The Greene Township Office will be closed Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Holiday Safety Reminders from Pennsylvania State Police
With the holiday shopping season underway, Pennsylvanians will be heading to malls and big box stores in search of the perfect gift for family and friends. Unfortunately, criminals will also be out – like the Grinch – looking for easy targets.
The Pennsylvania State Police offer the following tips to stay safe and reduce your chances of becoming a victim.
Be aware of your surroundings. Many holiday crimes are “crimes of opportunity,” meaning thieves prey on easy targets. Try to shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you shop at night, park in well-lit areas and bring a friend or family member.
Keep valuables out of sight. Expensive presents in the back seat of an unattended car attract criminals. Lock your packages in the trunk. Don’t wear expensive jewelry and avoid flashing large amounts of cash while shopping.
Lock your car doors and take the keys. Thieves will walk through parking lots checking door handles for unlocked vehicles. Don’t make it easy for them. Lock your doors and take your keys. Every time.
Plan for packages. If you shop online, try to have packages delivered when someone will be available accept them. You don’t want your items sitting on your doorstep for several hours while you are away. Consider having packages sent to you at work, or using the mailing address of a trusted friend or relative who is home during the day.
Watch for con-artists. The holidays are a time of giving, but don’t let people take advantage of your generosity. Be wary of strangers who approach you in parking lots and only donate to recognized charitable organizations.
Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t “feel” right, it probably isn’t. Speak up and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Call 9-1-1 to report an emergency.
Package Thieves: The Grinch’s Who Steal Christmas
As the holiday season approaches, individuals are reminded that unsupervised packages left on porches, in driveways, at apartment doors, and in mailboxes are easy targets for thieves and burglars. With nearly half of all 2016 holiday shopping done online, The United Parcel Service (UPS) estimates it will deliver 630 million packages between Black Friday and New Year’s Day. The problem is that when the packages are delivered, it is usually when no one is home, leaving the proverbial window wide open for criminals. According to a report from insuranceQuotes.com, an estimated 23 million Americans have had packages stolen from their homes, a figure only expected to increase with the popularity of online shopping.
Packages are typically delivered via the U.S. Postal Service, UPS or FedEX. Stealing mail from the U.S. Postal Service is a federal crime and carries a potential five-year prison sentence and $250,000 fine. But, if packages are stolen after they are delivered from a private carrier like UPS or FedEx, it is considered property theft. Thieves will often follow UPS and FedEx trucks to homes, wait a few minutes, and then approach the house to steal the package. Most insurance companies have called these thieves “porch pirates,” and advise that the packages stolen may be covered under your homeowner’s insurance policy. Postal inspectors make nearly 10,000 arrests each year, many for mail theft. Allstate Insurance Company’s Holiday Home Hazards poll found that nearly two-thirds of Pennsylvanians have had valuables delivered to their homes when they are not present and eight percent have been victims of package theft.
- Install cameras on the outside of the home.
- Put inside lights and radios on timers, to give the appearance someone is home.
- Empty trash cans are a clear signal that no one is home. Ask a neighbor to return the empty cans to a designated area.
- Request a specific drop-off time and date.
- Sign up for alerts through the delivery service alerting you to when your package is delivered.
- If you know the date and approximate time of a package delivery, ask a neighbor to pick it up for you.
- Have packages delivered to a local UPS Store.
- Make use of modern technology. There are multiple smartphone applications that allow packages to be tracked.
- Call 9-1-1 if you see something strange and report the tip to authorities with as much detail as possible.
New Stop Signs – Main Street Fayetteville
Four way stop signs have been installed at the intersection of Main Street Fayetteville/Mont Alto Road/Coldspring Road. As requested by the Greene Township Supervisors, PennDOT conducted an engineering and traffic study and determined that a four way stop is warranted at the intersection. Please be aware of this change as you travel Main Street Fayetteville.
Septic Tank Pumping
As part of our sewage management program all septic tanks in the Township are required to be pumped and inspected every three (3) years by a licensed pumper/hauler. We would like to remind residents that District 2 septic tank pumping is required this year – 2016. If you are not aware of which District you reside please click Here to view our location map.
Appointments to Greene Township Boards
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.
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.
Wednesdays & Fridays – 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Saturdays – 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. No dump truck loads permitted.
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.
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.
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.
PennDOT’s “FindMyRidePA” Helps Veterans & People with Disabilities with their Transportation Needs
Now it’s easier and more affordable than ever to get where you need to go on your schedule.
That’s because the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is expanding its FindMyRidePA service to new areas, including Franklin County, so eligible residents can more easily access convenient and low-cost shared ride transportation.
Use FindMyRidePA.com to learn about your fixed and shared ride transportation options, including some that pick you up at home and drop you off at your destination as simply and affordably as possible.
FindMyRidePA is a great resource for senior citizens, veterans, persons with disabilities, and those with transportation needs. Our residents deserve safe, reliable and convenient transportation to lead productive, healthier and more satisfying lives.
If you are already a Shared Ride user:
- Go to FindMyRidePA.com on your computer, tablet or smartphone.
- Then sign in using your Shared Ride ID, county of residence and date of birth.
- Enter the date, time, location and purpose of your trip.
- Choose the option you want – and your trip is booked.
It’s that simple.
You can also use FindMyRidePA to see your planned trips, email the plan to yourself or someone else, or cancel your reservation.
If you are not a Shared Ride user and want more information about the program call 1-844-PA4-RIDE.
FindMyRidePA is sponsored by a partnership between PennDOT and rabbittransit with support from the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. State Department of Veterans Affairs and the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Discounted Shared Ride services are sponsored by the Commonwealth and is paid for by the Pennsylvania Lottery and other funding sources.
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