Winter Weather Tips from The New Hope Borough Department of Public Works
Property owners in areas that do not have curbs are urged to place stakes along their property frontages (between the road surface and lawn) to assist Borough plow operators during winter storms and to avoid damage to lawns.
Where off-street parking or a driveway is available, no vehicle may be parked on any Borough roadway during a snow or ice storm until the Borough has plowed or deiced the full width of the cartway.
Snow removal contractors and property owners may not deposit snow or ice from private properties and driveways on public streets. Snow and ice may not be placed in such a manner as to obscure the visibility of a fire hydrant or to obstruct or impede access to a fire hydrant. Penalties for violations range from $50 to $300.
Property owners are responsible to remove snow and ice from sidewalks and pedestrian walkways within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall or freezing rain. Penalties for violations range from $25 to $150.
Streets owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are plowed and maintained by the Department of Transportation (PennDOT), which may be contacted at 215-345-6060. State roads include: North & South Main streets, East & West Bridge streets, Windy Bush Road, Stoney Hill Road from Sugan to Aquatong, Sugan Road from Old York Road to Stoney Hill Road, and Route 202.
The Borough of New Hope is not responsible for damage by Public Works Department plows to lawns, mailboxes, or other features located within rights-of-way.
The New Hope Borough Department of Public Works may be contacted at 215-862-3031.
On July 22, 2013 & July 27, 2013, between the hours of 7:00am and 11:58 pm, three burglaries occurred in the Riverwoods Developement. One in the 200 block of Riverwoods Drive and two in 100 block of Lakeview Drive. Anyone noticing anything or anybody suspicious is asked to contact Cpl. Zimmerman at 215-862-3033.
The Riverwoods Drive burglary was solved and the suspect was charged and awaiting court appearances.
January 19, 2013, at approximately 10:30 pm, two burglaries and one attempted burglary occurred in the Village II development. Police responded to an entry alarm at a unit on Belaire Ct. and discovered the front door kicked in setting the alarm off. Nothing was taken from this unit. Two other units in the same row on Belaire Ct. were discovered to have been entered. Entry was accomplished by breaking a window in one unit and forcing open a window in the second unit. One of the two units entered had some jewelry and small amount of cash taken. Anyone noticing anything or anybody suspicious is asked to contact Cpl. Zimmerman at 215-862-3033
Emergency Management Information
Bucks County Community Alert System (ReadyNotifyPA)
New Hope Borough has joined the Bucks County ReadyNotifyPA Community Alert System at http://www.readynotifypa.org. This system is administered by Bucks County.
Bucks County and New Hope Borough will use the ReadyNotifyPA System to contact you during a major crisis or emergency. ReadyNotifyPA delivers important emergency alerts, notifications and updates to you on all your devic
• email account (work, home, other)
• cell phone (via SMS)
• smartphone/PDA (BlackBerry, Treo & and other handhelds)
Alert types may include life safety, fire, weather, flood, accidents involving utilities or roadways, and other disaster notifications. A few examples of the types of messages that can be sent through Bucks County ReadyNotifyPA are:
• Notify citizens of the location of the nearest emergency shelter, available bed space, hours of operation during a crisis
• Notify citizens of available evacuation routes during an emergency
• Severe weather and flood warnings
• Changes in the Homeland Security Advisory System terror alert level
• Evacuation orders
When an incident or emergency occurs, authorized senders will notify you instantly using the ReadyNotifyPA System. ReadyNotifyPA is your personal connection to real-time updates, instructions on where to go, what to do, or what not to do, who to contact and other important information.
All you have to do is sign up for a Bucks County ReadyNotifyPA account at http://www.readynotifypa.org. You can add multiple devices (cell phones, pagers, PDAs) and have alerts sent to all devices listed in your Bucks County ReadyNotifyPA account.
The Bucks County ReadyNotifyPA Community Alert System will replace the Borough’s Emergency Public Alert System on January 1, 2013; however, the Borough will continue to maintain and utilize its Emergency Public Alert System until that date. The Borough’s Emergency Public Alert System is limited to email alerts only; it does not have capabilities for contacting individuals via text messages, PDAs, pagers and smartphones. Starting in 2012, the Borough will also send emergency alerts through the Bucks County ReadyNotifyPa Community Alert System. After January 1, 2013, all Borough alerts will be sent to recipients through the Bucks County ReadyNotifyPa Community Alert System only.
Sign up today at http://www.readynotifypa.org for the Bucks County ReadyNotifyPa Community Alert System.
ReadyNotifyPA is a Ready Region service funded by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Task Force and the emergency management coordinators of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.
All residents of Bucks County are being reminded to purchase their 2014 dog licenses. All dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs.The state dog warden will be in our area checking for current licenses and to see if you have proof that your pet has a current rabies vaccination. You may purchase a license online at www.padoglicense.com or in person at the Bucks County Treasurer's office, William Snyder, 3rd Floor Administration Building, 55 East Court Street, Doylestown, PA. 18901. You may call the following phone number for more information, 215-348-6244.
Anonymous Drug Tip Line
Bucks County officials are looking for help from tipsters in the war on drugs.
Citing a rise in fatal heroin overdoses Bucks County has announced the launch of new tip lines that accept calls, texts, and
Sources will remain anonymous allowing anyone to report suspected drug dealers or activity to investigators.
The District Attorney's office has also established a heroin task force along with a anti-heroin initiative.
To send ANONYMOUS tips,
Via Text, text the word BUCKSDRUGTIPS and your tip to TIP411 (847411).
To call in tips, phone 215-345-DRUG (3784).
To e-mail tips, send them to email@example.com.
New Law Penalizes Motorists for Ignoring Traffic Control Signs
A new state law imposing stiff penalties on motorists who ignore “road closed” or other safety warning signs and devices
is now in effect, PennDOT said today.
Act 114, signed on July 5 by Governor Tom Corbett, reinforces the critical need for all drivers to obey traffic control signs.
The law aims to increase safety for motorists and emergency responders in areas where flooding or other hazardous
conditions exist. “Too often, motorists decide their immediate needs outweigh the safety warning signs and they ignore
them, which increases hazards for them and emergency responders,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch. “This law
underscores that we take safety seriously. When motorists are confronted with emergency road closures, we urge them to
use common sense and obey the signs that are placed to keep them safe.” Under the law, motorists who drive around or
through signs or traffic control devices closing a road or highway due to hazardous conditions will have two points added to
their driving records and be fined up to $250. If the violation results in a need for emergency responders to be called, the
fine is increased to between $250 and $500. In addition, violators will be held liable for repaying the costs of staging the
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contact: Jan McKnight, 717-787-0485. Get PennDOT’s local news releases, traffic bulletins and other information
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Myths About Alcohol and Drinking
Myth: As long as you stick to beer and wine, instead of hard liquor, the intoxicating effects are minimized.
Fact: One 12 oz can of beer, 5 oz glass of wine and 1.5 oz of hard liquor all equal the same alcohol content. Count certain drinks that contain more than 1.5oz of one type of alcohol as more than one drink such as martinis.
Myth: Someone who has had too much to drink will show visible signs of impairment.
Fact: Physical appearance can be misleading; just one drink can impair one's ability to drive safely because judgment and motor skills are the first to be affected by alcoholic beverage consumption.
Myth: Drinking coffee makes a person who has had too much to drink sober up more quickly.
Fact: Time is the only solution to intoxication. It takes about one hour to eliminate each drink consumed.
Fact: Pennsylvania has an implied consent law, if you are requested by a law enforcement officer to submit to a chemical test whether its blood or breath; you must submit or lose your driving privileges for one year, automatically if you refuse.
Driving impaired or riding with someone who is impaired is simply not worth the risk because the consequences are serious and real. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for impaired driving can be significant. Please act responsibly. Pass your keys to a sober driver before the big game begins. And remember, real Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk.
Motorists can check road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of state roads by calling 511 or by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, average traffic speeds on urban interstates and access to more than 500 traffic cameras.