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in your community

boyertown:

Building A Better Boyertown:
New Developments
Emily Jones, Assistant Main Street Manager, Building A Better Boyertown

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ur town has been awarded a Trail
Feasibility Study grant in the amount
of $70,000 ($35,000 match to the
raised $35,000) through the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania Department of Conservation
and Natural Resources, to prepare a trail study
for the development of approximately six miles
of the Natural Recreation Heritage Greenway of
the Secret Valley Trail in Boyertown Borough,
Colebrookdale Township, and Douglass Township,
Berks County. This trail will connect to the
Tri-County Trail System in West Pottsgrove
Township at Murgia Park, Montgomery County.
The Borough of Boyertown has hired Campbell
Thomas & Company in collaboration with Gilmore
& Associates, Inc. to perform this study and to
prepare a written, bound report. We invite the public to a planning
workshop on April 26 (at 7 pm at Borough Hall in Boyertown)
for community input in preparation for the study. Along with the
Manatawny Trail in Montgomery County, the Secret Valley Trail
could link Boyertown and nearby communities to the Schuylkill
River Trail, creating one of the most important and beautiful trails
in the Schuylkill River Heritage Area.
Building A Better Boyertown, the Borough of Boyertown and
its residents have concerns regarding the proposed expansion of the
Delaware County Landfill in Earl Township with respect to the truck
traffic on Boyertown Main Streets. While we are not oblivious to the
fact that society must find space to dispose of waste, we believe that
everyone must share in the burden of finding solutions for it. We
strongly believe that when the burdens of waste disposal fall disproportionally on a population, it is incumbent on those who benefit
from that waste disposal to compensate those so burdened, or at the
very least, take significant measures to mitigate the burdens they bear.

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SPRING 2018

The Delaware County Solid Waste facility has
operated for nearly 30 years, requiring dozens
of ash-bearing trucks per day to navigate their
way through the community of Boyertown.
These trucks cause traffic congestion, noise, and
pollution. Each day, landfill-bound trucks occupy
the roads to and through Boyertown, traversing
historic neighborhoods whose houses front closely
with the road, and grinding loudly up the main
street toward the landfill. This has adversely
affected the quality of life for residents and the
downtown business climate in Boyertown.
Building A Better Boyertown has encouraged
DCSWA to collaborate with the Colebrookdale
Railroad as the Railroad is willing and capable
to haul this traffic and to assist in planning and developing the
infrastructure required to transload the ash. This will remove trucks
from the highways into, around, and through Boyertown's downtown,
protecting the residential quality of life and downtown business climate,
creating jobs and mitigating the impact of the ash movement on the
budding tourism economy.



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