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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE FORKS TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016 AT 7:30 P.M. AT THE FORKS TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL BUILDING, 1606 SULLIVAN TRAIL, EASTON, PA. FOR THE FOLLOWING REQUEST: ON THE APPLICATION OF GEOFF & NICOLE STEWART, 1405 FOX RUN ROAD, EASTON, PA 18040, TAX PARCEL K9-13-7F-99, TO CONSTRUCT AN IN GROUND SWIMMING POOL THAT EXCEEDS THE MAXIMUM IMPERVIOUS SURFACE RATIO. PROPERTY IS LOCATED IN THE CR (COUNTRY RESIDENTIAL) ZONING DISTRICT. MAXIMUM IMPERVIOUS COVERAGE IN THIS DISTRICT IS 25%. APPLICANT IS REQUESTING RELIEF OF SECTION 200-15B OF THE FORKS TOWNSHIP CODE TO ALLOW AN INCREASE IN THE IMPERVIOUS SURFACE RATIO. ALL INTERESTED PERSONS OR THOSE DESIRING TO PROTEST THE GRANTING OF THIS REQUEST MAY ATTEND. THE FORKS TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD

The Forks Township Board of Supervisors will hold two public informational meetings on Thursday, May 5th, 2016 at 6:00 PM and Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 at 6:30 PM to discuss automated wheel-able recycling containers. Residents are encouraged to attend to give their feedback / opinions on the new containers. Both meetings will be held at the Forks Township Municipal Building, 1606 Sullivan Trail, Easton, Pa. 18040.

A Public meeting will be held on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 at 6 PM in the Forks Township Municipal Building, 1606 Sullivan Trail, Easton, Pa. 18040 to discuss the Frost Hollow Sewer Forcemain Replacement project to the residents that may be effective during this project.

The Northampton County Department of Community and Economic Development will be holding (2) Household Hazardous Waste Events May 21, 2016 and October 8, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM at the Northampton Community College, Main Campus, Bethlehem Township, Pa. (Use Green Pond Road entrance only). NO ELECTRONICS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Northampton County residents ONLY. Bring Photo ID or recent utility bill to verify residency.

Household Hazardous Waste Accepted:

Adhesives, Aerosols, Antifreeze, Automotive fluids & cleaners, Batteries (all types), Compressed gas, Fluorescent light bulbs, Flammables/combustibles, Fire Extinguishers, Herbicides/pesticides, Household cleaners, Mercury-containing products, Motor oil/filters, Oil-based paint & stain, Old gasoline/oil mixtures, Pool chemicals, Propane cyclinders, Thermometers, Thermostats

Non-hazardous materials will not be accepted. No latex paint or stains. No smoke detectors/radioactives. No medical wastes.

Accepted Scrap Metals:

Recycling of residential scrap, that is primarily metal, including lawn furniture, vehicle rims/wheels, yard equipment (oil, gas & batteries removed), major metal appliances (washer, dryers, stoves), air conditioners and dehumidifiers (refrigerant does not require removal, it will be recycled), etc.

Tires: New - FREE to residents
Highway tires, automobile, SUV and tractor trailer tires only
No rims/wheels accepted
No - farm, bicycle, mini-bike, motorcycle, golf-cart, backhoe, etc.

Questions:

Facebook - Northampton County Dept. of Community and Economic Development.
Northamptoncounty.org/County Government/Community and Economic Development/Recycling Information or contact NorthamptonCounty Coordinator Ken Zinis at 610-829-6313.



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.



Yard waste (leaves, branches, twigs, bushes and garden clippings) will be collected at your curb on your regular trash collection day ONLY. Please make every attempt to put your yard waste out during this week as these materials will be composted instead of landfilled. Materials can be placed in brown paper bages or tied in bundles no larger than 3'x3'x3'. Branches are required to be tied and bundled no larger than 3' long by 4' wide. Unlimited amounts. No grass clippings or stumps PLEASE!

The yard waste drop-off site located at 1051 Frost Hollow Road in Forks Township will be open Monday through Friday 7 AM until 2:30 PM. Drop Off hours Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Residents will need proof of residency.

Acceptable Materials Include: Unlimited amounts of yard waste (leaves, branches, twigs, flowers, roots bushes, garden clippings). Tree limbs up to 12" in diameter. NO grass clippings, tree stumps, loose soil, sod, wood or human or animal excrement, noxious weeds or soil contaiminated with hazardous substances. NO bagging or bundling of yard waste materials is needed.
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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