Franklin Forward Non-Profit Recovery Grant Announcement
Healthy Franklin County, a health improvement collaborative operated by WellSpan Health, in partnership with the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, created the Franklin Forward Non-Profit Recovery Grant program to provide funding to eligible 501 (c) 3 and 501 (c) 19 non-profit organizations negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
Approximately $1.76 million to $2.76 million of the County’s $14 million federal CARES allocation is available for the program.
Applications are available on the Healthy Franklin County website healthyfranklincounty.org beginning Monday, September 21, 2020.
Grant applications will be received until the close of business on Friday, October 2, at which time they will be reviewed for the purpose of making recommendations to the commissioners for funding. Program guidelines are available on the website now and can be viewed here.
For anyone who has questions about the program, contact Noel Purdy at email@example.com or call 717-504-0559
Posted: September 14, 2020
On the following dates, the listed Board will consider and possibly take action on a plan or application:
September 14, 2020 – Greene Township Planning Commission 1.) Jaindl Land Co. – Preliminary Land Development Plan 2.) HR Recycling – Conditional Use Permit Application
September 22, 2020 – Greene Township Board of Supervisors, 1.) Sunset Storage – Land Development Plan, review time extension, 2.) Tycolbrit – Final Subdivision Plan, request for waiver of requirement to construct sidewalks, 3.) Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority – Acknowledgement of Phase 7 Parcels to be conveyed
For up-to-date and accurate information for our community please visit the following websites:
- The Pennsylvania Department of Health is charged with the Commonwealth’s response and is updating the situation status daily: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
- The Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
- National Institutes of Health: https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus
July 6, 2020
PennDOT to Replace Superstructure on Route 233 Bridge South of Caledonia in Franklin County
Rocky Mountain Road bridge in Greene Township to be closed for up to 81 days.
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that tomorrow, Tuesday, July 7, weather permitting, its contractor will close the bridge that carries Route 233 over Rocky Mountain Creek south of Caledonia State Park in Greene Township, Franklin County, for a superstructure replacement project.
PennDOT advises travelers that the Route 233 bridge over Rocky Mountain Creek will be closed to through traffic for up to 81 days. Until then, a short detour will be in place using an unnamed side road and Route 30. A temporary traffic signal will be in place on Route 30 at the intersection with the unnamed road.
This portion of Route 233, locally known as Rocky Mountain Road, averages more than 1,300 vehicles traveled daily.
PennDOT awarded the $569,000 contract on December 20, 2019, to Redrock Construction, Inc. of Lewistown Borough, Mifflin County. Work includes replacing the existing 102-year-old three-span concrete arch structure with a new two-span cast-in-place reinforced concrete slab, approach pavement work, new guiderail, signs and pavement markings.
The existing bridge was built in 1917 and has a posted 15-ton weight limit. Once it is replaced and the roadway is restored to traffic, the weight limit will be removed from the new bridge.
Milling and paving work may be conducted after the bridge is opened to traffic under short-term single-lane alternating traffic patterns. Work under this construction contract is scheduled to be completed in October 2020.
Work on this project will be in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job-site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the jobsite, and relevant training.
For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.
Subscribe to PennDOT news in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties at www.penndot.gov/District8.
Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 950 traffic cameras, 103 of which are in the Midstate.
511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
Altoona, PA– Today Congressman John Joyce, M.D. (PA-13) announced that five additional fire departments in Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District have been awarded grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance for Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, totaling nearly $25,000 in support.
“Every day, our firefighters and first responders show up to protect the people of Pennsylvania from any emergency that may occur, and it’s imperative that they have the resources and training that they need to do their job safely,” said Congressman Joyce. “It is my privilege to work with our local first responders and FEMA’s Assistance for Firefighters Grant Program to help equip these brave Pennsylvanians to serve our community.”
In total, the firefighters and first responders received $24,195.20, which will be used to obtain vital equipment and training.
- Central City Fire Department in Central City received $8,203.81.
- Franklin Fire Company No. 4 in Chambersburg received $2,561.90.
- West End Fire & Rescue Company No. 3 in Shippensburg received $2,842.10.
- West Hills Regional Fire Department in Johnstown received $2,099.77.
- Youngstown Volunteer Fire Department and Relief Association in Youngstown received $8,487.62.
Grand Point Road, Kohler Road & North Parkwood Drive Intersection
The new traffic signals at the intersection of Grand Point Road, Kohler Road and North Parkwood Drive have been activated. Remain cautious driving in the area as drivers adjust to the new traffic flow.
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
2020 Meeting Dates & Times
The GREENE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS will hold their Regular Meetings for Year 2020 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: January 14, February 11, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8
Fourth Tuesday of each month at 12 Noon, prevailing time (except April which will be held on the Fifth Wednesday): January 28, February 25, March 24, April 29, May 26, June 23, July 28, August 25, September 22, October 27, November 24, December 22
All meetings are open to the public. Any person who needs assistance in order to attend or participate in the meetings should telephone 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
Article from American Rivers: Cheers To Greene Township On Scotland Pond Dam Removal
Appointments to Greene Township Boards – 2020
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.
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 2020 calendar year are now available! Call the Township office to reserve your pavilion, date and time. 717-263-9160
Fees for pavilion rentals are based on an hourly rate as follows:
Pavilion #1 (Medium – 100/110 People) – $20 per hour
Pavilion #2 (Small – 50/60 People) – $15 per hour
Pavilion #3 (Large – 150 People) – $28 per hour
Pavilion #4 (New – 40/50 People) – $15 per hour
Visit our Recreation Facilities & Pavilions page for additional information and reservation application.
New Park Bathroom
The new park restroom and water/pet fountain are complete and open.
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.
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 3 septic tank pumping is required this year – 2020. If you are not aware of which District you reside please 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.
NEW Compost Vending Machine! We are excited to announce that we have a new process for obtaining mulch cards. We have installed a vending machine at the compost facility (located in the garage). The machine accepts cash and all major credit cards. The machine will dispense a card that residents can then give to the Township staff, who will load their mulch as usual. There will be a second machine located at the Township office once we re-open to the public.
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.
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 PAOneCall.
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 can be found by visiting the Pennsylvania State Police website.
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, visit DEP’s Division of Storage Tanks or call (717) 772-5599.
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