The Philadelphia Water Department recently announced its proposal to seek rate changes, beginning October 1, 2012.

Five public hearings have been scheduled to provide customers with an overview of PWD’s programs and services and an opportunity to comment and ask questions. These are open to all members of the public. The Water Department will give a brief presentation about the rate increase process and will be available to answer questions. Food and refreshemets will also be avialable! Here’s the schedule:

When:   Monday, July 9, 2012, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Where: Philadelphia Senior Center, 509 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
*Spanish Language and Sign interpreter will be present
*meeting will be streaming live at www.phillycam.org/pwdrates

When:    Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where:   Roxborough Memorial Hospital, Wolcoff Auditorium, 5800 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19128

When:   Thursday, July 12, 2012, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where:  Holy Family University, Campus Center Conference Room 115, 9801 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19114

When:    Monday, July 16, 2012, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where:   YMCA North Philadelphia, 1400 N. Broad Street (Broad and Master Sts), Philadelphia, PA 19121
*Spanish language interpreter will be present

When:     Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where:    White Rock Baptist Church, 5240 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139

The PSCA Zoning Committee is tentatively scheduled to review the following cases at its June meeting. The Zoning Committee meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7pm at the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center (SPOAC) on the NW corner of East Passyunk Avenue and Dickinson St. Please note that 1501 S. Iseminger was not announced at last night’s general membership meeting because the representative from the Zoning Committee had not gotten all the cases to that point.

1519 S. 7th Street: Applicant is seeking to open a tutoring service in an R-10A (single family residential) building. This use is not permitted in this zoning district. ZBA hearing is scheduled for June 19, 2012

1501 S. Iseminger St: Applicant is seeking to legalize a rear addition at the second floor of a single family dwelling. Refused for insufficient % of lot as open area. Requires 30% of lot to be open area. Proposes 5%.

Check passyunk.org or twitter.com/passyunksquare for any last minute changes! Get zoning committee meeting alerts directly to your cell phone via text message by texting PSCA to (215) 987-5555. We’ll send out the list of cases as soon as it is finalized and let you know of any last minute cancellations.

The PSCA Zoning Committee meetings are opportunities for neighbors to hear the details of zoning applications within our civic association boundaries. The Zoning Committee does not make any final decisions on these zoning applications, but we do send letters to the Philadelphia Zoning Board Administration. Those letters outline the neighbors’ thoughts on the application and the Zoning Committee’s decision either to oppose or not oppose the proposal.

Please come and help make our neighborhood a better place.

In an effort to further open the lines of communication with everyone in the neighborhood, the Passyunk Square Civic Association has set up a way for people to receive important updates about news, events and meetings right on their cell phone. You can use any regular cell phone or smart phone to receive this service and it only costs whatever you pay for simple text messages.

Subscribe by texting PSCA to (215) 987-5555 or email your name and cell phone number to info@passyunk.org with “Text message alerts” in the subject line.

We’ll be using this to send out reminders about IMPORTANT upcoming events like our General Membership meetings and to send out the list of properties being heard at our monthly Zoning Committee meetings (which take place on the 2nd Tuesday of EVERY month). Messages will be short with just the details of where, when and what. And don’t worry: we only plan on sending two or three per month at most. That’s a promise.

We hope to use this service so that people who don’t use email or check our website will be better connected to Passyunk Square Civic Association events. And we get the irony of announcing this on our website! We’ll also be pushing this at events throughout the summer, on printed materials and at all of our meetings. So please spread the word to your friends and neighbors and get connected to us!

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