Whitemarsh Township, Pennsylvania
Board of Supervisors
Sara Erlbaum, Chair
Amy Grossman, Vice-Chair
Robert R. Hart
Cathy Peduzzi
James A.Totten

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Trash & Recycling

Q. WHEN WILL THEY BE PICKING UP MY TRASH IF MY CURBSIDE TRASH DAY FALLS ON A HOLIDAY?

A. When your curbside trash and recyclables collection day falls on a holiday, curbside collection will be on Wednesday of that week for the affected district. (Residential Recycling and Refuse Collection)

Q. HOW DO I DISPOSE OF BULK ITEMS?

A. J.P. Mascaro provides Bulk Collection services. Details on accepted materials and procedures for bulk item pick-ups can be found here.

Q. HOW DO I DISPOSE OF OLD TIRES?

A. Click of this link to learn more about the Bulk Collection service provided by J. P. Mascaro or check the Montgomery County's annual collection schedule. The best time to recycle old tires is when you purchase new tires.

Q. WHY WON'T THE TRASH COLLECTORS TAKE OLD PAINT?

A. Many household products can no longer be legally disposed of by curbside trash pickup. These include, but are not limited to, motor oil, antifreeze, gasoline, old car batteries, concrete or asphalt sealers, swimming pool chemicals, oven cleaner, spot remover, drain cleaners, oil-based paint, paint thinner, turpentine, furniture stripper. These items may be disposed of several times a year at designated sites under the Montgomery County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program; for more information call 610-278-3618 or visit: www.wsaemc.org

Latex/water-based paint is not hazardous to the environment. To dispose of latex paint cans, if the cans are almost empty, simply remove the paint lid and air dry for a few days until the paint turns into a solid. The can(s) may then be disposed of with your regular household trash collection. If there is more paint in the can than will air dry a commercial waste paint hardener product may be purchased at stores selling paint (or cat litter may be used instead) which may be mixed with the paint in the can to turn it into a solid within minutes.

For more information on proper disposal of paint and other waste materials, visit the Township's Trash & Recycling webpage.

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Building & Construction

Q. WHAT'S THE BEST AND FASTEST WAY TO OBTAIN A BUILDING PERMIT?

A. First, schedule an appointment with the Zoning Officer and the Building Inspector to discuss your planned project. You are encouraged to have such a meeting BEFORE you hire a contractor OR execute a contract OR submit a permit application OR spend any money, including a deposit, as there is no cost to meet with appropriate Township personnel. You'll be guided through the permit process and obtain a better understanding of what Code regulations will affect your project in what manner and may discover options to speed-up the permit application, review and approval process. Call the Township at 610-825-3535 to schedule a pre-application meeting.

Q. WHY DO I NEED A BUILDING PERMIT JUST TO PUT UP A FENCE?

A. The requirement of a building permit helps protect all property owners and residents of Whitemarsh Township by making sure that any work done in the Township is according to the established standards of the building codes and zoning ordinance adopted by the Township. It is the property owner's responsibility to obtain the required permits, although some contractors include the cost of a permit in their bill.

 

Finance

Q. DOES WHITEMARSH TOWNSHIP HAVE AN EARNED INCOME TAX?

A. Yes. Click on this link to learn more about Earned Income Tax.

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Parks & Recreation

Q. HOW LONG IS THE WALKING/JOGGING PATH IN MILES PARK?

A. The path is 5/8 of a mile. Four laps around is 2.5 miles. Rollerblading, skateboarding and bicycles are prohibited on the track. (See additional information about Township and Regional parks)

Q. HOW DO I FIND OUT ABOUT PROGRAM CANCELLATIONS?

A. All cancellations of Recreation Department programs are announced on the Recreation Hotline at 610-828-7276 Ext. 1 and on the Township website at www.whitemarshparks.org.

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Cable TV

Q. I'M HAVING TROUBLE WITH MY TELEVISION RECEPTION SERVICE.

A. All problems and questions should be addressed to the appropriate service provider.

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Voting

Q. WHERE DO I VOTE?

A. All registered voters are assigned to a voting district (e.g., East No. 1, Middle No. 4, etc.) depending on their place of residence. This designation may be found on your voters' registration card or check with the Montgomery County Office of Voter Services at 610-278-3280.

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Health & Wellness

Q. WHERE CAN I GET INFORMATION ABOUT THE WEST NILE VIRUS?

A. Information on the West Nile Virus can be obtained from the Montgomery County Health Department (610-278-5117) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (1-877-PA-HEALTH).

Q. DOES THE TOWNSHIP DO ANY SPRAYING FOR INSECTS? MY YARD IS FULL OF BOX ELDERS (BEES, BEETLES, TENT CATERPILLARS, ETC.).

A. Residents with insect problems should contact a private exterminator. The Penn State Cooperative Extension Program may be able to answer your questions regarding the use and application of insecticides and pesticides (215-489-4315)

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Township Map

Q. WHERE CAN I PURCHASE A TOWNSHIP MAP?

A.There are a variety of Township Maps available on the Township's Maps page.

 

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Special Events

Q. MY NEIGHBORHOOD IS INTERESTED IN HAVING A BLOCK PARTY. IS THERE A PERMIT REQUIRED FOR THIS?

A.Yes, a Block Party Form must be submitted to the Township for approval prior to the block party.

Q. OUR ORGANIZATION IS INTERESTED IN HOLDING A 5K OR OTHER LARGE EVENT. ARE THERE SPECIAL PERMITS REQUIRED?

A.Maybe. Certain events, whether public or private, are subject to the Township Special Events Ordinance. A copy of the ordinance with the event prermit are available here.

 

Q. WHAT IF MY QUESTION ISN'T ANSWERED HERE?

A. You can review other information on this website, call the Township at 610-825-3535, or by email to mail@whitemarshtwp.org.

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Last Added: 4/8/2014 9:51 AM

Whitemarsh Township
616 Germantown Pike
Lafayette Hill, PA 19444

Phone: (610) 825-3535
Fax: (610) 825-9416

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