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January 18, 2019
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Pennsylvania Preparing Aggressive Statewide Response in Advance of Weekend Storm

Harrisburg, PA – With an intense winter storm expected to bring heavy snow, high winds, sleet and freezing rain across the state through this weekend, Governor Tom Wolf today signed a state of emergency declaration to allow for increased assistance with storm-related needs. The commonwealth also will impose speed restrictions and a ban on all commercial traffic, including buses on most interstates and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

State officials urge motorists to use caution during the storm, postpone travel if possible, reduce speeds and be aware of the potential for rapidly changing weather and roadway conditions.

The commercial vehicle ban will be in place between noon Saturday and noon Sunday on all interstates and the Turnpike, except for Interstate 95 in southeastern Pennsylvania. The ban will also be imposed on the U.S. 22 expressway in the Lehigh Valley and the Pennsylvania Route 33 expressway in Northampton and Monroe counties. See a map of restricted roadways.

“We want to be aggressive in managing this storm, during which snowfall rates could exceed one to two inches per hour,” Governor Wolf said. “Our top concern is the safety of residents. If you do not have to travel during the storm, please avoid it. Please heed warnings from emergency responders and personnel, and remember to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly.”

The declaration of an emergency allows for additional help from neighboring states and standing up the Pennsylvania National Guard to ensure a swift response to possible changing priorities, and the vehicle bans will allow our snow plow crews to have a clearer route to keeping these interstates open despite the expected severe weather.

The governor’s emergency declaration authorizes state agencies to use all available resources and personnel, as necessary, to cope with the magnitude and severity of the storm’s impacts. The time-consuming bid and contract procedures, as well as other formalities normally prescribed by law, are waived for the duration of the proclamation.

It is important to note that the declaration does not restrict citizens from travel on commonwealth roadways, but motorists should be aware of any restrictions that are in place and heed the guidance of local authorities.

Speed limits will be restricted to 45 mph on the interstates and expressways as the storm progresses. The Pennsylvania Department Transportation (PennDOT), the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Pennsylvania State Police have been coordinating their planning in advance of the storm and will be staffing the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) throughout the duration of the storm.

“Travel will be very challenging this weekend with the combination of heavy snow, high winds, sleet, freezing and plain rain and then a rapid drop in temperatures on Sunday,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “If you must travel, please check 511PA for the latest conditions and be prepared in case extreme conditions trigger long delays on your route.”

Anticipating the storm’s severity, Amtrak has already cancelled the cross-state Pennsylvanian passenger train for Sunday and has cancelled six trains Sunday on the Keystone Line between Philadelphia and Harrisburg.

To help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 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 860 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.

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.

A vehicle emergency kit should be prepared or restocked with items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. Motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have such as baby supplies, extra medication and pet supplies.

The CRCC at PEMA headquarters outside Harrisburg will be activated at 8 a.m. on Saturday and staffed with personnel from multiple state agencies, including the departments of Transportation, Conservation and Natural Resources, Environmental Protection, Fish and Boat Commission, Game Commission, General Services, Health, Public Utility Commission, Military and Veterans Affairs, Health, PA State Police, Human Services, Revenue, and PA Turnpike, as well as the American Red Cross and Civil Air Patrol. Other state agencies are on notice to report if needed.

PEMA works with county emergency management personnel to monitor unmet local needs during inclement weather affecting travel, utilities, and shelter. You are encouraged to monitor state agency social media accounts for the most up-to-date information on any emergency or weather-related situation affecting the state, in addition to any social media accounts for your local emergency management offices.

Motorists should be aware that all vehicles should be fully clear of ice and snow before winter travel. If snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of that vehicle could receive a $200 to $1,000 fine.

When winter weather occurs, PennDOT urges drivers to be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment. When encountering a plow truck, drivers should:

  • Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.
  • Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.
  • When a plow truck is traveling toward you, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width.
  • Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a “plow train.” The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.
  • Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can’t see, and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.
  • Keep your lights on to help the operator better see your vehicle. Also remember that under Pennsylvania state law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle’s wipers are on due to inclement weather.

In addition to driving safely around plows, motorists are urged to drive according to conditions. If motorists encounter snow or ice-covered roads, they should slow down, increase their following distance and avoid distractions. Last winter in Pennsylvania, preliminary data shows that there were 440 crashes resulting in 221 injuries on snowy, slushy or ice-covered roadways where aggressive-driving behaviors such as speeding or making careless lane changes were factors.

To report an accident or other emergencies on the PA Turnpike, dial *11 on your mobile phone. If there is an accident, move the car out of travel lane and onto shoulder, if possible, and stay in the vehicle. For more information about PA Turnpike conditions, follow the conversation by using www.paturnpike.com/travel/twitter. You may also see advisories by clicking on the travel ticker on www.PATurnpike.com.

PennDOT has created a Winter Safety media center, including social-media-sized graphics highlighting winter driving preparations and operations at www.penndot.gov in the “Media Center” under the “About Us” footer.

For more information on safe winter travel, an emergency kit checklist and information on PennDOT’s winter operations including a video, visit PennDOT.gov/winter. Additional winter driving and other highway safety information is available at PennDOT.gov/safety

Follow the conversation by using #PAWinter on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews and visit the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation to view a winter emergency kit video.

NOTE: Governor Wolf and state officials will hold a weather briefing at PEMA today at 3:15 p.m.

MEDIA CONTACTS:  J.J. Abbott, 717-783-1116; Rich Kirkpatrick, 717-783-8800, (717-439-1787 cell), PennDOT; Ruth Miller, 717-651-2009 or ruthmiller@pa.gov, PEMA; Rosanne Placey, 717-675-4362, PA Turnpike Commission


Greene Township Board of Supervisors Meetings

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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 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 tburns@greenetwp.us


Electronic Recycling

 

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

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.


Township News

 

Winter 2019 Newsletter:

Click HERE to view.

 

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 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 Now on Facebook

Check out our new 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

Franklin County is updating its Long-Range Transportation Plan and is asking for your assistance.  They have created a website that includes a survey and a mapping tool to obtain public input on transportation problem areas around the County.

The best long-range transportation plans reflect input from a wide range of perspectives, and they want yours!  You can help identify problems with roads, intersections, sidewalks, bicycle routes, bus service, etc., and help evaluate the best ways to address these issues.  Please visit their website for additional information.

www.franklincountylrtp.com


Park News

 

Picnic Pavilions

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 that the newest addition to our park is now OPEN!  The project 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.

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Township Information

 

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.

 

Conococheague Trailway

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.


Composting Facility


Wednesday & Friday:   8:00 AM to 2:00 PMGreene Cards

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.


Miscellaneous Information

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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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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