PennDOT to Repair and Resurface a 3.24-Mile Section
of U.S. 30, Lincoln Way East near Fayetteville
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Aggressively Spreading in South Central PA
PLEASE DO NOT BRING POISON HEMLOCK
TO OUR COMPOSTING FACILITY
Poison hemlock is a dangerous plant often found along stream banks, in fields, near fences, and on roadsides. Eating even a small amount of any part of this plant can kill people, livestock, and wildlife.
The hemlock plant has white flowers that grow in clusters, and the stem has purple spots. This plant can grow up to 9 feet tall. Leaves are fern-like and bright green, with a musty smell.
All parts of the plant are poisonous, including the flowers, leaves, stems, roots, and seeds. Even the dead canes remain toxic for up to three years. A single poison hemlock plant can produce over 40,000 seeds. These seeds can adhere to farm machinery, vehicles, fur and clothing, as well as be carried by water, and to a limited extent, wind. Poison hemlock is capable of rapid establishment, particularly in disturbed sites.
It contains potent toxic alkaloids that affect the nervous system, and even small internal doses can cause respiratory collapse and death. It can also cause a severe skin reaction similar to a burn when touched externally.
Poison hemlock can be mixed in with harmless plants in pastures and crops, making this plant particularly dangerous to livestock. However, its unpleasant, musty odor usually causes animals to avoid it unless there is no other foliage or feed available to eat.
When removing this hemlock, always wear rubber gloves and protective clothing when pulling the plant. Place the plant into a plastic bag and dispose of it into the trash. PLEASE DO NOT BRING POISON HEMLOCK TO OUR COMPOSTING FACILITY – the dried plants remain toxic.
Funding Awarded For
North Chambersburg Improvements Project – Phase II
Greene Township, Franklin County – On Tuesday March 26, 2019, the Commonwealth Financing Authority awarded a $450,000 grant from its Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF) program to Greene Township to support the North Chambersburg Improvements Project – Phase II. The grant funding will help advance key transportation improvements in the targeted economic growth area around newly constructed North Parkwood Drive.
The first priority of the proposed project is the installation of traffic signals at the intersections of Parkwood Drive, Kohler Road and Grand Point Road, and Kohler Road and Walker Road. Signalization at these intersections has long been a priority of Township officials and is expected to immediately improve traffic flow and safety.
Subject to adequate public and private funding, project plans also include the further extension of Fifth Avenue to provide direct connectivity between Parkwood Drive and Kohler Road, including the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Parkwood Drive, and the construction of a 3-legged roundabout at the intersection of future Fifth Avenue and existing Kohler Road.
Representative Kauffman (R) commented, “I was proud to support this MTF grant request and am happy to see the state contributing to the enhancement of our local transportation network. These grants are highly competitive, but the collaboration among public and private stakeholders helps a lot. I applaud the Township and its willingness to partner with the private sector.”
The Project will directly complement the recently completed Phase I, which was a multi-year, inter-municipal effort led by Chambersburg Health Services (an affiliate of Summit Health). Phase I was aimed at enhancing efficiency and more effectively integrating the existing local road network in the growing commercial area of Norland Avenue. It featured the extension of Parkwood Drive north, tying into the Grand Point and Kohler Roads intersection; reconstruction and extension of St. Paul Drive to intersect with Parkwood Drive; a series of enhancements to the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Norland Avenue; and the extension of Fifth Ave. from the municipal line to Parkwood Drive.
Former Senator Richard Alloway, who supported Phase I and was integral in securing support for the grant prior to his departure from the Senate, commented, “This is a great project that builds upon the success of Phase I and the cooperation of various stakeholders. It will alleviate safety concerns and inefficient traffic flow, improving conditions for residents and commuters in the greater Chambersburg area. I commend the Township for continuing this vital infrastructure project.”
The MTF grant award was one of 106 awards made in the state, and one of only three in Franklin County. The Township will utilize these funds to improve local road infrastructure, address existing safety concerns, and accommodate continued economic development in this targeted growth opportunity area. Todd Burns, chairman of the Greene Township Board of Supervisors stated, “We are grateful to be able to advance the next phase of this project which will address immediate safety concerns for those traveling in the Township. In addition, we feel that these improvements will positively impact the region’s current and future development efforts. We are extremely grateful to Representative Rob Kauffman and former Senator Alloway for their ongoing efforts to support this significant transportation system project.”
The MTF Program is funded through revenue from the 2013 transportation bill (Act 89-2013).
Greene Township Board of Supervisors Meetings
— New Hours —
The GREENE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS will hold their Regular Meetings for year 2019 on the following dates and times, at the Greene Township Municipal Building, 1145 Garver Lane, Scotland, PA, unless otherwise advertised:
Second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 P.M., prevailing time: February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10
Fourth Tuesday of each month at 12 Noon, prevailing time (except December which will be held on the Fourth Monday): January 22, February 26, March 26, April 23, May 28, June 25, July 23, August 27, September 24, October 22, November 26, December 23
All meetings are open to the public. Any person who needs assistance in order to attend or participate in the meetings should telephone (717) 263-9160 prior to the meeting.
Greene Township Receives $85,000
Watershed Restoration & Protection Program Grant
Greene Township, PA – At the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s (CFA) meeting held on September 18, 2018, it was announced that Greene Township will receive an $85,000 grant from the CFA’s Watershed Restoration and Protection Program (WRPP). The grant funds will be used to support the removal of two dams and the natural re-alignment of the Conococheague Creek. This grant award will serve as a supplement to a $100,000 grant that the Township received in 2017 from the same program.
The Conococheague Creek runs through several Franklin County municipalities, including the Village of Scotland in Greene Township. In Scotland, two of three dams impound the Creek, resulting in public safety concerns and higher maintenance costs. As part of the grant-funded project, the Township will remove the two dams while maintaining water flow to the Scotland Pond through the installation of a pipe that will divert water from the Creek. Once completed, the Creek will be restored to its natural alignment.
Senator Rich Alloway (R) stated, “Removing the dams will improve the biological habitat and water quality in the Township. I commend the Township for taking action and for being responsible stewards of our natural resources. I have supported this project from the beginning and I’m excited to see its completion.”
“In addition to the recreational uses the local area will benefit from once the project is completed, the creek is also part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed,” said Representative Rob Kauffman. “That means cleanup of the stream will have a much larger positive impact on the entire regional ecological system.”
Todd Burns, chairman of the Greene Township Board of Supervisors credited Senator Rich Alloway and Representative Rob Kauffman for the approval of the grant, “Senator Alloway and Representative Kauffman have been very involved with this project since its inception. It was their collaboration that we have to thank for these grants.”
The dam removal project was one of fifteen WRPP projects awarded throughout the Commonwealth, revealing the competitive nature of the program.
Please send any questions or comments to Todd Burns, Township Supervisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington Township Transfer Station Accepting Electronics Again
The following information is from the Washington Township website:
We are going to start taking Electronics for recycling again at the Transfer Station starting October 5th with the following conditions.
- There will be a $0.50 per pound charge with a $15.00, (30lbs) minimum charge. All electronic items will be weighed.
- This program is available to anyone. It is not limited to Washington Township residents.
- No limit on how many items are brought in at one time.
- We will receive electronic items ONLY on Fridays and the first Saturday of the month.
- Cash or check only at this time. (We will be taking credit cards soon).
- Any of the above conditions are subject to change if the program becomes too costly, or if conditions change in the overall recycling environment, or if our staff becomes overwhelmed with the processing.
Visit www.washtwp-franklin.org for more information.
Earth911 provides a source to find a location near you that accepts and recycles more than 350 products and materials. Electronics, batteries, automotive, and paints are just a few of the items in their recycling database. Type what you’re searching to recycle in the “Find a Recycling Center” box then enter your ZIP code. The search will generate a list of recyclers in your area. Click on the icon below to get started.
Public Service Announcement
A portion of Greene Township previously served by the Chambersburg Borough ambulance service will now be served by Holy Spirit EMS. If you receive a pamphlet from Holy Spirit EMS you are located in the affected area. If you are interested in their subscription program please look at what they have to offer.
Greene Township is not affiliated with nor are we promoting the subscription plan. We do however want you to be aware of their program if you are interested.
This change was implemented to insure that the closest EMS unit will respond to an emergency.
Please direct any questions you may have to the number provided in the pamphlet.
Appointments to Greene Township Boards – 2019
The Greene Township Board of Supervisors is currently seeking residents of the Township interested in serving on a Township Board (Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Board). If interested, please submit an application/resume to our office for consideration should a vacancy occur. Any questions in this regard may be directed to the Board of Supervisors at (717) 263-9160.
Private Charles W. “Bill” Roher Memorial Bridge
In honor of a highly decorated veteran of World War II, a bridge in Greene Township crossing the Conococheague Creek on Scotland Road was named the Private Charles W. “Bill” Roher Memorial Bridge. Roher was a native of Chambersburg who served in the United States Army from April 19, 1943, to March 28, 1945. He served with Company C, 194th Glider Infantry, during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was wounded on Jan. 11, 1945. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for action in the battle. Roher also earned the Combat Infantry Badge, World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, European Theater of War Ribbon with One Star, Good Conduct Medal, Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar and Glider Badge.
$100,000 Grant for Watershed Restoration Project in Greene Township
Rep. Rob Kauffman announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority approved $100,000 for the removal of two dams located in Greene Township, Franklin County.
“This project is important for the community in terms of recreation, but also for the health of a local pond and creek that are a part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed,” said Kauffman. “I have advocated strongly for this funding and am pleased to have this project chosen to receive a grant that will help move this plan forward.”
The project consists of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and Greene Township working together to assist Scotland Campus in removing two dams that are currently impounding Conococheague Creek.
Once the dams are removed, an inlet and piping can be installed to properly maintain water flow to the recreational pond. Removing the two Scotland Pond Dams will restore approximately 1,000 feet of previously impounded aquatic habitat, help alleviate public safety hazards and decrease localized flooding.
“Greene Township would like to thank Representative Kauffman for his work and support in acquiring grant monies for this restoration project. We look forward to working with the Fish and Boat Commission and property owners to complete the dam removals and revitalize this valuable stretch of the Conococheague Creek,” said Todd Burns, chairman of the Greene Township Board of Supervisors.
Scotland Campus has also agreed to provide land near the stream and the pond to Greene Township for the creation of a water trail along the creek.
Greene Township on Facebook
Check out our Facebook page! There you can find information on road projects, upcoming services and events, and community happenings. Don’t have a Facebook account? No worries because you can access our page without one. Click on Facebook link below to visit our page.
Franklin County Transportation Plan
The Franklin County Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Franklin County Planning Department updated the county’s Long-Range Transportation Plan in 2018.
A long-range transportation plan (LRTP) articulates a region’s vision and the transportation goals and objectives that will help achieve that vision. It considers issues and opportunities over a 20-year planning horizon. An LRTP includes an action plan and a prioritized list of proposed projects aligned with the region’s goals. The plan guides investment in transportation improvements as funds become available. LRTPs are required in order to qualify for state and federal transportation funding. Please visit their website for additional information.
Reservations for the 2019 calendar year are now available! Call the Township office to reserve your pavilion, date and time. (717) 263-9160
Pavilion rentals at the Greene Township Municipal Park are based on an hourly rate as follows:
Pavilion #1 (Medium): $20 per hour
Pavilion #2 (Small): $15 per hour
Pavilion #3 (Large): $28 per hour
Pavilion #4 (New): $15 per hour
Click Here for additional information.
Playground Improvement Project
Greene Township is excited to announce the newest addition to our park! New this spring is our Inclusive Play Area – a play environment using inclusive playground equipment that welcome kids and families of all abilities to learn, interact, and play together. Last summer we included two sets of playground equipment, outdoor fitness equipment, a pavilion, and an outdoor solar charging station. Stop by and check it out! Click on the photo below to see more.
Greene Township Park Bench Memorial Plaques
The Greene Township Board of Supervisors, in conjunction with Aladdin Awards, is now offering personalized plaques to honor the memory of a loved one. Your plaque will be displayed on one of our numerous benches located throughout the Township Park. For additional information please click on the image below.
Greene Township Identification Stickers
Township Supervisors are providing identification vehicle stickers, free of charge, to any resident providing photo identification verification at the Township office or Compost Facility. Sticker will be used on Bulk Days and at the Compost Facility as proof of residency.
Any questions to above matters, please contact Township Supervisors at (717) 263-9160.
New Area Code Overlay for 717 Region
A new 223 area code will be added to the area served by 717. Please click Here for details.
Septic Tank Pumping
As part of our sewage management program all septic tanks in Greene Township are required to be pumped and inspected every three (3) years by a licensed pumper/hauler. If your tank has not been pumped in the last 3 years we would like to remind residents that District 2 septic tank pumping is required this year – 2019. If you are not aware of which District you reside please click Here to view our location map.
A Feasibility Study for the Conococheague Trailway in Greene Township, Guilford Township, and Chambersburg Borough is complete. Visit our Trailway Feasibility Study page for more information.
Are you in Compliance with Pennsylvania’s Manure Management Requirements?
All operations that have animals need to develop and implement a written Manure Management Plan. This includes the backyard owners of horses, goats, sheep, etc. Click Here for more information.
Saturday: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: 300 Mickey Inn Road
Beginning April 1, 2014, Greene Township began implementing a new procedure for purchasing mulch and compost at our Composting Facility. Residents of Greene Township are required to obtain a prepaid card called a GREENE CARD. Click Here for more information.
The composting facility schedule will continue throughout the year except on holidays, holiday weekends, or special events such as bulk collection days. If the compost facility will be closed, signs will be posted at the gates. The composting facility accepts most types of yard waste except grass clippings. Brush should be no longer than 8 feet in length and no bigger than 3 inches in diameter. At various times during the year, after completing the composting process, leaf compost and bark mulch are available for pick-up. Material is on a first come first served basis. You may stop by the facility on Mickey Inn Road during regular hours to check on availability. All material generated by the composting facility is available only to current Township residents (photo identification or Greene Township identification sticker will be required) at a cost of $10.00 per large bucket scoop. One bucket scoop is approximately 2 cubic yards. No dump truck loads permitted.
811: Call Before You Dig – PA One Call
Safe digging is no accident. Know what’s below—dial 811 before you dig.
If you plan to dig for any reason, you must call 811 at least three days before digging to get your underground utilities marked.
The national “Call Before You Dig” number, 811 connects homeowners and contractors with the Pennsylvania One Call System. This organization informs utility companies of a homeowner’s intent to dig and provides the opportunity for utility companies to mark buried pipes and cables before digging commences, protecting both the utility lines and homeowners.
No matter how large or small the project is, it’s important to know what’s below. Call 811 if you are installing a fence or deck, or digging for a mailbox post, patio or other excavation project. Calling 811 can prevent a potentially dangerous situation, as well as saving homeowners and contractors potentially costly repair bills.
This service is free for homeowners, and it’s the law. The 811 “Call Before You Dig” hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
For more information on digging safely in Pennsylvania, visit www.PAOneCall.org.
The Pennsylvania State Police offer Community Awareness Bulletins and are published as necessary to share important information concerning the safety and security of the citizens of Pennsylvania. The most recent and relevant bulletins are listed HERE.
DEP Reminds Pennsylvanians to Maintain Home Heating Oil Tanks
Now that autumn is upon us, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) encourages residents to take precautions before filling their home heating oil tanks. Poorly maintained or leaking home heating oil tanks can pose a fire risk, diminish indoor air quality, or contaminate groundwater.
One in five Pennsylvania homes uses heating oil to stay warm in the winter. Owners of home heating oil tanks should consider inspecting indoor and outdoor home heating oil tanks for potential problems prior to refilling them. Preventing leaks will save owners energy and money, in addition to protecting owners’ health.
Cleaning up a spill caused by a heating oil tank can cost up to $50,000 and may not be covered by homeowner’s insurance. Homeowners can check with their insurance provider to see whether coverage is available.
DEP encourages homeowners to consider these tips:
- For safety reasons, always assume the tank contains at least some oil;
- Routinely inspect the exterior of the tank and all attached equipment;
- Check for signs of rusting on the tank and its structural supports;
- Examine the tank’s fill line and feed line to the furnace for leaks;
- Never tip over or empty a tank onto the ground;
- Enlist a professional to perform maintenance or alterations to a heating oil tank system; and
- Recognize that wet spots or odors near the tank may signal a problem.
When fuel is delivered, make certain that the home address is clearly visible and the tank’s fill line is clearly marked. If a resident cannot be home when fuel oil is delivered, mark the fill pipe with a red flag or marker and inform the oil company of the location. Ensure that any disconnected fill pipes are permanently sealed and cannot be opened.
Residents who think their oil tank may have a problem should immediately contact their oil company for help.
For more information about maintaining a home heating oil tank, click Here or call DEP’s Division of Storage Tanks at (717) 772-5599.
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