The main goal of the elected and appointed officials of Greene Township is the health and safety of our residents. In order to decrease the spread of COVID-19, the township building is closed to public entry. For information on how to conduct township business, click here.
Meetings are still proceeding on the first Wednesday of each month; however, they are also closed to physical attendance. In order to allow for public participation, the meetings are live streamed on the township’s Facebook page. Even if you do not have a Facebook page, you will be able to view the meeting live but you will not be able to comment. Please log in to a Facebook account to comment, or email email@example.com at least 24 hours prior the meeting with any issues you would like discussed.
Pike County Help with COVID-19
For information on how Pike County residents can access vaccines, testing sites and county updates, please click here.
Other Help for Dealing with the Pandemic
Persevere PA Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) provides SAMHSA approved crisis counseling tele-health services, through the Center for Community Resources (CCR), and can be provided to people who need support related to the impacts of COVID-19. CCR provides the 24/7 Support and Referral Line that delivers the crisis counseling services.
We are deep into winter and so far this one has brought lots of snow. PennDOT has great information regarding winter preparation. To read the full article, click here.
As outlined in a previous post, there are some things you can do to make sure your vehicle is ready if you have to travel during a storm.
Check that your fluid levels are full.
Make sure your wipers don’t streak. You may want to consider installing winter wiper blades.
Ensure your heater and defroster are working properly.
Check that your vehicle’s radio is working properly so you can receive weather and traffic reports.
Make sure all lights are working.
Check to be sure tires are properly inflated and have sufficient tread depth.
If you live in an area prone to heavy snow, you may want to use dedicated snow tires on your vehicle or carry a set of tire chains. At a minimum, your all-weather tires should be mud and snow rated.
In the case of a problem, contact a mechanic immediately.
Mailboxes are often damaged from plow trucks during snow storms. In order to avoid damage to your mailbox, the township recommends installing it off the road right of way, which is 16 feet from the center of the road. However, even if your mailbox is off the road right of way, the township is not responsible for repair or replacement of a damaged mailbox.
Some things you can do to avoid damage:
Be sure your mailbox has a strong support.
Use reflective tape or other material to make it easier to see during storms or during dark hours.
Check your box and support often, clearing snow from it and depositing the snow properly and in a manner to allow you and motorists proper sight distances (and never on the roadway).
Just as the township tries to keep up with clearing the snow from the roads, you probably try to keep the snow off your driveway. Here are some dos & don’ts for driveway snow removal:
Snow should be shoveled or plowed to the right side of the driveway as you are facing the intersecting roadway. By piling the snow away from the oncoming direction of the snow plows, the snow will not be pushed back onto the driveway.
Eliminate snow piles at the property entrance whenever possible. High accumulations of snow can obstruct the vision of motorists, posing a safety hazard.
Obstruct road lanes and drainage facilities with snow and ice.
Push snow onto roadways at any time. This creates a hazardous condition for all vehicles.
Snow should not be shoveled onto any roadway as this can increase the potential for crashes, and property owners can be held liable for any resulting crashes.
We are expecting a significant storm this afternoon into tomorrow. Here are some things to keep in mind:
Preparing for driving in a winter storm The best thing to do in a winter storm is stay off of the roads to avoid accidents and to allow plow trucks to do their job. However, some people must travel in a storm, so here are some things to do to prepare for travel in winter weather:
Fill up your gas tank and windshield wiper fluid
Put blankets and extra clothes (gloves, hats, etc.) in your vehicle
Put a candle and lighter in your car (here is information on how to safely heat a vehicle: click here)
Clean all ice and snow from your vehicle (make sure to check tailpipe)
Other tips Here are some other things to remember during the storm:
Take frequent breaks while shoveling and clearing snow to avoid over-exertion
Wear protective clothing while outside to prevent frostbite and hypothermia
Never use unsafe means to heat your home, such as bringing a generator indoors. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a significant danger during a storm
FEMA has provided an excellent guide for preparing for a winter storm. You can find it here: FEMA Winter Storm Guide
As of 11/19/2020, the Greene Township Municipal Building, located at 198 Brink Hill Rd. Greentown, is CLOSED to public entry. The office will operate normal business hours, Monday – Thursday from 9am-2:30pm, but the doors will be locked and no one will be allowed to enter the building.
This is to ensure the safety and health of our residents and employees as the numbers of COVID-19 cases have been increasing.
To reach the secretary, please call (570) 676-9325 during the hours listed above.
The answers to many inquiries can be found on our website. Here are links to some important information:
Many people in our area are not aware there is help for those who need food assistance. The Newfoundland Food Pantry is available for Greene Township residents in need.
During the current times of uncertainty, with the COVID-19 pandemic and the fast approaching holidays, the food pantry would benefit immensely from generous donations. Some items needed include canned goods and toiletries.
If you are able to donate to the local food pantry, goods can be dropped off at the municipal building at 198 Brink Hill Rd., Greentown on Monday-Thursday between 9:00am-2:30pm.
If you are a Greene Township resident in need of assistance and would like more information on if you are eligible to sign up to receive from the food pantry, please call (570) 676-4066.
The Newfoundland Food Pantry 3rd Thursday of each month from 12:00pm-2:00pm Dreher Township Building 899 Main St., Newfoundland
The Pennsylvania Sunshine Act gives the public the right to comment during a pubic meeting on topics and issues before a decision is made by the agency. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions on public gatherings effect how township meetings must be conducted. With the small size of Greene Township, Pike County’s meeting room, we cannot open the meetings for the public to physically attend, while still conforming to the regulations set forth by the CDC, Department of Health and other agencies. If we were to try to keep all persons at least six feet apart, with the attendance of the three members of the Board of Supervisors, the Secretary, Treasurer, and Township Solicitor, we would only be able to allow about 3-5 residents into the building; therefore, we would have to turn away any additional residents who may show up to attend.
For this reason, the Board of Supervisors is keeping the meetings closed to the public to physically attend. In order to still allow public participation, Greene Township is live streaming meetings and encouraging the public to comment on the video. All comments will be read to the Board of Supervisors at the end of the meeting to allow for response.