Aston Township has new signs on major roads as you enter our town that say “A Community that Cares”. Late Tuesday evening, November 15, 2016, and in the days that followed, we personified that little public relations snippet more than you can imagine. Let me tell you about it.
At 11:17pm the Aston Township Fire Department was dispatched to the area of Linda Lane and Birney Highway for a building fire. 27 Aston volunteer firefighters left their home and answered the alarm. 10 mutual aid fire departments, 3 EMS and 6 police units also responded. Our community cares. Read more
At the February 17, 2016 Board Of Commissioners meeting the board announced that Aston Township received a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in the amount of $164,000 to renovate Vinsmith Park.
This grant is contingent on a 50% match which will be provided in part from cash and in part from the volunteer efforts of the Boy Scout Troop 225 and donations from local businesses.
The Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association is conducting a survey of nearby residents. The Aston Township Board of Commissioners would like to invite local residents to participate in this process. This five-minute survey about water help our town and the Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association design future educational messages and programs. Your responses are anonymous unless you choose to provide an email address at the end of the survey.
In early 2015 the Board of Commissioners established a volunteer committee to assist the Township engineer and administration in preparing a Township Parks Master Plan. On October 13, 2015 the committee submitted a draft of it’s proposed Township Parks & Recreation Plan. The plan will be presented to the public at the regular BOC meeting on Wednesday October 21st. A pubic hearing will be held on November 18 after which the Board will consider adopting the plan.
The 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
More than 100 volunteers gathered on May 2 for the first annual Aston Township Clean-Up Day. Supplied with trash bags and gloves, the volunteers headed to 10 sites throughout the township to pick-up debris and brush.
The brain-child of Aston 2nd Ward Commissioner Carol Graham, the event was a long time coming. For many years, Graham joined with the Chester Ridley Creek Watershed (CRC) and a few volunteers to clean the west branch of the Chester Creek. As the number of volunteers increased, so did the sites, which included Poore and Fisher Parks.
The Aston Township StreetScape Project is about to get underway along a 0.8-mile stretch of Pennell Road between Concord Road and Duttons Mill Road. The work will include sidewalk and curb ramp installation/improvements, pedestrian level lighting, landscaping, and landscaped center medians. The improvements will contribute to increased mass transit ridership and economic development by creating a pedestrian-friendly environment and connecting a variety of land uses including residential, commercial, office, institutional and recreational. The improvements implemented along Pennell Road will serve as guidelines to implement similar improvements along Concord Road and Duttons Mill Road as future projects.
The Township was awarded a $1 million grant from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) which it received last fall.
The Aston Township Vision Plan is being implemented as members of the public works department have been working hard replacing old, worn street signs with updated signs that feature the new township insignia.
Public Works Supervisor Russell Palmore said the new signs, which are constructed of heavy duty aluminum and larger lettering, will be easier for residents to see, especially at night. Read more
Aston Township Parks Master Plan
Aston is blessed with an exceptional park system. Most residents can walk to a park within five (5) minutes from their home. This is an exceptional value to our residents.
The Township Wide Park Study will become the blue print for park improvements in the future.
The document will be used to support grant application for funding to support necessary park improvements.
One of the most important elements of what the plan will be to prioritize the proposed improvements. The prioritized list will be used when applying for grants. Read more
The Board of Commissioners is seeking volunteers to assist the Township engineer and administration to prepare amendments to the Aston Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Ordinance, and Sub-Division Land Development that will form the frame work for the implementation of the Aston Vision Plan. (See the scope of work below)
It is anticipated that the initial phase of the work will begin in March and that the final documents would be considered by the Board of Commissioners at the end of 2015.
The Board of Commissioners will appoint a volunteer committee at their meeting on February 18th.
Interested in serving on this committee? Send a letter of interest to:
Bill McConville, Township Manager