About The Borough of Topton
In 1754, Berks County became incorporated. Settlers lived in "long swamp". Farms were found to be underlaid with iron ore and as many as 100 mines opened in the area. Villages and hamlets were established and the area became known as "Longswamp" in 1761. In 1854, the Allentown Railroad Company constructed a railroad from Allentown to join the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad.
In 1859, the East Penn Railroad was extended from Reading to Allentown. On May 19th of that year, Judge George Stitzel, while inspecting the railroad, suggested to the community at the highest elevation be called Topton. In February 1876, the Borough of Topton was created. Topton, located in the northeast corner of Berks County, is surrounded by Longswamp Township, except for a small corner which is adjacent to Maxatawny Township. The population according to a 2010 census is 2,069.
Until Further Notice the Borough of Topton is enacting a Burning Ban. We ask that all residents refrain from use of outdoor firepits or chimineas. All other burning is prohibited within the borough at all times. For more information please contact the Borough Office. 610-682-2541
Showing Our Colors
Here’s your chance to help raise money for a great cause and help decide who gets a radical new hair color. Seven town officials have taken the risk of having their hair dyed a bright neon color to help raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. Its up to our community to decide who it is… simply make your donations in the jar of who you want to see get a new hair color. Jars are located at the Borough office, Classy Cupcakery, Jak's Diner, and the American Legion. Its that simple. Then come out to the Hoch Memorial on Home Avenue during community days on May 16th to support the cause. At 2:00 PM we’ll tally up the totals and see who has their hair dyed right there. Or you can show your support by dying your hair too. All money collected will benefit Wounded Warrior Project.
On November 10, 2014, the Borough Council of Topton adopted Ordinance No. 6 of 2014. Ordinance No. 6 establishes a program for the collection, storage, transportation, processing, and disposal of recyclable materials.
Specifically, this Ordinance requires the separate collection of recyclable materials, and prohibits recyclable materials from being disposed with non-recyclable garbage. The passage of this Ordinance, and the establishment of mandatory recycling, is required under a grant that the Borough has received through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to facilitate recycling of paper, cardboard, plastics, metals, and glass, and help improve and preserve our environment, and conserve resources and landfill space. It is expected that the Borough will begin this recycling program no later than May 1, 2015.
Notifications have been sent to area haulers and moving forward haulers that do not offer recycling will not be permitted to offer services within the Borough of Topton.
What does this mean for Residents:
I. Effective May 1, 2015 the Borough of Topton will be a mandated recycling community. After this point all residents will be required to recycle as instructed by your hauler.
II. Residents are able to select the hauler of their choice, as long as the hauler meets the requirements of Ord. #6-2014, offering curb side recycling.
The Borough office will be available to answer questions or help assist during this transition. Complete copies of the ordinance can be obtained by clicking here.
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