What are residents required to do to assist the sweeping process?
Citizens must avoid parking cars in the street on the days their district is scheduled for sweeping.
Why doesn’t the Township collect leaves raked into the street?
The Township does not collect leaves in the street because of the sheer volume, the number of roadway miles for which the Public Works Department is responsible and the staffing it would take to accomplish such a task. Also, leaves piled in the street are considered a hazard. They wash into and clog storm sewers, they are slippery when wet and they can be a fire hazard to parked cars with hot exhaust.
What should residents do with their leaves?
Leaves from private property are to be put in biodegradable paper bags and placed by the curb for collection. They will be collected by Township personnel and taken to the Township’s compost site. It is ILLEGAL to burn leaves in the Township.
How do I request that my street be resurfaced?
The Township has an annual road resurfacing program. The scheduling of roads to be paved each year is based on a structural rating prepared by Township staff through annual inspections of the roadway surface. If you wish to obtain the rating number for your street and the approximate year in which the road is scheduled for resurfacing, please contact the Public Works Department at 610-667-1590 ext 709.
What is the right-of-way?
The right-of-way consists of the street plus a strip on each side for curbs, sidewalks and utilities such as electric cables; telephone, water and gas lines; and sewers. For shade trees, the important dimension is the distance from the curb to the edge of the right-of-way. This distance varies from street to street and also sometimes within the same street. A property owner who wishes to determine whether a specific tree is within the right-of-way may obtain this information from the Township Arborist at 610-667-1590 ext 240.
Who is responsible for the sidewalk and curb that borders my property?
The property owner is responsible for the maintenance, repair and/or replacement of sidewalk and curb abutting their property. A permit from the Public Works Department is required for any work done within the right-of-way.
Who do I contact to have a street light repaired?
To report a malfunctioning street light , contact the Public Works Department at 610-645-6150. It is important to provide an accurate location of the pole – either an address or the pole number – to insure a prompt response.
How do I request a new street light?
Requests for street light upgrades will only be considered if seventy-five percent (75%) of the affected property owners petition the Township for the expansion or upgrade. All requests for street light expansion and/or upgrades must be received in writing by the Public Works Department. Public Works staff will review the request and provide a recommendation for approval or denial to the Public Works Committee of the Board of Commissioners based on prioritization parameters and the available funding allocated in the Township’s Capital Improvement Program.
What is the schedule for street sweeping?
Street sweeping is scheduled several times a year, in March, mid-summer and late fall. The Township is divided into 10 sweeping districts. With a new private contractor in 2017, the process takes about a week or longer, depending on weather conditions. The fall cycle will likely take longer.
No sweeping is done on holidays or on Saturdays and Sundays. Announcements will be made on the front page of this website (www.lowermerion.org) when street sweeping is scheduled, and also on LMTV (channel 7 Comcast, channel 37 Verizon FiOS), on the Township Facebook page and our our Twitter feed.