby given that the Board of Supervisors of Lower Southampton Township, Bucks County, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, will hold a public hearing on the following ordinance on June 12, 2024, 7:30 P.M., at the Township Administration Building, 1500 Desire Avenue, Feasterville, PA, 19053, and may consider adoption of the ordinance after the hearing:

AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF LOWER SOUTHAMPTON TOWNSHIP, COUNTY OF BUCKS, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, AMENDING CHAPTER FIFTEEN, PART FOUR OF THE LOWER SOUTHAMPTON TOWNSHIP CODE OF ORDINANCES RELATING TO PARKING RESTRICTIONS ON TAX MAP PARCEL NO. 21-011-138; REPEALING ANY PRIOR INCONSISTENT ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES; PROVIDING A SAVINGS CLAUSE; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE

The full text of the proposed ordinance may be examined or obtained at the Lower Southampton Township Administration Building, 1500 Desire Avenue, Feasterville, PA, 19053 or by clicking HERE.

Bucks County Aim & Attain Near Completer Grant Program

Thanks to a $1,333,268 award from the PA Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Near Completer Grant program to the Bucks County Department of Workforce and Economic Development (WED), eligible individuals who had to pause their college or career training certificate programs can apply to complete their education or training at no cost. BucksCounty.gov/AimAndAttain

The Bucks County Aim & Attain Near Completer Grant supports Pennsylvania residents who began a postsecondary educational or training program, maintained a 2.0 GPA or higher, and exited after June 1, 2021 before obtaining an associate degree, bachelor’s degree or certificate. To be eligible, participants must complete their study programs by June 30, 2024.

“Aim & Attain provides an immediate, no-cost pathway to secure a college degree or certification for those who may have had to pause their education and training goals,” says Billie Barnes, Executive Director, Bucks County Workforce Development Board. “The award may be applied toward completing a four-year degree or associate degree as well as certificate programs focusing on occupational skills. Upon completion, those already employed will have better opportunities to advance in their current careers, and job seekers can connect with employers for in-demand jobs.”

The program is open to unemployed as well as currently employed individuals who require training to advance in their current field or transition to a different field and may include additional financial support for those who are experiencing a barrier to returning to their chosen program. Benefits include:

  • Access to free tuition assistance, mentorship, tutorial services and technology resources
  • Free books and educational supplies
  • Guidance from a Career Services Specialist
  • Connect with staff and resources to assist with job placement

Those who are eligible to participate may attend a postsecondary institution located in Pennsylvania, either in person or online, upon meeting the institution’s admission requirements. WED is partnering with Bucks County schools including:

  • Bucks County Community College
  • Delaware Valley University (DelVal)
  • Holy Family University
  • Pennco Technical School

In addition, participating schools and PA CareerLink® Bucks County will provide supportive services to participants, which could include childcare, transportation, or internet access reimbursement.

To learn more or to register, call 267-580-3501 (TTY relay dial 711), or email info@buckscareerlink.org or TJohnson@buckscounty.org.

About the Bucks County Department of Workforce & Economic Development 

The Bucks County Department of Workforce and Economic Development (WED) works to ensure that the local workforce system, covering numerous agencies and multiple disciplines, meets both employers’ needs for skilled workers and workers’ career and economic advancement. It oversees and coordinates one-stop services that support employment and training through PA CareerLink® Bucks County. For more information, visit www.buckscounty.gov.

Pennsylvania Homeowner Assistance Fund Reopening

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) announced that the Pennsylvania Homeowner Assistance Fund (PAHAF) is reopening this Monday, March 18, 2024, to homeowners struggling as a result of pandemic-related financial hardships. PAHAF provides financial assistance to eligible homeowners for mortgage and housing-related expenses to address delinquency and avoid default, foreclosure or displacement from their homes.

Since February 2023, there has been a pause on new applications in effect to allow PHFA to focus on a backlog of applicants as a priority. Now that most of the transitioned pending applications have been processed and an assessment of remaining funds has been made, PHFA is able to reopen the program to eligible new applicants until the remaining monies are exhausted.

Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants until the remaining monies are exhausted with priority given to homeowners facing an imminent adverse action (IAA) such as a notice of foreclosure, sheriff sale or utility shut-off notice. Applicants should understand that submitting an application does not guarantee funding. PHFA has encumbered what is believed to be adequate funds to process the remaining transitioned applications.

Interested Pennsylvania homeowners should visit www.pahaf.org for more information, eligibility requirements, and instructions on how to submit their application.

National EMS Week – Sunday, May 19 – Saturday, May 25

Let’s celebrate our township’s amazing first responders – paramedics, EMTs, and everyone who keeps us safe. These dedicated professionals work tirelessly to keep our community safe and healthy. Let’s show them our appreciation for their lifesaving service and sacrifice. EMS Week is also a chance to raise public awareness about the critical role emergency services play in our everyday lives.

 

Message from PECO – Scammers are Targeting PECO Customers – Protect Yourself

Scammers are continuing to aggressively target PECO customers, using sophisticated tactics to pocket quick cash. Scammers have been taking advantage of PECO’s recent system upgrades to manipulate and confuse customers into making immediate payments. Even with our system changes, our termination and shutoff processes have not changed. These scammers are contacting PECO customers and falsely claiming their electric or natural gas service will be disconnected unless payment is made immediately.

The most important thing to remember is to never give out your account or billing information to an unverified person. If you ever receive a suspicious phone call, text message, email, or have an unscheduled visit from someone in-person claiming to be from PECO, do not share your information and call us directly at 800-494-4000.

  • PECO will NEVER DEMAND IMMEDIATE PAYMENT, nor will we ever require one specific form of payment, such as a prepaid card, bitcoin, or third-party digital money transfers.
  • DO NOT PROVIDE YOUR ACCOUNT INFORMATION. A real PECO representative will have the account information they need when they call.
    • Keep your banking and financial information safe. You can update your banking information through your MyAccount or make a payment through an approved method at peco.com/payment.
  • CHECK YOUR ACCOUNT STATUS, BALANCES, PAYMENTS, AND SUPPLIER INFORMATION YOURSELF on your printed bill or log on to your PECO MyAccount or download the PECO mobile app.

For more information on utility scams and what you can do to keep your information safe, visit peco.com/scams. If you are ever suspicious of someone claiming to be from PECO, call us directly at 800-494-4000.

Proposed Ordinances – Legal Notice

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that the Board of Supervisors of Lower Southampton Township, Bucks County, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, will hold a public hearing on the following ordinances on April 24, 2024, 7:30 P.M., at the Township Administration Building, 1500 Desire Avenue, Feasterville, PA, 19053, and may consider adoption of the ordinance after the hearing:

AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF LOWER SOUTHAMPTON, COUNTY OF BUCKS, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, ADOPTING THE 2018 EDITION OF THE INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE, REGULATING AND GOVERNING THE SAFEGUARDING OF LIFE AND PROPERTY FROM FIRE AND EXPLOSION HAZARDS ARISING FROM THE STORAGE, HANDLING AND USE OF HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES, MATERIALS AND DEVICES, AND FROM CONDITIONS HAZARDOUS TO LIFE OR PROPERTY IN THE OCCUPANCY OF BUILDINGS AND PREMISES IN THE TOWNSHIP OF LOWER SOUTHAMPTON; PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF PERMITS AND COLLECTION OF FEES THEREFORE; REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 540 AND 593 OF THE TOWNSHIP OF LOWER SOUTHAMPTON AND ALL OTHER ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF LAWS IN CONFLICT THEREWITH

AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF LOWER SOUTHAMPTON, COUNTY OF BUCKS, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, ADOPTING THE 2018 EDITION OF THE INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE REGULATING AND GOVERNING THE CONDITIONS AND MAINTENANCE OF ALL PROPERTY, BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES; BY PROVIDING THE STANDARDS FOR SUPPLIED UTILITIES AND FACILITIES AND OTHER PHYSICAL THINGS AND CONDITIONS ESSENTIAL TO ENSURE THAT STRUCTURES ARE SAFE, SANITARY AND FIT FOR OCCUPATION AND USE; AND THE CONDEMNATION OF BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES UNFIT FOR HUMAN OCCUPANCY AND USE, AND THE DEMOLITION OF SUCH EXISTING STRUCTURES IN THE TOWNSHIP OF LOWER SOUTHAMPTON; PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF PERMITS AND COLLECITON OF FEES THEREFORE; REPEALING ORDINANCE NOS. 499, 532, 541 AND 594 OF THE TOWNSHIP OF LOWER SOUTHAMPOTN AND ALL OTHER ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF LAWS IN CONFLICT THEREWITH

The full text of the proposed ordinance may be examined or obtained at the Lower Southampton Township Administration Building, 1500 Desire Avenue, Feasterville, PA, 19053 or click the links below.

Proposed International Fire Code Ordinance

Proposed International Property Maintenance Code Ordinance