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Homes remain the single largest investment families make. Attractive neighborhoods, where streets and sidewalks are maintained, contribute to the preservation and enhancement of property values. Well maintained public use areas prevent accidents and reduce legal liabilities. Additionally, gravel and debris can obstruct sewer lines and damage equipment.
Update to Curb Policy: based on recent Borough Council action, curbs identified for replacement will be replaced and paid for by the Borough ONLY as part of road reconstruction projects.
When selecting a contractor, it is important to check references. A good question to ask is if the contractor has previously performed work in Lansdale Borough. If so, the work can be examined by the property owner to view the quality of their work.
Property owners may also wish to consult each other. In previous projects, residents have been able to obtain better pricing by hiring a contractor to do all the work on their street.
The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office publishes a list of PA licensed contractors. Access to the list can be found online at http://hicsearch.attorneygeneral.gov/.
Yes. Permits allow the Borough to keep track of work being completed within the Borough and may be obtained by a property owner or contractor. They also assure that work completed by private contractors is up to Borough standards.
The fee for this permit is $55 and can be found online at www.lansdale.org. Included in the permit fee is the cost of all inspections; the permit process requires the applicant to perform certain safeguard checks such as PA One Call utility marking. This is a free service that locates all underground utilities so contractors will avoid any gas, electric or other utilities being damaged.
Borough Ordinances and Pennsylvania statue (53 P.S. §46801) dictate that property owners are responsible for replacement of all curb and sidewalks abutting property. If curb and sidewalk work for which you are responsible is not completed in a timely manner, the Borough will hire an experienced contractor and have needed repairs completed on your behalf.
If a Borough hired contractor completes your curb and sidewalk work, you will receive an invoice within thirty (30) days of work completion; this invoice may reflect legal fees and prevailing wage rates incurred by the Borough. Payment can be remitted within thirty (30) days of receipt of the invoice. A payment schedule may be available. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 215-368-1691 to inquire. If payment is not received by the Borough, a claim will be filed against you which may result in a lien against your property. (See 53 P.S. §46801)
Each project is different, but the typical scope of work for road projects includes:
Yes! You can read the entire EDI Ordinance.
View a table of the different incentive levels and the discounts associated with the ordinance.
New investments for facilities and equipment qualify. The EDI Ordinance defines facilities as commercial or industrial property such as a building, plant, or structure that is built, established, or installed in the Borough of Lansdale. The EDI Ordinance defines equipment as tangible property (other than land or buildings) of more or less durable nature including devices, computer hardware, machines, tools, and vehicles which is useful in carrying on the operations of a business excluding: computer hardware used exclusively for word processing; consumable materials used in manufacturing or research or development; inventory of the business; and, products of the business.
Yes! Provided that new capital investment is made after the date of the ordinance and the required employment levels are maintained during the incentive period.
Communications Network: The meter will transmit your energy usage information to the Borough via a secure communication network.
Our Billing System: Meter data is sent to the Borough’s billing system. Advanced metering technology will virtually eliminate estimated bills.
Your Utility Bill: Your monthly bill is generated using the information sent to our billing system.
Flaggers will be present each day to stop eastbound traffic on Main Street prior to the intersection of Main and Madison Streets as well as at Broad Street and Railroad Avenue.
Any resident, business or visitor interested in receiving updates on Garage construction projects can sign up to receive the Borough’s electronic newsletter which will include periodic progress reports. Click here to sign up to receive updates
For patrons of Main and Madison Street businesses, limited parking will be available in Madison Lot, but ample spots are available in the Susquehanna and Vine Street Lots.
So why does the Borough push the snow off the road onto the shoulder, only to come back and push the snow farther back on the shoulder? The truck usually makes one pass to open the road up so residents may get in and out. Then the truck comes back to widen the road and then the shoulders for future snow accumulation. Residents sometimes call and ask why we cannot pick up the blade when going by their driveway. This is not a practical solution and our drivers would never finish clearing the roads due to the multitude of driveways.
Property owners are always responsible for clearing snow and ice along their sidewalk frontage, crosswalk ramps, corners and bus stops with concrete pads within 24 hours after the snow stops.
It is not the policy of the Borough to direct any resident or citizen where to park in an emergency (i.e. we do not require residents to park in alleys when a snow emergency is declared), we can only instruct where parking is not permitted.
During the winter each storm poses unique problems to snowplow operators. Storms with low temperatures can be difficult because de-icing agents become less effective at the lower temperatures. Storms with high winds also are a challenge because the snow quickly blows back onto the roadway after the plows pass. ?
Solar panels, also known as photovoltaic (PV) panels are made of thin slivers of silicon coated in plastic and
sandwiched between layers of glass. When sunlight hits the panel, direct current (DC) electricity is produced. This DC current then passes through an inverter which converts it into conventional 240 volts AC to be used by your household appliances or fed back into the grid.
Solar power is available in grid connected and off grid (stand alone) systems. In urban areas, households and other buildings can remain connected to the electricity grid and don’t require any battery storage. On a cloudy day, at night or if you use more power than you generate, you automatlically draw power from the grid. If your system produces more electricity than you need, the surplus is fed into the grid for others to consume.
A solar panel system can be installed to most single and double story houses. All you need is roof space with a generally northerly aspect and full sun throughout the year.
Some buildings also require a frame to attach the panels at the most appropriate angle to capture sunlight. Once the system is established it usually requires little or no maintenance other than the occasional check and clearing of panels.
Yes, you will need a permit for solar panel installation. You can find a copy of the permit here.
This depends on a number of factors including your energy usage, the amount of appropriate roof space available, how much you want to spend and what proportion of your
electricity you wish to generate.
Most households find that 1-2 kW system is appropriate and a solar company will be able to confirm your needs. Installing solar power is a great incentive to reduce your
energy consumption, which will therefore require a smaller system.
The technology does not provide all of the characteristics necessary for a consistent electricity supply. Primary limitations on complete residential solar supply include the ability to provide energy at all times; output can fall rapidly during cloudy weather and no electricity is provided during evening hours.
Employing a combination of energy efficiency and renewable energy such as solar can minimize the environmental impact of electricity use while maintaining reliability.
An average 1 kW system can save up to $215 from your annual energy bill and more if you are able to export back to the grid, but this is merely an average and not a guaranteed savings.
The energy source is free with minimal greehouse gases produced in making solar equipment.
Solar units can be placed on buildings leaving land free for other uses or for added green space and require little maintenance.
Solar technology assists those in remote locations that do not have grid access.
If solar panels are not a viable option in your current physical situation or financial circumstance, there are a range of other measures which can be implemented
immediately. These include installation of insulation, energy efficient lighting, adopting a “turn off when not in use” policy and energy efficient appliances.