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Sellersville approves anti-pollution plan, considers potential one-way streets

CHRIS RUVO

Sellersville has pledged to do its bit to help make local waterways a little cleaner.

On Monday, Borough Council approved the adoption of a Pollution Reduction Plan, the effect of which will be to reduce total sediment levels discharging from Sellersville’s storm sewer system into unnamed tributaries of the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek.

Developed by Quakertown-based civil engineering firm Cowan Associates in conjunction with borough officials, the plan involves performing streambank restoration along a tributary of the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek that is in an area between Main Street and Ninth Street.

Work will center on installing a Filtrexx Bank Stabilization Soft Anchoring System along 330 feet of stream channel and then planting grass seed on it.

Once finished, the restoration will improve water flow characteristics of the watercourse and lead to less streambank erosion, thus reducing sediment discharges from the borough. In fact, borough officials say sedimentation will be scaled back by approximately 14,810 pounds per year.

Sellersville is undertaking the project to meet requirements of the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permitting program.

In other news, council is also considering making stretches of certain streets in the borough one-way only.
On Monday, council voted to advertise an ordinance that would make Maple Avenue between North Main Street and West Temple Avenue open to westbound traffic only.

Advertising the ordinance is part of a mandated process council must follow before it can vote to approve the measure. A vote would occur following a future public hearing where residents could comment and ask questions.

In addition to making the aforesaid stretch of Maple Avenue one way, the ordinance, if approved, would make it so that Walnut Street would be open only to eastbound traffic from North Main Street to East Temple Avenue.

Also, East Church Street between High Street and North Main Street would be one-way for westbound traffic between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and noon on Sundays. Similarly, Green Street from High Street to North Main Street would be westbound-only from 8 a.m. to noon on Sundays.

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