Middletown Township  
   March 2017
Thank you for reading this March edition of Middletown Township's monthly E-News! 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 and Police Department on Facebook to keep up to date on the latest news, events, safety concerns, and other happenings in the Township!
2017 Road Improvement Program

Road Construction Ahead sign with numerous barricades
The 2017 Road Improvement Program was officially approved at the March 6th Board of Supervisors meeting. The repaving is part of the Township's long-term improvement plan to regularly maintain roads before they fall into a state of disrepair. Since the road program's start in 2014, the Township has invested $7.4 million to repair or rebuild 39 miles over 138 roads.

This year, the selected roads are mostly located in Durham Ridge, Durham Chase, Durham Meadows, Langhorne Gables, and Hollybrooke. They will total 9 miles over 34 roads that will be milled, repaved, and restriped. A bid for contractors will be advertised this month. Construction is expected to begin this spring and run through the summer. Below is the full list of roads to be improved in 2017:

Village Road; Vine Way; Java Lane; Lipton Lane; Claymont Avenue; Clay Avenue; Adams Avenue; Birch Avenue; Buttonwood Avenue; Cypress Avenue; Elisa Lynn Way; Fernwood Avenue; Fir Avenue; Flame Drive; Harrison Avenue; Jefferson Avenue; Lincoln Road (East and West); Linden Avenue; Line Avenue; Longview Avenue; Madison Avenue; Monroe Avenue; Parkview Avenue; Quincy Avenue; Washington Avenue; Willow Avenue; Frosty Hollow Road; Tina Drive; Green Meadow Drive; Carmen Lane; Hollybrooke Drive (and parking areas); Bridle Lane; Mistletoe Drive; Elmwood Avenue

LED Streetlight Construction Update
In the coming months, Middletown's streetlights will start looking very different. The Township's long-planned upgrade program is about to enter its construction phase, when workers will install LED fixtures in place of the current streetlights. The new lights will provide a better quality light while reducing energy use and costs.

As noted in the May and October 2016 editions of the E-News, Middletown collaborated on a project that included forty other nearby municipalities to convert streetlights to LEDs while taking advantage of low-interest loans, economies of scale, and guaranteed savings. The savings is projected to earn the Township a gain of $1.1 million over the 20-year program agreement.

Throughout the past year, Township staff have worked with the program vendors and consultants to determine how to best meet the community's needs. The resulting project will upgrade approximately 2,700 streetlights throughout 2017. Township crews and contractors will begin installing these new fixtures this spring, and the project is expected to continue into the fall.

Shred Event

The next shredding event is almost here! Middletown Township, continuing its partnership with Oxford Valley Mall and Inspire Credit Union, is excited to offer this opportunity for residents to shred unwanted paper and prevent identity theft. On April 8th from 9 a.m. until noon, shredding trucks will be stationed in the Mall parking lot at the old Strawbridge's entrance, and residents may bring up to three boxes of paper to be shredded.

Many papers contain personal, identifying information such as account numbers, passwords, and social security numbers that are in danger of falling into the wrong hands. Some criminals seek out this information for fraudulent purposes, such as making purchases with your accounts. Shredding these papers instead of simply recycling them is a key step in protecting your identity and assets. Shredding paper yourself can be time consuming, however, so this event offers a great opportunity to save time while protecting yourself from identity theft!

If you cannot make this event, Representative Frank Farry is hosting a shred event at his Langhorne office on May 6th.
Yard Waste Collection Resumes

Regular yard waste pickup will resume beginning in April. Yard waste includes leaves, grass, clippings, fruit, branches, and other yard and garden material. Pickup will occur every Wednesday, and there is no limit to the amount that can be removed. Yard waste must be placed in 30-gallon biodegradable paper bags or regular trash containers, and each must weigh less than 50 pounds when full.

For additional information on yard waste removal, please see the Township website.

Public recognition for Barbara Lipsky at a Board of Supervisors meeting

Two multi-decade members of the Middletown community are set to retire.

Ann Everk started working for the Township in 1983 and has worked in personnel and payroll ever since. In her long tenure with the Township, Ann has forged many friendships among her coworkers and has helped countless employees with payroll, benefits, and other personnel concerns. As she begins the next chapter of her life, her presence at the Municipal Center and her vast knowledge of Township history and policies will be greatly missed. Ann will retire at the end of this month and looks forward to spending her early retirement days traveling to Disney World with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

Barbara Lipsky retired in February after 27 years of service. In 1990, Barbara began as a part-time employee assisting in the Detective Division. She became a full-time employee when she began working for the Records Department as well, and she later took over preparing the state-required Uniform Crime Report, which has been her responsibility for the past fifteen years. Barbara's coworkers praise her memory for detail, even threatening to call her for help after her retirement! Barbara plans to spend her retirement in Texas to be closer to family.

The entire Middletown community wishes Ann and Barbara well in their upcoming adventures!

Tax Filing Reminder

Filing for 2016 Earned Income Taxes are due no later than April 15th. You should have received your tax return information earlier this year. NOTE: If you filed online last year, you will receive the information electronically and NOT in the mail. If you have any questions about filing, please contact Keystone Collections Group at 724-978-0300.
Permit Process Reminders

As we head into the spring season, many residents and businesses look to make improvements on their homes or workplaces. Please remember that some work, including additions, plumbing, and electrical work, require permits. The Township website lists what types of work will require permits and what processes must be followed.

When in doubt, call the Building and Zoning Department at 215-750-3800 x1110, and they will be happy to answer any questions!

Upcoming Events

March 20  - Board of Supervisors meeting, 7:30 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center
March 22 - Zoning Hearing Board meeting, 7 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center
April 3  - Board of Supervisors meeting, 7:30 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center

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

April 8 - Shred Event, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Oxford Valley Mall

April 12 - Zoning Hearing Board meeting, 7 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center

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