Snow Shoveling Tips from PennDOT
PennDOT and Greene Township make every attempt to minimize depositing snow onto sidewalks and driveways and its operators are instructed to reduce speed when plowing in residential areas. However, to keep Greene Township moving, roads must be cleared, and usually PennDOT and the Township have no option but to push the snow off the roads and onto sidewalks and driveways.
Homeowners have several options to help minimize the impact to driveways. The first is remove snow only to approximately 10 feet from the end of the driveway until plowing is complete. Another method is to clean an area on the right side of your driveway facing it from the roadway, this allows the snow to be deposited from the plow before it reaches your driveway.
Outdoor Ice Skating Rink
Use of the rink will be open to the public during normal Park hours only (dawn to dusk) and will be on a first come first serve basis. No organized events will be permitted at this time. A skate at your own risk policy will be in effect. Proper safety gear should be worn at all times, especially for children. The Township is not responsible for injuries or accidents associated with use of the rink.
The outdoor skating rink is weather and temperature dependent and requires three straight days of sub-freezing temperatures to establish safe ice conditions for skating. Please visit this site for daily updates and information. There is also a posted sign at the rink with daily updates.
Click HERE for more information and daily ice conditions.
Cross Country Skiing
It’s time for a new recreational opportunity!
Greene Township Park is excited to announce we will begin to cater to our cross country skiing community! Anytime it snows enough to cover our trails, we will plow either the blue or red route (see map) for our pedestrians and their pups, while the other route will remain unplowed and open to our avid skiers. The yellow route will always be plowed to ensure access to the ice rink and parking area for sledding.
Our walkers are of course invited to walk the yellow route, while any skiers are welcome to follow our paths or blaze your own route around the park. For updates on which paths will be available to whom, feel free to check the park website or any of our social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter).
Mulch is available. However, no compost will be available until spring.
Greene Township is planning to purchase a horizontal grinder to be fully utilized at our Yard Waste Composting Facility at 300 Mickey Inn Road within the Township. The horizontal grinder will be used to assist in processing leaves, brush, and other yard waste at the facility. The current grinder has surpassed its useful life and the Township has decided that it is necessary for the purchase of a new horizontal grinder to allow for continued and efficient processing at the Yard Waste Composting Facility. It is proposed that the purchase of the new horizontal grinder will be funded by an Act 101, Section 902 Grant. An application to this program is currently pending. Interested persons may submit comments to the Township by December 14, 2015. Comments may be submitted to the Township via U.S. Mail and addressed to: Greene Township, 1145 Garver Lane, P.O. Box 215, Scotland, PA 17254 or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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