Reporting Road-Kill Deer

Living in Northeastern Pennsylvania, it’s common to see dead deer along the side of the roads. This unfortunate occurrence can lead to other animals being in the road to feed off it, foul smells, road obstructions and other inconveniences. Sometimes they can be there for days or even weeks. So, who is responsible for removal?

PennDOT removes dead deer from state roads. You can report a dead deer by calling 1-800-FIX-ROAD and giving the location of the carcass.


If the deer is not on a state road, but is on a township or a private road, you can call the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Northeast Region at 570-675-1143.

Click here to view what roads are state owned and what roads are township or private: Map of Pike County Roads

Many people don’t want to see an animal go to waste, so the game commission allows Pennsylvania residents to pick up deer and turkey for consumption purposes. A permit must be obtained within 24 hours from the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Region Office which serves the county where the animal is located. For more information on this, click here.

Vacancies

Greene Township, Pike County, PA will hold a special meeting on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 2:30pm at the municipal building, 198 Brink Hill Rd., Greentown, PA 18426 for the purpose of appointing a member to the vacancy board for 2022 and appointing a township supervisor to fill a recent vacancy until the next municipal election. No other business will be conducted.

Attached is a write up of what your application should include if you’re interested in filling a vacancy. Just specify on the top of your letter if it’s for the “vacancy board” or the “board of supervisors”. The same application requirements are valid for vacancy board member applications.

2022 Annual Clean Up Day

Greene Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania will hold the annual Clean Up Day on Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 8:00am-2:00pm at the municipal building – 198 Brink Hill Rd., Greentown, PA 18426.

  • Cash or check accepted.
  • The township will not accept anything outside of the scheduled hours of 8am-2pm on May 21st
  • You must be a Greene Township resident. Please keep in mind that some of Greentown is in Palmyra Township. To verify you are a Greene Township resident, please check your tax bill, voter registration, or the Pike County GIS Map which can be accessed here: GIS Map. Please bring proof of residency, as you may be asked for it.
  • We cannot accept the following: hazardous materials, daily garbage, construction materials (shingles, lumber, bricks, etc.). Please check the flyer for a list of hazardous materials.

Local Businesses for Home Related Projects

Are you new to the area, or in need of a business for a home related project and don’t know who to call? We’ve got you covered!

There are many local businesses that specialize in home related projects. From building new structures, to removing trees on your property, it’s important to call a reliable business. We’ve put together a list of local home related businesses for your convenience.

*Please note: Township employees cannot recommend businesses. This is a general directory for informational purposes. We are not affiliated with any businesses on this list. Business owners are responsible for their own licensing and insurance.

Contracting

BusinessLocationPhoneWebsiteOther Services
SNI ConstructionGreentown570-676-9477sniconstruction.com
Ann’s ConstructionGreentown570-470-4139annsconstruction.com
Timbercrest BuildersGreentown570-576-0540timbercrestbuilders.com
James Pinto ContractingNewfoundland570-351-6622
Canfield ConstructionGreentown570-236-1167
Paquette & Son Home ImprovementsGreentown570-470-1961

Electrical

BusinessLocationPhoneWebsiteOther Services
Coleman ElectricGreentown570-676-0861
Philip Michael LLCGreentown570-351-3050philipmichael.com

Excavating

BusinessLocationPhoneWebsiteOther Services
B&W ExcavatingGreentown570-676-9178Snowplowing, Septic System Installation
Panther Trucking & ExcavatingNewfoundland570-983-6831panthertexcavating.com
Gross ExcavatingSouth Sterling570-470-8523Logging
William Heberling Excavating & TruckingGreentown570-676-3104Trucking
Bob Shafer ExcavatingNewfoundland570-676-9383

Garbage Pickup/Junk Hauling

BusinessLocationPhoneWebsiteOther Services
E&L ServicesGreentown570-647-5624facebook.com/e-l-services-110052174522855
Waste Management866-909-4458wm.com
GFL (Green For Life)Lake Ariel Location570-685-7000gflnv.com

Home Inspection

BusinessLocationPhoneWebsiteOther Services
Affordable Home & Building InspectionsGreentown570-226-5222poconoinspections.com
A Hold On Mold, LLCGreentown570-689-7109aholdonmold.com
Precise Home Inspections LLCHawley570-493-0494precisehomeinspections.net

Land Survey

BusinessLocationPhoneWebsiteOther Services
Schoenagel & Schoenagel Inc.Greentown570-857-0256schoenagel.com
William R. Dunning SurveyorGreentown570-616-5282
Kiley Associates LLCLakeville570-226-5810kileyassoc.com

Landscaping/Snowplowing

BusinessLocationPhoneWebsiteOther Services
Kizer Landscaping & ExcavatingGreentown570-240-7842kizerlawncare.comExcavating
Jazikoff LandscapingCresco570-676-3550Junk Hauling
Blueline LandscapingGreentown570-972-5935facebook.com/bluelinelandscapingpa
JB Property MaintenanceNewfoundland570-877-5068

Plumbing/HVAC

BusinessLocationPhoneWebsiteOther Services
Joe’s Plumbing & HeatingGreentown570-857-9652
Sam ShafferGreentown570-676-8358
Hynak Mechanical Inc.Moscow570-842-6833hynakhvac.com

Roofing

BusinessLocationPhoneWebsiteOther Services
Eastern Roofing Systems, Inc.Jessup570-383-1818easternroofingsystems.com
MNM Roofing ProfessionalsGreentown570-793-5715mnmroofingllc.com/

Septic System Installation

BusinessLocationPhoneWebsiteOther Services
RL Fenkner Inc.Greentown570-857-0105
Koberlein Environmental ServicesHonesdale570-253-3660koberlein.com
Butler Septic ServicesJefferson Township570-689-2952

Tree Removal

BusinessLocationPhoneWebsiteOther Services
Got Trees?Ledgedale570-229-4131facebook.com/gottreesexperttreeservice/
Rex BrandHawley570-226-2512
Accelerated ForestryLake Ariel570-499-4848

Well Drilling

BusinessLocationPhoneWebsiteOther Services
Jack Ziegler IncNewfoundland570-689-2472
Knight Well DrillingGouldsboro570-842-8142facebook.com/knightwelldrilling/
Tyler Pump & Well ServiceHonesdale570-903-0037tylerpumpandwellservices.com

If you own a local business that’s home related and would like to be added to this directory, please email your business name, phone number, website, location and services to secretary@greenetownship.org

Chances of Hitting Deer Increased

This time of year (autumn) brings beautiful fall foliage, cooler weather and the start of the holiday season. Unless you or your loved ones are hunters, you may not think about the fact that these months also bring the rut and hunting season. The rut (breeding season) causes deer to be focused on reproduction and decreases their attention to much else. They are more likely to dart across the road, especially during the evening and night hours. This, combined with daylight savings time, brings a much higher risk of restricted views and vehicles colliding with deer on the roadway.

According to the insurance company State Farm, Pennsylvania is in the top five states with the highest chances of hitting a deer (1 in 54 chance of a crash). The highest risk months, in order, are November, then October, followed by December.

Avoiding a crash

Some things to do to avoid a crash include:

  • Staying alert, especially in the evening and at night
  • Don’t watch the deer crossing the road – wait for a buck to be following behind
  • Use your high beams
  • Scan the sides of the road to see possible deer before they cross
  • Follow speed limits to ensure easier breaking if needed
  • Avoid unnecessary travel in the dark

If you do have a vehicle collision with a deer, here are some things to do afterwards:

  • Move your vehicle to a safe place
  • Keep your distance from the animal. If it is injured it may try to get up and run
  • Call the police to report the accident
  • Take photos of the damage to your vehicle

Contact PennDOT to remove deer from the side of public roads.

Greene Township Park gets Facelift

The Cykosky Park, located on Brink Hill Road in Greentown, PA has recently gotten upgraded. In addition to a grant the township received to install new playground equipment, a gazebo and a safety fence, local Girl Scout Troop #50669 has made more upgrades.

They have removed overgrown shrubs from around the park’s sign and planted new flowers. They installed a sandbox to add to the park. The girls also helped erect a new sign at the bottom of Brink Hill Road and planted flowers around it.

Through this project, the girl scouts earned their Silver Award.

The project was funded by donations and the girl scouts, along with their parents, did all the planting and building of the sandbox.

What Does the Township Do?

A township is a unit of government that is a subdivision of a county. Some of the main responsibilities of a township are road maintenance and land-use planning. Second class townships (like Greene Township, Pike County, PA) are governed by a three (3) member board of supervisors who are elected for overlapping six (6) year terms.

About Greene Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania:

  • The board of supervisors and their terms can be found on the home page of the township’s website.
  • The roads that the township are responsible for can be found on the Township Roads page.
  • The township’s land-use planning information can be found on the Subdivision and Land Development page.
  • There is no adopted zoning ordinance, but there are other township ordinances to ensure the health and safety of the public.

Township responsibilities

Road Maintenance

There are three (3) types of roads in Pennsylvania. State roads are maintained by PennDOT, township roads are maintained by the township, and private roads are maintained by the property owners.

Land-Use Planning

Land-use planning consists of lot combinations, subdivisions and land developments. Lot combinations are when a property owner wants to combine two or more parcels into one. Subdivisions are when a property owner wants to take one parcel and divide it into multiple parcels. Land developments are when parcels of land are improved for the purpose of constructing a group of two (2) or more residential or nonresidential buildings or a single nonresidential building.

Ordinances

There are numerous ordinances and codes in place to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public. Greene Township has adopted ordinances, such as Signs, Solid Waste Management, Regulating Outdoor Fires and Junkyards. To view the full list of ordinances, visit the Ordinances page.

Building

Permits for building projects (eg. homes, sheds, garages, decks, pools, additions, etc.) are obtained through the township. Greene Township contracts a third party building department to do building inspections. For more information on building permits, visit the Building page.

Sewage and Well

The township is responsible for administering onlot septic system and well permits in accordance with the The Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act (Act 537 of 1966, as amended). The township employs a Sewage Enforcement Officer, Glen Martin. Please visit the Sewage and Well page for his contact information.

Tax Collector

The elected township tax collector, Barbara Gilpin, is responsible for administering tax bills and collecting and recording all taxes. Her contact information can be found on the Taxes page.

Here is a list of some things townships do not handle:

  • Privately owned roads
  • Home owners associations/private developments or communities rules, regulations, bylaws
  • Property information (eg. survey maps, deeds, home records, etc.)
  • Landlord/tenant lists
  • Local business recommendations

The Dime Bank’s NEW Greentown Branch

On Thursday, July 22, 2021, The Dime Bank officers and local representatives gathered to celebrate the ground breaking ceremony for the new branch in Greentown, PA. Expected to be completed in the beginning of 2022, the new branch will be located on the right as you enter Dutch’s Market on Route 507 in Greene Township.

The new branch will feature innovative technology to provide a “Universal Banker” experience to customers. To create a smooth experience, all of the staff will be trained to handle all types of transactions. In addition, this branch will feature a new color scheme and furniture to provide a more modern atmosphere.




Pictured left to right: Pike County Treasurer John Gilpin; Honorable Michael Peifer, PA House of Representatives, District 139; Paul Otway Dutch’s Market; Greene Township Supervisor Gerald Obert; The Dime Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Bochnovich; PW Campbell Principal John Campbell; Chairman of the Board John Kiesendahl; Senator Lisa Baker, PA State Senate, District 20; Board Director Tom Peifer.

Photo courtesy of Deb Unflat – The Dime Bank’s Vice President Marketing

Filing a Complaint

There are a variety of instances that may require action taken by the township. Some of these instances include poor township road conditions and violations of township ordinances.

All complaints must be made in writing. The township cannot take action on a complaint that is not in writing because in the event the issue goes to court, documentation of the complaint is required to back up the case. We also require written complaints in order for the correct parties to reach out for additional information if needed.

A complainant and submitted forms are protected under the Right-to-Know Law exemptions under Section 708.17, which states:

“A record of an agency relating to a noncriminal investigation, including:
(i) Complaints submitted to an agency.
(ii) Investigative materials, notes, correspondence and reports.
(iii) A record that includes the identity of a confidential source, including individuals subject to the act of December 12, 1986 (P.L.1559, No.169), known as the Whistleblower Law.”

Therefore, Greene Township will NOT give your name, phone #, or other information to another resident pertaining to this form. The only time your name would be released would be if you were needed to testify in court.

What is Ordinance Enforcement?

The township has ordinances governing the use of private property in order to maintain the health, safety and welfare of the citizens. These ordinances contain definitions, outline the duties of citizens, and explain the penalties for violation.

Click here to view the township ordinances.

Who is in Charge of Enforcement?

The roadmaster is in charge of township road issues. The board of supervisors has appointed a Code Enforcement Officer to investigate and enforce violations of township ordinances.

How is a Complaint Filed?

Complaints must be provided in writing. A Request for Action form can be found here:

Complaints will not be accepted verbally. All complaints must be in writing and the form must be filled out completely.

What Happens Once I’ve Filed a Written Complaint?

Once the township receives a written complaint, it is given to the appropriate party (road complaints given to the roadmaster, ordinance violation complaints given to the code enforcement officer).

Township road complaints are inspected and addressed by the roadmaster/road crew and handled in order of severity.

Ordinance violations are investigated by the code enforcement officer and the board of supervisors. If a violation is confirmed, a letter of violation is sent to the property owner. The violation is monitored and if no action is taken after three (3) notice of violation letters are sent, the situation is then pursued though the court system.

Resolutions can take weeks or months, depending on complexity and legal ramifications involved.

What Should I Do if I Receive a Notice of Violation Letter?

If you receive a notice of violation letter from the township, please read the full ordinance that is referred to in the letter and comply with the requirements to remedy the violation as quickly as possible. If you have questions regarding the violation and/or ordinance, please contact the code enforcement officer (contact information located at the bottom of the letter).