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

 
Upcoming community events and news
for April 2016

Reminder: 2015 Income Taxes are due on Monday, April 18th 2016

Pennsylvania General Primary Election Day

Tuesday, April 26th 2016

Voting locations are the same as in previous years:

Bedminster West polling location: Deep Run Presbyterian Church, 16 Irish Meetinghouse Rd, Perkasie PA
Bedminster East polling location: Bedminster Police Department, 3112 Bedminster Rd, Bedminster PA

Check the voting district map for Bedminster
here, and for other voting questions, check with the following resources:
League of Women Voters
VotesPA.com
Bucks County Board of Elections

Harmenaires Quartet Performance: Inspirational Southern Gospel

Saturday, April 30th 2016
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Solomons UCC Church
2990 Bedminster Road (Rt. 113)

No admission fee, free will offering will be taken
Net proceeds benefit local charity
Refreshments will be served during intermission
For more information, visit the Solomon's UCC Website.

A message from the Bedminster Municipal Authority:

      SPRING FIRE HYDRANT FLUSHING

 
Soon, you will see the representatives for the Bedminster Municipal
Authority (BMA) releasing water from hydrants. The BMA performs hydrant
flushing twice per year to remove any natural sediments that may have
accumulated in the distribution system and to inspect the valves and hydrant in the system to assure that they are properly operating.
Hydrant flushing is necessary to test the hydrants to make sure adequate flow and pressure is available. Flushing is also done to remove sediment from the pipes in order to maintain water clarity and quality in the distribution pipes. Left alone, this sediment may cause discoloration when water flow changes, ultimately making its way into customer’s home. The Authority will advertise the dates and times that the flushing activities will take place. Please contact the BMA office or visit our
website if you have not provided us with an emergency contact number to be used by the Authority to distribute critical or emergency information.

Some of our customers recently experienced discolored water that was the result of firefighting activity in the Township. When the fire companies utilizes the hydrants to fill their tankers or to fight fires it also increases the velocity of the water in the mains which sometimes produces discolored water. Although the water may be temporary discolored, your water is safe and is tested regularly by an independent state accredited laboratory.
Occasionally, water becomes discolored after hydrant flushing, firefighting activity or illegal hydrant use. If this happens, run your cold water tap for a few minutes until the water clears. If it doesn't clear the first time, wait a few minutes and run the water again. You should avoid washing clothes until the water clears. Flushing helps maintain water quality. The water entering distribution mains is of very high quality; however, water quality can deteriorate in distribution mains if the mains are not properly managed.
 
Flushing is important because it maintains water quality and removes sediments from the mains. These sediments mostly include iron and manganese. Iron sediments primarily result from the change of dissolved iron, which occurs naturally in our source water, into sediment form. This occurs in the presence of chlorine and oxygen under certain low flow conditions. Dissolved manganese also occurs naturally in our source water and it can be changed into sediments as with iron.
Although iron and manganese do not pose health concerns, they can degrade
the “acceptability” of the water through affecting the taste, clarity, and color of the water. The BMA treats the source water to “sequester” much of the naturally
occurring iron and manganese before it enters the distribution system.
 
Although we make every attempt to minimize these occurrences, there are times when disruptions do occur. You can help by notifying the Authority or the police if you suspect any illegal use of the Authority’s hydrants.

A Reminder from the Tax Collector . . . .

 
The Discount period to pay your County/Township real estate tax bill ends on April 30th.  In accordance with the Tax Law, only envelopes clearly post-marked on or before April 30, 2016 can be accepted at the 2% Discount amount. 
 
Pennridge School District Real Estate bills will be mailed out on July 1st, 2016.  If at any time you do not receive a tax bill, it is your responsibility to notify the Tax Collector and obtain a copy.  Email: 
BedminsterTaxCollector@comcast.net; Phone:  267-871-5379.

The 2016 tax collection hours and location are available here, as well as on your tax bill.

 
April 2016 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, April 12th: 8:30am: Board of Supervisors Work Session Meeting
Wednesday, April 13th: 9am to 11am: CANCELLED: Rep. Marguerite Quinn's office hours
Wednesday, April 13th: 7:30pm: Board of Supervisors April Meeting
Thursday, April 14th: 7:00pm: Land Preservation Advisory Committee Meeting
Tuesday, April 19th: 7:00pm: CANCELLED: Zoning Hearing Board Meeting

Wednesday, April 20th: 7:30pm: Planning Commission Meeting
Thursday, April 28th: 7:30pm: Bedminster Municipal Authority Meeting
 
If you know of any upcoming community events, please email Sarah Beebe at sbeebe@bedminsterpa.com. Please note that only non-profit organizations will be included.
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