The borough is in the process of starting a Junior Council Person (JCP) Program. This program will provide youth in the community with an opportunity to get engaged in borough government and develop leadership skills. It also allows borough officials to serve as mentors to students who will be future leaders in the community.
This program will allow high school students the opportunity to learn critical skills including team building and collaboration, public speaking, public engagement, budgeting, and running effective meetings. It also allows the student the opportunity to deliberate on issues that are affecting his or her community.
Please click here to access an application. Contact the Borough Office for more information.
Please click here to view information on the program and to print out an application. The deadline to submit applications is March 20, 2020.
A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Borough Office at 115 E. 9th St. to present an updated and comprehensive Zoning Ordinance for the borough.
Please click HERE to view the proposed ordinance.
Within the next few weeks, Met-Ed will begin installing smart meters for all customers in the portion of their service territory served by the Hamburg service center (roughly speaking, northern Berks County and a few municipalities in Lehigh County). Deployment will begin in December 2017 and will continue through April 2018 – Meter Map
Installation of smart meter technology was included in the PA Act 129 Legislation passed in 2008 and requires electric distribution companies to deploy smart meter technology for all their Pennsylvania customers. http://www.puc.pa.gov/filing_resources/issues_laws_regulations/act_129_information.aspx
This step toward a more modernized electric system will enable automated meter readings and enhance Met-Ed’s ability to respond to outages faster and more efficiently. Plus, once the meters are fully operational, you will have access to more detailed energy information to better understand your electricity use – which means you can then make informed decisions on how to manage and control your electricity consumption.
The contractor, Wellington Energy, will soon be installing smart meters on the homes and businesses in our community. To support the installation of this new technology, they will be sending customers information in the mail before meter installation occurs. Their customer contact center at 1-800-545-7741 is available to answer customers’ questions about the program and installation schedule.
Information on smart meter technology, security and privacy, safety and FAQs, and a schedule of the installation timeline by community is available www.firstenergycorp.com/pasmartmeter
You can pay your water bills or purchase your season passes online.
The Recreation Board is currently in need of new members. The Board is responsible for organizing Children’s Fair and the summer Park Program. If you are interested in helping these great community events continue, please contact the Borough Office at 610-562-8030 or email@example.com for more information.
MS4 is a conveyance or system of conveyances that is:
owned by a state, city, town, village or other public entity that discharges to waters of the U.S.; designed or used to collect or convey stormwater (including storm drains, pipes, ditches, etc.); not a combined sewer; and not part of a publicly owned treatment works (sewage treatment plant).
Polluted stormwater runoff is commonly transported through municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), from which it is often discharged untreated into local waterbodies. To prevent harmful pollutants from being washed or dumped into an MS4, operators must develop a stormwater management program.
Phase I, issued in 1990, requires medium and large cities or certain counties with populations of 100,000 or more to obtain National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit coverage for their stormwater discharges.
Phase II, issued in 1999, requires regulated small MS4s in urbanized areas, as well as small MS4s outside the urbanized areas that are designated by the permitting authority, to obtain NPDES permit coverage for their stormwater discharges.
Generally, Phase I MS4s are covered by individual permits and Phase II MS4s are covered by a general permit. Each regulated MS4 is required to develop and implement a stormwater management program to reduce the contamination of stormwater runoff and prohibit illicit discharges.
The MS4 program consists of several requirements, referred to as the six minimum control measures and are as follows: public education and outreach; public participation and involvement; illicit discharge detection and elimination; construction site runoff control; post-construction runoff control; and pollution prevention and good housekeeping for municipal operations. The Phase I communities have additional requirements of monitoring outfalls and inspection of industrial facilities located in the MS4 boundary.
Click the link below to read the Borough’s Pollutant Reduction Plan.