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Tredyffrin Township Press Release In Response to COVID-19

Post Date:03/31/2020 11:02 AM

TREDYFFRIN TOWNSHIP
NEWS RELEASE
Contact: William F. Martin, Township Manager; wmartin@tredyffrin.org, 610-644-1400
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

COVID-19 – TREDYFFRIN TOWNSHIP RESPONSE 

After careful consideration, Tredyffrin Township will be following the lead of the State, as well as that of Chester County and activating an essential employee only operation until April 30, 2020 due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) & per Governor Wolf's updated order (dated 3-30-2020).  Effective immediately, the Township and its operations will close to the public and all Township meetings have been cancelled for the month of April other than the Board of Supervisors (Planning Commission and Zoning Hearing Board are under review).  The Township will be operating at minimal staffing levels during the next month and non-essential personnel will work remotely when feasible.  The Township will continue to monitor the situation and make changes to this policy as needed.  Please see below for more information on Township operations during this time. 

Real Estate Taxes – If you are dropping off your tax payment, we encourage you use the Township drop box, located at 1100 DuPortail Road.  The drop box is located outside near the steps and checked daily.  If you would like a receipt for your tax payment, please leave a note in your envelope, as well as a self-addressed envelope and we will mail you a receipt when we process your payment.   The Township will not be accepting cash payments during this time.  Please understand that payment processing will be delayed over the next several weeks, we will do the best we can to process promptly. 

Sewer Utility Fees – Sewer utility bills have recently been mailed.  The deadline for the sewer utility fee will remain the same as indicated on the bill.  If you are dropping off your tax payment, we encourage you use the Township drop box located at 1100 DuPortail Road.  The drop box is located outside near the steps and checked daily.  If you would like a receipt for your tax payment, please leave a note in your envelope, as well as a self-addressed envelope and we will mail you a receipt when we process your payment.   The Township will not be accepting cash payments during this time.  Please understand that payment processing will be delayed over the next several weeks, we will do the best we can to process promptly. 

Building Permits – Per the Governor's Order, all residential and commercial construction must be halted unless a waiver is received from DCED, or it is deemed an emergency repair.  These types of permit applications are encouraged to be submitted online via https://www.tredyffrin.org/services/permits-inspections/building-construction-permits or may be submitted via US mail as well. We will also be limiting the number of inspections through April 30th.

Planning & Zoning – Due the office closure, the Township will not be accepting any Land Development/Sub-Division applications or Zoning appeals through April 30th.  The April meetings of the Planning Commission and Zoning Hearing Board are TBD. 

Public Works – Our Highway and Parks Departments will be conducting limited work during this time.  Our Sewer Department will continue to operator our pump stations as normal.  Any employees working will be following recommended social distancing, as well limiting any public interaction.  We will respond to emergencies as needed.  The Township Parks are closed and will be evaluated based on recommendations from the Federal and Commonwealth agencies.

Engineering – Our engineering department will only be accepting stormwater and grading permit applications electronically via e-mail or via US Mail.  We will be limiting the number of inspections during this time, as well. 

Library – The Township’s libraries will remain closed to the public until further notice. For more information click here.

Right To Knows - Right-to-Know requests will not be processed at this time. RTK processing will resume when the administrative office reopens.

Police – The Tredyffrin Township Police Department will continue to respond to calls as normal while taking necessary steps to protect the health and safety of our officers and the public. 

Fire/EMS Services – Our volunteer fire companies and their EMS teams will continue to respond to calls as normal, taking necessary steps to protect the health and safety of emergency personnel and the public.

We understand these are very challenging times.  This will require cooperation and flexibility and everyone has a role to play.  The Township operations will function but in a much more limited capability.  Emergency services and vital public services will NOT be affected. 

It is important that you follow the recommendations of appropriate health agencies.

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