TOWNSHIP UPDATE – MAY 31st

TOWNSHIP UPDATE – MAY 31st

This Coronavirus Emergency update contains important information on the following issues impacting Nether Providence residents including:

  • Important Election Information – June 2 Primary
    • Mail-In Voting
  • Primary Voting Locations
  • COVID-19 Cases in Nether Providence
  • Township Update
    • Camp Cancellation
    • Tax Deadline Extension
    • Yard Waste Pickup
    • Anticipated Reopening of Township Playgrounds and Basketball Courts and
    • Virtual Meetings
  • Primary Voting Locations
  • WSSD Summer Lunches
  • Strath Haven High School Graduation Parade/Caravan
  • Census Reminder

Important Election Information – June 2 Primary

Mail-In Ballots

Delaware County continues to prepare for the June 2 primary election, including instituting safety precautions for in-person voting and sending absentee and mail-in ballots to residents. You can check the status of your ballot here:

www.votespa.com

Residents are asked to complete and return their ballot as soon as possible.

If you receive your ballot too close to the June 2 election to be confident that it can be returned by mail and received by the County by June 2, you will have several options to have your vote counted:

  • Return your completed ballot in the sealed return envelope in person to the Delaware County Government Center (201 W. Front St., Media, PA) Monday- Friday from 8:30a.m to 4:30p.m., Saturday from 9:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. and on Election Day from 8:30a.m. to 8:00p.m.
  • Return your completed ballot in the sealed return envelope to any polling location on Election Day where there will be drop boxes while the polling locations are open. These drop boxes will be positioned just inside the polling location, where they are under observation by the poll workers. However, voters seeking to drop their mail in ballots will not be required to check in with the workers. Residents are asked to observe social distancing when dropping off a ballot to a polling location.
  • Anyone who requested an absentee or mail-in ballot and did not receive it in time or who does not want to return it in one of the ways noted above, can go to their polling location and ask for a provisional ballot. The ballot will be put in an envelope and then counted when the County Election Bureau confirms that the requested mail-in ballot was not returned. Since all ballots are being counted centrally, provisional ballots will likely be included in the initial results.

Primary Voting Locations

Your polling place may have changed for the primary election. If you used to vote at St. John’s Church, The Furness Library, or Plush Mills / Summit School, you have a new polling place for this Tuesday’s primary. The new locations are safer, allowing for greater social distancing. Please use this link to find your polling location. If you know your Ward and Precinct, it can be found below or at this link.

STRATH HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL

Ward 1 (former St. John’s voters) and Ward 3 (former Helen K. Furness voters)

STRATH HAVEN MIDDLE SCHOOL

Ward 2

MEDIA SHOPPING CENTER
Ward 4 (former Plush Mill / Summit School voters)

NETHER PROVIDENCE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Ward 5, Ward 6 and Ward 7. Anyone who used to vote at Garden City Firehouse or Putnam Village, will vote at NPE.

COVID-19 Cases in Nether Providence

It is with a heavy heart that we report that 34 residents at congregate care facilities in the Township have died from COVID-19.  Please keep their families in your thoughts during this difficult time.

As of Saturday, May 31st, 217 Nether Providence residents have tested positive, which represents 1.58% of our population.

The Chester County Department of Health’s website has maps and numbers detailing the presence of COVID-19 in Chester and Delaware Counties. Visit that site here or by pasting the following address into your browser https://www.chesco.org/4376/Coronavirus-COVID-19

Click here for information about testing locations in Delaware County or paste the following address into your browser https://www.delcopa.gov/ich/resources/coronavirus.html

Camp Cancellation

The Township cancelled this year’s Summer camp due to difficulty guaranteeing appropriate social distancing for the campers coupled with its indoor location at WSSD’s facilities. The school buildings will remain closed when Delaware County enters Governor Wolf’s yellow phase on June 5.  In addition, there are historically low numbers of camp registrants.  Please note that if you have already signed your child up for camp, your payment will be returned.  We look forward to the return of camp in 2021!

Tax Deadline Extension to August 31, 2020

The Township has extended the real estate tax face amount deadline from May 31st to August 31st. After August 31st, there is a 10% penalty for late payments.

Yard Waste Pickup

The Township will resume monthly curbside yard waste pickups, every second Tuesday of the month, effective July 14th. Please note that the resumption of pickups is contingent upon adequate staffing of the public works departments and the ability to maintain an appropriately safe work environment.  The Township will begin by clearing the backlog of residents whose pickups were canceled earlier this spring. This collection will take place the week of June 8th and is only for those who had previously been scheduled.

The yard waste drop-off center at the Public Works yard remains closed due to the Coronavirus emergency.  The Township plans to reopen the center for select hours once we enter Governor Wolf’s yellow phase. We hope to open the yard for NP residents to drop off permitted yard waste on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8 AM to noon. It also will be open on the first Saturday of each month, except for July, when it will open the second Saturday (July 11th). The drop-off option is for residents only (no contractors), and IDs will be checked. Please see our website http://netherprovidence.org/residents/public-works/leaves-mulch/ for information on what kind of waste is acceptable for drop-offs and collection.

Anticipated Reopening of Township Playgrounds and Basketball Courts

We anticipate that Delaware County will enter Governor Wolf’s yellow phase on June 5, 2020.  If that happens, the Township will then reopen its playgrounds and basketball courts.  Please remember to continue to follow appropriate social distancing guidelines once playgrounds and basketball courts reopen.  Also, please note that once reopened the Township will not be disinfecting playground equipment.

Organized sports are only permitted in counties in the green phase of the Governor’s phased reopening plan. Organized team sports and events are defined as physical activity directed by adult or youth leaders that involves rules and formal practice and competition. This includes school and club sports as well as youth and adult formal activities. Activities and games with little or no physical contact are recommended.

The Township has been in contact with WSSD regarding the reopening of WSSD facilities including tennis courts, basketball courts, playgrounds and the track.  The decision about when to reopen those facilities will be made by WSSD and will be guided by state rules governing school facilities.

Board of Commissioners Meetings Held Via Video Conference and Broadcast on YouTube

The next meeting of the Township Board of Commissioners is June 11, 2020 at 7:30 pm.  The Board is continuing to conduct its meetings remotely via video conference.

You can watch and participate in our meetings. The Township broadcasts all board meetings on YouTube at a link that will be posted on the Township website before each meeting. As with in-person meetings, residents are allotted some time for public comment at the beginning of each meeting. Residents can call into the meeting by dialing 312-626-6799.  We will share a unique logon for the conference line at the beginning of every meeting. When calling, please make sure that you mute your computer to avoid feedback issues. After making your public comment, please mute your phone or disconnect the call.

WSSD Breakfast and Lunch Program

The school district will continue its free meal program (offering grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches for all Township and district residents under 18) until at least June 30.  Pennsylvania and WSSD have asked the Federal Government for funding to continue the program all Summer. We will update you as we receive additional information from WSSD.

Help Neighbors Hurting Because of the Pandemic – Give to Local Food Banks

The Foundry Food Bank

Foundry Church is accepting donations and distributing food and necessities on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 8 pm and Fridays from 3 to 6 pm. Foundry is at 25 Cedar Rd, Wallingford.

Media Food Bank

Media Food Bank is accepting donations and distributing to those in need Thursdays from 7 to 8 pm (call the Food Bank for its expanded hours).  Media Food Bank is at the First United Methodist Church of Media, 350 W State St, Media. You can reach them by phone at 484-442-0033 or on Facebook.

To make donating easier in this time of social distancing, Nether Providence resident, Kevin Henry will deliver your donations to the Media Food Bank for you. Feel free to drop off food, gift cards, and toiletry donations in the large plastic bin on Kevin’s front porch. Kevin lives at 302 Melanies Way, Wallingford. Also, Kevin may be able to pick up donations at your house if you cannot get to him. Call or text Kevin at 610-213-3133.

Strath Haven High School Graduation Parade/Caravan

The WSSD community is encouraged to come out and celebrate the Strath Haven High School Class of 2020 during their Car Parade on Friday, June 5th.

After receiving their diplomas during the day and watching the premiere of their Commencement Ceremony video at 5 p.m. on the WSSD YouTube channel that day, our graduating seniors will take a spin through the streets of Wallingford and Swarthmore for a special sendoff.   With police escort, the seniors will depart at 7:00 p.m. from the Strath Haven High School, Brookhaven Road entrance.   The parade route follows below (click to enlarge):

2020 Census Reminder

The 2020 Census is here. Counting every one of our residents (including non-citizens) is critically important. The count impacts everything from how many representatives Pennsylvania will have in Congress, to the amount of federal funding we receive for our schools, police, fire, and countless other public services. Please, stand up and be counted! You should have received a letter from the US Census Bureau. If you haven’t already done so, fill out the form and return it. It takes less than 10 minutes of your time. Alternatively, complete the census form electronically, or print a paper form, on the Census website at www.2020census.gov. For more info, go to the Census website.

The Township will continue to update residents on any changes to services and other important information. Please feel free to reach out to the Township or your Commissioner if you need additional information or help.

Be safe. Good health to you and your families.