Middletown Township  
   August 2018
Thank you for reading this August edition of Middletown Township's monthly eNews! Please enjoy and share with your friends and neighbors. And remember to follow the Township and Police Department on Twitter  and like our Parks & Recreation Department, Fire Marshal's Officeand Police Department on Facebook to keep up to date on the latest news, events, safety concerns, and other happenings in the Township!
Citizen Summer School - Round 3!
Citizen Summer School is back with another exciting seminar!

Are the warm summer months driving up your electric bills? Have you ever wanted to know how you can reduce your energy consumption? Are you interested in simple suggestions to help the environment while saving money? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, the FREE Citizen Summer School Energy Efficiency Seminar is for you! Once again, the Township brings you expert speakers on an important topic to our community. The event will run Thursday, August 13th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Center. Topics will include
  • Simple, do-it-yourself ways to reduce your energy consumption
  • What tools, discounts, and rebates are available to lower your energy expenses
  • Everyday actions and items that can help reduce your energy use and electric bills
  • What homeowners should know about solar energy
The expert speakers will include representatives from PECO, Villanova University, Remington & Vernick Engineers, and Home Depot.

As an added bonus, the Township will also provide for FREE:
  • Light refreshments
  • Recycling bins
  • Babysitting
  • Other informational giveaways
For any questions please email Scott Sadowsky or call 215-750-3800 x1176.

We hope to see you there!
Comprehensive Plan Grant

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We are very excited to announce that Middletown Township has been awarded a grant of $67,000 to help fund a new comprehensive plan!

Comprehensive plans serve as roadmaps for a community to determine goals for transportation, land development, accessibility, and economic growth. Communities create the plans to maximize the health, safety, and economic well-being of residents. The process includes township staff and a planning consultant working with the community to identify both the risks and opportunities while providing an actionable guideline for making decisions about development.

Middletown Township was one of only two Bucks County communities to receive a grant from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. The funds provided will greatly help in hiring a planning consultant and covering other costs associated with comprehensive planning.

There are many opportunities for community involvement. Public meetings will be held to receive resident input and feedback throughout the process, and some residents will be selected to participate in the Comprehensive Plan Committee. Stay tuned for more information about how you can get involved in shaping Middletown's future!

Responding to Fires

Middletown Township staff now help fight fires during the day.

While Fire Marshal staff always provided support to the volunteer fire companies, they will now take on responding to fires as a major function of their jobs. This represents a significant shift in the response to daytime fires. Volunteer firefighters are an important part of the community, but their numbers have drastically decreased over the last few decades. One of the key challenges is having volunteers available during the day while people are working. The Township engaged the fire companies to brainstorm how best to keep the community safe when volunteers are least available.

On August 13th, the Board of Supervisors approved an agreement with the Penndel Fire Company and William Penn Fire Company that will allow the Township to use one of their fire engines. Staff will pick up the truck each morning and return it at the end of the day. This will allow staff to respond immediately when a fire occurs.

 "The men and women of these fire companies perform a vital service to the Township," said Fire Marshal Jim McGuire, "and they deserve our gratitude and respect." McGuire noted that having staff ready and available to assist with a fire engine is an important, unique way to help the fire companies. "This partnership allows us to work closely with the fire companies as we work toward our common goal of keeping the community safe." 

This fall, join us for a chance to have a great time while raising money to benefit the community.

Woof-A-Palooza is a run/walk to raise funds to purchase a new dog for the Police Department K-9 Unit. You can join friends and the community for a five mile run or a fun walk - participants of the walk are encouraged to bring their own dogs along!

Registration for the run is $30, and the walk is $15. You can register here. The event is sponsored by the Middletown Community Foundation and Inspire Credit Union.

The run is scheduled for November 4th, but registration is already open! We hope to see you there!
Shop with a Cop

As noted in last month's eNews, the Middletown Township Police Department is already raising funds for Shop with a Cop to help disadvantaged children during the holidays. As a reminder, anyone interested in helping families and donating to this cause can do so through the Middletown Community Foundation. Every dollar donated goes directly to children in need to help them provide gifts for their families.

For any questions, please contact Officer Melissa Robison at mrobison@mtpd.org or 215-750-3876.

Upcoming Events

August 16  - Energy Efficiency, Citizen Summer School, 6:30 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center
August 22 - Zoning Hearing Board meeting, 7 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center
September 3  - Township offices closed for Labor Day

September 4 - Board of Supervisors meeting, 7 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center

September 5 -  Planning Commission meeting, 7 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center

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