1. What Are The Township’s Office Hours?
  2. What Holidays Are The Township Offices Closed?
  3. What Are The Township’s Standing Committees?
  4. When Does The Board of Commissioners Meet?
  5. When Does The Planning Commission Meet?
  6. When Does The Open Space & Rec Board Meet?
  7. When Does The Zoning Hearing Board Meet?
  8. When Does The Fire Committee Meet?
  9. When Does The Sewer & Water Committee Meet?
  10. What Are The Rules For Participating In A Public Meeting?
  11. How Do I Make A Comment To Any Township Board/Commission At A Meeting?
  12. How Do I Get An Item On A Board or Committee Agenda?
  13. What Are The Township's Governing Documents?
  14. What Services Does The Township Provide?
  15. What Services Does The Township Not Provide?
  16. What School District Serves The Township?
  17. Who Provides Refuse And Recycling Collection Services In The Township?
  18. Where may I drop off leaves and yard waste?
  19. What Are The Recreation Leagues In The Area?
  20. Where Can I Take Household Hazardous Waste Products Like Old Paint Cans, Oil, etc ?
  21. Why Won't The Township Vacuum My Leaves Up At Curbside?
  22. What are the rules for burning?
  23. Who Do I Call For Removal of Deer, or Other Animal, Carcasses On Roadways?
  24. Who Can Answer Questions About Animal Control Issues?
  25. What Are The Non-emergency Phone Numbers For The Fire Companies?
  26. Who Do I Contact With A Question On My Sewer Bill?
  27. Who Do I Contact With A Question On my Water Bill?
  28. Where Can I Reserve Park Facilities?
  29. Who Are The Electric Service Providers In The Township?
  30. What Projects Require A Permit?
  31. Where Can I Get A Permit Application?
  32. What Does A Permit Cost?
  33. Does The Township Require A Use and Occupancy Permit For The Sale Of A House?
  34. Am I Required To Paint My House Number On The Curb In Front Of My House?
  35. Where Can I Vote?
  36. Where Is The District Court Located?
  37. Who Are The Township's State and Federal Elected Officials?
  38. Where Is The Nearest Library?
  39. What Forms Are Available On The Township Website?
  40. Why Can't I Complete Some Forms Online?
  41. When Are Agendas For Upcoming Meetings Available On The Website?
  42. Why Does It Take Over A Month For Minutes To Be Posted On The Website?
  43. Occasionally, I Will See Colored Markings Along The Road. What Do These Markings Signify?
  44. How Does The Township Determine When Streets Are Plowed?
  45. Where Can I Get Bottled Water If I Have A TCE Contaminated Well?
  46. Do I Need A Permit To Drill A Well?
  47. What Do I Need To Do To Replace My Septic System?
  48. Who Do I Contact If There Is A Problem With A Road In The Township?

What are the Township’s Office Hours?

8AM to 4:30PM, Monday through Friday


What Holidays are the Township Offices Closed?

New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Good Friday, 

Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Election Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas


What are the Township’s Standing Committees?

Board of Commissioners—Five members, elected At-Large, to 4 year terms.

Planning Commission—Five members appointed by the Board of Commissioners to 4 year terms. Reviews, and makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners, on all land development applications and zoning requests.

Open Space & Recreation Board —Five members appointed by the Board of Commissioners to 4 year terms.. Reviews, and makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners, on all land acquisition and land conservation matters. terms. Reviews, and makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners, on all park usage and development matters, and on all recreation programming.

Zoning Hearing Board—Three members, and two alternates, appointed by the Board of Commissioners to 3 year terms. Hears appeals from the Township’s Zoning Ordinance.

Sewer & Water Committee—Five members appointed by the Board of Commissioners to 3 year terms. Reviews, and makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners, on all water and sewer projects.

Fire Committee—Seven members appointed by the Board of Commissioners. Reviews, and makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners, on the governance, finance, and operations of the Upper Pottsgrove Fire Company.


 

Beginning at 7:00 p.m. on the Third Monday of the month; First Monday as needed


When Does the Planning Commission Meet?

Beginning at 7:00 p.m. on the Second Monday of the month


When Does the Open Space & Rec Board Meet?

Beginning at 7:00 p.m. on the Second Wednesday of the month


When Does the Zoning Hearing Board Meet?

On an “as-needed” basis.


When Does the Fire Committee Meet?

Beginning at 7:00 p.m. on the Second Thursday of the month


When Does the Sewer & Water Committee Meet?

Beginning at 5:00 p.m. on the Fourth Monday of the odd months


What are the Rules for Participating in a Public Meeting?

Public Comment is heard at Two (2) different points during the meeting:

1. BEFORE OLD BUSINESS

The public is permitted to make public comment on any matter not on the agenda. This comment period is subject to the time constraint in (d) below. Public Comment is open to any legitimate item of business which can be considered by that particular Township Board or Commission (e.g. Planning Commission can discuss issues having to do with plan reviews, but cannot discuss why the Township does not plow your street sooner. The Board of Commissioners, however, can consider nearly every issue).

2. PRIOR TO A BOARD VOTE ON AN AGENDA ITEM.

Public Comment at this stage is limited to the item under discussion (e.g. it is not appropriate to initiate a discussion on police services if the body is acting upon a sewer issue).


How Do I make a comment to any Township Board/Commission at a Meeting?

A. The Chair will announce that the Board/Commission will now hear public comment, either on a specific issue or generally.

B. You must then obtain recognition from the Chair prior to speaking.

C. Once you have the floor, state your name and address for the record.

D. You may then make your comment or ask your question. You will have three (3) minutes to make your statement, unless the Chair has nnounced otherwise, so please come prepared!


How Do I Get An Item On A Board or Committee Agenda?

Most items on a Board Agenda arrive for Board consideration AFTER either a Committee or Township Manager’s Office review. The appropriate Committee, or Township Manager, will study, evaluate, present options, and make a recommendation on an issue or request for services for the Board to consider and act upon. Therefore, your first stop on a question of Township governance, action, or service provision should be either the Manager’s Office during business hours, or the first Public Comment period of a Board of Commissioners Meeting.


What are the Township’s Governing Documents?

The U.S. Constitution

The Pennsylvania Constitution

The First Class Township Code, promulgated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Legislature. The Code provides the statutory authority for all Township governance, action and services.

The Municipalities Planning Code (“MPC”), promulgated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Legislature. The MPC provides the Township with the statutory framework for two of its primary functions, zoning and land development review.

The Township’s Codified Ordinances, which are adopted and enabled by the Board of Commissioners. The Codified Ordinances detail the implementation of the Township’s corporate powers as promulgated in the 

First Class Township Code and MPC.

Basic Township Information

  • Founded— 1889
  • Type— Township of the First Class
  • Population (2010 est.)-- 5,315
  • Square Miles-- 5.05
  • Household Income-- $70,500
  • Per Capita Income-- $25,607
  • Assessed Value— $269,117,549
  • Operating Budget— $2,673,603
  • Capital Budget— $121,601
  • Tax Rates:
  • Earned Income—1.25% (.5% to Township; .5% to Pottsgrove School District; .25% to Open Space)
  • Property Tax
  • Township--3.4 mills
  • Debt Service:  .3
  • Fire:  .6
  • Total Millage:  4.3 (Bill issued in February each year)
  • Montgomery County--3.459 mills (Bill issued in February each year)
  • Pottsgrove School District--37.7159 mills (Bill issued in July each year)
  • Per Capita--$15.00
  • Occupational Privilege--$52.00
  • Zoning Ordinance? Yes
  • Subdivision Ordinance? Yes
  • Comprehensive Plan? Yes (Pottstown Metropolitan Comprehensive Plan in fall 2005)
  • Park and Recreation Master Plan? Yes
  • Open Space Master Plan? Yes (fall 2005)
  • Codified Ordinance? Yes

What Services Does The Township Provide?

  • Police/Public Safety
  • Public Works (Snow Plowing, Road Maintenance, Sewer System Maintenance, Fleet Maintenance, Facility Maintenance, Park Maintenance)
  • Fire Protection
  • Code Enforcement (nuisance abatement)
  • Building Inspection
  • Land Development Review
  • Permit Issuance
  • Tax Collection
  • Intra-Governmental Relations
  • Archival Recordkeeping
  • Recreation Programming
  • Capital Planning

What Services Does The Township Not Provide?

  • Social Services (Montgomery County provides most Social Services)
  • Ambulance

What School District serves the Township?

The Pottsgrove School District: (610) 327-2277


Who provides Refuse & Recycling Collection Services in the Township?

Please contact your own provider.


Where may I drop leaves and yard waste?

Arborganic Acres is the official designated drop off site:

901 Cherry Hill Lane
Pottstown, PA 1946
http://arborganicacres.com 


What are the Recreation Leagues in the Area?

P.A.L. 610-327-0527

Pottsgrove Baseball 

Pottsgrove Rec 484-300-9637

Pottsgrove Soccer 610-326-6767

Pottstown Recreation 610-970-6607


Where can I take household hazardous waste products like old paint cans, oil, etc.?

Please save your household hazardous waste for collection days, held several times a year by Montgomery County. More information is available at the Waste System Authority of Eastern Montgomery County’s website: 

montgomerycountyrecycles.org

For more information call 610.278.3618.


Why won't the Township vacuum my leaves up at curbside?

Due to the high expense for curbside leaf vacuuming, the Township does not offer this service.

Residents are encouraged to compost leaves or to place leaves in bags and/or cans for collection according to J. P. Mascaro.


What are the rules for burning?

Burning of any solid waste or recyclable material is prohibited in Upper Pottsgrove Township.


Who do I call for removal of deer, or other animal, carcasses on roadways?

Please call the Pennsylvania Game Commission, 610-926-1966.


Who can answer questions about animal control issues?

The Upper Pottsgrove Police Department, 610-326-8446


What are the Non-emergency Phone Numbers for the Fire Companies?

  • Upper Pottsgrove Fire Company 610-326-7589
  • Ringing Hill Fire Company 610-323-0474
  • North End Fire Company 610-323-6565
  • New Hanover Fire Company 610-323-0800
  • Gilbertsville Fire Company 610-367-2290
  • West End Stowe Fire Company 610-327-2240
  • Goodwill Fire & Ambulance Company 610-970-0878

Who Do I Contact with a Question on My Sewer Bill?

  • The Pottstown Municipal Authority at 610-970-6530

Who Do I Contact with a Question on My Water Bill?

Superior Water (north of Maugers Mill Rd, west of SR 100) at 610-222-4171

The Pottstown Municipal Authority (south of Maugers Mill, east of SR 100) at 610-970-6530


Where Can I Reserve Park Facilities?

Please contact the Administrative Office at 610-323-8675 for Reservations.

  • Heather Place Park Picnic Pavilion, 1420 Heather Place, 19464
  • Sunset Park, 1435 Orlando Road, 19464
  • Hollenbach Fields, 1390 N.Hanover Street, 19464 (when available)
  • Hillside Baseball Fields, 136 W. Moyer Road, 19464 (when available)

Who are the Electric Service Providers in the Township?

  • Exelon/PECO (north of Maugers Mill Rd, west of SR 100) at 800-494-4000 or PECO Save Website
  • MetEd (south of Maugers Mill, east of SR 100) at 800-543-3636 or MetEd Website

What Projects Require a Permit?

  • New Home Construction
  • Sheds or Garages
  • Decks
  • Structural repairs to a Home (e.g. new roof trusses)
  • Additions to a house
  • New driveways
  • All electrical service work
  • New Plumbing (pipes, not fixtures)
  • New septic systems (permit from MontCo Health Dept.)
  • Connections to the sewer system
  • Connections to the water system
  • Block Parties
  • Solicitation (non-political)
  • Pools
  • Fences
  • Ponds (from PADEP)

Where can I get a Permit Application?

At the Township Administration Office, 1409 Farmington Avenue or on the Township’s Website, www.upperpottsgrovetownship.org


What does a Permit Cost?

Permit costs are project specific. Permit fees are based upon type of project, size of project, and the number of outside agencies involved in approving a permit. The Township’s Building Inspector will inform you of the cost of permits after reviewing your application.


Does the Township Require A Use and Occupancy Permit for the Sale of a House?

No. The Township requires a Use and Occupancy Permit only for new construction.


Am I required to paint my house number on the curb in front of my house?

Private vendors occasionally offer to paint house numbers on curbs for a fee. These vendors have no connection with the Township and you are not required to comply. However, Township ordinance does require numbers on all buildings to be visible from the street.


Where can I vote?

The Pottsgrove Middle School, 1351 North Hanover Street, Pottstown, is the Township’s sole voting location. See http://voterservices.montcopa.org/voterservices/site/default.asp for additional info.


Where is the District Court Located?

Magisterial District 38-2-03 
Hon. Maurice H. Saylor
District Justice
1881 Swamp Pike 
Gilbertsville PA 19525-9667
610=-326-1145


Who are the Township’s State and Federal Elected Officials?

  • Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. 
  • Senator Patrick J. Toomey 
  • US Rep. Charles Dent
  • PA Senator John Rafferty
  • PA Rep. Thomas Quigley

Where is the Nearest Library?

Pottstown Public Library
500 High Street
Pottstown, PA 19464
610-970-6552


What Forms are available on the Township Website?

The following forms are available from the Forms Page of the Township website:

  • Application for Pavilion Rental
  • Building Permit Requirements
  • Building Permit Application
  • Driveway Permit Application
  • Electrical Permit Application
  • Plumbing Permit Application
  • Swimming Pool Permit Application
  • Volunteer Application

Why Can't I Complete some Forms Online?

Most forms that require signatures or payments may be printed from the Forms Page first, then returned with signature to the Township.


When are Agendas for Upcoming Meetings Available on the Website?

Whenever possible, the agenda for an upcoming public meeting will be available by the beginning of the day on the day of the meeting.


Why Does it take Over a Month for Minutes to be Posted on the Website?

The Township website features minutes from the meetings of the Board of Commissioners, the Planning Commission, the Parks and Recreation Board, the Open Space Committee and the Fire Department. These minutes are posted on the website shortly after they are formally approved or amended at the following month's meeting.


Occasionally, I will see colored markings along the road. What do these markings signify?

The following markings are for underground utilities:

  • RED -- Electric
  • ORANGE -- Communications/Cable TV
  • YELLOW -- Gas-Oil
  • BLUE -- Water
  • GREEN -- Sewer
  • WHITE -- Proposed Excavation
  • PURPLE -- Reclaimed Water, Irrigation and Slurry Lines
  • PINK -- Temporary Survey Markings

How Does the Township Determine When Streets are Plowed?

Streets are plowed in order of importance. Maugers Mill Rd, Farmington Avenue, Hanover Street, Moyer Road, Chestnut Grove Road, State Street, Moyer Road, and Evans Road are classified as collector streets, and receive priority during snow events. Until such time as it is determined that these roads are cleared of snow and salted, no other roads are plowed.

Once these collector streets are plowed, the Township then begins plowing residential through streets. When these residential through streets have been cleared and salted, the Township then plows and salts cul-de-sacs, non-through streets, and lanes.


Where Can I get Bottled Water if I have a TCE Contaminated Well?

Please contact the Montgomery County Health Department at 610-278-5117.


Do I need a permit to drill a well?

Yes. The Montgomery County Health Department issues well permits. No other Township permit is required. Please contact the MCHD at 610-278-5117.


What do I need to do to replace my septic system?

To obtain a permit for an on-lot sewage system, these steps must be followed in the order listed:

  1. The lot owner, or an agent for the owner, applies for a permit through the Sewage Enforcement Officer (“SEO”). The SEO for Upper Pottsgrove is the Montgomery County Health Department (610-278-5117). If the lot is in a subdivision, the lot owner should first ensure that all other state, county and local planning, zoning and land use requirements have been met by checking with municipal officials.
  2. The SEO measures slope and conducts soil profile examinations and percolation tests to determine if the site is suitable for an on-lot system. If suitable, the SEO determines which type of on-lot system will work best. (The types of systems are listed later in this document).
  3. If the site is suitable, the SEO informs the lot owner or agent to proceed with the system design. The system must be designed with certain factors in mind, including site conditions, isolation distances, percolation test results and the number of bedrooms in the home. (The SEO is specifically prohibited from designing the system.)
  4. Once the lot owner or agent has the design and plot plan, they are submitted as part of the permit application to the SEO. The SEO must approve or deny the permit within seven days of receiving a complete application. If approved, the SEO issues the permit and the applicant may begin installing the system and building the home. If denied, the SEO notifies the applicant and provides the opportunity for an appeal hearing before the local agency.
  5. The SEO may oversee any step of the installation, but must inspect the completed system before it is covered.

For more detailed information, please visit the PA Department of Environmental Protection http://www.depweb.state.pa.us/water supply/cwp/view.asp?a=1260&Q=449298&watersupplyNav=|30160|#OLDS


Who do I contact if there is a problem with a Road in the Township?

For all problems with Commonwealth highways in the Township (SR 100, Gilbertsville Road, State Street, & Charlotte St (SR 663), including potholes, obstructions, snow plowing, or any other issue, please contact PennDOT.

For problems with all other streets, please contact Mr. Frank Quinter, Director of Public Works, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or at (610) 326-9938.