Aston Township, Delaware County PA

July 2015 Township Times

Hometown Concerts continue; Commissioner McGinn recognized for 36 years of service; NAHL Aston Rebels Hockey Team makes IceWorks their home; Aston fights for #TeamCameron; and more in this month’s issue of the Aston Township Times. Download it now!

Independence Day Celebration

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JULY 4th FIREWORKS AT SUN VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL!

Aston Township Board of Commissioners is happy to announce that they will be hosting the 2015 Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks display on Friday, July 4th beginning at 7pm behind Sun Valley High School.

The party will start at 7:00 p.m. with a DJ, so if you would like to get there early and get a good seat, there will be entertainment. The fireworks show will begin at dusk, which will be around 9:15 and refreshments will be served in the Green Ridge Fire Company’s parking lot. Please bring lawn chairs due to the wet conditions of the Sun Valley fields. Come out and join the Aston community in celebrating the 4th of July and the beautiful firework display that comes with it.

CWA To Flush Public Fire Hydrants – July 12 – 17th

cwaThe Chester Water Authority will flush all public fire hydrants in Aston Township beginning the week of Sunday, July 12 and continuing through Friday, July 17th. The flushing will occur between 9:00 pm and 5:00 am Sunday night through Friday morning.

During this work, there could be brief ;periods when the water in the distribution system may become discolored. Distribution system water pressure may be depressed during the hydrant flushing activity. For questions, please contact Chester Water Authority at 610-876-0940

DCIU Conditional Use Hearing Postponed!

At the request of the DCIU, The DCIU Conditional use hearing scheduled for Monday, June 29, 2015 has been postponed to a later date, yet to be determined. For updates regarding the DCIU, please check the DCIU Summary page on this site.

Click Here to visit our DCIU Expansion project summary page. –>>

PennDOT to Improve Aston Mills Road Bridge in Aston Township

penndotKing of Prussia, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will start construction Monday, July 6, on a $2 million project to rehabilitate the structurally deficient bridge carrying Aston Mills Road over Chester Creek in Aston Township, Delaware County.

The Aston Mills Road bridge is one of two bridges that PennDOT will repair under a $6,637,980 bridge improvement project. On May 11, construction began to rehabilitate the bridge carrying Linfield Road over the Schuylkill River in East Coventry Township, Chester County and Limerick Township, Montgomery County. Both projects are scheduled to be completed in late fall 2015.

Crews will work the next five months to restore the structurally deficient Aston Mills Road bridge by replacing the deck, beams, bearings, parapets, guiderail; installing new concrete approach slabs; and reconstructing the roadway approaches adjacent to the bridge.

Due to the complexity of the repairs, the Aston Mills Road bridge will be closed and detoured during construction. The posted detour will take motorists over Concord Road, Valley Brook Road and Bodley Road.

Local access will be maintained up to the construction zones. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through these areas.

The steel beam bridge was built in 1965. The one-span bridge is 60 feet long and 43 feet wide. The bridge carries an average of 6,486 vehicles a day.

J. D. Eckman, Inc. of Atglen, Pa., is the general contractor on the project, which is financed with 100 percent state funds.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following local PennDOT information on Twitter at twitter.com/511PAPhilly.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brad Rudolph, 610-205-6798

Storm Recovery Assistance

Community Center will remain open to residents without electric until power is restored. The facility has power, air conditioning and we have resources available to charge cell phones etc…

Clean Up Assistance
Public Works department will be making rounds with a wood chipper that can accommodate branches of up to 6″ in diameter to assist with clean up. Please orient the butt end of the branches toward the street. Service will continue through Friday and resume next week until all material is collected.

What Should Be Discarded After A Power Outage?

As soon as power return CHECK TEMPERATURES. Then use this chart to see what should be disgarded and what can be kept.

Commissioner Jim McGinn Lauded for 36 Years of Service to Aston Township

Aston Commissioners President Jim Stigale presented nine-term commissioner Jim McGinn with a service award for his dedication to the township.   Photo by Loretta Rodgers

Aston Commissioners President Jim Stigale presented nine-term commissioner Jim McGinn with a service award for his dedication to the township. Photo by Loretta Rodgers

Aston Commissioners President Jim Stigale, during the June 17 meeting of the board of commissioners, presented longtime 5th Ward Commissioner Jim McGinn with a service award in recognition of his 36 years of dedicated service to the township.

McGinn was also acknowledged on May 15 by the Delaware County Association of Township Commissioners during its annual banquet.

“For Jim McGinn, 2015 marks 36 years of service to the Aston community, and in particular to the residents of the fifth ward,” said 2nd Ward Commissioner Carol Graham. “When Jim first ran for office in 1979, I bet he never expected to be a nine term commissioner. Then again, you don’t survive nine terms without working hard on behalf of your residents.” Read more

2015 Hometown Summer Concerts – July 13th

Next Hometown Summer Concert Series performance will be on July 3th featuring The South Philadelphia Stringband. Join us for an evening of Philly New Years and do the Mummers Strut at the Aston Township Community Center, Monday July 13th Starting @ 7pm; No Raindate;  Outdoor concert, lawn chairs welcome.

Aston Township Acquires Three Properties from County Repository

2nd Ward Commissioner Graham with members of Delaware County Council

2nd Ward Commissioner Graham with members of Delaware County Council

The Township has acquired three properties located in the second ward from the Delaware County repository for the sum of $122.50 each, which includes the sale price of $1 and filing fees.

The properties located on Mount Road, Lenni Road and Aston Mills/Mount  Road  have been abandoned by their previous owners with no bids being received at the judicial upset sale.

The properties were recently transferred to 2nd Ward Commissioner Carol Graham on behalf of the township from County Council.

“It is the belief of the board of commissioners that when possible, acquiring land to remain as open space is very important,” Graham said. “In addition, it helps the township to eliminate abandoned properties.”

Pictured is Commissioner Graham with members of Delaware County Council.

Aston Township – Roundabouts

concord&donnellyThe Board of Commissioners is very much aware of the traffic issues and concerns along Concord Road, especially at the intersections of Concord Road and Donnelly Avenue and at Concord Road and MacInyre Drive.  Until recently, the only option available was to install a traffic signal at each location.  In 2014, the Township Engineer suggested that a recent change in PennDOT policy may in fact address most, if not all, of the traffic concerns at these intersections and this portion of Concord Road.  After studying the design and operation of roundabouts for a number of years, PennDOT has established a policy in favor of constructing a roundabout in lieu of installing a traffic signal. PennDOT has determined that roundabouts offer improved safety over other at-grade intersection forms because roundabouts have fewer conflict points, slower speeds, and easier decision making. When comparing a roundabout to a signal, studies show that roundabouts provide a 90% reduction in fatal crashes, 75% reduction in injury crashes, 30-40% reduction in pedestrian crashes, and 10% reduction in bicycle crashes.  Roundabouts improve pedestrian safety offering two simple crossings of one-way traffic moving at much slower speeds. Read more

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