|West Chester eNewsletter - March 2014|
|THOUSANDS EXPECTED TO RUN IN
SHAMROCK SHUFFLE ON MARCH 8,
SOME ROADS AFFECTED
Each year, through Shuffle for a Cause, the event raises money for dozens of local charities, including The Community Foundation of West Chester & Liberty.
The Shamrock Shuffle kicks off with registration at 7 a.m. Saturday, March 8 on The Square, 9285 Centre Pointe Drive. The race begins at 8:30 a.m.
To register in advance and for more information, visit www.theshamrockshuffle.com.
Some local roadways will be impacted for the event, but access will be maintained to businesses with Saturday morning operations. If travelling in the Union Centre area on the morning of March 8, please use caution and leave some extra time.
Centre Pointe Drive between Centre Loop to the west and to the east;
West Chester Towne Centre, north of Centre Loop
Closing Saturday morning:
West Chester Road between Union Centre Boulevard and the AK Steel access drive;
Lakota West Drive between Eagle Ridge roundabout and Union Centre Boulevard;
Union Centre Boulevard between West Chester Road and Beckett Road;
And Beckett Road between Union Centre Boulevard and Beckett Ridge Boulevard.
Motorists are also advised to use caution along parts of the 10K race route, including Beckett Ridge Boulevard, Rupp Farm Drive, Owl's Nest and all adjoining streets: and Eagle Ridge Drive at the round-about.
Beckett Park and the recycling center located in the park will not be accessible the morning of Saturday, March 8.
All roads should be re-opened by 1 p.m.
A HOMEOWNERS "NEED TO KNOW"
Owning a home seems to mean the "to do" list never ends, but with these projects comes a sense of satisfaction in helping to maintain and even improve your investment. Properly maintained properties can help to elevate the value of properties, while a neglected property may negatively impact the entire neighborhood. Some general regulations relating to property maintenance include:
• All vehicles stored on a property must have current license plates and be operable.
• All properties must be maintained free of weed and plant growth in excess of ten inches.
• Bushes and trees must be kept trimmed as to not create a site distance hazard.
Nearly every significant home improvement project requires some type of permit. These permits are required to ensure work is completed within today's building codes and within zoning requirements for the community. Every effort is made to make the permit process as simple as possible for the homeowner and/or contractor doing the work. Homeowners considering a project may contact West Chester Community Development through the township's website or by calling 513-777-4214 to determine if a permit is necessary.
Typical spring and summer projects requiring permits include, but are not limited to: installation and replacement of sheds, fences, pools and decks. In addition to permits issued by West Chester Township and perhaps even the Butler County Building Department, some neighborhood associations have restrictions to play sets, fences, sheds, etc. Please check with your homeowner's association before commencing work.
"The permitting process is not complicated and Community Development staff is happy to work closely with homeowners," said Community Development Director Mike Juengling. "The process, however, is important and helps to protect the homeowner from accepting work that is not within standards set by code, protecting the public right of way and protecting property values."
When embarking on a home project, complete a permit application available on the Township's website. Proper applications will include a site plan, construction drawings, completed application and fees to Community Development. Some projects may require Butler County Building department approval as well. Typical Community Development review time is 3-5 business days.
WEATHER CONDITIONS LEAD TO POTHOLES; REPORT POTHOLES TO ACTION LINE
Repairs will vary depending on the size of the pothole, the current weather conditions and damage done to the road way. Road crews may apply temporary patches to these potholes with more permanent repairs applied during the warmer season. Depending on the size and damage, an asphalt emulsion mixture or a square cut patch method will be used to repair the potholes.
An asphalt emulsion mixture is used in preparing small to medium sized potholes. First, a water-based polymer sealant is applied to increase the repair's durability and then the mixture is applied hot, smoothed into the hole, packed firm and sealed with pavement. The asphalt mixture is both environmentally and economically friendly and effective in repairing small to medium sized potholes.
For larger sized potholes, square cut patching is necessary. This process requires road crews to grind or cut out a portion of the roadway surrounding the pothole, remove debris, repair and finally patch the roadway surface.
The Community Services Department requests that residents report potholes through ACTION LINE on the Township's website. This can be done from any computer including mobile devices. ACTION LINE should be used to report only those potholes found in the public roadway, not those found in parking lots are on private streets as this is the responsibility of the property owner.
TAKE COVER WHEN OUTDOOR WEATHER
West Chester's outdoor weather warning sirens located throughout the township are designed to warn individuals who are outdoors of severe weather in the immediate area. The warning sirens are sounded in West Chester when:
• The National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for all of Butler County;
• The National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for the immediate area;
• A tornado is spotted in the immediate area by a reputable source.
When sirens are sounded, it is critical that individuals seek shelter immediately and tune into weather reports on radio and television for more detailed information. It is recommended that every home and business be equipped with a battery-operated NOAA weather radio so news of approaching weather can be monitored even during power outages. Generally, the best areas to take cover are the basement or lowest level of a building, an inner hallway or small inner room without windows.
The sounding of the sirens in West Chester is designed to solicit immediate action by those individuals who are outdoors. The sirens are meant as an immediate warning to take cover and are not designed to provide warning to those who are indoors.
It is important to note that neighboring communities and counties may have different criteria for activating outdoor weather warning sirens and these sirens can be heard by some of our residents.
West Chester tests its outdoor weather warning sirens at noon on the first Wednesday of every month.
For more information on being prepared for an emergency, contact West Chester Fire Department, 9577 Beckett Road, by calling 513-777-1133.
RASKALS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SPRING
This West Chester Township program, now in its 16th year, matches volunteer teams to local senior citizens to help them with simple outdoor chores such as window washing, trimming shrubs, cleaning out gutters, spreading mulch, or planting flowers.
Each RASKALS event benefits more than 100 local seniors thanks to hundreds of volunteers from local organizations, churches and schools. The program helps seniors remain more self-sufficient in their homes and has helped to develop meaningful friendships between volunteers and their clients.
More volunteers are needed to make this spring's event a success. To sign up as a volunteer, call Laura Groff at 513-759-7312 or complete application. Deadline to register is April 11.