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Construction timeframes vary based on the neighborhood's terrain, area geography, weather conditions, and other construction processes. FastBridge aims to complete construction as efficiently as possible. For updates on service availability in specific areas, registration is available on FastBridge's website www.fastbridgefiber.com. Registering does not commit to FastBridge's service but enables receipt of updates.
FastBridge's construction process varies depending on each neighborhood's layout. It generally involves digging small pits to locate existing utilities on both sides of driveways and using equipment to tunnel underneath them. Conduit is placed within public rights-of-way, and laterals are positioned under the sidewalk into small underground boxes at lot lines, facilitating future customer installations.
In recent years, FastBridge identified a need for advanced internet services in many regions. After evaluating several markets, FastBridge chose specific areas due to homeowner and business demand, combined with unsatisfactory experiences with existing service providers. These areas previously lacked fiber internet options, and FastBridge believes they deserve such a choice.
Easement: An easement is generally defined as an interest in land owned by another person, consisting of the right to use or control the land for a specific limited purpose; A classic example of an easement is if a utility company needs to access an electrical pole on your land. An easement allows them to access the property when needed. You might also have an easement on your property if people need to move through your land to access a main road or something of that nature; An easement gives people or organizations the right to access and use your property in specific situations for a limited purpose.
ROW: a Right of Way is a form of easement. Right-of-Way elements include the cartway, shoulder and buffer area. The buffer provides an area for: snow storage, guide rails, sight distance, drainage, utilities, side slope, and pedestrian facilities. Right-of-way widths vary according to the intended function of the road. Right-of-way preservation includes allowances for bus passenger facilities, including ADA accessible loading pads, bus shelters and ADA-compliant sidewalk connections, where appropriate.
The FastBridge crew will be working on public rights-of-way and utility easements that may be located on your property. If the fiber in a neighborhood is being buried, FastBridge will install a small underground container between adjacent houses. This container will contain fiber, enabling FastBridge to connect the two homes to its network, should the homeowners choose to do so. Please note: this is an installation of a public utility. This construction is no way binds to your any service or contract. The choice to sign up with FastBridge’s fiber optic network is completely up to you.
During Construction, colored flags and paint will be used to mark existing utilities. In neighborhoods where Fastbridge will be burying the fiber, a utility locating company and/or the power company uses a system to mark existing utility lines with colored flags and temporary paint. These markers help FasBridge’s crews to avoid damage during construction. These markers are extremely important to prevent interruptions in local utility services and prevent injury from ruptured gas or electricity lines. Residents are asked to not disturb any flags/markings.
FastBridge Fiber, as a public utility, holds a Certificate of Public Convenience granted by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. This certification legally permits FastBridge to access and use public utility easements on properties as necessary for network construction and service provision. These easements, typically established during initial neighborhood development, may be located along streets, sidewalks, front yards, rear lot lines, between lots, or in back alleys. Please note: Because FastBridge holds a Certificate of Public Convenience that was granted by the PA Public Utility Commission, Muhlenberg Township does not have any regulatory powers as they relate to the installation or the service provided by FastBridge.
As a certificated public utility, FastBridge constructs its network within public utility easements and public rights-of-way, in accordance with Pennsylvania law. While property owners cannot opt out of the use of these easements or rights-of-way, connecting a home to FastBridge's network remains the homeowner's choice.
FastBridge strives to minimize property damage and commits to restoring properties to their original state as swiftly as possible after construction completion. If restoration is not satisfactory, property owners are encouraged to contact FastBridge's support services by sending an email to them at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 800.661.0232.
The team at FastBridge Fiber is committed to thorough clean-up after every job, aiming to leave homes and neighborhoods in their original, pristine state.
Upon completion of construction and subject to weather conditions, FastBridge Fiber's professional crews endeavor to restore affected areas to as close to their original condition as possible, adhering to industry best practices.
Before beginning construction, FastBridge Fiber conducts a thorough documentation of each neighborhood, which includes taking aerial photos of the area.
Concrete/Asphalt Restoration If FastBridge's crews cause damage to concrete or asphalt driveways or sidewalks during construction, they will return to repair the affected spot once construction is complete. However, FastBridge does not restore existing cracks or damaged sidewalks or driveways.
Lawn Restoration FastBridge's crews will rake, seed, and straw the areas where digging occurred after construction is finished. Property owners are advised to water the grass seed, especially during dry periods. FastBridge cannot work around, move, or care for any flowers or plants located in utility easements. Before construction begins in a neighborhood, FastBridge will leave a door hanger and/or send a construction notification by mail. Property owners concerned about their plants are recommended to relocate them before construction starts to ensure they remain undisturbed.
Other Underground Items For properties with a sprinkler system, invisible dog fence, or any other underground items, FastBridge advises marking these areas with white flags or paint as a precaution. This assists FastBridge's crews in exercising caution around these areas. Property owners can also report any underground items by contacting FastBridge (800.661.0232) and provide a brief description of the items and their locations.
Yes. Different neighborhood areas are connected to FastBridge's network at varying times, depending on multiple factors. Signing up early places a home in the queue for free professional installation by FastBridge.
The Township Codebook is available online where you can email, print and create PDF's of township resolutions and ordinances. Visit https://www.ecode360.com/MU0814 for more information.
Fee schedules can be found on the Financial Documents page. Applications for permits, employment, etc. can be found on the Forms and Documents Page.
You can! Visit our online trash payment portal.
Residents are now able to sign up for programs, trips and classes online. See full descriptions of each program and sign up friends and family members as well. Residents will also be able to check availability and book parks and facilities for events and private parties. Not only can you check availability and schedule your rental, but you can complete all waivers and applications as well as pay for your rental online! Sign up for news and alerts via email and text and stay up-to-date on classes, events, and all things related to Parks & Recreation! We are happy to bring these long awaited conveniences to Muhlenberg Township residents. Moving forward, all rentals and program registration will be done exclusively online. No computer? No problem! Stop by the Township building at 210 George Street and use our kiosk computer station to book your rental and print out your paperwork!
View the online, interactive Township Map that shows Zoning information as well as property parcel data.
Requests can be submitted directly to Met-Ed online. You can also contact customer service at 610-929-4727 or report it on the GoTo Muhlenberg Mobile app.
Contact Met-Ed on their Outage Reporting Line, 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) and select the option to report a downed power line. (Note: please use this option only if you actually see a downed wire. Do not assume that because your power is out there must be a wire down somewhere.) Downed wires can also be submitted via the GoTo Muhlenberg Mobile app or online.
Parking tickets can be paid during normal business hours at the Muhlenberg Twp. Police Dept. at 210 George St. Reading, PA 19605. Traffic and non-traffic citations are handled at the Magistrate's Office during normal business hours, at 3200 Reading Crest Ave, Reading, PA 19605. Traffic Citations can be paid online at https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/PayOnline.aspx PAePay - The PAePay option allows the public to securely pay fines, costs, and restitution to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Common Pleas and Magisterial District courts. This site displays only court financial obligations approved for online payment. The maximum payment amount that can be applied to fines, costs and restitution is $1,000 per transaction. (please note, this payment portal is for traffic citations ONLY...parking tickets and other citations can only be handled through the Police Department of the Magistrate's Office.)
A vehicle (other than a pedalcycle) is abandoned on public streets if it is parked for more than 48 hours while displaying an expired inspection or registration sticker; is in an inoperable condition; or is parked illegally. A vehicle is abandoned on private property if it has been parked there for more than 24 hours without the consent of the property owner, in which case the property owner or designee must report the vehicle as abandoned. See the online form to report abandoned vehicles.
Abandoned vehicles can be reported online or via our mobile app, GoTo Muhenberg.
Crimes can be reported in several ways: For emergencies, dial 911; For non-emergencies, call our office directly at (610) 929-5454 or call the Berks County Communications Center non-emergency line at (610) 655-4911; Personally make reports at our office; and by completing online report forms that can be obtained through this website and forwarding them to our department.
You can contact the Berks County Intermediate Unit or the Berks County Sheriff's Office. Both locations utilize Certifix Livescan fingerprinting technology. View all Certifix Livescan Fingerprinting locations
The curfew in Muhlenberg Twp. is 9:00 pm to 5:00 am every day, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
A crash is reportable when it occurs on a traffic-way, and there is an injury or death of any person involved, and/or damage to any vehicle involved to the extent that it cannot be driven under its own power.
Muhlenberg Township Police Department is located on the lower level of the Muhlenberg Township Municipal Building at 210 George Street, Reading PA 19605. Office hours are 8AM - 4:30PM, Monday through Friday. Office hours can vary on holidays. Check www.muhlenbergtwp.com for closings and modified hours.
If you would like to request a Motor Vehicle Accident form, please call the Police Department Administrative Office at 610-929-5454 for further assistance Monday through Friday from 8:00AM – 4:30PM.Thank you for your cooperation.
You can always let the department know that you will be on vacation or away from your home. It will be noted internally in the unlikely event that something happens while you are away from your home. Due to manpower restrictions, home visits for people on vacation or away are just not possible. There are several things you can do to safeguard your property when travelling.
You must arrange for recycling and trash pickup with the Township. Call the Customer Service Center at 610-929-4727 to make the necessary arrangements. More detailed information about trash and recycling pickup can be found by going to our Trash and Recycling page.
View a listing of utilities companies that service Muhlenberg Township.
You can contact the Tax Collector by calling 610-929-4727, ext. 247, or by visiting the Tax Collector page.
Muhlenberg School District can be reached by calling 610-929-8700 or by visiting the Muhlenberg School District website.
Yes, the Township has Community Map Guides that highlight each Township department. It also contains a Township map. You can stop by any Township office to pick up a current Community Map Guide.
All voting resources can be found on the Voter Resource page including polling places, dates, links to the County Election services and more.
Home repairs and renovations add value and enjoyment to your home and property. When residents want to start a new home project they often don’t know how the process of permitting works or what to do first. The Township wants to make this and all information accessible and easy to understand for our residents. We have created the first set of a series of Township Quick Guides that summarize the permitting process for Desks, Sheds, Fences and Pools. Quick Guides can be found online or picked up at the Township Offices at 210 George Street, Reading PA 19605.
You can! Visit our payment portal at https://muhlenbergtwp.merchanttransact.com/OneTimePayment
Currently you cannot register for programs online, but the Township is developing an online solution that will make this possible in the near future. Stay tuned for more details.
Fee schedules can be found on the Financial Documents page. Applications for permits, employment, etc. can be found on the Forms and Documents page.
The Township has Community Map Guides that highlight each Township department, contains useful information, and it also contains a Township map. You can stop by Customer Service to pick up a current Community Map Guide.
Requests can be submitted directly to Met-Ed online. You can also contact customer service at 610-929-4727 or report it on the GoTo Muhlenberg Mobile app.
Contact Met-Ed on their Outage Reporting Line by calling 1-888-LIGHTSS (888-544-4877), and select the option to report a downed power line. Please use this option only if you actually see a downed wire. Do not assume that because your power is out, there must be a wire down somewhere.
Downed wires can also be submitted via the GoTo Muhlenberg Mobile app or online.
You may place up to eight containers of trash, one bulk item, and your recycling container at the street’s edge any time after 6 p.m. the night before your pick-up. All trash must be in maximum 30-gallon plastic or metal containers or plastic trash bags (sorry, larger containers are not permitted). Tree branches and shrub trimmings may be bundled in four foot lengths. Please don’t use small containers such as boxes or grocery bags because they allow trash to blow around causing litter.
Help keep our Township clean!
You can contact the Tax Collector by calling 610-929-4727, ext. 247, or you can visit the Tax Office page.
Report it using the GoTo Muhlenberg service.
Drop off your expired or unused, prescribed and over-the-counter medications in the lobby at the Muhlenberg Township Municipal Building. Community members can utilize this drop box to ensure that medications will not end up in the wrong hands but rather properly disposed of. Read more on the Council on Chemical Abuse website.
Visit the Public Works page for detailed information regarding street sweeping, snow removal and leaf collection.
Muhlenberg Township Offices are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A permit is required when an owner or authorized agent intends to do the following for any residential building, commercial building, structure, and facility:
As well as when they intend to repair, convert, alter, or remove any electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems.
Trash bills are mailed twice a year (January and June).
You must arrange for recycling and trash pickup with the Township. Call the customer service center at 610-929-4727 to make the necessary arrangements. More detailed information about trash and recycling pickup can be found by visiting our residential trash and recycling page.
Get voting information on the Votes PA website.