Important Information! COVID-19

Real Estate Tax Payments- Deadline Extension

The Board of Commissioner’s received a request from Montgomery County asking Upper Gwynedd Township to extend the deadline for Real Estate Tax payments. Today, the Board of Commissioner’s voted to approve extending the discount deadline for Real Estate Tax payments until May 31, 2020. The deadline for the face value of Real Estate Taxes has been extended until July 31, 2020. If you have any questions, you can call the Township at 215-699-7777. We are available to answer any questions Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm.

Township Operations

Per an order from Governor Tom Wolf,  Upper Gwynedd Township staff are working remotely to the extent that they are able. Our staff continues to check the mail and making sure the building is running.  We will still be providing essential services to our residents (police, sewer, building permits).  Our phones will be manned remotely by Township staff, and we will be here for you to answer any questions you may have. 

We will be accessible Monday – Friday from 8am – 4:30pm by telephone at 215-699-7777.  You can also reach us anytime on email directly to our Township Manager at szadell@uppergwynedd.org or our Assistant Township Manager at mweaver@uppergwynedd.org

All public safety personnel will be scheduled as usual and be rotated in shifts as not to spread the Coronavirus (COVID-19.)  Please be aware that our Upper Gwynedd Police officers and other safety personnel would like to continue to stay healthy, so practice social distancing when possible. Please remember to dial 911 in the case of an emergency.

We understand our slight delay/disruption in services can create an inconvenience for residents, but we hope that by making these choices now we can help to flatten the curve of COVID-19! 

For the most recent updates visit:  https://www.montcopa.org/ or https://www.health.pa.gov

We will still be providing essential services to our residents (police, sewer, building permits).  Our phones will be manned remotely by Township staff, and we will be here for you to answer any questions you may have. 

We will be accessible Monday – Friday from 8am – 4:30pm by telephone at 215-699-7777.  You can also reach us anytime on email directly to our Township Manager at szadell@uppergwynedd.org or our Assistant Township Manager at mweaver@uppergwynedd.org

All public safety personnel will be scheduled as usual and be rotated in shifts as not to spread the Coronavirus (COVID-19.)  Please be aware that our Upper Gwynedd Police officers and other safety personnel would like to continue to stay healthy, so practice social distancing when possible. Please remember to dial 911 in the case of an emergency.

We understand our slight delay/disruption in services can create an inconvenience for residents, but we hope that by making these choices now we can help to flatten the curve of COVID-19! 

For the most recent updates visit:  https://www.montcopa.org/ or https://www.health.pa.gov

Recent Govenor's Orders

Governor Wolf has issued a 'Stay at Home' order on March 23, 2020 for Montgomery County. On March 30, 2020, Governor Wolf extended this order to include an additional 25 other Counties. The Amended Order is to remain in effect until April 30, 2020. This order states that you should stay at home unless you need to leave your home in order to sustain life. A few examples of sustaining life are to grocery shop, go to the pharmacy, the doctors office or a hospital. Do not travel in groups, please go to the grocery store alone to prevent crowding and limit personal interactions. Continue to practice social distancing and all of the same hygiene practices that have now become common place to us during this time (frequent hand washing, cleaning surfaces, etc.). If you have additional questions about this order you can read the full orders here: 

March 23rd Order: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/governor-wolf-and-health-secretary-...

Amended March 30th Order: https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/20200330-GOV-Stay...

Please help to flatten the curve by listening to this order and complying. We are all in this together and recognize that it is a significant change for all of us and the way that we live and interact. Additional resources can be found at https://data-montcopa.opendata.arcgis.com/pages/covid-19

Be well UGT!

Stay at Home Order

Upper Gwynedd Township Temporary Declaration of Disaster Emergency

In response to the current COVID-19 Health Pandemic, the Upper Gwynedd Township Board of Commissioners have signed a Temporary Declaration of Disaster. 

Over the past few weeks, Township staff including our Emergency Management Coordinator and the Board of Commissioners have been closely monitoring the situation regarding the spread of COVID-19.  With a heavy heart, earlier this week the Board directed Township staff to close playgrounds, basketball courts and other places within the Township parks where people are likely to congregate.  After serious consideration, and following similar declarations from the Federal government, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, and many of our neighboring municipalities, the Board of Commissioners has decided to declare a state of emergency in Upper Gwynedd Township.  This decision is not one that has been made easily, but it will open up resources to the Township and, most importantly, our first responders, as we continue to do whatever possible to stop the spread of COVID-19.  The coming days and weeks will be difficult and will continue to present new challenges for everyone.  We will do our best to continue to provide information as it is available to our residents via social media and the townships website.

In signing this Declaration, the Township is enabled to take advantage of any State or Federal funding opportunities should they become available. This may provide for the potential to assist business owners, renters, and homeowners who may be impacted by the Pandemic.  It allows the officials of Upper Gwynedd Township to act as necessary to meet the current demands of this emergency response including: employment of temporary workers, rental of equipment, purchase of supplies and materials and by entering into such contract and agreements for the performance of public work as may be required to meet the emergency. This will allow for officials of Upper Gwynedd Township to take these actions without regard to those time-consuming procedures and formalities normally prescribed by law, mandatory constitution requirements excepted.

I implore each and every resident of Upper Gwynedd Township to follow the advice of Governor Wolf and the CDC.  Please, stay home.  Practice social distancing.  Don’t panic.  Check on your neighbors.  Wash your hands frequently.  We recognize that this dangerous disease will have a significant financial impact on small businesses and their employees.  Please continue to patronize small businesses with gift certificate purchases, delivery orders or take-out orders.   But please do whatever you can to help flatten the curve.  

I also want to take an opportunity to personally thank our Township staff, who have implemented policies that have allowed the Township to continue to serve the residents during this time.  

Upper Gwynedd Township will provide more details, as the Township receives additional guidance from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  We ask for your patience during this time and will provide further information as it is received.

Please check the Upper Gwynedd Township’s website, www.uppergwynedd.org for continued updates. Follow us on our social media pages:

https://www.facebook.com/uppergwynedd/
https://twitter.com/UpperGwyneddTwp
https://www.instagram.com/uppergwyneddtownship/
https://www.facebook.com/UGTEMA/
https://twitter.com/UGTEMA

To view the official declaration, please click here: Upper Gwynedd Emergency Declaration

Stay safe,

Liz K. McNaney
Upper Gwynedd Board of Commissioners President

Unemployment Information

If your job has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive Unemployment Compensation (UC) benefits.  

You may be eligible if:

  • Your employer temporarily closes or goes out of business because of COVID-19.
  • Your employer reduces your hours because of COVID-19
  • You have been told not to work because your employer feels you might get or spread COVID-19
  • You have been told to quarantine or self-isolate, or live/work in a county under government-recommended mitigation efforts

UC

The quickest and easiest way to file is online at: http://uc.pa.gov
If you have any questions, email: uchelp@pa.gov

Message on Grocery Stores

Upper Gwynedd Township has been asked by Federal agencies to encourage residents to return to their normal pace of grocery shopping as there will be an adequate supply of products for their consumption. Regional warehouses are only experiencing shortages where there appears to be consumer hoarding. They also want the public to be assured of the fact that the grocery stores are taking extensive measures to reduce any opportunity for contamination in stores and with the public’s cooperation, they will continue to provide a clean environment stocked with healthy and fresh foods for everyone.

Real Estate Tax Payments

Although the Township building remains closed to the public, Real Estate Tax Payments can still be made by mail or placed in the drop box located in the front of the Township Building. The address for mailing payments is: Upper Gwynedd Tax Collector, PO Box 1, West Point, PA 19486. If you would like a payment receipt, include a return envelope and a receipt will be mailed to you.
For more info regarding taxes: https://www.uppergwynedd.org/tax-collector

Voting during COVID-19: Mail-in Ballots

A new law allows all registered Pennsylvania voters to vote by mail, even if they are capable of going to the polls. Here is the link to apply for absentee and mail-in ballots: https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/OnlineAbsenteeApplication/#/OnlineAbs.... If you prefer to vote by mail, please apply for a ballot as soon as possible! A flood of last minute applications will put undue stress on the dedicated employees of Montgomery County Voter Services. At this time all polling places are expected to be open as usual, from 7am to 8pm. The county has purchased additional ballot scanners for selected polling places. For more information visit: https://www.montcopa.org/754/Absentee-and-Mail-In-Voting

Mail in Ballots

 

Census 2020 during COVID-19

Most residents should have received a Census 2020 invitation in the mail with your addresses unique identifier by now. The questionnaire takes about 15 minutes. Quick and simple, and can be done from your mobile device!

Currently Upper Gwynedd Township shows 27.5% of households have responded thus far. The more accurate a municipality responds, the better idea we at the local level can evaluate and improve services where needed. The Census data is so important because it not only determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives but also how $675 billion dollars in federal funding is allocated annually. To learn more about the 2020 Census visit: https://my2020census.gov

The Census has updated some of their timelines in response to COVID-19. Please see the updates in the infograph below:

Census timeline

 

COVID-19 Resources

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
PA Department of Health: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
Montgomery County: https://www.montcopa.org/3468/Coronavirus-Disease-2019-COVID-19
Montgomery County Data Hub: https://data-montcopa.opendata.arcgis.com/pages/covid-19

How Residents can help #FlattentheCurve

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, please continue to:

➡️ stay home
➡️ practice social distancing
➡️ wash your hands often
➡️ cover coughs + sneezes with elbow/tissue
➡️ avoid touching your eyes, mouth + nose
➡️ clean objects/surfaces frequently