Main Office: (610) 458-1601  Township Police: (610) 458-3205

Trail Blazers Needed

With the West Vincent Township Trail Plan taking shape, it is our hope to have at least part of the township network mapped and available on the website by spring. But, you ask, how are we to find those trails? By blazing them with a logo created by you!

The township will host a Trail Blazing Logo Contest in conjunction with Community Day 2015. Please submit your designs to Tammy Swavely in the Township office, 729 St. Matthews Road, Chester Springs, by April 15 to give our panel of judges time to pick a winner by May 9. The Horse-Shoe Trail uses bright yellow paint to mark their route, so our logo must be distinctively different. The prize winner will also receive a $100 gift card to the Walking Store in King of Prussia.

Creativity counts! Designs should be no larger than 6" in height and 3" in width and should convey the spirit of our rural township.

Once we have our design, it will be presented to the Board of Supervisors for approval.  Then we will need volunteers to blaze the trails and help maintain them. We're looking forward to this exciting new chapter in our history of trail protection in West Vincent.

Draft County-Wide Hazard Mitigation Plan

Chester County has recently completed the draft version of our county-wide hazard mitigation plan. The mitigation plan aims to reduce the impacts from future disasters by outlining actions that can be taken now, before the emergency begins. We are looking for your input and local knowledge to aid us in ensuring that we have covered the concerns of the community in this plan.

The plan is broken into two sections. The first is an overview of the hazards facing the county and the county-wide hazard mitigation actions. The second half focuses on the hazards and mitigation actions specific to each municipality, with two to three pages per municipality. We have a draft version of the plan and a comment form available online for your review at www.ReadyChesco.org as well as hard copies available at the 18 libraries throughout the county. We will be accepting comments on the plan through March 1st.

Chester County Watch Officer
610-344-5005
Fax: 610-344-4111

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Local Tax Return is Due April 15

It's that time of year again. Your 2014 local earned income tax return is due on April 15.

Did you know the quickest way to get your refund is to file online? If you live and work in Pennsylvania, you can e-file on our tax administrator's secure website, which is available 24/7 at www.KeystoneCollects.com.

Keystone Collections Group's e-file is the easy, fast and secure way to file your 2014 tax return. It lets you file your tax return when it is most convenient for you. You will need your W-2, your Social Security Number and any other income documents that may apply (such as a PA-UE or a Schedule C).

Please note that the forms changed this year. If you will be claiming an out-of-state tax credit or if you work in Philadelphia, you may be eligible for a local earned income tax credit up to the amount you owe to your resident municipality. The worksheet on the back of the form will help you calculate your out-of-state tax credit (attach a copy of your out-of-state filing).

If you have questions regarding local tax filing, call Keystone's Taxpayer Helpline at 1-888-328-0565 to speak with a local, knowledgeable Taxpayer Service Agent. You can also email your questions to "Taxpayer Support" at www.KeystoneCollects.com.

Taxpayers with earned income in 2014 are required to file a tax return by Wednesday, April 15.

 

How to Guard Against Utility Imposters

You hear about it all too often in the news: An unsuspecting homeowner victimized by thieves posing as utility company workers to gain entry and rob the house. You can prevent utility imposters from targeting you by taking precautions to protect yourself.

Individuals claiming to represent the "water company" or another utility will approach the resident and use a variety of excuses to enter the home. For example, they are supposedly investigating a "dirty water" complaint by a neighbor or checking water pressure due to a main break nearby. Once inside the home, the imposters typically divert the resident's attention by sending him/her to the basement or kitchen to run a faucet while they or an accomplice robs another area of the home.

First, it is extremely rare for water company personnel to show up at a customer's home without an appointment. However, if a utility worker comes to your door and you are not expecting them, DO NOT let them inside without proper identification. All Pennsylvania American Water service personnel wear uniforms, drive company-branded vehicles and wear photo ID badges with the company's logo. (IMPORTANT: Company employees will never ask for nor accept payment at a customer's home or business.)

Don't be afraid to ask for photo ID, and take the time to examine the ID badge whenever someone from a utility company arrives at your home. If you are still unsure and have any suspicions about the individual's identity, call 9-1-1 immediately. Also, you can contact Pennsylvania American Water's customer service center (800-565-7292) to check if the service visit is legitimate.

Please share this advice with family and friends, particularly seniors who often fall prey to these thieves.
Pennsylvania American Water is committed to safety for its customers and employees. Be vigilant, and don't get fooled by utility imposters!