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Zoning Hearing Board
The Zoning Hearing Board (ZHB) currently has vacancies. The ZHB meets on an as needed basis to review appeals pertaining to zoning regulations. Interested residents should forward a letter of interest to:
Borough of West Reading
Attn: Cathy Hoffman, Borough Manager
500 Chestnut Street
West Reading, PA 19611
Spruce Street Water Main Replacement & Street Reconstruction Project
Good News! Another infrastructure improvement project is scheduled to begin on October 16th involving replacement of the water main and paving on Spruce Street between 6th and 7th Avenue. This project will affect access to the alleys and Kent Way as well as on-street parking to allow the contractors to perform their work and store equipment and materials in the general area of the project. The project will take approximately four weeks to complete.
Water services will not be affected, however for the work to be completed it is anticipated that there will be times that complete access to Spruce Street will be restricted.
The Borough apologizes in advance for any inconvenience you may experience during the construction and greatly appreciates your cooperation!
Alley Paving Project ~ Between Kent Way and 6th Avenue from Spruce to Franklin Street
More Good News! The final infrastructure improvement project for 2017 is scheduled to begin the week of October 16th. For the repaving to be completed there will be times that complete access to the alley will be restricted. If you have a garage that you access via the alley, access to the garage may not be possible for several weeks.
For the duration of the project, trash and recycling pick-ups will be switched to the front of your property beginning on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 for the duration of the project. The Borough will notify Eagle Disposal as well as residents of when to begin to place receptacles in the front of your homes.
We hope the temporary inconvenience will be quickly forgotten as you begin to enjoy the new alley.
Update: Due to difficulty experienced by the trash hauler to navigate the narrow Kent Way roadway with vehicles parked on both sides of the street, parking will be restricted on the East side of Kent Way on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM to allow refuse and recycling materials to be collected safely.
We understand the inconvenience this will cause and request your cooperation during these time frames.
Harvest Hayride ~ October 20 & 21, 2017 ~ 7:00-9:00 PM
Join in the excitement with us as you enjoy a "fun" hayride around the playground area, but watch out for those scary drivers, they might take a wrong path down spooky lane into the pumpkin patch field and end up at the graveyard!
Haunted House ~ October 20, 21, 27 & 28, 2017 ~ 7:00-9:00 PM
Trunk or Treat ~ Saturday, October 28, 2017 ~ 4:00-6:00 PM
West Reading's Main Street and Recreation Department are teaming up to host Trunk or Treat at the West Reading Playground. This event will take the place of Costumes on the Corridor. Come join us for a safe, fun community wide event for all ages! Decorate your car trunk, have treats for kids and some fun in the West Reading Park. There will be live music, haunted house and prizes for best costume and decorated trunk.
Trick-or-Treating ~ Tuesday, October 31, 2017 ~ 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
October 31st has been designated as the Borough-authorized night for Trick-or-Treating. Please turn on your porch light if you wish to have little Borough goblins visit you.
Please Note: Parents or a responsible adult should accompany all children while walking the streets of the Borough.
It is recommended as a safety precaution, that children should always carry a flashlight after dark so that they can be seen by vehicular traffic.
Sunset / Sycamore Alley Project
Good News! The alley is scheduled to be completely redone including sanitary sewer replacement. Excavation is scheduled to begin on Thursday, August 24th and will take about 8 weeks to complete.
During much of the construction the alley will be closed to traffic. Watch for barricades at the entrances to the alleys.
No barricades up yet? Feel free to use the alley with caution.
Barricades up? Please don't use the alley and remove any vehicles from your off-street parking spots that you will need in the near future.
Starting Thursday, August 24th and until the completion of the project all residents located within the 300 to 400 blocks on the odd numbered side of Sunset Road and the 200 to 400 blocks on the even numbered side of Sycamore Road will have all trash and recycling pickups made from the front of your homes.
The Borough is requesting residents in the project area to do their best to observe the parking restrictions on street sweeping days along Sunset and Sycamore Roads. There will be some leniency offered during this project, however, the Borough is still required to maintain the streets by street sweeping to prevent pollutants from reaching our local waterways, and to reduce the need to perform catch basin cleanings.
We hope the temporary inconvenience will be quickly forgotten as you begin to enjoy the new alley. If you have any questions, please give us a call at Borough Hall at 610-374-8273.
Annual Drinking Water Quality Report
Every year at this time the Borough provides all of our water users with a water quality report for the previous year. The report contains important information regarding the source and quality of your drinking water. This year as we did in 2016, in lieu of mailing a paper copy to each residence in the Borough, we are providing the information on our website which you may access by clicking here. However, should you still wish to have a copy mailed to you, please contact the Administration Department at 610-374-8273, ext. 221 and we will be happy to mail the information to your residence.
Temporary No Parking Signs
Temporary No Parking Zones are established to restrict regular parking and reserve curb space for purposes such as construction activity, moving vans, or to clear a street for a special event such as a parade. The restricted area is not intended to be use for parking of personal vehicles.
- Signs must be purchased at least two days in advance
- Signs must be posted a minimum of 24-hours in advance
- Handicapped parking, no parking zones, and loading zones may not be reserved
Please note, storage pods or dumpsters placed on public streets require a permit.
Temporary No Parking Sign Fees:
Valid 1-3 days
Valid 4-7 days
Valid 8-14 days
Temporary No Parking Sign Application and Posting Guideline
Street Cleaning - April thru December
Additional streets have been added to the cleaning schedule. Please take note of signs posted on the street where you park to allow the Public Works Department to efficiently clean the street and avoid a parking ticket. If a scheduled street cleaning day falls on a holiday, unless otherwise specified that street will not be cleaned until the following regular cleaning day. Should you have any questions, please contact Borough Hall.
At any time, day or night when a sewer backup occurs at your home or business your first call should be to the Borough. As part of your sewer maintenance fee, the Public Works Department will plunge the sewer trap located near your home/business in an effort to remove the clog, which possibly will negate the need to hire a plumber. During normal business hours, Monday through Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, contact Borough Hall at 610-374-8273, ext. 221. Outside of normal business hours contact the non-emergency Police line at 610-373-0111 to dispatch a member of the Public Works Department to your location.
2017 Hydrant Flushing Dates
Periodically you will see Public Works personnel releasing water from hydrants. Hydrant flushing is necessary to test the hydrants to make sure adequate flow and pressure is available. Flushing is also done to remove sediment from the pipes in order to maintain water clarity and quality in the distribution pipes.
The following dates are planned for 2017:
Week of April 10 - 14
Week of October 16 - 20
Online Utility Payment
An online payment option is now available to remit payment of your utility bill. If you have an internet connection and an e-mail address, you may remit payment of your utility bill online. Please visit: http://www.xpressbillpay.com
To help you create a secure login, link a bill for display each time you login and walk you through the payment process please see the XBP First Time Users Manual.
Should you have any questions regarding your Xpress Bill Pay account, setting up Auto Pay or signing up please contact Xpress Bill Pay directly at 800-766-2350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone support is available Weekdays 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Mountain Time). Closed Weekends and Holidays.
**Please Note: This feature is currently not available for real estate tax payments, nor permit fees.
Online Parking Ticket Payment
Parking tickets may be paid online by visiting the following link:
Only parking ticket #'s that start with "PV" can be paid through this link. There is an additional fee of $1.98 to pay your parking ticket online.
Bulk Trash Collection
Bulk collection is the first Friday of every month and only one bulk item per household will be collected. Please Note: Borough Ordinance prohibits placing these items on the exterior of property prior to bulk collection day.
Special Note Regarding Trash/Recycling
The Code Enforcement Department will continue to be placing an emphasis on the enforcement of trash/refuse bags that are not in durable, water-tight containers with lids. Notice of violation letters will be posted on any property found to be in violation. If the violation continues citation(s) will be filed with the District Justice. We request your cooperation with the following items to ensure the health and safety of our residents:
1) All refuse must be stored in durable, water-tight containers equipped with handles and tight-fitting covers which cannot be larger than thirty-five (35) gallons. It is recommended to mark your containers with your address.
2) Each household may place four (4) trash cans per collection day curbside for pickup. One bulk item per household will be collected on the first Friday of every month.
3) Trash/recycling may placed out for collection as Noon the day prior to collection and removed promptly or no later than midnight the day of collection.
4) Trash collection remains every Tuesday and Friday. Recycling collection remains every Wednesday.
5) Yard waste must be placed in biodegradable bags for trash collection or arrangements made with the Borough Garage for disposal. To schedule an appointment to drop-off the yard waste at the Borough Garage please call 610-374-8605 between the hours of 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The garage is located at 1st Avenue and Chestnut Street.
6) Electronic items such as microwaves, televisions, air conditioners, etc. will not be collected by the trash nor recycle haulers. These items must be recycled due to hazardous materials. Please contact Berks County Solid Waste Authority at 610-478-6362 or visit their website at www.co.berks.pa.us/swa for more information.
Penn Street Bridge Closure
For information on the detours and the latest news/updates regarding the Penn Street Bridge please click on the link listed below:
CodeRED Emergency Notification Program
To learn more about this program and to register, click on the CodeRED logo below.
The CodeRED™ Emergency Notification System is an extremely FAST Communication Service available for mass Emergency Notifications. CodeRED™ employs one-of-a-kind Internet maping capability for geographic targeting of calls, coupled with a high speed telephone calling system capable of delivering customized pre-recorded emergency messages directly to homes and businesses, live individuals and answering machines, at the rate of up to 60,000 calls per hour.
If you know of anyone who hasn't registered to receive the CodeRED™ alerts, and they live in West Reading, please encourage them to do so.
Frequently Asked Questions
Important Information from Western Berks Water Authority
In case of a water related emergency and to get up-to-date information on the water advisory, please go to http://www.wbwa.org/ and click on the "water advisory" link.