Township Update Regarding Reopening Township Operations (June 4, 2020)
Contact: William F. Martin, Township Manager; firstname.lastname@example.org, 610-644-1400
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - JUNE 4, 2020
COVID-19 – TREDYFFRIN TOWNSHIP RESPONSE
Tredyffrin Township remains committed to superior service and response to our residents, businesses and visitors during the pandemic. We have been abiding by recommendations and guidance from the Governor, Chester County and the CDC. It is our expectation that we will be moving in the ‘Yellow’ phase on June 5th.
On June 15th, our plan is to open the Temporary Township Administration office to the public with following limitations:
• Strongly recommend and encourage any interaction with Township staff continue to take place remotely via email/phone calls; bins available to drop off of documents to limit personal interaction;
• Only one person will be admitted at a time – please call ahead to make an appointment;
• Mask must be worn at all times;
• Stand 6’ away from the transaction desk;
• Sign-in will be required; and
• Limit any in-person transaction as much as possible
All Township meetings in the month of June will be conducted virtually. The information on where to find those meetings and participate will be on our Township calendar at www.tredyffrin.org and on the Township’s website/social media. Please make sure to call and/or email us with any questions, on any topic, and we will respond directly.
As we move into the next phase, see the information below for updates on the various departments.
Summer Day Camp 2020 – In an abundance of caution due to COVID-19 and keeping safety first, the Board of Supervisors made the difficult decision to cancel the Summer Day Camp for 2020. In order to ensure the safety of the kids, counselors and parents, it became evident the prudent decision was to avoid putting anyone at risk.
Real Estate Taxes – Due to the circumstances regarding COVID-19 concerns, the Township has extended the face value period for Real Estate taxes to December 31, 2020. 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 sewer 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 sewer 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.
Building Permits –All construction projects must maintain proper social distancing and provide hand washing and sanitizing stations for workers, as well as cleaning and sanitizing protocols for high risk transmission areas. Please speak directly with our Code Inspection staff for specific details.
The Building Department currently is accepting permits via electronic and US Mail until further notice. On June 15, the Township will be accepting in-person applications with one person allowed at a time in our offices following the guidelines mentioned above.
Planning & Zoning – The Township is now accepting Zoning Hearing Board, Land Development, and Subdivision applications via electronic and US Mail. On June 15, the Township will be accepting in-person applications with one person allowed at a time in our offices following guidelines mentioned above.
Public Works – Our Highway, Parks, and Sewer Department staff have already been working regular shifts throughout this process. Any employees working will be following recommended social distancing, as well limiting any public interaction. We will respond to emergencies as needed. Road Opening Permits will be issued for construction projects.
Parks – Effective June 5th, all Township parks will be open for walking/running and other forms of exercise while continuing to follow guidelines from the Governor, Chester County Health Department and the CDC. Tennis courts will be open with users abiding by safety recommendations. All other park facilities will remain closed – restrooms, playground equipment, etc. Follow our website and social media for further information during the month of June.
Engineering – Our Engineering Department will continue to accept stormwater and grading permit applications electronically via e-mail or via US Mail. Please call or email to schedule inspections.
Library – Libraries will remain closed for the time being. Tredyffrin Township Libraries will begin be implementing a phased process to reinstate library services. For more information on the libraries plans to reopen, click here.
Right-To-Knows - Right-to-Know requests will now be processed.
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 are working to provide you the best services possible while also ensuring the safety of our staff. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
It is important that you continue to follow the recommendations of appropriate health agencies.