1120 Market Street, New Cumberland, PA
NEWSLETTER


Speed Limit

  SPEED LIMIT - 25 mph ON ALL BOROUGH STREETS AND ALLEYS!

A growing concern for pedestrian and motorist safety prompted the New Cumberland Borough Council to request a uniform speed limit of 25 mph on all streets and alleys within the Borough Limits.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PENNDOT) conducted engineering and traffic studies in accordance with 67 Pa. Code 212.108, (Speed Limits).  Analysis of roadway geometry, crash data, sight distance, roadside development, speed data and traffic volume were elements considered in the studies.  The results of this recent speed study confirm a change from 35 mph to 25 mph where 35 mph currently exists is justified.

All speed limit signs have been changed to reflect the transition to 25 mph throughout the Borough and will be enforced effective immediately.

 

Storm Water Pollution Prevention

What is Storm Water Runoff?

You may have noticed medallions attached to the storm water inlets around the Borough.  These have been installed to raise awareness about pollution generated from storm water runoff.  When it rains, storm water runs over yards, streets, parking lots, parks, and playgrounds, carrying with it everything in its path.  Pollutants such as oil and grease from cars, sediment from construction sites, and bacteria from pet feces are transported with the water as it is conveyed to the Yellow Breeches Creek or Susquehanna River either over land or via a storm drain.  Unlike sanitary sewers that divert water to a treatment plant directly from your home, storm drains lead directly to surrounding surface waters without any type of treatment.  Storm water pollutants can affect water quality, recreational activities, aesthetic value, wildlife habitat, and the normal life cycle of organisms and animals.

What Can You Do To Prevent Storm Water Pollution?

*Keep litter, pet wastes, leaves and debris out of street gutters and storm drains - these outlets drain directly to the creek or river and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.

*Apply lawn and garden chemicals sparingly and according to directions.

*Dispose of unused oil, antifreeze, paints, and other household chemicals properly, not in storm sewers or drains.

*Clean up spilled brake fluid, oil, grease, and antifreeze.  Do not hose them into the street where they can eventually reach the creek or river.

*Control soil erosion on your property by planting ground cover and stabilizing erosion-prone areas.

*Purchase household detergents and cleaners that are low in phosphorous to reduce the amount of nutrients discharged into surface waters.

*Notify the Borough of any unauthorized discharges to the storm sewer system.

You can find out many other ways of reducing your contribution of pollutants to storm water runoff by visiting:  http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/stormwatermonth.cfm#materials

 

Borough Council Meetings

New Cumberland residents are welcome to attend Borough Council meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.  Meetings are held in the Council Chambers of the Borough Building at 1120 Market Street.  Time is allocated at the beginning of every meeting for public comment.  If you are unable to attend a meeting, please submit your comments, questions, or concerns by letter or e-mail addressed to the Borough Council.

Ambulance, Fire, Police
Text telephone (TTY/TDD) Users - 911. If calling from TTY/TDD - please wait until your call is answered, then press the space bar or any key several times to indicate you are calling from a TTY/TDD.
Zoning / Building Permits

Building and/or Zoning Permits may be required to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change occupancy of buildings and structures including accessary uses such as garages, sheds, swimming pools, fences, and signs.  Before you proceed with a project, please contact the Building Code Official and Zoning Officer at 774-0404 for more information.  Office hours are Wednesdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Recycling/Yard Waste

Recycle - It's The Law

In accordance with Act 101 of 1988, Pennsylvania Legislature, recycling is mandatory in the Borough of New Cumberland. Residential customers are required to place recyclable materials in a recycling bin, properly marked "recycling". 

The following materials should be co-mingled and placed in a recycling bin:  cardboard boxes, pizza boxes, food boxes, paper towel & toliet paper rolls, paperboard packaging, office paper, shredded paper, newspaper and inserts, magazines and catalogs, junk mail and envelopes, paper bags, phone books; #1 and #7 containers and bottles; clear, brown, and green glass food and beverage containers; aluminum beverage cans, steel food and beverage cans, aerosol cans.

Large Item Collection

One large household item per week will be collected from a residence by Penn Waste, Inc. on any regular collection day. This service is only available to residential customers included in the Borough's trash collection and recycling contract.

Appliances containing Freon (air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, etc.) will be collected by appointment only. Call Penn Waste at (717) 767-4456 or (866) 575-8720 at least 48 hours prior to the regular collection day.

 The following items will NOT be collected:
. Paints, stains, chemicals, and liquids
. Batteries
. Automobile parts
. Household hazardous waste
. Tires on rims
. Commercial/industrial waste
. Construction material or debris:
drywall, brick, block, treated lumber, roofing shingles, ceiling tiles, concrete, doors, windows

REMINDERS:
. Brush and branches should be cut into four foot lengths, securely bundled and placed with regular trash
. Appliances
. Appliances containing Freon (refrigerator, air conditioner) require calling Penn Waste for appointment
. Carpet 48" max. length, rolled & tied
. Furniture
. Mattresses & box springs
. Car tires only (1 per week - must be off rim)
. Scrap metal 48" max. length
. No loose piles. All small items must be boxed.
. No items which are too heavy to be lifted into a truck by two people

In addition, there will be two "YARD WASTE COLLECTIONS" yearly.  In 2014 yard waste collection days will be Saturday, April 19th and Saturday, October 18th.  Place yard waste in biodegradable brown paper bags or bundle it with biodegradable twine.  Bundles may not be larger than 4 feet in length or more than 30 pounds in weight.  Branches may not exceed 6" in diameter.  Grass clippings will not be accepted.

NOTICE - AS OF JANUARY 24, 2013 - by law Penn Waste will no longer collect electronic waste.  For additional information please contact DEP at 717-783-2300.

For more information, questions should be referred to
Penn Waste at (717) 767-4456 or
(866) 575-8720 or visit their website at
www.pennwaste.com

Clogged Sewer Lines

In the event of a clogged sewer line causing a back-up of sewage in your basement from the floor drain or other plumbing fixture, please contact the borough before you call a plumber. Borough personnel may be able to determine the cause and location of the problem. The borough is responsible for maintenance of the sanitary sewer mainline.  The property owner is responsible for the maintenance of the sewer lateral from the mainline to the property line and the building sewer from the property line to the structure and all the lines within the structure. During business hours, call either the Sewage Treatment Plant or Borough Office. After business hours, call Cumberland County Control at 238-9676. Provide your name, address, telephone number, and the nature of the problem and ask that a New Cumberland Borough police officer contact the designated borough sewage treatment personnel on emergency call.

Bicycles

Bicycles must be registered with the police department. A permanent license tag is attached to the bicycle and costs one dollar. Bicycles may be taken to the police department Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or call 774-0400 to make an appointment.

Parks

No dogs, cats, or other animals are allowed in any Borough Park. Pavilion and gazebo reservations are available for Borough Park only. To be eligible, you must be a resident of the Borough. Park Pavilion Reservation Applications are available at the Borough Office. A fee is due when the application is filed and the fee is non-refundable. For pavilions 1, 2, or 3, the fee is $25. Pavilion 4 is $50. The fee for the gazebo is $100.00.  Facilities are assigned based on availability.

Animals

Dogs, cats, or other domesticated or non-domesticated pets shall not be permitted to run at large, to make loud or harsh noises disturbing others, or to defile, befoul, damage, or destroy the property of others including streets, alleys or sidewalks. All animals must be on a leash sufficient to control the animal and prevent the animal from walking on private property.

Grass / Weeds
No grass, weeds, or other vegetation not edible or planted for some useful purpose shall be allowed to grow to a height in excess of six inches, to emit any unpleasant or noxious odor or to conceal any filthy deposit.

Do not allow cut grass, hedge clippings, brush, or other cut materials to lie in borough streets. This debris accumulates and tends to clog storm sewer catch basins and lines. Violations are punishable by fines and other costs.

Garage Sale / Yard Sale

A permit is required. Only two sales are permitted each year. The first permit is free, the second costs ten dollars. No sign may be larger than 2' x 2', and no sign may be placed on trees or poles within the public right-of-way. Application forms are available in the Borough Office.

Open Burning

By state statute, NO OPEN BURNING IS PERMITTED IN NEW CUMBERLAND.

Shade Trees

Property owners are reminded that branches are required to be trimmed to a minimum height of eight feet over sidewalks and twelve feet over streets. Hedges and shrubbery should be trimmed back to the inside edge of the sidewalk. These clearances provide safety to the pedestrians on the sidewalks and to street cleaning equipment.

If you are planning to remove or plant a tree between the curb and sidewalk, you must first obtain a permit from the Borough Office. For planting new trees, the Shade Tree Commission will advise you of acceptable locations and suggest a species from an approved list depending upon your preference.

Leaf Collection

Leaf collection begins the middle of October .
. The scheduled day for each area is listed below.
. All leaves are to be raked into the street at the curb line.
. The schedule will repeat each week beginning with the first area.
. In the event of inclement weather or equipment problems, the schedule will resume where interrupted.
. The street sweeper will work in conjunction with the leaf collection equipment by sweeping the center of each street ahead of the leaf collector and then by sweeping behind it along the curb.
. Please DO NOT place any large objects with the leaves such as branches, sticks, bricks, stones, etc., that could damage the leaf collection equipment.
. The collection schedule for each area will end on the designated day during the first full week of December.
. There will be no alley pick-ups.
. To be bounded by the following:

Area 1 - Monday                                                         Area 4 - Thursday
North - Borough Line at Lemoyne                           North - South of Sixteenth Street
South - Haldeman Avenue (both sides)                 South - Park Avenue  both sides
East - Railroad Tracks                                               East - Railroad Tracks
West - Expressway                                                     West - Borough Line

Area 2 - Tuesday                                                         Area 5 - Friday
North - South of Haldeman Avenue                          North - South of Fifth Street
South - Sixteenth Street (both sides)                        South - Yellow Breeches Creek
East - Railroad Tracks                                                 East - Railroad Tracks
West - Expressway                                                       West - Borough Line

Area 3 - Wednesday
North - South of Sixteenth Street
South - Park Avenue (both sides)
East - Railroad Tracks
West - Borough Line

 

Snow Plowing

The Borough Highway Department implements a wide variety of snow and ice control techniques depending on the exact nature of the winter storm.

The borough typically has a two-phase action plan for performing winter maintenance services.
1. Open and maintain main traffic arteries
2. Open and maintain access into and through all residential areas

Remember, a plow's job is to move the snow from the street: to do this, the snow is pushed ahead and to the right.

Please observe the following tips:
. Before the snow starts to fall, park off the street in a driveway or garage if available.
. Plow or shovel snow to the right side of the driveway as you face the road. Having snow deposited away from the direction of the oncoming snow plows prevents the bulk of the snow from being pushed back into your driveway. However, please recognize that some snow will inevitably end up in front of all driveways as plows move down the street.
. Eliminate snow piles at the driveway entrance. Accumulated snow often obstructs visibility and creates road hazards by preventing drivers from seeing - and being seen - by other motorists.
. When you clear your driveway or sidewalk, DO NOT put snow in the street.
. If you shovel out a parking space along the curb near your driveway, shovel out the area before the driveway (where the plow clears before it reaches your driveway).
. If you must park along the curb, try parking before your driveway.
. It is against the law to place chairs, sawhorses, buckets, or any other obstruction in a space you have cleared for parking in the street.
. Your cooperation is necessary and appreciated. 

Annual Street Sweeping Policy
  • Weekly sweeping begins during the first week of April.  
  • During the months of July and August, the sweeper is operated one week in each month, usually the third week.
  • Weekly sweeping resumes during the first week of September and continues to the beginning of leaf collection season. Leaf collection usually starts in mid-October.  
  • The sweeper runs in conjuntion with the leaft collection equipment, usually through the first week of December.
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