Winter 2020-2021 Edition

Uwchlan Township e-Newsletter                                                                                                           Winter, 2020

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Another Successful Year for the Uwchlan Police Departments Toys for Tots Collection


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The Uwchlan Township Police Department would like to say another huge thank you to everyone who donated to the Toys-For-Tots campaign this year.  In addition to all of the residents who contributed individually,  the Police Department also received many toys from the Williamsburg community, after they held their annual neighborhood campaign through their homeowners association.  

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In addition, the Uwchlan Police Department donated $2,940.00 to “Blue Beards For Charity” this year, and we received an additional $100.00 donation from a resident of Uwchlan Township.  UTPD was one of 18 participating departments this year and more than $50,000.00 was raised by those participating.  The funds were given to Unite for Her, The Sambuco Children’s Education Fund, A Child’s Light and the Chester County Crime Victims Center.

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On December 10th, Governor Wolf and Health Secretary Levine issued new mitigation efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 during the Holiday Season. These new measures include restrictions on inside dining, indoor/outdoor gatherings and additional restrictions on schools, sports and other uses.The new, limited-time mitigation orders take effect at 12:01 a.m. on December 12, and remain in effect until 8 a.m. on January 4, 2021. Click Here for the full break out of new mitigation efforts and the supporting information behind these measures. 

Gov. Wolf Limited-Time Mitigation Order
Sec. Levine Limited-Time Mitigation Order

In-Person Dining and Alcohol Sales

All in-person indoor dining at businesses in the retail food services industry, including, but not limited to, bars, restaurants, breweries, wineries, distilleries, social clubs, and private catered events is prohibited. Outdoor dining, take-out food service, and take-out alcohol sales are permitted and may continue, subject to any limitations or restrictions imposed by Pennsylvania law, or this or any other Order issued by the Sec. of Health or by the governor.

Indoor Gatherings and Events

Indoor gatherings and events of more than 10 persons are prohibited. Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, and other places of congregate worship are specifically excluded from the limitations set forth above during religious services, these institutions are strongly encouraged to find alternative methods for worship, as in person gatherings pose a significant risk to participants at this time. 

Outdoor Gatherings and Events

Outdoor gatherings and events of more than 50 persons are prohibited.

Capacity Limits for Businesses

All in-person businesses serving the public may only operate at up to 50% of the maximum capacity stated on the applicable certificate of occupancy, except as limited by existing orders to a smaller capacity limit.

Gyms and Fitness Facilities

Indoor operations at gyms and fitness facilities are prohibited. Outdoor facilities and outdoor classes can continue, but all participants must wear face coverings in accordance with the Sec. of Health’s Updated Order Requiring Universal Face Coverings, including any subsequent amendments, and practice physical distancing requirements.

Entertainment Industry

All in-person businesses in the entertainment industry serving the public within a building or indoor defined area, including, but not limited to, theaters, concert venues, museums, movie theaters, arcades, casinos, bowling alleys, private clubs, and all other similar entertainment, recreational or social facilities, are prohibited from operation.The CDC puts movie theaters and other indoor settings on its list of higher-risk activities for contracting COVID-19.

In-Person Extracurricular School Activities

Voluntary activities sponsored or approved by a school entity’s governing body or administration are suspended, but these extracurricular activities may be held virtually. This includes, but is not limited to, attendance at or participation in activities such musical ensembles, school plays, student council, clubs, and school dances.

K-12 School Sports and Youth Sports

All sports at K-12 public schools, nonpublic schools, private schools and club, travel, recreational, intermural, and intramural sports are paused.The Pennsylvania Principals Association is recommending a delay to the start of the winter sports season. 

Professional and Collegiate Sports

Professional or collegiate sports activities may continue in accordance with guidance from the CDC and the Department of Health. Spectators may not attend such sports activities in person.

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Proper Placement of Mailboxes

Uwchlan Township takes every precaution to avoid damaging mailboxes during snow removal operations. Below are mailbox placement guidelines to help reduce the chance your mailbox is damaged this winter:

Mailboxes should be located 2’ from the edge of the pavement to provide adequate clearance at an non-curbed roadway.

The mailbox face should be located 8” behind the curb face at a curbed roadway.

Mailboxes should be installed on the side of your driveway away from approaching traffic. This will lessen the likelihood of a plow strike, and minimize the shoveling needed to clear the area around the mailbox.

Basketball Nets/Goals

If you have a portable basketball hoop on a public street, please remove it  from the ROW during the winter season, as they can interfear with snow plowing operations. Basketball nets/goals should not be in the street ever, for any reason.

The USPS requires that:

The mailbox be installed at least 42” above the roadway surface.

Mailbox posts not exceed 4” by 4” for wooden posts, and a 2” diameter for steel pipe posts. Larger posts are deemed “deadly fixed objects” and are not permitted within the right-of-way.

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Winter Operations

Once snow begins to fall, trucks are out to plow and salt the roadways, following specific routes that clear emergency routes and high priority roads first. For safety reasons, cul-de-sacs and other secondary roads are not plowed until all emergency routes and high priority roads are passable. Our Public Works team will always do their very best to keep roadways as clear as possible, as quickly as possible, but we need your help.

Parking is prohibited on any township street during a snowstorm and until the street has been plowed for the full width. This is required by law, and violators may have their vehicles towed and be subject to a fine. This is critical on narrow streets and cul-de-sacs where maneuverability of the large plow trucks is essential.

Place trash cans and recycling containers curbside, not in the street, for any reason! Our trucks plow curb-to-curb, and your receptacles will be hit if in the street. The township will not replace them.

Do not clear the end of your driveway until the road has been plowed from curb-to-curb. This will save you time and frustration! If your street has not been plowed curb-to-curb, it will be. Please give us time to do our jobs. It is not our intention to annoy you! Do not shovel or plow the snow from your driveway into the street. This can cause accidents, and it is illegal to do so. Any snow you put into the street will only end up back in your or your neighbor’s yard.

Shoveling Safety

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Winter Weather Driving Tips from the Uwchlan Township Police Department 

With the cold temperatures upon us, please take due care when driving in winter weather conditions.  Below you will find some suggestions for both maintaining your vehicles in the cold weather, and for driving with poor road conditions.

1.    Service your vehicle to prepare for the extreme weather conditions.  Make sure that all belts, hoses and the battery are in good condition, and all fluids are capable of handling the cold temperatures (e.g., antifreeze, washer fluid).  Be sure to check tire pressure, as this will drop with the cold temperatures.

2.    Prepare a box of supplies to be left in your vehicle during the winter months to be used in the event of an emergency.  Consider items such as a small shovel, ice scraper, abrasive materiel such as kitty litter, jumper cables, a flashlight, flares, and blankets.  A few non-perishable food items may also be helpful if you need to take a long trip.

3.    Before driving your vehicle on snow or ice, be sure to read your owner's manual to learn about the driving characteristics of your vehicle in those elements.  Consider driving your vehicle on lightly traveled roadways or in a large empty parking lot when driving your vehicle in snow or ice conditions for the first time.

4.    When driving in inclement weather stay alert, slow down and maintain a safe following distance from the vehicle in front of you.  If you are driving a vehicle with all wheel or four-wheel drive, you will have better traction; however, your vehicle will have the same stopping characteristics as any other vehicle on the roadway.  

Help Us Clear the Roads After A Storm

If you are a resident of Uwchlan Township, please remember that all parked vehicles must be removed from any Township street during any of the following conditions.

  • After a snowfall of one or greater inches in depth.
  • As posted by the Uwchlan Township Road Department for cleaning.
  •  During the time of a declared local emergency
  • During adverse weather conditions that require salting/cindering of roadways.

PADOT Winter  Weather  Driving Tips

A well-maintained vehicle could be the difference between avoiding a crash or skidding off the road. Motorists should regularly check to ensure that:

  • Fluid levels are full.
  • Your wipers don’t streak.
  • Your heater and defroster are working properly.
  • Your vehicle’s radio is working so you can receive weather and traffic reports.
  • All lights are working.
  • Tires are properly inflated and have sufficient tread depth.

Additionally, if you live in an area prone to heavy snow, you may want to use dedicated snow tires or carry a set of tire chains. You should also have a mechanic check the brakes, battery, hoses, and belts.

Get Vehicle Ready

Source: PADOT

Historical Treasure: The Edith P. Moore Schoolhouse

Screen Shot 2020-12-11 at 8.40.21 AMDid you know that in the early 20th century half of America’s children were educated in the country’s 200,000 one room schoolhouses, and that one of those schoolhouses exists in our township?  The Edith P. Moore Schoolhouse was built in 1859 and was used to educate children for one hundred years.  Education was important in the village of Lionville and two more schools were built in the same year as this one.  They replaced two schools that were lost to the village when the township was split into Uwchlan Township and Upper Uwchlan Township.  In 1975 the township supervisors established the Uwchlan Township Historical Commission, and its members were given the task of restoring the schoolhouse located at 9 North Village Avenue, Lionville.

    Lizzie Thomas was the school’s first teacher.  Forty students attended the opening day of school, and by the end of the first school year there were 59 girls and 43 boys enrolled.  Edith Moore was hired to teach at the school in 1929 and served as teacher until 1956.  Typical of one who handled several grades in one small classroom, Miss Moore was a strict disciplinarian and earned the respect of the entire community.  She was known for not only teaching the basic curriculum, but enriching her students with art, music and physical education.  In addition to being the only teacher, she acted as principal, counselor and custodian.  Following retirement after 27 years, she spent nine years as the Uwchlan Township secretary.  Soon afterward the township renamed the schoolhouse in her honor.  

Visitors stopping at the schoolhouse will see the hand water pump installed in 1947 and a recently restored outhouse that was used by the children.  Inside the building are a slate chalkboard (c. 1880), an iron pot-bellied stove, school desks and books from the teaching era.  Artifacts include a globe and map charts, old diplomas, a cabinet of glass-covered science specimen drawers that could be removed for study, and many other teaching aids used during the one hundred year instruction.  

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    During the current COVID restrictions, the schoolhouse is closed.  When we reopen next year, the historical commission will resume its open houses on the first Sunday of the month, April-November, from 2-4 PM.  The Uwchlan Township Historical Commission will look forward to your visits and welcoming you to take a step back into the education and history of yesteryear. 

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How Long Does It Take For Trash To Decompose? 

 by Jackie Pickering

Given all the talk of “Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse”, it is very eye opening to realize how long it takes for everyday items to decompose. The answer of course varies depending on the type of materials, and the environment/elements the items are exposed to in the process.  Naturally derived materials (paper towels, cardboard, natural fibers, food waste, wood products) decompose at a much faster rate (a few weeks) than man made materials (plastic, rubber, metal, glass, synthetic materials) that take many years to break down.  Items exposed to natural elements (sun, rain, snow, etc.) decompose much faster than items buried in a landfill.  It should also be noted that when a landfill is not clogged with items such as paper, newspapers, food waste that are easily and successfully recycled, it will help to speed up the decomposition of other items.

Standard Decomposition Timelines

A Few Weeks:

  • Paper Towels - 2-4 weeks
  • Banana Peel – 3-4 weeks
  • Paper Bags – 4-5 weeks
  • Newspapers - 6-7 weeks
  • Apple Core – 7-8 weeks
  • Cardboard – 7-8 weeks
  • Compostable Packages – 2-12 weeks
  • Milk Carton – 11-12 weeks

Years

  • Plywood – 1-3 years 
  • Cigarette Butt – 1-5 years
  • Plastic Grocery Bag – 10-20 years
  • Tinned Steel Can – 50 years
  • Styrofoam Cups - 50 years
  • Plastic Straw – 200 years
  • Aluminum Cans – 200-500 years
  • Plastic Rings (6 pack beverages) - 400 years
  • Plastic Bottles – 450 years
  • Disposable Diapers – 450-500 years
  • Coffee pods – 500 years
  • Plastic Toothbrush - 500 years

The other problem with plastic is that during decomposition, chemicals leach into the soil and groundwater.  Indeed, even in the development and recycling of plastic, chemical toxins are released.  Hopefully knowing how long it takes for items (especially plastic items) to decompose will inspire the community to recycle responsibly (i.e., items always rinsed out, no caps or lids, and no plastic bags).  Better yet, it will hopefully inspire people to look for green alternatives such as paper bags, paper/metal straws and reusable green packaging and containers.

Resources: Environmental Protection Agency, National Resources Defense Council, Zero Waste Packaging, Our World in Data, Ocean Crusaders, U.S. National Parks Services 

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Katharina Henderson, Alexa Manning, Jackie Pickering, and Toni Gorkin work on preparing a new “Lasagna gardening” area for spring planting, as part of the Heart of Uwchlan project.

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A new project in the Township is using plants and soils to protect local waterways from stormwater runoff. This past fall, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) took the lead on creating a 9,000 square foot rain garden at the Exton Medical Arts building along Route 100 in Lionville to keep stormwater pollution out of Pine Creek. The creek, which begins near the intersection of Route 100 and Route 113, is a native trout stream and a tributary of the Pickering Creek, a drinking water source for more than a half-million people in Chester and Montgomery counties.Through the use of water-loving plants and special soils, rain gardens like this one prevent contaminants like gasoline, oil, dirt, animal waste, and other pollutants from entering local waterways.

 “This has been such a fantastic project, and we can’t wait to see the impact it’ll have on this stretch of Pine Creek,” said Kate Hutelmyer, PDE’s Collaborative Programs Manager. “It can be challenging to restore streams in a commercialized area like this, but with the incredible support we’ve received from the landowners, Uwchlan Township, and our funders, we can start to change the water quality narrative here.”

Uwchlan Township provided significant in-kind services in support of this project and, along with the enthusiasm of property co-owners Scott and Brett Furman, helped take this project from concept to reality. Additionally, the project was made possible through generous grant funding from the William Penn Foundation, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and by Exelon Corp. and Aqua Pennsylvania through the Schuylkill River Restoration Fund and Delaware River Basin Commission. To learn more about rain gardens and PDE's work, visit www.delawareestuary.org.

Be Stormwater Smart

Did you know that small actions can have be consequences when it comes to stormwater runoff? Watch the video below for more information on how you can be "stormwater smart" and help reduce stormwater runoff.

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Important Dates

All public meetings are currently being held via "Zoom". Login information for all public meetings can be found on the specific page under the Government tab at www.uwchlan.com

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Click the image above to view the Township Calendar and times/date for all upcoming Township meetings and other events. 


Important Phone Numbers:

AQUA: 610-525-1400

PECO: 215-841-4000

PECO Outage Hotline: 215-841-4141

PENNDOT: 484-340-3200

PENNDOT Maintenance: 484-340-3201

Chester County SPCA: 484-302-0865

Chester County Health Department: 610-344-6225

Contact the Township

Address: 715 N. Ship Road Exton, PA 19341

Phone: (610) 363-9450

Fax:(610) 363-0518

Website: www.uwchlan.com


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