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Collegeville Borough Newsletter

March 2020: Shelter In Place


Stay in Place - Montgomery County


In an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our state, Governor Wolf has ordered a stay in place order for residents of the hardest hit counties in PA (Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Monroe and Allegheny (Pittsburgh)) as well as Philadelphia. This order will stay in place for at least two weeks.

School closures will also be in effect for at least two additional weeks (until April 6).

This order takes effect tonight at 8pm: Monday, March 23.

Read about it in the Philly Inquirer here.
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In Collegeville Borough


The Borough offices and PVSD is closed until at least April 6. Governor Wolf has ordered residents to stay in place to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.  All non-essential businesses are ordered to close.

Meanwhile, spring is coming. We hope you can enjoy the flowers and warmer weather that comes with it!  If you can, get out and spend some time in your yard or the park, take a walk (6' apart from other folks!), watch for spring flowers.

We know it may be hard to stay home and away from other people, but we urge you to do just that. This is the best option for reducing the spread of COVID-19, which will reduce the burden on our hospitals.  This is critical to a long-term solution.

Please stay in touch with family, friends, neighbors and colleagues (via social media and the phone).  We must pull together at difficult times like these, even if we are doing it while separated.

To Contact the Borough please email or call Geoff Thompson, our Borough Manager. Phone: 610-489-9208.

Stay safe!   Wash hands!   Wipe down surfaces!   Keep your distance!
 

Primary & General Election
Voting

Pennsylvania has approved mail-in ballot voting for anyone who requests it in the state (this will be for primary and general election days going forward). 

We are recommending that all registered voters who have the necessary paperwork apply to vote by mail-in ballot. You do not need to provide a reason for requesting this type of ballot.

Best reasons to Vote with a Mail-In Ballot:
  1. It's safer!  Social Distancing is for everyone's safety: yours, your kids, your parents, your neighbors and friends. 
  2. It's faster! Avoid long lines and vote from home.
  3. It's a fundamental right in our democracy!!  Voting is one of our sacred rights in the USA!  So we need to participate in the process. 
It's easy to do:
Apply online with a PA ID: you'll need a driver's license or other state-issued ID card. Follow this link to go to the application form for mail-in ballot requests.

Learn more about Mail-In Ballots and Absentee Ballots.

Resources


MontCo: COVID-19 Updates
MontCo: Drive Through COVID-19 Testing

PA Health Dept: COVID-19 Resource Page
White House: Coronavirus Guidelines

CDC: COVID-19 Main Page
CDC: Cleaning and Disinfecting COVID-19
CDC: Planning for COVID-19
CDC: Caring for Someone with COVID-19

Philly Inquirer: Coronavirus News
PVSD: Learning at Home Info
 

Borough Council Meeting

Collegeville Borough Council meets on the first Wednesday of each month (barring holidays).  Meetings are at 7pm.  We are currently working on options for having virtual Borough Council meetings to reduce social exposure to the COVID-19 virus.  Please stay tuned to the Borough Website for more information.

April Meeting Agenda
The April Borough Council meeting is scheduled for April 1.  We are working on a virtual meeting format due to the Governor's Shelter in Place order for MontCo and also to limit social exposure.  More information will be coming once we have it.

March Meeting Highlights
Borough Council met on Wed., March 4, 2020 for their regularly scheduled meeting.  The meeting was held in Borough Hall.  Elected officials present: Beckius, Costello, Farr, Hoffmann, Kernen, McKinney, Spencer and Wright-Riggins.

The following votes were held in the public meeting (all votes were unanimous unless otherwise noted):
  • Approved minutes from February 2020 meeting
  • Approved Resolution No. 2020-02
  • Approved Borough Disbursements
  • Approved payment plan for the public works fund
  • Approved bid for 2020 road paving in the Borough
  • Approved going out for bid for the 2040 Sidewalk Grant
  • Approved Administrative and Committee reports
  • Approved Council Workshop meetings to be held on the last Wednesday of each month.  These meetings will allow for additional public engagement on Borough issues.
  • Approved Ordinance 600, update of PMRS Plan
  • Approved advertising Ordinance
  • Approved Resolution No. 2020-
  • Discussion of Council Workshop meetings
  • Appointed Craig Farr as representative to PSAB 2020 Annual Conference
  • Approved setting up a historical commission and an ad hoc committee to discuss the formation of the commission. 

February Meeting Minutes
Please see the meeting minutes page of the website for the February 2020 meeting.  

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WHAT'S COMING UP IN COLLEGEVILLE

Upcoming Public Meetings

Virtual Public Meetings
We are working on creating a platform in which we can hold virtual public meetings.  Please stay tuned for more information.

Once we have those virtual meetings in place they will likely stick to the schedule below:

Borough Council: 1st Wed of the month - 7:00pm: @ Borough Hall (unless otherwise noted)
Business Development Committee: 4th Monday of the month at 7pm
C-T Municipal Authority & Public Works: 4th Tuesday of the month at 7pm at Trappe Borough Hall
*Collegeville Planning Commission: 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00pm (as needed)
CPVRPC: 3rd Monday of the month at 7pm at Lower Frederick Township Building
Parks Committee: 1st Tuesday of the month at 7pm
Streets, Public Safety & Lights: 1st Monday of the month at 7pm
*Zoning Hearing Board: 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm (as needed)
Perkiomen Valley School Board Business Meeting: 2nd Monday of the month at 6:30pm in the PVHS library

*Items marked with an asterisk indicate groups that meet when needed.  Please check the website to see upcoming meeting dates.

Borough Hall Holiday Schedule:
In addition to being closed for the Stay-In-Place order, Borough Hall will be closed on the following days:
  • Good Friday, April 10
  • Memorial Day, May 25
  • Independence Day, July 4

Signup for Automatic Bill Payments

Sign up to automatically pay your C-T utility bill electronically.  Just fill in this form, send it in to the Collegeville-Trappe Utility Company at the address on the form (or drop it off in person), and your bills will get paid directly through your bank.
 

Spring Events in Collegeville!!

Collegeville/Trappe Events:

All events have been cancelled or postponed until the Shelter in Place order has been lifted by Governor Wolf.

Please stay home and stay safe!
 

Stay in touch with Mayor Aidsand Wright-Riggins!!

Call (888) 804 2945 or send an email.

 
The Borough of Collegeville may be closed, but there are still people in our community who are food insecure (they don't have enough money to buy enough food to feed their family).

The Daily Bread Community Food Pantry needs our help more than ever!  Please drop off donations of food and personal items (toiletries, etc.) at our local food pantry!  Drop off items anytime we are open.  Learn more here.
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The Borough of Collegeville
491 E. Main Street
Collegeville, PA 19426

Contact Us:

Call: 610-489-9208
Email: info@borough.collegeville-pa.gov
Find us: www.collegeville-pa.gov

Borough Council meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month.
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