Welcome to Bern Township


Gruber Wagon Works is located at the Berks County Heritage Center on Red Bridge Park in
Tulpehocken Creek Park.
It has been a National Historic Landmark since 1977.


 
From:
"The BOOK of BERN,
A History of Bern Township,
Berks County, Pennsylvania 1738-1988”

"Bern Township was settled in 1733, mostly by German farmers. It was established in 1738. Originally, it was bounded on the east by the Schuylkill River, on the west by the Tulpehocken Creek, on the south at the confluence of the two rivers, and on the north by the Blue Mountains. 

First, the part of Bern Township on the north side of the Blue Mountains was taken away and made part of Brunswick Township in Schuylkill County leaving the crest of the mountain as the dividing line between the coun­ties. In 1789 the northern part of the township was split off and named Upper Bern.

Then, three other townships were carved out of Bern: Penn Township was formed in 1841 by taking parts of Bern and Upper Bern townships, Centre Township was formed in 1843 out of an eastern sector of the township and Tilden was created in 1887.

Today the Schuylkill River and the Tulpehocken Creek account for two thirds of the Bern Township’s boundary. On the north side, the Borough of Leesport marks the northeast corner of the township and a point southwest of Bern Church marks the southwestern corner."


 




Dear Bern Township Residents:
West Leesport Road will be closed for a storm pipe replacement project on 
Wednesday, April 11,Thursday April 12, and Friday April 13, 2018 between Rickenbach Road and Jessica Court 
between the hours of 8:30 AM and 2:30 PM.
The Northbound Detour
will be right turn onto Rickenbach Road,
left turn onto Cross Keys Road,
back to West Leesport Road.
The Southbound Detour
will be Cross Keys Road,
right turn onto Rickenbach Road,
back to West Leesport Road.
This project has been coordinated with
Schuylkill Valley School District and will not interfere with bus traffic.
Heavy rains or significant weather events could affect this schedule.
Please click on the link in the navigation bar to the left of the page to see a Detour Map.
We thank you for your patience while we improve this section of roadway.
Bern Township

DOGS
The Bureau of Dog Enforcement will be conducting a license canvas in Berks County April 11,2018


ROUNDABOUT VIDEO from Penn DOT
Published on Dec 12, 2016
"How to Navigate Roundabouts" 
Penn DOT says 
Roundabouts
 save lives and reduce crashes and crash severity when they are installed. Keys to navigating a roundabout are to slow down and yield. 
Penn DOT's 
YouTube Video link:

ROUNDABOUTS increase 
road capacity by 30 to 50% this article from "The Municipal Magazine" explains: 


East Wall St. Bridge over the Schuylkill River in Leesport will be closed from October 30, 2017 until May, 2018 or later.

Traffic will be detoured on posted route using Rt. 61, Cross Keys and West Main St. A pedestrian bridge will be provided temporarily during construction of the new bridge.

Effective September 2017
BTMA monthly meetings will be held on the 4th Wednesday at 11am.


IMPORTANT NOTICE:
Get prepared and ready for emergencies caused by
unexpected emergencies, power outages and severe storms. A handy and easily accessible website for your home planning and preparedness 
needs can be found at:

www.readypa.org

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), this 
site has much information and guidance.
It also includes directions to download
their app to both iOS and android smartphones.

Take the time to be prepared.
Make a plan for your family!


RECENT ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • Wondering about why we use Oil and Chip
    on our roadways?

    Click on the Roads Page in the side bar list
    to the left for an explanation
  • Permit is Needed for Open Burning !
    A Burn Permit must be obtained from Bern Township office. Call for more details.
  •  The 2017  Recycling Dates are posted on the
    Solid Waste & Recycling Dates Page.

Urgent Request!

Are you cleaning up after cats or kids?

Please do not throw "flushable" cat litter or disposable wet wipes into your toilet.

These items may be "flushable" but they do not dissolve or disintegrate.

They cause blockages and other problems in sewer systems. These problems are very expensive to fix, and will cause the cost of your sewer rates to increase.

So please be considerate and throw your "flushables" into the trash, or these items will wind up costing you, and other sewer users, a lot more money.

Thank you!