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Sellersville eyes parking improvements, trail restoration


Sellersville Borough Council approved two agreements at its Feb. 10 meeting that aim to lay the foundation for improvements in the Upper Bucks borough.

The first agreement is for $4,730 with the Bucks County Planning Commission. Under the terms, the commission will assess current parking conditions in Sellersville’s downtown area.

“The idea is to provide analysis and suggestions for how the parking situation can be improved,” said Borough Manager David Rivet, who added that money for the study is coming from the general fund portion of Sellersville’s 2020 municipal budget.

Potential parking improvements to downtown are one important piece of a larger puzzle that Sellersville officials are working to put together – namely, the revitalization of the borough’s center.

Efforts have been under way to attract more visitors to patronize borough businesses, as well as to court additional good businesses that can set up shop in town, thereby drawing a greater number of tourists. Better parking accommodations could help improve the visitor experience.

The second contract council approved is with Cowan & Associates, which will perform work related to the rehabilitation of the Lenape Park trail.

The Quakertown-based firm’s work will include preparing specifications and construction detail sheets, administering the awarding of a bid to a contractor, and overseeing administration of the trail rehab work.

The rehabilitation work will include drainage improvements, resurfacing the trail, and constructing a handicapped parking area with signage, Rivet said.

According to the borough manager, the trail rehab will cost $31,135.

“We received a grant that pays 50 percent of the project costs, including engineering services,” Rivet said. “The other 50 percent will come from the borough’s capital account.”