Say NO to 40,000 trash 'ash' truck trips on Boyertown's Main Street, Philadelphia Avenue

Say NO to 40,000 trash 'ash' truck trips on Boyertown's Main Street, Philadelphia Avenue

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This is about investing in the place where you live.
This about locally owned and operated businesses who continually pump hard-earned dollars back into the local economy by way of taxes, payrolls, and purchases.
This means more money for roads, schools, services and new jobs in your community.


DEP Tentative Public Hearing to be held in June 2018


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Please sign and send this letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Alan Piper, Transportation Planner,
Berks County Planning Commission, Reading Area Transportation Study (MPO).  (Please click on the blue links to access the letter and email addresses of the intended recipients.) Thank you.

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Special Appreciation
is given to the following for their written letters of support.

PA State Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr., 44th Senatorial District
PA State Senator Bob Mensch, 24th Senatorial District
PA State Senator Judy Schwank, 11th Senatorial District
PA State Representative David Maloney,130th Legislative District
PA State Representative Marcy Toepel, 147th Legislative District
Frank J. Deery, Council President, Borough of Boyertown
Kevin K. Murphy, President, Berks County Community Foundation
Randolph A. Peers, President & CEO, Greater Reading Chamber Alliance
Crystal Seitz, President, Pennsylvania's Americana Region
Kimberly J. Murphy, President, Berks Nature
Adrianne Blank, Manager and Allen Steffy, President, Building a Better Boyertown
Tom Gosse, Chairman Marketing & Tourism, Building a Better Boyertown
E. Michael Davidheiser, Agency owner, Davidheiser Insurance & Financial Services
The Frecon Family
Frecon Fruit Farm
Frecon Farms
Frecon's Cidery
The Other Farm & Forge
Mrs. Smith's Piano Lessons
Frecon Orchards
Richard A. Zuber, Richard A. Zuber Realty
Kim Welch, Realtor, Re/MAX Achievers Inc.
Marianne Deery, Innkeeper, Twin Turrets Inn
Sandra Hilbert, Jukebox Cafe
Lyn Camella-Rich, Dancing Tree Creations, Artisans Gallery & Studio
Tina Delorey Brown, CPA, CGMA; R.T. Brown & Company, PC
Jeffrey C. Karver, Attorney, Boyd & Karver

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Berks County Community Foundation-March 29
Berks County Community Foundation has long been concerned that these trash trucks and their contribution to noise and traffic congestion were a huge barrier to making Boyertown a welcoming place for pedestrians. Foot traffic is key to sustaining and attracting businesses to Boyertown’s Main Street district....
In a recent editorial, the Reading Eagle supported calling for a new route for the trucks thundering through Boyertown to deliver ash from a trash incinerator in Chester to the Rolling Hills Landfill in Earl Township, Berks County.
“The nonprofit Building a Better Boyertown circulated a petition calling on the Berks County commissioners to push for a new truck route, based on the theory that the county has some leverage as the state Department of Environmental Protection considers a proposed expansion of the landfill,” the editorial stated.
Actually, the petition asks the Delaware County Solid Waste Authority (the landfill’s owner) to work with the Colebrookdale Railroad to plan and develop the infrastructure required to begin moving the trash by rail....

Editorial: Take measured approach to landfill dispute
A compromise would be better than a potentially costly confrontation over trash trucks in Boyertown.
Reading Eagle Editorial-March 27
...We support the pragmatic approach advocated by Building a Better Boyertown. If the county does have leverage here, it should use it to alleviate the truck problem sooner rather than later. Berks leaders should insist on changes to the truck route as soon as possible. A legal battle isn't in Delaware County's interests either, and we urge leaders there to act in a spirit of cooperation to address concerns of its landfill's neighbors.
That's a sensible approach to the situation. We urge all involved to act quickly so Boyertown can enjoy a future heavy on quaint atmosphere and light on truck traffic.

Battle lines are drawn over expansion plan at Berks landfill
The Rolling Hills Landfill, located in Earl Township, is in the early phases of proposing the expansion.
Reading Eagle-March 15
OLEY, PA — In his hands, Berks County Commissioner Mark C. Scott appeared to have something that could prevent the proposed expansion of the Rolling Hills Landfill in Earl Township. Before the Delaware County Solid Waste Authority can go through with any expansion, Scott said, it needs the approval from the county commissioners. That's in the contract Scott read from Wednesday night as he spoke to 100 concerned residents at the Oley Valley Fairgrounds about the nearby 160-plus-acre site.

Public left with questions at Rolling Hills Landfill meeting
Commissioner Scott claims county approval required
WFMZ Channel 69 News Berks Edition-March 14
OLEY TWP., Pa. - A Berks County commissioner believes the Rolling Hills Landfill cannot expand without county approval, but the consensus among those attending a town hall session hosted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection was that their questions weren't answered.

Truck traffic irks Boyertown residents
Reading Eagle-Mar 3, 2018
Boyertown officials estimate that 100 trucks transporting ash travel through the borough daily via East Philadelphia Avenue (Route 73) or North Reading Avenue (Route 562), which are both state roads. Among the problems the trucks present are damage to streets and to the historic Victorian-era buildings, ...

Boyertown officials say truck traffic from landfill expansion will hurt ...
The Mercury-Feb 25, 2018
9 letter from Building a Better Boyertown to the solid waste authority, Blank and President Allen Steffy wrote “we understand the Colebrookdale Railroad is willing and capable to assist in planning and developing the infrastructure required to transload the ash. This will remove trucks from the highways into, ...

Landfill trucks exhausting Boyertown; public meeting planned
WFMZ Allentown-Mar 1, 2018
"Let's be clear about one thing: there will be no increased traffic," said Vasturia. "We are going to maintain the same truck traffic that we had now for the last few years." Still, some in Boyertown said the trucks are a problem they can control. "We're looking for alternate routes for the landfill," said Boyertown ...

Boyertown, PA; The Little Town that Could
Getaway Mavens
In the 1870’s the railroad brought prosperity to this town about 15 miles from Reading Pennsylvania, so it’s kismet that the revitalized Tourist Railroad is doing the same. The town’s largest employer, Boyertown Burial Casket Company, opened in 1893, became ...

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Write your own letter of support.

We have learned that the DEP is in the beginning stages of their harms/ benefits analysis which could take as long as two years. We don't believe that the decision-makers will wait that long to weigh-in on this matter.

 Please address your letter of support to the following:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Delaware County Solid Waste Authority, 1521 North Providence Road, Media, PA 19063
Berks County Commissioners Kevin S. Barnhardt, Christian Y. Leinbach, Chair Mark C. Scott, Esq., Commissioners Office, Berks County Services Center, 633 Court Street, 13th Floor, Reading, PA 19601
Commissioners of the County of Delaware John P. McBlain, Chairman, Colleen P. Morrone Vice Chairman, Michael Culp, Kevin M. Madden, Brian P. Zidek, County of Delaware, PA, 201 West Front Street, Media, PA 19063
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Environmental Protection Headquarters, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

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Tell us your personal story of harm experienced by the truck traffic on Philadelphia and Reading Avenues in Boyertown. Deadline for your input to us is May 7, 2018. Click the image below to submit your story.

About BaBB

Building a Better Boyertown (BaBB) is a non-profit organization formed in 2002. Boyertown, PA is a Main Street Community, received funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and private donors to focus on downtown revitalization.


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