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Drought Causes Ban on Burning in Upper Salford
Written by Mary Gibbs Kershner, Correspondent
2011-07-20

        Effective immediately, burning of any kind is banned in Upper Salford Township. 

        On Tuesday night the Upper Salford Township board of supervisors voted unanimously to ban burning until further notice.  Township Chairman Kevin O’Donnell announced that drought conditions are severe enough to forbid burning on private and public property, including campfires. 

 

        “Due to the serious drought there is a danger of injury to persons and property,” O’Donnell said. 

 

        The board of supervisors, the fire department and the state police will enforce the ban according to township code. 

 

        O’Donnell announced for public information that the board anticipates that next month it will begin work on the Act 537 sewer plan with the planning commission.  Recently, Upper Salford Township enacted an ordinance that requires septic systems to be pumped every three years by a pumper registered with the township. 

 

        The supervisors sent a letter to residents of the township in June that gave an update on the requirements of the ordinance.  The board printed a list of registered septic haulers and provided information on maintenance of on-lot sewer systems.  Additionally, the supervisors suggested methods to spot septic malfunctions.  That new ordinance is a “stand alone” ordinance.  However, the ordinance will become part of the township’s 537 plan. 

 

        O’Donnell stressed that the board was announcing its intention to work on the 537 plan, but as yet, they “have not taken on the subject.”  Residents who wished to be informed when the 537 sewage plan is on the township’s agenda should contact the township office so they can be notified. 

 

        The board announced that Salford Station Road would have a temporary detour along the Perkiomen Trail similar to when the bridge was taken down for construction. 

 

        O’Donnell announced that despite the heat, the concerts in the Upper Salford Park would continue on Thursday, July 21 at 7 p.m.  A blues group called “Raven Hill” will perform.  On Thursday, August 11 at 7 p.m., a classic country band will entertain the residents.  O’Donnell said, “Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and an umbrella.” 

 

        A “Day In The Life” photograph competition that was scheduled for July 4 has been rescheduled for September 24 with a rain date of October 1.  Residents who wish to participate should take a photograph of an activity in Upper Salford Township and submit it to the park board.  It is possible there will be prizes awarded. 

 

        Because of the success of the nature photographs taken in the spring, the park board has announced it will host another nature photograph session in the fall.  It is anticipated the photo session will be scheduled for late October to highlight the fall colors.  

 

        The board approved the 3rd annual bike ride through Upper Salford Township to raise money for Ataxia research.  The ride is scheduled for October 9.  Bike riders can do either a 25-mile or a 50-mile course.  Township Solicitor Steven Imms cautioned the board to let the sponsors of the Ataxia fundraiser know that Bergey Road has potential dangers, especially down hill.  Last year, The Ataxia bike ride raised $150,000 for research.


 

 

 

 

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