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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE FORKS TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017 AT 7:30 P.M. AT THE FORKS TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL BUILDING, 1606 SULLIVAN TRAIL, EASTON, PA. FOR THE FOLLOWING REQUEST:

ON THE APPLICATION OF ALLENTOWN SMSA D/B/A VERIZON WIRELESS, C/O CATHERINE E.N. DURSO, FITZPATRICK LENTZ &BUBBA, P.C. 4001 SCHOOLHOUSE LANE, P.O. BOX 219, CENTER VALLEY PA, 18034-0219 FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION TO INSTALL AN ANTENNA TO AN EXISTING COMMUNICATION TOWER IN THE TC(TOWN CENTER) ZONING DISTRICT. AN F-5(COMMERCIAL COMMUNICATION ANTENNA, EQUIPMENT OR TOWER) IS NOT PERMITTED IN THIS ZONING DISTRICT, SECTION 200-18. AN EXISTING TOWER AND ANTENNA LOCATED AT 2121 SULLIVAN TRAIL, TAX ID NUMBER K9-15-01 IS A PRE- EXISTING NON-CONFORMING USE AND STRUCTURE THAT MAY BE EXTENDED BY SPECIAL EXCEPTION 200-63AB. APPLICANT WISHES TO CO-LOCATE AN ANTENNA AND EXPAND THE AREA OF EQUIPMENT CABINETS AT THIS LOCATION AS PER SECTION 200-28F-5F THRU L. ALL REFERENCED SECTIONS ARE FROM THE FORKS TOWNSHIP CODE.

ALL INTERESTED PERSONS OR THOSE DESIRING TO PROTEST THE GRANTING OF THIS REQUEST MAY ATTEND.

THE FORKS TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD
In Celebration of Public Works Week, The Forks Township Board of Supervisors and the Public Works Department invite you to an Open House on Saturday May 20, 2017 from 9am to 1pm to meet the staff, tour the facility, and view the equipment. This will be an opportunity to see the new facility that we moved into in May 2016.

Any questions, please call 610-438-2670

We look forward to meeting our community

May 20 & October 14, 2017, 8:30-2:00. Click HERE for more info.
Come Join US! The Forks Business Assoication will be holding a Website Launch Party at 1800 Sullivan Trail in the Park Plaza. Join US as we launch our brand new website! Food, Music, Beer & Wine tastings, Family Activities, and More! Thursday, April 27, 2017 starting at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM www.FORKSBUSINESS.ORG
Special Residential Curbside Yard Waste Recycling Pickup May 22-26. Click HERE for more info.

Residents of Northampton County are welcome to bring their electronic items to be recycled. You can find a list of accepted items, dates, and costs by clicking HERE.

2017 Forks Township Yard Waste Site New Hours and Regulations:
Yard Waste / Brush Drop-Off Site located at 1051 Frost Hollow Road will be open from April 1, 2017 until December 1, 2017 on the following days and hours:
YARD WASTE HOURS:
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 11am – 7pm
Wednesday - 11am – 7pm
Thursday - Closed
Friday - Closed
Saturday 8am – 1pm

There will be someone at the site during the hours of operation. Proper ID (Driver's License) will be required to show proof of Township residency to enter the yard waste site. Should you hire a contractor to drop off any yard waste from your Township residence, they will be required to have a Yard Waste Drop Off Authorization Form that can be found on the Township website or picked up from the Public Works office located at 100 Newlins Road East, Easton Pa 18040.

The following items are prohibited from being dumped at the yard waste site:
Lumber, Pressure Treated Wood, Paneling, Pallets, Shingles
If you have any questions or need a form emailed, please call 610-438-2670 or skramer@forkstownship.org.

Stephen Kramer
Public Works Director

The Forks Township Fire Department has released their Yearly Statistics and 5 Year Plan. Click HERE for more information.
The Forks Township Public Works Facility is now located at 100 E. Newlins Road, Easton, Pa. 18040. Any isses such as the New recycling Carts, possible sinkholes, street lights malfunctioning or not working properly, potholes, clogged storm drains, brush drop off hours, street cleaning, snow plowing, and damaged mailboxes from plows, etc. please call 610-438-2670.
Attention: Residents who choose not to keep their OLD yellow Recycling container for yard waste collection MUST return them to the Forks Township Municipal Building, 1606 Sullivan Trail,Easton, Pa. 18040. The OLD yellow recycling containers are not recycleable and cannot be destroyed.
The attached Community Awareness Bulletin is provided to the public as part of an increased effort by the Pennsylvania State Police to share important information concerning the safety and security of the citizens we serve. These bulletins will be disseminated as necessary, and will contain information regarding emerging crime trends and safety issues that could impact our communities. The Pennsylvania State Police remains committed to working hand-in-hand with the public to reduce crime and improve the overall quality of life in our communities.

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The Delivery of the New Recycling Carts is expected to begin on October 24, 2016 and will take two weeks or longer for assembly before being delivered to residents. We encourage everyone to please be patient during the process. In advance of this we have included some information below.

Your New Recycling Cart

Recycling Cart FAQs

Both PPL Electric and Met Ed want you to properly dispose of your old refrigerator or freezer, and they will pick it up and pay you to do it! By recycling your old appliance (working refrigerator, air conditioner and dehumidifer) you can save over $100 per year in energy costs. If you are an existing customer, both companies will pick up your appliance(s) for you and mail you a check. Be sure to check all the details at:

Med Ed/FirstEnergy Pennsylvania 188-277-0527 or
https://www.firstenergycorp.com/save_energy/save_energy_pennsylvania/met_ed/for_your_home/appliance-turn-in-program.html

PPL Electric 1-877-486-9204 or
https://pplelectricsavings.com/Appliance/Recycling

The project consists of the following work: Installing 4,860'of 12" ductile iron pipe to project area and providing new gaskets. (2) Air release chambers (2) Valve vault chambers. One located at the intersection of Richmond Road and Ramblewood Drive. The other will be located within the Frost Hollow Pump Station property. Miscellaneous minor pipe modification to existing piping/valves at the Frost Hollow Pump Station. For additional information please contact the Public Works Facility at 610-438-2670 located at 100 E. Newlins Road, Easton, Pa. 18040.

Looking for a safe place to meet after you've sold or bought something online?

With the increasing popularity of transactions being made through online sites, such as Craigslist or online yard sales, the Forks Township Police would like to assist citizens by providing a safe meeting place. The public is welcome to use the Township parking lot to the rear of the police station as a place to meet and handle their transactions. Simply come to our parking lot, conduct your transaction, and leave. There are designated parking areas marked with signs.

There are cameras that point into the parking lot, which is well lit at night. By suggesting to the buyer or seller to meet them at the police station parking lot, it is likely to weed out any potential threats.

If you do choose to meet somewhere other than the police station, be sure to bring someone with you, and also be sure that you tell friends or family members where you'll be and when you'll be there. Please remember that no bargain is worth your safety.



The Forks Township Police Department now has a medical return drug collection unit located in the lobby of the station. Residents can access the drop off box 24/7. For more information please visit the following website: http://www.medreturn.com/. MedReturn is committed to providing a safe, simple, secure and environmentally friendly way to help law enforcement agencies and communities collect unwanted or expired household medication, including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs and unused pharmaceuticals in locations throughout the U.S.A. Please feel free to visit the police department or call at 610-252-0377 for additional information.

Unfortunately, we have seen an increase in heroin use, not only here in Forks, but throughout the Lehigh valley area. We have recently had four persons die in the township of heroin related overdoses. The National Institute on Drug Abuse page provides a wealth of information regarding heroin, its usage, and dangers that potentially exist to the user

http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/heroin

Gregory F. Dorney
Chief of Police
Forks Township Police Department

It's that time of year again. The 2015 local earned income tax return filing deadline is approaching. The due date is extended to Monday April 18 this year because Washington DC is commemorating Emancipation Day on Friday April 15.

Did you know the quickest way to get your refund is to file online? If you live and work in Pennsylvania, you can e-file on our tax administrator's secure website, which is available 24/7 at www.KeystoneCollects.com.

Keystone Collections Group’s e-file is the easy, fast and secure way to file your 2015 tax return. It lets you file your tax return when it is most convenient for you. You will need your W-2, your Social Security Number and any other income documents that may apply (such as a PA-UE or a Schedule C).

Keystone redesigned e-file to make it even faster and more user-friendly.

If you have questions regarding local tax filing, visit Keystone’s Frequently Asked Questions or call Keystone’s Taxpayer Helpline at 1-888-328-0565 to speak with a local, knowledgeable Taxpayer Service Agent. You can also email your questions 24/7 to Taxpayer Support. Taxpayer Service Agents try to respond to all online inquiries within three business days.

Taxpayers with earned income in 2015 are required to file a Final Tax Return by Monday, April 18.

Shredding of confidential documents is available FREE to businesses and private individuals at the Theis/Cornfeld Recycling Center located at 10 East Church Street, Bethlehem, Pa. 18018. If you have 4 or more boxes, you need to schedule an appointment. If you wish to stay while your material is shredded, you must have an appointment regardless of how much material you have.

They CANNOT shred the following: Anything heavier than a paper clip or staple, rubber bands, heavy file folders, glossy material, and X-rays or photographs. Please call 610-865-7000 for further information and or driving directions.





The Forks Township Board of Supervisors invites you to explore your Forks Township website. We want to provide our web visitors with the latest information on township governance, services, public meetings and events, along with staff contacts. We continually treat the website as a work in progress to assure the best service and information to our residents and visitors.

The Board's mission is to support the best quality of life for our residents by maintaining a professional and responsive staff; delivering the highest level of public safety; providing recreation to promote wellness for all ages through our Community Center programs; encouraging the utilization of the Township's well maintained parkland and its facilities, including the extensive network of recreational pathways; and finally to deliver governmental services in a courteous, efficient and fiscally responsible manner.




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