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Important news, upcoming events, and meetings for Bedminster Township
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Bedminster Township February Newsletter

 
Upcoming community events and news
for February 2015
Dublin Fire Company Soup Day
Saturday, February 7th, 2015
11 am to 2 pm
194 N. Main St, Dublin PA
Eat in or take home. Quarts of chicken noodle, vegetable, and bean soup available. To reserve, call 215-249-3740 between 9 and 11 am on the soup day only. For more information, visit dublinfireco.org
Indoor Winter Flea Market
Saturday, March 21st, 2015
8:30am to 2pm

Deep Run Mennonite Church West

1008 Deep Run Road, Perkasie
For more information, click
here.
A Message from Representative Marguerite Quinn's Office:
Senior Forum
Friday, February 6th, 2015
1:00pm

St. John the Baptist Catholic School social hall
4040 Durham Road, Ottsville


The Area Agency on Aging, Bucks County Transport, federal and state agencies, and local organizations will be on hand to provide information about services and benefits for seniors.
For more information, click
here.

 
Mandated Reporters of Child Abuse

Act 33 of 2014 went into effect on December 31, 2014, and broadens the category of mandated reporters (those required by law to report suspected child abuse) and provides a definitive list of those who are considered mandated reporters. The law also provides penalties for failure to report. To read more of Rep. Marguerite Quinn's press release on Act 33, click here.

Fireplace and Winter Safety

Cold weather means increased use of fireplaces and woodstoves, which carry increased risk. 
Among the leading risks are fireplace and woodstove fires occurring outside when hot embers are removed from a fireplace or woodstove and then placed in a paper sack or cardboard box. While not immediately visible, embers can stay hot for several days. Even when deposited in a metal container, embers should be placed at a distance from your home and away from anything flammable. 

You can consult the Pennsylvania Office of State Fire Commissioner for
winter fire safety tips and general home fire safety
information.
 

Cold Weather Tips

Here are some useful tips to remain mindful of as we prepare for colder weather and winter:
Before frigid weather sets in:
  • Know what areas of your home, such as basements, crawl spaces, unheated rooms and outside walls, are most vulnerable to freezing.
  • Eliminate sources of cold air near water lines by repairing broken windows, insulating walls, closing off crawl spaces and eliminating drafts near doors.
  • Know the location of your main water shut-off valve. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut the water off immediately.
  • Protect your pipes and water meter. Wrap exposed pipes with insulation or use electrical heat tracing wire; newspaper or fabric might also work. For outside meters, keep the lid to the meter pit closed tightly and let any snow that falls cover it. Snow acts as insulation, so don't disturb it.
When temperatures are consistently at or below freezing:
  • If you have pipes that are vulnerable to freezing, allow a small trickle of water to run overnight to keep pipes from freezing. The cost of the extra water is low compared to the cost to repair a broken pipe.
  • Open cabinet doors to expose pipes to warmer room temperatures to help keep them from freezing.
If your pipes freeze:
  • Shut off the water immediately. Don't attempt to thaw frozen pipes unless the water is shut off. Freezing can often cause unseen cracks in pipes or joints.
  • Apply heat to the frozen pipe by warming the air around it, or by applying heat directly to a pipe. You can use a hair dryer, space heater or hot water. Be sure not to leave space heaters unattended, and avoid the use of kerosene heaters or open flames.
  • Once the pipes have thawed, turn the water back on slowly and check for cracks and leaks.
When you are away:
  • Have a friend, relative or neighbor regularly check your property to ensure that the heat is working and the pipes have not frozen.
  • Also, a freeze alarm can be purchased for less than $100 and will call a user-selected phone number if the inside temperature drops below 45 degrees.
Groundhog Day is Monday, February 2nd!

Will Phil see his shadow?
Will Phil predict another 6 weeks of winter?
Why are we asking a rodent for weather advice??


While Groundhog Day was officially adopted in 1887, the origins of the holiday date all the way back to ancient Europe, when people turned to badgers or bears for their winter weather predictions. The first celebrants of Groundhog Day were Pennsylvania Dutch who used the holiday as an excuse to get together and party. Feb. 2 is almost exactly halfway through winter, so what better time to gather together with your friends and neighbors to eat some good food, drink some good drink, and look ahead to the coming spring?

For anyone fearing a prediction of 6 more weeks of winter, rest assured that Phil's accuracy in predicting the weather is only about 39%. And since the first day of Spring is only 46 days after Groundhog Day, even if he is correct, Spring is right around the corner!
A Message from the Bedminster Municipal Authority:
NEW:  E-BILL!!
 

Sign up to have your water and sewer bill e-mailed to you quarterly!!
 
Sign up today!  Please e-mail
bmaadmin@bedminsterpa.com with “Sign me Up”

 
You will be receiving your 2015 County/Municipal Real Estate Tax Bill on or about March 1st; If you do not receive a tax bill or have recently changed your mailing address, please contact the Tax Collector, Patti McVaugh.

 
NEW THIS YEAR . . . 
Starting on February 2nd, 2015:

At
www.paylocalgov.com/BedminsterTwp, you can now pay your real estate taxes online with a credit card (2.49% fee); debit card (1% fee) or e-check ($1.95 fee)

 
The Tax Collector’s collection hours will be at the Township Building, 432 Elephant Road as follows:
Saturday, April 18th, 9;00 – 11:00 am
Monday, April 20th, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Thursday, April 23rd, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Saturday, April 25th, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Monday, April 27th, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Thursday, April 30th, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, June 30th, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
 
Please note due dates for County/Municipal taxes are:
            By April 30th to pay at 2% DISCOUNT
            By June 30th to pay at FACE
            After June 30th a 10% PENALTY IS INCLUDED
 
Contact Information for the Tax Collector is as follows:
Patricia S. McVaugh
P.O. Box 1266
Dublin, PA   18917
Email: 
BedminsterTaxCollector@comcast.net
Bedminster Township Police Department: Public Information Release Report

Summary of Incident:
On January 7th, 2015 the Bedminster Township Police arrested Kelsy Hicks, age 20, of Bedminster, and charged her with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, and possession of drug paraphernalia after a theft was reported at a residence on Twin Oaks Drive in the Township.
February 2015 Township Calendar:
All meetings are open to the public. Meetings are held in the meeting room at 3112 Bedminster Road unless otherwise stated. Agendas are available at www.bedminsterpa.com prior to the meeting.

 
Tuesday, Feb. 10th: 8:30am: Board of Supervisors Work Session
Wednesday, Feb. 11th: 7:30pm: Board of Supervisors January Meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 11th: 9 to 11am: Rep. Marguerite Quinn's office hours
Thursday, Feb. 12th: 7:00pm
: Land Preservation Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 18th: 7:30pm: Planning Commission Meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 25th: 7:30pm: Bedminster Municipal Authority Meeting

 
Bedminster Township offices will be closed on Monday, February 16th in observance of the President's Day holiday.
If you know of any upcoming community events, please email sheyer@bedminsterpa.com. Please note that only non-profit organizations will be included.
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