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The York County Planning Commission is exploring a stormwater authority.

Come and learn how this will affect you.

On Tuesday, Sept. 25, the York County Planning Commission will hold the second of three public information sessions to discuss creating a county stormwater authority to combat flooding and water pollution in York County and the associated fees. The meeting will be at the York Learning Center (old Central High School), 300 E. 7th Ave., York, PA 17404 from 6 to 8 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

This meeting will further educate the public on the possibility of a countywide stormwater authority and, if created, how it would operate, what services would be provided and what fees would be assessed. Planners will have an update on the process and answer questions from the public. There will also be breakout groups for property-specific items, including how this would impact individual property owners – residential, commercial, agricultural, industrial.

If approved by the York County Commissioners, a stormwater authority would address flooding and pollution problems by investing in stream restoration, erosion control and reforestation projects along waterways all around the county.

Approximately 1,100 miles of streams have been identified in York County that do not meet mandated environmental standards, and there are still many miles of streams to test. The Planning Commission has identified 215 locations on roads in the county that experience frequent flooding problems.

The county is considering this option while Pennsylvania and neighboring states work together to clean the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay. This stormwater authority would clean up local streams and help York County meet its responsibilities to reduce the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment that flows into the Susquehanna River from our waterways.

This Sept. 25 meeting is the second of three public information sessions.

The next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 8. Residents can get the latest information and submit comments at: www.yorkstormwater.com

Monday, September 3rd, 2018: Due to the Labor Day Holiday, all Penn Waste trash and recycling collections will be delayed one (1) day for the entire week. Monday customers will be collected on Tuesday, Tuesday customers will be collected on Wednesday and so on for the remainder of the week through Saturday.

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Penn Waste wishes all of our customers a safe and happy holiday!

Annual MS4-Stormwater meeting will be held on September 4th starting at 7 PM.

Free yard sale dates: August 31, September 1 & 2

The park rental season  closes on October 31st.  Please check our calendar for a list of available dates.  We are also taking reservations for the 2019 season!

Met-Ed customers who have a smart meter installed can now access a new Analyze Usage tool from our website www.energysavepa.com. This tool allows customers to gain a better understanding of their energy use and make more informed energy decisions. For our PA customers, the tool also provides hourly interval usage data collected from the smart meter.  A detailed Fact Sheet is available by
clicking here.

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs, and most of these drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, held Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., provides an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. The day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.

As the opioid/heroin crisis in Pennsylvania and nationwide rages on, this day offers the opportunity for your residents to dispose of their unwanted, unused, and expired prescription medications and keep these drugs out of improper hands.

Since the Drug Enforcement Administration first launched Take-Back Day in 2010, more than 9 million pounds of medicine have been collected from the public.

To learn more or to locate collection sites in your area, go to takebackday.dea.gov. Enter your zip code to find locations near you.

Akron, Ohio – With utility scams on the rise, real customers of FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) utilities are speaking out about their encounters with fraudsters in a mini documentary released today. The video, “Hang Up, Don’t Pay Up: When a Scammer Calls,” features two business owners contacted by phone scammers impersonating FirstEnergy electric company employees, and provides tips for avoiding scams.

The con artists claimed the businesses had unpaid electric bills and threatened to shut off power if an immediate payment was not made. In both cases, the scammer’s phone number was falsified so the caller ID appeared to be a legitimate call, complete with an automated voice menu that mimicked that of their electric company. This common scam is called “caller ID spoofing.”

These customer stories are merely a snapshot of the ever-growing list of scams targeting utility customers across the country. Last year, FirstEnergy’s utilities received 959 reports of scams from customers—more than twice the number of reports received in 2016. The actual number of scam attempts is even higher since most are only reported to law enforcement or go unreported.

“Scammers can be very convincing and often target those who are most vulnerable, like senior citizens or business owners who rely on electric service to run their business and make a living,” said Gary W. Grant, vice president of customer service for FirstEnergy Utilities. “We want others to hear directly from victims of attempted utility scams, in hopes they’ll learn how to spot a scam in the future. Most important, if you ever receive a call demanding immediate payment to your electric utility, hang up, don’t pay up.”

With warmer weather on its way this spring, both residential and business customers should also be on alert for door-to-door visits from scammers who demand immediate payment to avoid service disconnection. Although the scammers work year-round, they are most active in the winter and summer months, when people cannot go without heat or air conditioning.

The “Hang Up, Don’t Pay Up” video is featured on FirstEnergy’s award-winning Scam and Fraud Information website. This site describes some of the most widespread schemes targeting utility customers, and offers facts and safety reminders that can help customers avoid becoming a victim of these crimes.

Customers are urged to keep the following tips in mind to help ensure the safety of their family, property and personal information:

• Customers with past-due accounts will receive a written notice of their account status, with instructions on how to avoid disconnection of service.

• While FirstEnergy representatives oftentimes make courtesy calls to customers to remind them about an outstanding balance, they would explain how a payment can be made using the established payment options. They will not demand payment over the phone or at a particular physical location.

• FirstEnergy field collectors – carrying company-issued photo identification – will offer customers with past-due accounts the opportunity to pay their bill in person before shutting them off. This does not apply to Pennsylvania customers.

• FirstEnergy does not accept prepaid debit cards or wire transfers as payment, and their representatives will not demand bank or credit card information over the phone.

• Customers who suspect a scam should hang up the phone/close the door, and call the local police then FirstEnergy. Never dial the phone number the scammers provide.

“We encourage customers to contact us directly using the phone number listed on our website and on their billing statement if they need to verify the status of their electric account or the confirm the identity of a FirstEnergy employee,” said Grant. “When in doubt, always give us a call.”

Beginning April 2, 2018 for a period of 60 days, Manchester Township will be replacing the Toronita Street bridge located between Round the Clock Diner and the York City Wastewater Treatment Plant.  During construction, access to the York County Resource Recovery Center (RRC) via Route 30 to Blackbridge Road will be restricted.  Alternative routes to the RRC include, but are not limited to the following:

From I-83 South: Take Exit 24 (Emigsville).  You will proceed on the off ramp to a traffic signal light.  At the signal light, turn left onto Church Road.  Take Church Road to the traffic signal light at the intersection of Church Road and North George Street and make a right onto North George Street.  Proceed on North George Street until you come to the traffic signal light at North George Street and Aberdeen Road.  Make a left onto Aberdeen Road and proceed to the stop sign at the intersection of Aberdeen Road and Sinking Springs Lane.  Make a right onto Sinking Springs Lane and proceed to the stop sign at the intersection of Sinking Springs Lane and Locust Lane.

Proceed straight (Sinking Springs Ln. turns into E. Locust Ln. which turns into Grim Ln.) to the four-way stop at the intersection of Grim Lane and Woodland View Drive.  At the four-way stop, proceed straight on Blackbridge Road for approximately ½ mile to the first gate entrance to the RRC.  Make a right into the Resource Recovery Center and bear right toward the scales.

From I-83 North:  Take Exit 22 (North George Street).  Proceed on North George Street to Aberdeen Road and make a right onto Aberdeen Road.  Proceed to the stop sign at the intersection of Aberdeen Road and Sinking Springs Lane.  Make a right onto Sinking Springs Lane and proceed to the stop sign at the intersection of Sinking Springs Lane and Locust Lane.   Proceed straight (Sinking Springs Ln. turns into E. Locust Ln. which turns into Grim Ln.) to the four-way stop at the intersection of Grim Lane and Woodland View Drive.

At the four-way stop, proceed straight on Blackbridge Road for approximately ½ mile to the first gate entrance to the RRC.  Make a right into the Resource Recovery Center and bear right toward the scales.

From Route 30: Follow the directions above from North George Street.

Beginning mid to late March 2018, Manchester Township will be replacing the Toronita Street bridge located between Round the Clock Diner and the York City Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The project is anticipated to be completed in June 2018.  During construction, access to the York County Resource Recovery Center(YCRRC) via Route 30 to Blackbridge Road will be restricted.  Manchester Township has not yet identified a specific start date in March, but once we are informed of one, we will pass it on to you.  Alternative routes to the RRC include, but are not limited to the following:

From I-83 South: Take Exit 24 (Emigsville).  You will proceed on the off ramp to a traffic signal light.  At the signal light, turn left onto Church Road.  Take Church Road to the traffic signal light at the intersection of Church Road and North George Street and make a right onto North George Street.

Proceed on North George Street until you come to the traffic signal light at North George Street and Aberdeen Road.  Make a left onto Aberdeen Road and proceed to the stop sign at the intersection of Aberdeen Road and Sinking Springs Lane.  Make a right onto Sinking Springs Lane and proceed to the stop sign at the intersection of Sinking Springs Lane and Locust Lane.

Proceed straight (Sinking Springs Ln. turns into E. Locust Ln. which turns into Grim Ln.) to the four-way stop at the intersection of Grim Lane and Woodland View Drive.  At the four-way stop, proceed straight on Blackbridge Road for approximately ½ mile to the first gate entrance to the RRC.  Make a right into the Resource Recovery Center and bear right toward the scales.

From I-83 North:  Take Exit 22 (North George Street).  Proceed on North George Street to Aberdeen Road and make a right onto Aberdeen Road.  Proceed to the stop sign at the intersection of Aberdeen Road and Sinking Springs Lane.  Make a right onto Sinking Springs Lane and proceed to the stop sign at the intersection of Sinking Springs Lane and Locust Lane.   Proceed straight (Sinking Springs Ln. turns into E. Locust Ln. which turns into Grim Ln.) to the four-way stop at the intersection of Grim Lane and Woodland View Drive.

At the four-way stop, proceed straight on Blackbridge Road for approximately ½ mile to the first gate entrance to the RRC.  Make a right into the Resource Recovery Center and bear right toward the scales.

From Route 30: Follow the directions above from North George Street.

FirstEnergy’s meteorologists tell us that the frigid winter temperatures predicted over the next several days for Met-Ed’s service area will likely be accompanied by wind gusts of up to 45 mph. Fortunately, the leaves are off the trees lessening their resistance but downed trees and broken limbs usually accompany high winds and are a common cause of power outages.

Met-Ed has all available line crews scheduled to work a 24-hour rotation throughout this event. Additionally, we have contract crews on stand-by. Forestry and substation crews as well as support staff, such as fleet and warehouse, also will be working round the clock.

While Met-Ed crews strive to restore service as quickly as possible, the extreme temperatures create hazardous working conditions for Met-Ed crews and may prolong our restoration efforts. In locations where power is interrupted, we appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to restore power while keeping our employees and our customers safe.

For updated information on the company’s storm preparation efforts, current outages, Met-Ed’s storm restoration process, and tips for staying safe, customers are urged to visit our 24/7 Power Center at www.firstenergycorp.com/outages. If an outage occurs, customers should call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report their outage or click the “Report Outage” link on www.firstenergycorp.com. Immediately report any downed wires to Met-Ed or local police or fire department and never go near a downed power line, even if you think it is no longer carrying electricity. Extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled in trees or other debris.

Please be safe and remember to always stay away from downed power lines!

Some common sense tips for getting through the cold weather include:

  • Close drapes, blinds and garage doors to retain heat.
  • Use a sturdy fireplace screen when using a fireplace or wood-burning stove to help prevent a house fire.
  • Never use a gas stove, charcoal grill or lantern intended for outdoor use inside your home as it could lead to a buildup of deadly carbon monoxide gas.
  • Only use space heaters designed for indoor use, and keep all heat sources at least three feet away from curtains, carpet or furniture that could catch on fire.
  • Avoid frozen pipes by opening faucets and maintaining a constant drip, or wrap pipes in insulation or layers of newspaper.
  • Use care when burning candles, especially around children or pets; burning candles can present a fire hazard.
  • Charge electronic devices such as cell phones, laptops and tablet computers, and keep car charging cords for those devices handy in case of a power outage.
  • Keep a flashlight, portable radio and extra batteries in the event a power interruption occurs.
  • Never use a portable generator inside the house or a closed garage. Ensure the proper generator is selected and installed by a qualified electrician. When operating a generator, power coming into the home must be disconnected. Otherwise, power from the generator could be sent back onto the utility lines, posing a danger to utility workers.
TURN YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE INTO A REAL GIFT!

The York County Solid Waste Authority is conducting a free Christmas tree recycling program for all York County residents. The program starts December 26, 2017 and continues through January 31, 2018. Residents may bring their trees to the parking lot located directly across the street from the Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township. In addition to the Authority’s collection site, the following businesses are accepting Christmas trees: Spring Valley Mulch in Dover, 292-3476 and H & H General Excavating in Spring Grove, 225-4669. Please call these locations for hours and directions. There is no fee to residents for this program. PLEASE REMOVE: ornaments, tinsel, lights and protective bags from your tree. Many municipalities now offer curbside Christmas tree collection for their residents. Call your municipal office to see if your municipality offers a curbside collection program.

Haulers collecting dedicated loads of Christmas trees in municipal programs will be accepted at no charge during regular business hours at the Authority’s Small Load Drop-off Facility at the Resource Recovery Center. Trees collected in these programs are taken to H & H General Excavating in Spring Grove to be recycled into mulch.

Directions to the parking lot across from the York County Resource Recovery Center:

From I-83: Proceed on I-83 to Exit 21. As you come off the exit ramp, get immediately into the far left turning lane and proceed to stoplight at intersection of Toronita Street and Rt. 30E (you will see the “Round the Clock Diner” at this intersection).

At the stoplight, turn left onto Toronita Street (Toronita turns into Blackbridge Road). Proceed approximately 1 1/2 miles and follow signs to Christmas Tree Recycling drop-off.

From Rt. 30: At the stoplight at the intersection of Toronita Street and Rt. 30 (you will see the “Round the Clock Diner” at this intersection), turn north onto Toronita Street (Toronita turns into Blackbridge Road). Proceed approximately 1 1/2 miles and follow signs to Christmas Tree Recycling drop-off.

This is the 30th year the Authority has conducted a Christmas tree recycling program.  The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, education, recycling and resource recovery.  The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township; and owns and operates a Small Load Drop Off Facility, a Recyclable Materials Drop-off Center and an Education Center.

Harrisburg, PA – As a tremendous number of people, businesses, and service organizations throughout the country begin collecting and donating goods and services to assist storm survivors in Texas, the Pennsylvania Department of State, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of Attorney General Josh Shapiro want Pennsylvanians to know how they can best help and not hinder rescue and recovery efforts while also protecting themselves.

While donations of goods such as food and clothing are well-intentioned, unsolicited materials can overwhelm organizations that are tasked with helping survivors but are unprepared to store, sort and distribute large quantities of donated goods.

“This storm’s impact will be felt for years to come along the Gulf Coast,” said PEMA Director Richard D. Flinn, Jr. “Many people feel compelled to help those impacted by the storm, but please do so in a way that will truly help storm survivors, while also protecting yourself financially from those who might try to take advantage of your generosity.”

The most useful form of assistance is donations of money. Make check and credit card donations to well-established, charitable organizations that are assisting the flood relief effort. Monetary donations allow charitable organizations the flexibility to purchase items that are needed most, and, unlike material donations, entail no transportation costs.

All three agencies offered the following tips:

  • Do not give to a charity you know nothing about. Call the charity or do some research on your own. Search the name online — with the word “complaints” or “scams.” Check with the Better Business Bureau.
  • Do not donate over the phone unless you are familiar with the organization.
  • For door-to-door solicitors, ask to see the person’s identification and consider avoiding them altogether. Do not feel pressured into giving and allowing someone into your house.
  • Do not give credit card numbers, bank account numbers or other personal financial information over the phone. Never wire money to someone claiming to be a charity.
  • Whenever possible, write a check payable to the charity so you have a record of your donation. Or make a donation directly through a legitimate organization’s secure website, rather than a third-party website.
  • Don’t click links in unsolicited emails or on social media. Unless you previously donated to an organization, assume that an unsolicited donation request by email is a scam. Plus, links in emails or social media can unleash malware.

“It is a terrible thing to see the devastation that is occurring in Texas and throughout the Gulf region,” Secretary of State Pedro Cortés said. “As in any time of great need, generous Pennsylvanians are looking for ways they can help. We want to ensure their donations go to reputable organizations with a proven record of good service.”

Charitable organizations that solicit contributions in Pennsylvania must register with the department’s Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations if their gross annual contributions are more than $25,000. There are some statutory exclusions and exemptions to the registration requirement, for groups such as religious institutions, hospitals, and police, firefighter or veteran organizations.

To determine if a charitable group is properly registered, the public can search the Charities Online Database. The website also provides a list of organizations that have been subject to corrective actions taken by the Bureau. The public may also call 1-800-732-0999.

The Annual Charities Report online contains detailed information about charitable organizations registered in Pennsylvania and professional solicitors and fundraising counsels. For instance, the report outlines what percentage of every donated dollar goes to the charity and how much is charged by the solicitors or counsels for their services.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro noted the importance of protecting yourself while helping others.

“We care deeply about the victims from this terrible storm and want to help any way we can,” said Attorney General Shapiro. “We also want Pennsylvanians to be careful as they donate, and want to help them avoid the scam artists who always surface after natural disasters like this one. Our office is here to help you avoid being scammed.”

More helpful tips about informed giving can be found at the Charities section of the Department of State’s website. 

To file a complaint about any charity soliciting donations in the commonwealth, contact the Division of Investigations/Audits at 717-787-0700, by email at ra-stbeiciu@pa.gov, or by mail at 401 North St., Room 212, Harrisburg, PA, 17120,

If you believe you’ve been scammed, call the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. 1-800-441-2555 or email at scams@attorneygeneral.gov.

The HealthyWoman Program is offering free mammograms and PAP tests to those who qualify.  The HealthyWoman Program is a free breast and cervical cancer early detection program of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. It is funded by the Department of Health and through a grant the department receives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Click here to learn more.

The Solid Waste Authority web site, www.ycswa.com, will be off-line July 31-August 6, 2017 while they work to make it more user-friendly. If you need to contact them, please call them directly at 717-845-1066 with any inquiries.

The public comment period for the New Regional CBPRP (2018-2023) began today (July 19) and extends through August 18. Additionally, a Public Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 9, at 6:00 pm. It will be held at the West Manchester Township Municipal Building located at 380 East Berlin Road, York. A copy of the Public Notice is attached.

The Draft Plan can be accessed on the York County Planning Commission website for reviewing, printing, and/or downloading. Click here to go directly to the area of their site relevant to this issue.

Following the public comment period, all comments received will be reviewed and changes made to the Draft Plan as needed.

A Free Summer Kids Series is coming to Frank Theatres! Starting June 6th and running through July, 27, 2017 every Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday morning at 10am Frank Theatres in the Queensgate Shopping Center will run a FREE family-friendly movie! Limited seating is available so try to arrive early to get seats.

Movie Schedule for 2017:

  • June 6th – 8th: The Angry Birds Movie
  • June 13th – 15th: Trolls
  • June 20th – 22nd: The Iron Giant
  • June 27th – 29th: Sing
  • July 4th – 6th: The Wizard of OZ
  • July 11th – 13th: The Secret Life of Pets
  • July 18th – 20th: The LEGO Batman Movie
  • July 25th – 27th: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Original)

Frank Theatres is located in the Queensgate Shopping Center at 2067 Springwood Road in York.

Want to escape the heat this summer? Want the kids to get some exercise? Then you need to check out this FREE bowling program at kidsbowlfree.com. Your kids can bowl 2 FREE games of bowling each and every day of summer for FREE.

SOME MORE INFORMATION ON THE PROGRAM

  • You can sign the kids up at multiple centers but you will need to create another account. Only one unique email address can be used to open an account, so you will need to register with another email address.
  • If you were signed up for the program last year, you will have to re-register this year.
  • If your child does not have bowling shoes, you will need to rent them.
  • Each bowling center has it’s own age limit, so check the individual pages.
  • The online registration process only takes a few minutes. Families that register will receive coupons valid for two free bowling games each day sent to their email address every Sunday morning (the certificates are only available via email, so participants must have access to a computer and printer).

THE FAMILY PASS

When you register for the FREE kids pass, you will have the option of selecting a Family Pass also. This pass allows adult family members to enjoy bowling throughout the summer as well. The Family Pass starts at $36.95 (one time payment) and includes 2 GAMES PER PERSON PER DAY and covers up to 4 adult family members. You may have 1, 2, 3, or 4 adults on the family pass. The price of the pass covers all 4 members.

PARTICIPATING BOWLING CENTERS IN YORK

  • Colony Park Lanes North
  • Laser Alleys
  • Suburban Bowlerama
  • Lion Bowling Center

You can register online HERE!

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has released the results of a traffic study in the borough.

Click here to download and view it. If it does not open for you, you may need a PDF reader.

To help eliminate illegal dumping of tires and educate the public about proper tire management, the York County Solid Waste Authority (Authority) is offering free tire disposal for residents at the York County Resource Recovery Center. Pre-registration is required and the program is for York County residents only. Businesses are not eligible to participate.

Residents must pre-register for the program by calling Kelly Megonnel at the Authority at (717) 845-1066 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, starting May 1, 2017. Tire deliveries will be scheduled to occur between May 15 and June 12, 2017. Registration ends May 31, 2017. Registrants will receive a dashboard placard for a free one-time disposal of up to 10 tires. Tires must be removed from the rim and may not exceed 32” in diameter. Tires may not be excessively dirty or full of water. This program is limited to one placard per household. The York County Resource Recovery Center can only accept a limited number of tires per day and deliveries will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

This program is a result of the Authority’s support of Keep York Beautiful and its efforts to prevent and eliminate illegal dumping. Dave Vollero, Authority Executive Director, notes that “Residents can and should place old tires out with their regular garbage. The special tire acceptance program is being held to raise awareness that tires should be properly disposed of as household waste and to help prevent illegal dumping of tires.” Tires collected at the curb with regular garbage must be removed from the rim and may not exceed 32” in diameter. Residents should call their waste hauler for specifics on how many tires can be placed out with each pick-up.

Tom Smith, Executive Director of Keep York Beautiful, points out that “Proper
management of old tires eliminates potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes and
results in a cleaner and healthier community.”

The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an
integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource
recovery. The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in
Manchester Township and conducts a year-round free litter disposal program to
encourage York County residents, organizations, civic groups, schools, and
neighborhoods to clean up litter and illegal dumpsites. Waste collected in clean-up
programs can be disposed of free of charge at the York County Resource Recovery
Center. Pre-registration is required. For more information about the free litter program,
call the Authority at (717) 845-1066.

Keep York Beautiful is an affiliate chapter of Keep America Beautiful and
supporter of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. Its mission is to empower York County
residents to make our communities clean and beautiful. Keep York Beautiful
coordinates cleanups across York County and provides education and outreach
programming. Residents interested in helping to clean up an illegal dumpsite should
call Tom Smith at Keep York Beautiful at (717) 840-2375, or email him at:
tls35@psu.edu. Keep York Beautiful will assist by providing free gloves, bags and
safety vests.

Efforts to reform property taxes in Pennsyvania by reducing or eliminating the amount of real estate taxes that fund local school districts has been a hot button issue for the last several years. Join us as Mark Ryan of the Commonweath’s Independent Fiscal Office provides background information and a non-partisan presentation of the methods and options being considered. The IFO provides revenue projections for use in the state budget process along with impartial and timely analysis of fiscal, economic and budgetary issues to assist Commonwealth residents and the General Assembly in their evaluation of policy decisions.

Click here to download the registration form/flyer.

Despite 2017 being the warmest February on record, we are still in the grips of winter as another round of snow appears to be on its way to South Central PA. FirstEnergy meteorologists are closely monitoring the storm track and we are preparing for a significant snowfall across the Met-Ed service area.

We want to remind our customers to prepare in advance for possible power outages. Some steps they can take include:

  • Keep a flashlight and extra batteries handy. Use care when burning candles; open flames are a fire hazard.
  • If you have a water well and pump, keep an emergency supply of bottled water and/or fill your bathtub with fresh water.
  • Stock an emergency supply of convenience foods that do not require cooking.
  • Keep a battery-powered radio with extra batteries on hand.
  • Make sure cell phones and devices are fully charged to ensure you have access to online information sources.
  • If you have a back-up generator, be sure you know how to use it safely.

Customers who experience an interruption in their electric service should call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report their outage or click the “Report Outage” link on our website www.firstenergycorp.com. Immediately report downed power lines to Met-Ed or the local police or fire department, and never go near a downed power line, even if you think it is no longer energized. Just because it’s not sparking does not mean it is dead. Don’t try to remove trees or tree limbs from power lines. Wait for utility crews to arrive.

Updates on current outages, FirstEnergy’s storm restoration process and additional tips for staying safe are provided on our 24/7 Power Center website at www.firstenergycorp.com/outages.

Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) urges Pennsylvanians to test their homes for radon in January as part of national Radon Action Month. Colorless, odorless, and radioactive, radon is a known human carcinogen and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

The DEP website provides information and a video on how to test your home, the DEP Facebook and Twitter pages are sharing daily radon tips, and a DEP public service announcement is airing on TV and radio.

Radon occurs naturally from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks and enters homes through cracks in the foundation or other openings.

“Because of its geology, Pennsylvania is prone to high radon levels. Radon has been detected in all 67 counties, and about 40 percent of homes have levels above the Environmental Protection Agency action level,” said DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “It’s just good sense to protect yourself and your loved ones.”

The EPA action level is 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) of air. In October, a home in southern Lehigh County showed a radon level of 6,176 pCi/L, the highest recorded in the state. That area is near the Reading Prong, a geological section of granite rock that’s historically generated high levels of radon.

Winter is an ideal time to test, because doors and windows are generally closed, producing the most conservative results. High levels of radon tend to be found in basements, but the gas can be found anywhere in the home.

Simple radon test kits are inexpensive and available at home improvement and hardware stores. You can also hire a qualified radon professional.

If your home has a radon level higher than 4 pCi/L, the U.S. Surgeon General and EPA recommend taking action. A professionally installed radon reduction system, using a vent pipe and exhaust fan, will help prevent the radon from entering your home and discharge it outside. Compared with the associated risk of lung cancer, these systems are very affordable, generally in the price range of other common home improvements. An added benefit: having a radon reduction system makes the future sale of your home easier.

Pennsylvania law requires all professional radon testers, mitigators and laboratories to be certified by DEP, and the department provides a list of certified radon service providers. People can also obtain a hard copy or verify a company’s certification by calling 800-23RADON (800-237-2366).

If you’re building a new home, DEP recommends installing a passive radon system during construction. There is no reliable way to test the ground in advance for radon, and the cost of installing the radon system during construction should be less than installing one after the fact.

For people buying or selling a home, Pennsylvania’s Real Estate Seller Disclosure Act requires sellers to disclose the results of any known radon testing. The DEP website lists radon testing options for real estate transactions.

The DEP Radon Division may be contacted by email at ra-epbrpenvprt@pa.gov or by phone at (800) 237-2366 or (717) 783-3594.

Make 2017 a safer, healthier year. Test your home for radon, and share this information with your friends and neighbors.

Sixteen York County police departments currently partner with the York County Solid Waste Authority (YCSWA) to host medication take-back boxes in their police department lobbies. In 2016, the program safely collected and disposed of a total of 4.2 tons of unused and expired medications, an increase of 2.03 tons over the 2.23 tons collected in 2015.

This partnership program provides a secure disposal option for unwanted medications from residential sources at no cost to the public or to law enforcement agencies. All York County police departments have been invited to participate and the program remains open to any police departments in York County that wish to host a MedReturn box. The secure medication take-back boxes, purchased by YCSWA from MedReturn, work like a mailbox: once medications are deposited, they cannot be retrieved and are contained in a locked compartment accessible only by law enforcement. The heavy-duty green metal box can be secured to the floor and/or wall. Medications collected in the take-back box program are delivered by law enforcement to the Authority’s waste-to-energy facility for safe and complete destruction. Law enforcement also maintains the box and secures medications that are received until they can be destroyed.

Northern York County Regional Police Department was the first police department in York County to host a MedReturn take-back box. Says Chief Mark Bentzel: “This program enhances our ongoing efforts to eliminate drug abuse, provides a safe and convenient means of disposing of prescription and over the counter drugs and presents an opportunity to educate the general public about the potential for abuse of medications”.

The Authority’s waste-to-energy facility is equipped with state of the art combustion technology and air emission controls making it York County’s best waste management tool for destruction of unwanted or expired prescription or over-the-counter medication. The facility’s operator, Covanta York Renewable Energy, also supports this program.

Notes Dave Vollero, Authority Executive Director, “Using waste-to-energy technology to manage medications keeps them out of landfills and waste water treatment systems. We have long advised residents to make medications unrecognizable and unpalatable and place them out with their regular garbage for delivery to our facility. For those residents not comfortable
with placing medication out at the curb, the take-back box program offers a convenient and secure option that achieves the same results: safe management, complete destruction and production of alternative energy.”

Residents interested in dropping medication at a take-back box location should remove their personal information from containers before depositing them in boxes. ONLY RESIDENTIAL prescription or over-the-counter medications are accepted. Pharmacies, hospitals and other commercial sources of medications are not eligible to participate. Syringes and other “sharps” are not accepted in this program. The public may deposit unwanted medications anonymously in the take-back boxes during lobby hours as listed below, except on holidays.

Carroll Township Police Department, 555 Chestnut Grove Road, Dillsburg, PA. Open Monday through Friday, 8:30AM to 4:30PM

City of York Police Department, 50 West King Street, York, PA. Open Monday through Friday from 6AM to 10:30PM.

Fairview Township Police Department, 145 Limekiln Road, Suite 600, New Cumberland, PA. Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Hanover Borough Police Department, 44 Frederick Street, Hanover, PA. Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Hellam Township Police Department, 44 Walnut Springs Road, York, PA. Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Newberry Township Police Department, 1905 Old Trail Road, Etters, PA. Open Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 4:30PM.

Northeastern Regional Police Department, 5570 Board Road, Mount Wolf, PA. Open Monday through Friday from 7:30AM to 4PM.

Northern York County Regional Police Department, 1445 East Canal Road, Dover, PA. Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Penn Township Police Department, 20 Wayne Avenue, Hanover, PA. Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Southern Regional Police Department, 47 E. High Street, New Freedom, PA. Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4PM.

Southwestern Regional Police Department, 6115 Thoman Drive, Spring Grove, PA. Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Spring Garden Township Police Department, 340 Tri Hill Road in Spring Garden Township. Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Springettsbury Township Police Department, 1501 Mount Zion Road, York, PA. Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM.

West Manchester Township Police Department, 380 East Berlin Road, York, PA. Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

West York Borough Police Department, 1700 West Philadelphia Street, York, PA. Open Monday through Friday, 9AM to 4:30PM

York Area Police Department, 33 Oak Street, York, PA. Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM.

For more information about the program, visit the Authority’s web site at: www.ycswa.com. The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated system that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource recovery. The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township. The Resource Recovery Center manages York County’s household and commercial waste, as well as some manufacturing waste.

The York County Solid Waste Authority is conducting a free Christmas tree recycling program for all York County residents. The program starts December 26, 2016 and continues through January 31, 2017. Residents may bring their trees to the Authority’s Yard Waste Transfer Facility in Manchester Township seven days a week during daylight hours. In addition to the Authority’s collection site, the following businesses are accepting Christmas trees: Spring Valley Mulch in Dover, 292-3476; H & H General Excavating in Spring Grove, 225-4669 and Mighty Oak Mulch in Wrightsville, 244-3099. Please call these locations for hours and directions. Please note: Trees are no longer accepted at Kain County Park.

There is no fee to residents for this program. PLEASE REMOVE: ornaments, tinsel, lights and protective bags from your tree. Many municipalities now offer curbside Christmas tree collection for their residents. Call your municipal office to see if your municipality offers a curbside collection program. Dedicated loads of Christmas trees collected in municipal programs will be accepted at no charge during regular business hours at the Authority’s Yard Waste Transfer Facility. Trees collected will be shipped off site to an end user.

Directions to the Yard Waste Transfer Facility:

From I-83: Proceed on I-83 to Exit 21. As you come off the exit ramp, get immediately into the far left turning lane and proceed to stoplight at intersection of Toronita Street and Rt. 30E (you will see the “Round the Clock Diner” at this intersection).

At the stoplight, turn left onto Toronita Street (Toronita turns into Blackbridge Road). Proceed approximately 2 miles to Flour Mill Road. Turn right on Flour Mill Road, the Yard Waste Transfer Facility will be on your right.

From Rt. 30: At the stoplight at the intersection of Toronita Street and Rt. 30 (you will see the “Round the Clock Diner” at this intersection), turn north onto Toronita Street (Toronita turns into Blackbridge Road). Proceed approximately 2 miles to Flour Mill Road. Turn right onto Flour Mill Road, the Yard Waste Transfer Facility will be on your right.

This is the 29th year the Authority has conducted a Christmas tree recycling program. The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, education, recycling and resource recovery. The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township; and owns and operates a Yard Waste Transfer Facility, a Recyclable Materials Drop-off Center and an Education Center.

Greetings from Met-Ed!

As we face the colder temperatures outside, may the good cheer of friends and family keep you warm inside this Holiday Season!

Below are some tips and information that may be useful to you and your residents or constituents. Feel free to share.

Thank you for all you do on behalf of our communities. It is a pleasure to serve you!

Kathy Seilhamer
Met-Ed External Affairs

Holiday Lighting Safety Reminder

Holiday lights are a tradition that reaches back to the earliest days of electricity, and now is the most popular time for home decoration. Met-Ed hopes everyone will enjoy this festive season while also remembering a few tips to help ensure the holidays remain safe.

Outdoor Lighting Safety:

• Check all lights for frayed wires or areas where insulation has pulled away from plugs or sockets. Discard and replace any damaged light strings.
• Ensure that tacks or nails used to hold light strings do not pierce any insulation on wires or light sockets.
• Use only extension cords that are approved for outdoor use. These cords must meet rigorous safety standards that indoor cords may not meet.
• Outdoor lights, inflatables and other decorations should be plugged into outlets protected by ground fault interrupters.
• Place outdoor lights on a timer or turn them off before you go to bed.
• Outdoor lights, inflatables and other decorations must not be installed under or near any electric power lines.

Indoor Lighting Safety:

• Inspect all light strings and cords for any damage, including frayed wires or insulation that has pulled away from light sockets or plugs. Also check for chewing or scratching damage if you have pets in the house. Discard and replace any damaged light strings.
• Live trees should be kept well-watered.
• No more than three strings of standard indoor lights should be connected to any extension cord.
• Make sure cords are placed where they won’t be stepped on, kinked or pose a tripping hazard.
• Lights should not be permitted to touch drapes, furniture or carpeting.
• Lights should be turned off overnight and when no one is home.

Met-Ed Offers Energy-Saving Tips as Frigid Weather Approaches

With the possibility of below-zero temperatures affecting much of the eastern United States this week, Met-Ed reminds customers of steps they can take to better manage energy bills that may climb as the frigid weather lingers.

• Make sure your home is properly insulated to help reduce heat loss.
• Inspect doors and windows and apply caulk or weather stripping where necessary to keep cold air out.
• Close drapes, blinds and garage doors to retain heat.
• Keep your thermostat at a temperature where you feel comfortable. Each degree lower has the potential to save about 2 percent on your heating bill. Install a programmable thermostat and it will do the work for you.
• Have a professional tune-up and inspect your furnace.
• Clean or replace the furnace filter to improve efficiency.
• Make sure heat can get into the room. Keep furniture and drapes from blocking heat registers and return vents.
• Close the vents in rooms that are not being used.

Met-Ed Completing Long-Term Infrastructure Improvement Plan

Met-Ed is completing work on approximately $7.5 million of electric system projects as part of its 2016 Long-Term Infrastructure Improvement Plan to reduce the number and duration of service interruptions experienced by the company’s 560,000 customers.

“These projects benefit customers by complementing the work we already do each year to enhance the reliability of our electric system,” said Ed Shuttleworth, regional president of Met-Ed. “Our goal is to make our system the best it can be when it comes to limiting the number of outages our customers experience.”

Projects completed this year in the Met-Ed service area include:

• Replacement of more than 1,600 porcelain protective switches on poles and wires with new polymer devices. The switches – known as “cutouts” – automatically open up when a system irregularity is detected, serving to protect the electrical equipment and limit the number of customers affected by an outage. In 2016, protective switches were replaced on six circuits primarily in Boyertown, Reading, Easton and York.
• Installation of radio-controlled switches on electric circuits. These devices can be operated remotely from the company dispatch center, allowing operators to restore power more quickly and efficiently than dispatching a crew to investigate. Met-Ed is completing this work at almost 70 locations throughout its service area.
• Replacement of 4,300 feet of cable in a Reading-area underground development.
• Installation of more than 1,000 new fuses on 91 circuits throughout Met-Ed’s service area.

In 2017, Met-Ed is expected to spend an additional $9 million on similar Long-Term Infrastructure Improvement Plan projects.

The York County Solid Waste Authority has approved a contract extension with its current vendor, ECOvanta, to provide electronics recycling services free of charge to York County residents through 2017.

Under PA Act 108 (the state’s Covered Device Recycling Act), it is unlawful for Pennsylvania landfills and resource recovery facilities to accept specific electronic devices (computers, computer peripherals and televisions) for disposal. PA waste haulers are also prohibited from collecting these electronics for disposal. Under the Act, manufacturers who sell their electronic products in PA must contribute financial support to electronics recycling programs. Unfortunately, the financial support required of those manufacturers by Act 108 falls short of the actual costs of recycling all devices collected in the Commonwealth and, as a result, many electronics recycling programs in PA are underfunded, or simply no longer exist.

In 2017, residential electronics will be collected at three locations:

• In the York County Solid Waste Authority’s contractor parking area on Black Bridge Road in Manchester Township directly across the street from the York County Resource Recovery Center. Electronics recycling is conducted every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• Fairview Township’s Electronic Recycling Center is open to all York County residents. Summer/Fall (April-Oct.) hours are Monday – Saturday, 8:00a.m.to 4:30 p.m. Winter/Spring (Nov.-March) hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to Noon and the 1st & 3rd Saturday of every month, from 8:00am-4:30 p.m. The electronics drop off site is located at the Yard Waste Facility, 55 Fairview Road, New Cumberland, PA 17070.

• Penn Township Recycling Drop-off Center is open to all York County residents. The Center is located at 1020 Wilson Avenue, Hanover, PA 17331, and is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

*Please Note: In 2017, the Authority will limit the number of TV’s accepted to: FIVE TVs PER VISIT.

Businesses, schools and organizations: York County businesses, schools and organizations are not eligible to participate in any of the residential electronics recycling programs described above. Businesses must make their own arrangements with an electronics recycling vendor to properly manage their electronics. A list of vendors is located on our website at www.ycswa.com.

The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated system that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource recovery. The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township. The Resource Recovery Center manages York County’s household and commercial waste, as well as some manufacturing waste.

Reading, Pa. – For the fourth year, Metropolitan Edison Company (Met-Ed) invites customers to show off their best and brightest outdoor holiday light displays by entering its “Merry & Bright” Holiday Lights Photo Contest.

Participants can enter by submitting a photo of their home’s outdoor holiday lights at the Met-Ed Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MetEdElectric) from Nov. 28 until Dec. 18. Up to 10 finalists will be selected by Met-Ed based on criteria such as creativity and number of lights. Finalists’ photos will be posted on Facebook for public voting from Dec. 19 until Dec. 26.

The grand prize winner will receive a $250 Visa® gift card and the first prize winner will receive a $100 gift card.

More information, including complete contest rules, will be posted to the Met-Ed Facebook page. The “Merry & Bright” contest is open only to Met-Ed customers who are legal residents of Pennsylvania and who are at least 18 years of age. Only one entry per household will be accepted. Employees and family members of FirstEnergy, Met-Ed or its advertising agency are not eligible.

Photos of the winning entries from 2015 can be found on Flickr.

Met-Ed is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) and serves approximately 560,000 customers in 15 Pennsylvania counties. Connect with Met-Ed on
Twitter @Met_Ed, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MetEdElectric, and online at
www.met-ed.com.

Akron, Ohio – Across the country, con artists continue using scare tactics in an effort to steal money and personal information from utility customers. As part of FirstEnergy Corp.’s (NYSE: FE) ongoing efforts to raise awareness about this continuing problem, the company is joining more than two dozen electric and gas utilities across the United States and Canada to recognize November 16 as “Utilities United Against Scams Day.”

“We take our customers’ safety and security very seriously,” said Gary W. Grant, vice president of customer service for FirstEnergy Utilities. “Through our website, social media outreach, newsletters and participation in industry efforts such as Utilities United Against Scams Day, we continue working to educate customers about scam activity and help them avoid falling victim to con artists who are posing as representatives of our company.”

Scam artists impersonating utility company employees have targeted victims through door-to-door visits, phone calls, and electronic communications. The criminals often try to instill fear that power will be disconnected if the victim does not comply with the demands. Customers have reported the theft of money, personal data and valuables.

FirstEnergy’s award-winning Scam and Fraud Information website describes some of the most widespread schemes targeting utility customers, and offers facts and safety reminders that can help customers avoid becoming a victim of these crimes.

Scams listed on the site include:

• Power shut-off scam: In this nationwide scam, customers have reported receiving
phone calls from someone who claims to be associated with their utility. The
caller threatens to shut off the customer’s power unless an immediate payment is
made, and the customer is often instructed to use a pre-paid debit card or a money
transfer service.

• Door-to-door solicitation: In this scam, individuals go door-to-door, claiming to
be affiliated with the utility company. The scam artists often work in pairs, and
have been characterized as very persistent. These individuals may inquire about
the resident’s electric service or rate, and ask to review a copy of the current
electric bill or other documents. Police and media reports indicate that in some
cases, after distracting the resident, these individuals have stolen property and
personal information.

• Bogus fees for equipment: Customers have reported receiving phone calls
demanding a separate payment to replace an electric meter or other equipment. In
many cases, the caller threatens customers with disconnection unless an
immediate payment is made.

“Customers who have questions about their account status or the identity of
someone who claims to be one of our employees should immediately call our customer
contact centers,” Grant said. “We also urge customers to report any suspicious activity to
the police, and to let us know if they believe they have been targeted by a scam.”
Customers are encouraged to share this information with friends and family to
continue raising awareness of these crimes, and to revisit the Scam and Fraud
Information page on FirstEnergy’s website periodically to check for updates on emerging
scam activity.

In addition to understanding how criminals target their victims, the website offers reminders to help ensure customer safety and security, including:

• FirstEnergy employees will not contact customers to request sensitive information such as social security numbers or bank account information, and they will not demand immediate payment over the phone. Customers who are behind on their accounts receive written notice of their account status, along with instructions on how to avoid a disconnection of service.

• Do not allow anyone claiming to be a utility employee into your home unless an appointment has been scheduled and the employee has provided proper identification.

• FirstEnergy’s utilities offer a wide array of billing and payment options, and will never insist on a particular method of payment. Only send your payments to your FirstEnergy utility company.

• If you have any doubts about the status of your electric account or the identity of a company representative, call your utility company using the numbers below, which are also listed on FirstEnergy’s website.

Utility Company Customer Service Numbers:
Ohio Edison 1-800-633-4766
The Illuminating Company 1-800-589-3101
Toledo Edison 1-800-447-3333
Met-Ed 1-800-545-7741
Penelec 1-800-545-7741
Penn Power 1-800-720-3600
West Penn Power 1-800-686-0021
Jersey Central Power & Light 1-800-662-3115
Mon Power 1-800-686-0022
Potomac Edison 1-800-686-0011

FirstEnergy is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.

Wilkes-Barre, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has detected a new record-high level of radon and is once again encouraging state residents to test their homes for this radioactive gas, a leading cause of lung cancer.

In October, a home in southern Lehigh County showed a radon level of 6,176 picocuries per liter (pCi/L), the highest recorded in the state. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set an action level for radon concentration in homes at 4 pCi/L. Homes testing above this level should have a radon reduction system installed.

“We encourage people to buy a radon home test kit and take the steps necessary to protect themselves and their families,” said DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Fall and winter are an ideal time to test, because the gas becomes trapped inside when doors and windows are closed.”

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally through the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks. It can enter a home through cracks in the foundation or other openings.

The National Toxicology Program, comprising the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Food and Drug Administration, classifies radon as a known human carcinogen. Scientists estimate that about 20,000 lung cancer deaths yearly are related to radon. It’s the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and second leading cause in smokers.

Because of its geology, Pennsylvania is prone to high radon levels. Radon has been detected in all 67 counties, and about 40 percent of homes in the state have levels above EPA’s action level. In 2014, a number of homes in the southern Lehigh County area were found to have radon levels over 1,000 pCi/L. That area is near the Reading Prong, a geological section of granite rock that historically has generated high levels of radon.

Testing is the only way to know if a home, school, workplace or other structure has elevated levels of radon. An easy home test kit can be purchased at hardware or home improvement stores for about $20 to $30. People may also hire a state-certified testing company.

If a level above 4 pCi/L is found, a radon mitigation, or reduction, system should be installed. This is essentially a pipe with a fan to suction the gas from the ground and discharge it above the roofline, where the radon is dispersed. DEP recommends that home builders install radon reduction systems during construction.

DEP certifies all radon testers, mitigators and laboratories doing business in the state, to ensure reliable results.

For more information, including information on interpreting radon test results and finding a Pennsylvania-certified radon contractor, visit the DEP Radon Division web site or call 800-23-RADON (800-237-2366).

The best time to prepare for winter’s chilly weather is now, while the sun is still shining.

Stay safe by using a professional contractor to clean and tune your furnace or other heating equipment each year. Regular maintenance can help equipment run more efficiently, extend its life expectancy and prevent risks like carbon monoxide poisoning.

Check out Columbia Gas participating contractors* in your area:

  • Ken Adams Mechanical, York, 717-624-9250
  • MT Heating and Cooling, York, 717-745-3665
  • Stambaugh Plumbing and Heating, Inc., New Salem, 717-792-9342

If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning or a natural gas leak, evacuate immediately and call 911 from a safe location.

Columbia Gas commitment to customer safety

Last month, Columbia Gas contractors and employees provided free maintenance services to more than 50 elderly and disabled customers to keep them safe and warm. Columbia Gas also helped eligible customers pay for the necessary safety repairs through our Emergency Repair Program.

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvanians have more options to dispose of unwanted and expired medicines and pharmaceutical drugs thanks to enactment of HB 1737, part of the opioid epidemic package of bills signed by Gov. Wolf.

“With this new legislation we want to remind PA residents that there are safe ways to dispose of unwanted and expired medicines,” said Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “We want to encourage everyone to safely and responsibly dispose of medicines and other pharmaceuticals rather than just flush them down the drain or send them to a landfill.”

The law allows pharmaceuticals delivered to collection events to be incinerated at permitted facilities, instead of solely being disposed of as hazardous waste, and allows collection events conducted by law enforcement, medical facilities, pharmacies, and resource recovery facilities incinerating the pharmaceuticals to be exempt from registering with DEP prior to commencing operations.

“We hope that changing prior disposal restrictions will encourage more collection events to enable people to dispose of expired and unwanted drugs,” said McDonnell.

The Department encourages organizations hosting collection events to contact Pennsylvania’s Department of Drug and Alcohol or the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for help in publicizing the events and for guidance on disposal options.

For more information on prescription drug disposal please visit the DEP website.

Harrisburg, PA – In an effort to help protect stream health and aquatic life, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) would like to remind private and public pool owners, as well as pool management companies, how to properly close their swimming pools for the season.

Discharged pool water and waters containing chlorine or other chemicals can be detrimental to aquatic life if not handled responsibly. It is extremely important that these waters are handled correctly. Pool waters must not be discharged to any storm sewer or land in which a storm sewer is accessible. Runoff can cause fish kills and unsafe aquatic conditions.

“Pool owners and professional pool cleaners need to dispose of old water appropriately and conscientiously,” said Acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Most of all, we need to make sure the wastewater is going into the sanitary sewer, where it may be allowed – and not into our storm sewers where it could harm aquatic life.”

When draining a swimming pool this year, make sure to protect Pennsylvania by following these tips:

Pool water may be disposed of through the sanitary sewer system ONLY with municipal permission.
Never dispose of pool water through a storm sewer, which will discharge to a stream.
If lowering the water level of the pool, let it drain to a lawn to prevent it from running off into a storm sewer.
If a sanitary sewer system is not available, water may be used for irrigation if it does not run off the property or into a storm sewer.

The discharge of swimming pool water to any waters of the commonwealth without a permit is a violation of the Clean Streams Law. Property owners and pool companies that violate this law may be prosecuted and penalized for damages.

DEP update on Zika surveillance and response

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has released results of surveillance for Aedes mosquitoes, which have been found to be vectors of the Zika virus. At this time, there have not been any cases of Zika transmitted locally in Pennsylvania, nor have mosquitoes tested positive for the virus.

Twenty-six counties in Pennsylvania have active surveillance sites for albopictus mosquitoes, commonly known as Asian Tiger mosquitoes. The mosquitoes are predominantly found in southern and eastern counties. There have not been any specimens of Aedes aegypti collected, which are the primary carrier of Zika in South America. Aedes aegypti have not been found in Pennsylvania since 2002.

Counties conducting surveillance and approximate locations can be found beginning on page 15 of the DEP/PA Department of Health Zika Response Plan. Surveillance statistics for the week ending July 30, 2016 are below.

In addition, in early August, DEP and the Philadelphia Health Department and the Chester County Health Department responded to two imported clusters of travel associated Zika virus cases per the protocols outlined in the Zika Response Plan. Mosquitoes collected in the Philadelphia cluster response activities were tested for Zika and all samples came back negative. Mosquito trapping in Chester County did not find significant populations of the Asian tiger mosquito and samples were not tested.

“The surveillance and cluster response by DEP and county governments has gone exactly to the Zika response plan, and I am pleased to note that there is no evidence of the Zika virus being carried by mosquitoes in Pennsylvania,” said acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “I want to continue to encourage residents to take common-sense actions like wearing insect repellant and eliminating standing water to cut down on mosquito activity.”

The following counties in south central PA recorded an average of more than 24 Aedes albopictus mosquitoes per trap (Pest levels are defined as greater than 24 female Aedes albopictus per trapping event):

  • Franklin
  • York
  • Dauphin
  • Lancaster
  • Berks

The following counties in south central PA recorded the presence of Aedes albopictus, but populations have not reached pest level:

  • Adams
  • Cumberland
  • Lebanon

DEP recommends that residents do simple activities to reduce mosquito activity in their areas:

  • Dispose of cans, buckets, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar containers that hold water.
  • Properly dispose of discarded tires that can collect water. Stagnant water is where most mosquitoes breed.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers.
  • Have clogged roof gutters cleaned every year as the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug drains.
  • Turn over wheelbarrows and plastic wading pools when not in use and don’t let water stagnate in birdbaths.
  • Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use and remove any water that may collect on pool covers.
  • Wear insect repellant during times of mosquito activity. Aedes mosquitoes are active during daylight hours
  • Keep doors and windows tightly closed, or ensure that screens do not have holes or tears that can allow mosquitoes to get inside the house

“These mosquitoes are weak fliers, so if you see them, they are likely breeding nearby,” said Matt Helwig, program specialist in DEP’s Vector Management program. “Simple precautions to eliminate potential habitat and avoid contact can lead to a safe and itch-free summer.”

To read the Zika Response Plan click here.

Stay safe – Make sure your family knows how to detect natural gas, and what to do when it’s detected.

Use your senses to detect a natural gas leak:
Smell: Rotten egg odor
Hear: A hissing, whistling or roaring sound near a gas line or appliance
See: A damaged connection to a gas appliance, or dirt or water being blown into the air


If you recognize any of these situations:

  • Leave the area immediately
  • From a safe location, call 911 and our 24/7 gas emergency number at 1-888-460-4332
  • Wait for our crew and emergency responders to arrive

Remember:

  • Don’t light a match or candle
  • Don’t operate anything that could cause a spark, including cell phones, lights, appliances, flashlights, power tools, etc.
  • Don’t open windows and doors to attempt to ventilate
  • Don’t try to find the leak yourself or operate pipeline valves

From all of us at Columbia Gas, please stay safe and enjoy your summer!

The Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania’s
9th Annual Recycling Film Festival

PROP’s 26th Annual Recycling & Organics Conference
July 27th – 29th Harrisburg, PA

Communicate Recycling Program Features with a Smart Phone video


Consider shooting a 3-5 minute recycling video with your smart phone that can be posted to your community website, or used at group presentations, to get your points across both audibly and visually. Yes, you can use your smart phone. The video feature of most smart phones can produce excellent quality video. The audio quality however, will require extra attention to prevent extraneous sounds. The short video at this link was shot on a Samsung Galaxy S phone and edited over two-week period to win 2nd place in a 2012Washington State contest. Award-winning phone video
You can recruit local talent as writers, producers, actors, videographers and editors who can relate the ins and outs of your community’s recycling program. Or you can create the video with a two-person crew. Use props to depict the types of items that are eligible for curbside or drop-off collection. Point out items that are not included in your program and offer alternatives for recycling them, as in the case of plastic bags and other films that can be recycled at local supermarket lobbies.
A prize, sponsored by MSW Consultants, LLC, will be awarded for the video, or videos, judged by FilmFest participant ballots to be the best. The winning videos will gain additional exposure through posting to PROP’s YouTubeChannel. You can view many of the winning videos from the 2008-2015 FilmFest at this link: PROP YouTube Channel
Take some time to produce a short, quality, recycling video, post it to your community web site, and enter it into the 2016 PROP Recycling FilmFest. You can do it!
Penn Waste will dispose of  tree limbs/trimmings, or shrubbery if:
  • Sections are either bundled together in sections no longer than 4′ in length or are placed in brown paper biodegradable bags.
  • Do not weight more than 30lbs
  • Branches do not exceed 6″ in diameter.

Reading, Pa. – FirstEnergy Corp.’s (NYSE: FE) Pennsylvania utilities today filed electric rate plans with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) aimed at enhancing electric system reliability for more than two million customers across the state.

FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania utilities include Metropolitan Edison Company (Met-Ed), Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec), Pennsylvania Power Company (Penn Power), and West Penn Power Company (West Penn Power).

The proposed rate plans are expected to benefit customers by continuing FirstEnergy’s service reliability enhancement efforts in Pennsylvania. The plans include continued work to modernize the grid with smart technologies that can prevent or shorten power outages, additional tree trimming activities to protect poles and wires, and updating tablets and smart phones used by utility field staff to help streamline the power restoration process.

“Enhancing service reliability has been a major focus for us in Pennsylvania, and we’ve made significant strides in that area,” said Linda Moss, president of Pennsylvania Operations for FirstEnergy. “Today’s requests will allow our utilities to build on our progress in serving our customers, including ongoing maintenance for the new equipment and facilities we have added over the past several years.”

FirstEnergy’s rate request totals $439 million across all four Pennsylvania utilities. If approved, monthly bills would increase on average in the range of $10.89 to $23.61, or about 9.64 to 17.1 percent, for a typical FirstEnergy Pennsylvania residential electric customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per month. The average monthly bill for customers of FirstEnergy’s four Pennsylvania utilities would be in line with the statewide average for typical residential customers served by the three other major electric utilities in Pennsylvania.

Here are the specifics for each utility’s rate plan:

• Met-Ed has requested an increase of $140 million, or approximately 9.5 percent over current rates. If approved, the total bill for an average residential customer using 1,000 kWh/month would increase 13.59 percent, or $17.52, for a new monthly total bill of $147.34. The bill for a commercial customer using 40 kilowatts (KW) for 250 hours would increase 4.6 percent, or $47.48, for a total bill of $1,077.10. The bill for an industrial customer using 20 MW for 474 hours would increase 0.94 percent, or $8,027.06, for a total bill of $859,353.86

• Penelec has requested an increase of $158 million, or approximately 11.4 percent over current rates. If approved, the total bill for an average residential customer using 1,000 kWh/month would increase 17.1 percent, or $23.61, for a new monthly total bill of $161.50. The bill for a commercial customer using 40 KW for 250 hours would increase 9 percent, or $96.21, for a total bill of $1,155.80. The bill for an industrial customer using 20 MW for 474 hours would increase 1.5 percent, or $10,029.42 for a total bill of $682,841.44

• Penn Power has requested an increase of $42 million, or approximately 9.5 percent over current rates. If approved, the total bill for an average residential customer using 1,000 kWh/month would increase 14.2 percent, or $18.45, for a new monthly total bill of $148.51. The bill for a commercial customer using 40 KW for 250 hours would increase 5.3 percent, or $59.06, for a total bill of $1,164.94. The bill for an industrial customer using 20 MW for 474 hours would increase 1.0 percent, or $4,325.24, for a total bill of $459,688.85.

• West Penn Power has requested an increase of $98 million, or approximately 5.7 percent over current rates. If approved, the total bill for an average residential customer using 1,000 kWh/month would increase 9.64 percent, or $10.89, for a new monthly total bill of $123.88. The bill for a commercial customer using 40 KW for 250 hours would increase 1.8 percent, or $16.58, for a total bill of $959.86. The bill for an industrial customer using 20 MW for 474 hours would increase 0.8 percent, or $4,191.28, for a total bill of $548,425.83.

Pending PUC approval, FirstEnergy has requested that the new rates take effect on June 27, 2016. The process, however, could take up to an additional seven months. For additional information on the plan, customers may call the company at 1-800-545-7741.

Met-Ed serves 560,000 customers within 3,300 square miles of eastern and south central Pennsylvania. Penelec serves nearly 590,000 customers within 17,600 square miles of western, northern and south central Pennsylvania. Penn Power serves approximately 163,000 customers within 1,100 square miles of western Pennsylvania. West Penn Power serves approximately 721,000 customers within 10,400 square miles of central and southwestern Pennsylvania.

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp or online at www.firstenergycorp.com.

Metropolitan Edison Company (Met-Ed) filed a comprehensive distribution rate plan with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) on April 28, 2016, aimed at enhancing system reliability for Met-Ed’s 560,000 customers.

Enhancing Service Reliability for Customers

The Met-Ed rate proposal will continue to help our customers benefit from:

• Significant service reliability improvements
• Ongoing maintenance and inspections for the new equipment and facilities that have been built over the past several years to enhance reliability for customers
• Increased tree trimming and vegetation management to reduce the number of tree-related outages
• Updates to tablets and smart phones used by our field staff to immediately assess, document and report system damage and downed trees, streamlining the power restoration process
• Continued installation of new smart technology that can be operated remotely to help prevent outages from occurring, reduce the number of affected customers when an outage does occur, and shorten outage durations
• Updates to online and mobile technology that helps provide more timely information to customers, especially during severe weather events

Impact to Customer Bills

If approved, the rate proposal would result in an average bill increase of $17.52 per month for a Met-Ed residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity. The new rate would be comparable to the average rates charged today by other Pennsylvania utilities.

The York County Solid Waste Authority will hold a FREE Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program onSaturday, May 7 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the parking lot of Woodland View York, LP located at 915 Woodland View Drive in Manchester Township.  Residents who bring in a mercury-containing device such as a thermostat, thermometer or elemental mercury will receive a $5 gift card for Lowe’s. Covanta York Renewable Energy, the operator of the Authority’s waste-to-energy facility, is partnering with the Authority to sponsor the gift card exchange to encourage residents to eliminate mercury from the waste stream.  There is a one gift card limit per household. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are not eligible for the gift card exchange, but will be accepted at the HHW program. There are a limited number of gift cards available for distribution on May 7.

Household hazardous waste includes any products from the home that are corrosive (drain cleaners or bleach), flammable (gasoline), reactive (chemistry kits) or toxic (pesticides).  The program benefits York County by identifying hazardous wastes found in the home and providing an opportunity to manage these materials in a safe and efficient manner.

All York County homeowners or residential tenants are eligible to bring their household hazardous waste to the collection site.  Business and government entities are not eligible to participate.   There is no fee to participate.  The program is made possible by funding generated from tipping fees collected at the York County Resource Recovery Center and a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.  After collection, a licensed hazardous waste commercial hauler hired by the Authority will transport the material to permitted hazardous waste sites.  These facilities will recycle the materials collected.

Examples of itemsaccepted include: thermometers containing mercury, liquid mercury, auto products (transmission and brake fluids, antifreeze, batteries), pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fluorescent light bulbs, gasoline, kerosene, rechargeable batteries–  Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion), and Small Sealed Lead (Pb), photographic and pool chemicals, driveway sealant, and household cleansers (oven, drain, etc.).

Please do not bring paint or other paint-related products including: latex and oil-based paint, turpentine, paint thinners, varnish, and paint strippers or removers.  These items can be placed in your regular garbage for pick-up.  Containers should be sealed tightly to prevent spillage.  Also, DO NOT bring alkaline batteries (i.e.: AAA’s, AA’s, C’s, D’s, etc.), explosives, ammunition, propane tanks, or medications.  Dispose of alkaline batteries in your regular garbage.  For a listing of York County Collection Centers accepting used propane tanks and motor oil for recycling, call the Authority at 717-845-1066, or visit our website at www.ycswa.com and click on the recycling symbol on the home page.  To safely dispose of medications either make the medication unpalatable with coffee grounds or kitty litter and place in your regular garbage, or dispose of medications for free at 16 York County police departments.  For a list of police departments that have secure medication return boxes, visit our website and click on “Household Waste” on your home page.  For questions about how to safely dispose of other items, request the Authority’s “What Kind of Waste is Accepted at the Resource Recovery Center Brochure” or visit our website.

Can’t make the May 7 event?  An option called “At Your Door Special CollectionSM” enables York County residents to call a toll-free number to schedule a home pick-up of household hazardous waste. The number is: 800-449-7587. Residents may schedule two pick-ups per home, per calendar year and can request up to two “kit bags” per pick-up to fill with acceptable household hazardous products.  “At Your Door Special CollectionSM” pick-ups require a $15 co-pay.  Visit www.wmatyourdoor.com for more information. 

The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource recovery.  The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township; and owns and operates a Yard Waste Transfer Facility, a Recyclable Materials Drop-off Center and an Education Center.  In 2015, the Authority collected 17.56 tons of household hazardous waste in its spring program and 1.59 tons in its year round Special Collection curbside program.  This is the 31st year the Authority has conducted a household hazardous waste collection program.

The York County Solid Waste Authority will launch a Residential Electronics Recycling
Program in York County beginning in early April, 2016. The exact start date will be announced
soon. The program is free and open to York County residents ONLY and will now be conducted
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every week at the
Authority’s Yard Waste Site located off of Flour Mill Road in Manchester Township. Saturday
events will no longer be conducted at the Yard Waste Site. The multiple days and additional
hours will provide residents with greater opportunity, flexibility and efficiency in recycling
electronic devices.

The Authority’s new e-scrap management contract is with electronics recycling vendor
ECOvanta and extends only to December 31, 2016. The Authority is pursuing program
alternatives for 2017.

Act 108 bans both the disposal and collection of certain electronic “covered devices”.
Electronics currently banned from hauler collection and disposal in PA waste disposal facilities
include: televisions, desktop and laptop computers, computer monitors and computer
peripherals (anything that connects to a computer such as a mouse, keyboard, printer, etc.).
Material accepted in the program includes these electronic “covered devices” as well as other electronic recyclables including cell phones, vacuum cleaners, alarm clocks, irons and coffee makers or anything with a plug that does not contain Freons. Examples of Freoncontaining items include refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and dehumidifiers.

Act 108, the Covered Device Recycling Act, applies only to residential sources of
electronic devices specified in the Act. As such, Original Equipment Manufacturers providing
recycling capacity to electronics recycling vendors will not accept electronics from nonresidential
sources. York County organizations, schools and businesses that wish to recycle
electronic devices may contact electronics recycling vendors directly. A list of recycling vendors
is also located on our website at: www.ycswa.com.

The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated
system that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource recovery. The Authority
is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township. The
Resource Recovery Center manages York County’s household and commercial waste, as well as
some manufacturing waste.

(* = On PADEP list)

Sixteen York County police departments currently partner with the York County Solid Waste Authority (YCSWA) to host medication take-back boxes in their police department lobbies. In 2015, the program safely collected and disposed of a total of 2.12 tons of unused and expired medications, an increase of .27 tons over the 1.85 tons collected in 2014.

This partnership program provides a secure disposal option for unwanted medications from residential sources at no cost to the public or to law enforcement agencies.  All York County police departments have been invited to participate.  The secure medication take-back boxes, purchased by YCSWA from MedReturn, work like a mailbox: once medications are deposited, they cannot be retrieved and are contained in a locked compartment accessible only by law enforcement.  The heavy-duty green metal box bolts to the floor and wall.  Medications collected in the take-back box program are delivered by law enforcement to the Authority’s waste-to-energy facility for safe and complete destruction.  Law enforcement also maintains the box and secures medications that are received until they can be destroyed.

Northern York County Regional Police Department was the first police department in York County to host a MedReturn take-back box.  Says Chief Mark Bentzel: “This program enhances our ongoing efforts to eliminate drug abuse, provides a safe and convenient means of disposing of prescription and over the counter drugs and presents an opportunity to educate the general public about the potential for abuse of medications”.

The Authority’s waste-to-energy facility is equipped with state of the art combustion technology and air emission controls making it York County’s best waste management tool for destruction of unwanted or expired prescription or over-the-counter medication.  The facility’s operator, Covanta York Renewable Energy, also supports this program.

Notes Dave Vollero, Authority Executive Director, “Using waste-to-energy technology to manage medications keeps them out of landfills and waste water treatment systems.  We have long advised residents to make medications unrecognizable and unpalatable and place them out with their regular garbage for delivery to our facility.  For those residents not comfortable with placing medication out at the curb, the take-back box program offers a convenient and secure option that achieves the same results: safe management, complete destruction and production of alternative energy.”

Residents interested in dropping medication at a take-back box location should remove their personal information from containers before depositing them in boxes.  ONLY RESIDENTIAL prescription or over-the-counter medications are accepted.  Pharmacies, hospitals and other commercial sources of medications are not eligible to participate.  Syringes and other “sharps” are not accepted in this program.  The public may deposit unwanted medications anonymously in the take-back boxes during lobby hours as listed below, except on holidays.

 

Carroll Township Police Department, 555 Chestnut Grove Road, Dillsburg, PA.  Open Monday through Friday, 8:30AM to 4:30PM

City of York Police Department, 50 West King Street, York, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 6AM to 10:30PM.

Fairview Township Police Department, 145 Limekiln Road, Suite 600, New Cumberland, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Hanover Borough Police Department, 44 Frederick Street, Hanover, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Hellam Township Police Department, 44 Walnut Springs Road, York, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Newberry Township Police Department, 1905 Old Trail Road, Etters, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 4:30PM.

Northeastern Regional Police Department, 5570 Board Road, Mount Wolf, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 7:30AM to 4PM.

Northern York County Regional Police Department, 1445 East Canal Road, Dover, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Penn Township Police Department, 20 Wayne Avenue, Hanover, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Southern Regional Police Department, 47 E. High Street, New Freedom, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from8AM to 4PM.

Southwestern Regional Police Department, 6115 Thoman Drive, Spring Grove, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Spring Garden Township Police Department, 340 Tri Hill Road in Spring Garden Township. Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Springettsbury Township Police Department, 1501 Mount Zion Road, York, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM.

West Manchester Township Police Department, 380 East Berlin Road, York, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

West York Borough Police Department, 1700 West Philadelphia Street, York, PA.  Open Monday through Friday, 9AM to 4:30PM

York Area Police Department, 33 Oak Street, York, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM.

For more information about the program, visit the Authority’s web site at: www.ycswa.com.  The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated system that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource recovery.  The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township.  The Resource Recovery Center manages York County’s household and commercial waste, as well as some manufacturing waste.

Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today urged all Pennsylvanians to test their homes for radon, a deadly radioactive gas that’s the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers in the United States. DEP also urged residents to take action to reduce radon levels in their homes if they are high.

“Due to our geology, radon is found everywhere in Pennsylvania. For that reason, we urge residents to test their homes to protect themselves and their family’s health,” said DEP Secretary John Quigley. “Winter is the best time to test your home for radon because doors and windows are typically closed and tightly sealed, producing the most accurate results.”

January is Radon Action Month, and a great time to test. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets the “action level” for radon at 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) of air. Residents with levels at or above that figure should take steps to lower them.

Testing for radon is the only way to know if a home, school, workplace or other structure has elevated concentrations of radon. Test kits can be purchased at most hardware or home improvement stores at an average cost of $15 to $25 per test. If you are uncomfortable doing the testing yourself you can hire a state-certified radon tester, or if you are selling your home and want a radon test, it is best to hire a certified tester. The cost of a mitigation system typically ranges around $1,000.

Pennsylvania law requires all radon service providers, such as radon testers, radon mitigators and radon laboratories to be certified by DEP. The list of Pennsylvania-certified radon service providers is updated monthly and available on DEP’s website. You can also obtain a hard copy of the directory or verify a company’s certification by calling 800-23RADON.

In 2014, the highest radon level ever recorded in the U.S. was found in a home in Lehigh County. The concentration measured was 3,715 pCi/L, more than 900 times EPA’s action level of 4 pCi/L. DEP recommended the owners vacate their home until it could be remediated to safe levels.

“Approximately 20,000 lung cancer deaths per year are attributable to radon exposure so the threat is very real,” said Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy. “Radon exposure combined with smoking is a particularly lethal combination so we encourage everyone to take steps to reduce their risk.”

If you are building a new home, DEP recommends installing a passive radon system during construction. If high radon levels are found when the home is completed, a fan can be readily installed. There are good reasons to install a radon system during construction:

  • There is no reliable way to test the ground in advance for radon.
  • The average residential radon level in Pennsylvania is 7-8 picocuries per liter.
  • The cost of installing the radon system during construction should be less than installing one after the fact.
  • Building the radon system internally should keep aesthetics of the home intact. If radon is not addressed during construction, an outside radon system may be required if the radon test comes back greater than 4 picocuries per liter.

For people buying or selling a home, Pennsylvania’s Real Estate Seller Disclosure Act requires sellers to disclose the results of any known radon testing. DEP’s website lists radon testing options for real estate transactions

DEP, in cooperation with Commonwealth Media Services, has produced a public service announcement about the importance of radon testing. The PSA is currently airing on Pennsylvania, television and radio stations during January. The PSA is available on DEP’s YouTube Channel.

For more information about radon testing and radon resistant construction, visit DEP’s website at www.dep.pa.gov/radon.

The York County Solid Waste Authority is conducting a free Christmas tree recycling program for all York County residents.  The program starts now and continues through January 31, 2016.  Residents may bring their trees to the Authority’s Yard Waste Transfer Facility in Manchester Township seven days a week during daylight hours.  In addition to the Authority’s collection site, the following businesses are accepting Christmas trees: Spring Valley Mulch in Dover, 292-3476; H & H General Excavating in Spring Grove, 225-4669 and Mighty Oak Mulch in Wrightsville, 244-3099.  Please call these locations for hours and directions. Please note: Trees are no longer accepted at Kain County Park.

There is no fee to residents for this program. PLEASE REMOVE: ornaments, tinsel, lights and protective bags from your tree.   Many municipalities now offer curbside Christmas tree collection for their residents.  Call your municipal office to see if your municipality offers a curbside collection program.  Dedicated loads of Christmas trees collected in municipal programs will be accepted at no charge during regular business hours at the Authority’s Yard Waste Transfer Facility.  Trees collected will be shipped off site to an end user.

Directions to the Yard Waste Transfer Facility:  

From I-83: Proceed on I-83 to Exit 21.  As you come off the exit ramp, get immediately into the far left turning lane and proceed to stoplight at intersection of Toronita Street and Rt. 30E (you will see the “Round the Clock Diner” at this intersection).

At the stoplight, turn left onto Toronita Street (Toronita turns into Blackbridge Road).  Proceed approximately 2 miles to Flour Mill Road.  Turn right on Flour Mill Road, the Yard Waste Transfer Facility will be on your right.

From Rt. 30: At the stoplight at the intersection of Toronita Street and Rt. 30 (you will see the “Round the Clock Diner” at this intersection), turn north onto Toronita Street (Toronita turns into Blackbridge Road).  Proceed approximately 2 miles to Flour Mill Road. Turn right onto Flour Mill Road, the Yard Waste Transfer Facility will be on your right.

This is the 28th  year the Authority has conducted a Christmas tree recycling program.  The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, education, recycling and resource recovery.  The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township; and owns and operates a Yard Waste Transfer Facility, a Recyclable Materials Drop-off Center and an Education Center.

The York County Solid Waste Authority’s Environmental Educators offer FREE waste and recycling related presentations to school, civic, church and various other organizations throughout York County. Educators will travel to your organization’s meeting place to discuss various topics including; how waste is turned into energy in York County, hands-on activities that showcase recycling in our area, instruction on how to compost with red wiggler worms and how a landfill operates. Please call (717) 845-1066 two weeks in advance to schedule a program. When calling to schedule a program, inquire about other waste-related topics that are available for presentations or visit www.ycswa.com and click on “Education Connection”, then click on “Presentations” on the menu column on the right. Evening times are available Monday through Thursday.

The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, education, recycling and resource recovery. The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township; and owns and operates a Yard Waste Transfer Facility, a Recyclable Materials Drop-off Center and an Education Center.

Help protect your family and pets in an emergency by signing up today for Smart911.

Smart 911 is a new program offered by the York County Department of Emergency Services to local residents and families. It allows you to provide critical information to 911 dispatchers before an emergency arises by creating a free, secure online profile at Smart911.com.

The profile is tied to your phone number, and immediately becomes available if you call 911. It contains largely the same information as you would give verbally to a 911 dispatcher, but it is provided calmly before an emergency arises.

The amount of information you provide is entirely at your discretion, but examples include:

  • Details regarding the layout of your home, which can aid firefighters if they need to conduct a search in a fire or other emergency,
  • Information about allergies and medical conditions that may be crucial to emergency medical staff.
  • Information on physical or developmental disabilities, which can change the way responders handle a call.
    • For example, you can advise if there is an autistic child in the home that is prone to hide in a closet if he/she hears a siren. Firefighters and police would know to check closets for the child. Similarly, you can note whether someone in the home needs assistance exiting your home because of mobility challenges.
  • Emergency contacts, which ensures responders quickly can contact a user’s family or friends in case of an vehicle accident or other emergency
  • Information about pets, which can lead to greater safety not only for the pet but also for response agencies. For example, if responders are aware that a large dog is inside a home, they can act appropriately to keep that pet safe.

The information you provide is stored securely and is not searchable through the Internet or even by our 911 dispatchers. It is only available to the 911 Center dispatcher when you contact 911, and only for 45 minutes.

Creating a profile also helps you even if you are traveling. Because Smart911 is tied to a phone number, the information you enter into Smart911 would become available if you need to call 911 in the other 1,500 communities that also provide this service to their residents.

Signing up for Smart911 is free and easy. It takes only about 10 minutes to create a basic profile. Please go to Smart911.com today to learn more information and sign up. It is time well spent.

The Authority’s public Recycling Drop-off Center, currently located on Black Bridge Road across from the Resource Recovery Center, will be moving to a new location at 2685 Blackthorne Court.

The move will occur in early July and is part of the site improvement construction project. Once an exact date has been confirmed it will be posted online and in print. Directions to the new location:

From Rt. 30: Proceed north on Toronita Street. Toronita turns into Black Bridge Road. Proceed approximately 3/4 of a mile and turn left onto Blackgum Court. Proceed on Blackgum Court and make the first left onto Blackthorne Court. The new Recycling Drop-off Center will be on your left. Follow signs to entrance.

Directional signs will also be posted along Black Bridge Road. The Center will be open seven days a week during daylight hours.

The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource recovery. The Authority is the owner of the Public Recycling Drop-off Center in Manchester Township. Approximately 600 tons of material are recycled via the Center annually.

The York County Solid Waste Authority will conduct a free electronics recycling event the first AND third Saturdays of each month. The event time is 9 AM to noon. The electronics recycling events will be held at the Authority’s Yard Waste Transfer Facility located off of Flour Mill Road in Manchester Township. Next month’s programs will be held on Saturday, June 6 and Saturday, June 20 from 9 AM to Noon.

All York County residents, businesses and non-profit entities are eligible to participate in this program. In addition, residents, businesses and non-profit entities who are located in a municipality that has contractually agreed to deliver waste only to the York County Resource Recovery Center may also participate. Those municipalities include Swatara Township, Highspire Borough, and McSherrystown Borough. In addition to the Authority’s main collection site on Flour Mill Road, 10 York County municipalities conduct satellite programs in conjunction with the Authority’s program. The following municipalities accept electronics from all York County residents and businesses: Carroll Township, Fairview Township, Penn Township and Warrington Township. These municipalities accept electronics only from their municipality’s residents and businesses: Hopewell Township, Red Lion Borough, Shrewsbury Township, Stewartstown Borough and York City. Dover Township and Windsor Township residents can check with their municipality for collection events. Currently, Best Buy’s York store, located at 2865 Concord Road, also offers free recycling of covered devices.

Please DO NOT bring construction demolition, furniture, appliances, white goods, appliances containing Freon (dehumidifiers, air conditioners, refrigerators) or household hazardous waste. There is no fee to participate in the program. Residents and businesses with large quantities of electronics, (i.e. more than a pickup truck load of electronic material) should call the Authority before the collection date to make arrangements for delivery. The program is made possible by funding generated from tipping fees (cost for disposal of waste) collected at the York County Resource Recovery Center.

Examples of electronic equipment accepted in this program include answering machines, compact disc players, fax machines, computer hard drives, laptops, mobile phones, modems, microwave ovens, pagers, personal computers (CPU, monitors, keyboards, mouse, and peripherals), printers, printed circuit boards, radios, remote controls, stereos, tape players, telephones and telephone equipment, televisions, and VCR’s. Residents are responsible for removal of any personal data contained on electronic devices and computer hard drives.

Beginning January 24, 2013, Pennsylvania’s “Covered Device Recycling Act” (Act 108) prohibits the acceptance of certain electronic materials at all Pennsylvania solid waste disposal facilities and also prohibits residents from placing them at the curb for waste pick-up. Under the Act, waste haulers will NOT pick up “covered devices”. Waste haulers should place a sticker on covered devices that provides directions for where to go to properly manage them. Covered devices” include televisions, desktop and laptop computers, computer monitors and computer peripherals (anything that connects to a computer such as a mouse, keyboard, printer, etc.).

Residents must now manage these covered devices by recycling them. The Act requires manufacturers of covered devices sold or offered for sale in Pennsylvania to make collection programs available to Pennsylvania residents for the recycling of their covered devices. Though not required, retailers may also offer collection programs. Both manufacturer and retailer collection programs for covered devices are required to be free of charge, unless a coupon, rebate or other financial incentive of equal or greater value is supplied. Residents should contact retail outlets prior to delivering items to ensure acceptance of specific items.

Municipalities that opt to conduct their own electronics recycling programs may deliver their electronics to the Authority during the Authority’s monthly collection program, or store materials collected under cover or under roof until pick-up by the Authority’s vendor can be scheduled. There is no cost to municipalities for the Authority’s electronics vendor to properly manage electronics collected in a municipal program. The Authority currently reimburses participating municipalities with the revenue generated by the weight of electronic items collected by the municipality.

The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource recovery. The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township; and owns and operates an Education Center, a Yard Waste Transfer Facility and a Recyclable Materials Drop-off Center. The Authority also owns the now-closed York County Sanitary Landfill, a portion of which has been “recycled” into a recreation complex operated by Hopewell Township through an agreement with the Authority.

Are you on Medicare and have limited income? You may be eligible to receive extra help to pay for your Medicare premiums and your prescription drug costs! For information on Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance and Medicaid, please call the Pennsylvania Apprise Insurance Counseling Program at 1-800-783-7067. For information on a variety of community-based services and supports for older adults and for persons of all ages with disabilities, please call the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources at 1-800-753-8827. Information and assistance services are provided at no cost to citizens and are funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.

The York County Solid Waste Authority will hold a FREE Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program on Saturday, May 2 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the parking lot of Woodland View York, LP located at 915 Woodland View Drive in Manchester Township. Residents who bring in elemental mercury and/or a mercury-containing device such as a thermostat, thermometer or elemental mercury will receive a $5 gift card for Lowe’s. Covanta York Renewable Energy, the operator of the Authority’s waste-to-energy facility, is partnering with the Authority to sponsor the gift card exchange to encourage residents to eliminate mercury from the waste stream. There is a two-gift card limit per household. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are not eligible for the gift card exchange, but will be accepted at the HHW program. There are a limited number of gift cards available for distribution on May 2.

Household hazardous waste includes any products from the home that are corrosive (drain cleaners or bleach), flammable (gasoline), reactive (chemistry kits) or toxic (pesticides). The program benefits York County by identifying hazardous wastes found in the home and providing an opportunity to manage these materials in a safe and efficient manner.

All York County homeowners or residential tenants are eligible to bring their household hazardous waste to the collection site. Due to state regulatory requirements, commercial entities are not eligible to participate. There is no fee to participate. The program is made possible by funding generated from tipping fees collected at the York County Resource Recovery Center and a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. After collection, a licensed hazardous waste commercial hauler hired by the Authority will transport the material offsite where it will then be recycled, incinerated, landfilled or neutralized at licensed hazardous waste facilities.

Examples of items accepted include: thermometers containing mercury, liquid mercury, auto products (transmission and brake fluids, antifreeze, batteries), pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fluorescent light bulbs, gasoline, kerosene, rechargeable batteries– Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion), and Small Sealed Lead (Pb), photographic and pool chemicals, driveway sealant, and household cleansers (oven, drain, etc.).

Please do not bring paint or other paint-related products including: latex and oil-based paint, turpentine, paint thinners, varnish, and paint strippers or removers. These items can be placed in your regular garbage for pick-up. Containers should be sealed tightly to prevent spillage. Also, DO NOT bring alkaline batteries (i.e.: AAA’s, AA’s, C’s, D’s, etc.) aerosol cans, explosives, ammunition, propane tanks, used motor oil or medications. Dispose of alkaline batteries in your regular garbage. For a listing of York County Collection Centers accepting used motor oil for recycling, call the Authority at 717-845-1066. For questions about how to safely dispose of other items, request the Authority’s “What Kind of Waste is Accepted at the Resource Recovery Center Brochure”. For more information about the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program, call the Authority at 717-845-1066, or visit our web page at: www.ycswa.com and click on “Recycle”, then “Hazardous Products”.

Can’t make the May 2 event? An option called “At Your Door Special CollectionSM” enables York County residents to call a toll-free number to schedule a home pick-up of household hazardous waste. The number is: 800-449-7587. Residents may schedule two pick-ups per home, per calendar year and can request up to two “kit bags” per pick-up to fill with accepted household hazardous products. “At Your Door Special Collection SM” pick-ups require a $15 co-pay.

The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource recovery. The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township; and owns and operates a Yard Waste Transfer Facility, a Recyclable Materials Drop-off Center and an Education Center.

In 2014, the Authority collected 9.65 tons of household hazardous waste in its spring program and 1.6 tons in its year round Special Collection curbside program. This is the 30th year the Authority has conducted a household hazardous waste collection program.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, during the County Commissioner’s regular 10:00 am meeting

York County Administrative Center, 2nd Floor, 28 East Market Street, York, PA

A short presentation on activities related to the County’s MS4 Permit will be given, followed by an opportunity for public comment.

The York County Solid Waste Authority will conduct a free electronics recycling event the first AND third Saturdays of each month. The event time is 9 AM to noon. The electronics recycling events will be held at the Authority’s Yard Waste Transfer Facility located off of Flour Mill Road in Manchester Township. This month’s programs will be held on Saturday, April 4 and Saturday, April 18 from 9 AM to Noon.

All York County residents, businesses and non-profit entities are eligible to participate in this program. In addition, residents, businesses and non-profit entities who are located in a municipality that has contractually agreed to deliver waste only to the York County Resource Recovery Center may also participate. Those municipalities include Swatara Township, Highspire Borough, and McSherrystown Borough. In addition to the Authority’s main collection site on Flour Mill Road, 10 York County municipalities conduct satellite programs in conjunction with the Authority’s program. The following municipalities accept electronics from all York County residents and businesses: Carroll Township, Fairview Township, Penn Township and Warrington Township. These municipalities accept electronics only from their municipality’s residents and businesses: Hopewell Township, Red Lion Borough, Shrewsbury Township, Stewartstown Borough and York City. Dover Township and Windsor Township residents can check with their municipality for collection events. Currently, Best Buy’s York store, located at 2865 Concord Road, also offers free recycling of covered devices.

Please DO NOT bring construction demolition, furniture, appliances, white goods, appliances containing Freon (dehumidifiers, air conditioners, refrigerators) or household hazardous waste. There is no fee to participate in the program. Residents and businesses with large quantities of electronics, (i.e. more than a pickup truck load of electronic material) should call the Authority before the collection date to make arrangements for delivery. The program is made possible by funding generated from tipping fees (cost for disposal of waste) collected at the York County Resource Recovery Center.

Examples of electronic equipment accepted in this program include answering machines, compact disc players, fax machines, computer hard drives, laptops, mobile phones, modems, microwave ovens, pagers, personal computers (CPU, monitors, keyboards, mouse, and peripherals), printers, printed circuit boards, radios, remote controls, stereos, tape players, telephones and telephone equipment, televisions, and VCR’s. Residents are responsible for removal of any personal data contained on electronic devices and computer hard drives.

Beginning January 24, 2013, Pennsylvania’s “Covered Device Recycling Act” (Act 108) prohibits the acceptance of certain electronic materials at all Pennsylvania solid waste disposal facilities and also prohibits residents from placing them at the curb for waste pick-up. Under the Act, waste haulers will NOT pick up “covered devices”. Waste haulers should place a sticker on covered devices that provides directions for where to go to properly manage them. Covered devices” include televisions, desktop and laptop computers, computer monitors and computer peripherals (anything that connects to a computer such as a mouse, keyboard, printer, etc.).

Residents must now manage these covered devices by recycling them. The Act requires manufacturers of covered devices sold or offered for sale in Pennsylvania to make collection programs available to Pennsylvania residents for the recycling of their covered devices. Though not required, retailers may also offer collection programs. Both manufacturer and retailer collection programs for covered devices are required to be free of charge, unless a coupon, rebate or other financial incentive of equal or greater value is supplied. Residents should contact retail outlets prior to delivering items to ensure acceptance of specific items.

Municipalities that opt to conduct their own electronics recycling programs may deliver their electronics to the Authority during the Authority’s monthly collection program, or store materials collected under cover or under roof until pick-up by the Authority’s vendor can be scheduled. There is no cost to municipalities for the Authority’s electronics vendor to properly manage electronics collected in a municipal program. The Authority currently reimburses participating municipalities with the revenue generated by the weight of electronic items collected by the municipality.

The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource recovery. The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township; and owns and operates an Education Center, a Yard Waste Transfer Facility and a Recyclable Materials Drop-off Center. The Authority also owns the now-closed York County Sanitary Landfill, a portion of which has been “recycled” into a recreation complex operated by Hopewell Township through an agreement with the Authority.

Dog wardens will canvass homes in York County, the week of April 13 to ensure all dog owners have current licenses and rabies vaccinations for their dogs.

The state Department of Agriculture reminds dog owners that a license is one of the best ways to ensure a lost dog is returned home safely.

Under Pennsylvania law, all dogs three months or older must be licensed by January 1 of each year. The fee is $6.50 for each spayed or neutered dog and $8.50 for other dogs. Older adults and persons with disabilities may purchase a license for $4.50 for spayed or neutered dogs and $6.50 for others.

Additionally, all dogs and non-feral cats (three months of age and older) must be vaccinated against rabies. Booster vaccinations must be administered periodically to maintain lifelong immunity.

Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs.

Licenses may be purchased through Treasurer Bair at the York County Administrative Office, by calling (717) 771-9603, online at yorkcountypa.gov, or from these issuing agents:

  • Delta – Delta Tags, Title & Notary
  • Delta – Dennis Emmel
  • Dover – Pet’s Best Friend
  • Hanover – Hanover WalMart
  • Hanover – Jocelyn’s Puppies
  • Hanover – Nature’s Pet Place
  • Manchester – Animal Medic Inc.
  • Mechanicsburg – Diller Landscape, Feed & Tack
  • New Freedom – Four Paws Pet Shop
  • Red Lion – Cape Horn Country
  • Red Lion – Cape Horn Veterinary Services
  • Red Lion – Diehl’s Service Center
  • Red Lion – The Mill, 327 East Broadway
  • Spring Grove – Spring Grove Animal Hospital
  • Stewartstown – Stewartstown Veterinary Services
  • York – Morgan’s Paws Pet Care Center
  • York – Sloppy Kisses
  • York – West York Agway
  • York – York County S.P.C.A.
  • York – York Pet Supply

For more information, visit www.licenseyourdogPA.com or call 717-787-3062.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brandi Hunter-Davenport – 717.787.5085

Reading, Pa. – As part of its ongoing efforts to strengthen the durability and flexibility of its electric system, FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) has scheduled more than 35 major distribution and transmission infrastructure projects and other work in 2015 to help enhance service reliability in Metropolitan Edison Company’s (Met-Ed) 15-county service area.

Major projects planned for this year include building new circuits, replacing underground cables, inspecting and replacing utility poles, and installing automated remote control devices designed to reduce the number of outages Met-Ed customers might experience.

“The infrastructure projects we have completed in recent years have resulted in some of the best reliability numbers the company has reported, and we believe our work plans for 2015 will help continue this trend,” said Ed Shuttleworth, regional president of Met-Ed. “Our goal is to enhance the quality of service we provide our customers now, while helping to prepare our system for future load growth.”

Scheduled projects in the Met-Ed service area in 2015 include:

  • Upgrading substations in the Easton/Stroudsburg, Lebanon, Reading and York areas by installing or enhancing circuit breakers, switches and other equipment, along with inspecting transformers.
  • Installing new sectionalizing equipment, such as fuses and devices that reset automatically, to help reduce the number of outages across the entire Met-Ed service territory.
  • Installing capacitor banks and other equipment in the York, Reading, and Easton areas to help maintain proper voltage levels. This is expected to benefit Met-Ed’s industrial and large commercial customers that operate large motors and other sensitive machinery. Capacitor banks help maintain proper voltages during periods of high demand.
  • Inspecting and replacing utility poles and overhead equipment. This inspection process is conducted on a 12-year cycle. Inspections began in January, with replacement work scheduled to be completed throughout the fall.
  • Repairing and replacing underground equipment throughout Met-Ed territory.

Met-Ed serves approximately 560,000 customers in 15 Pennsylvania counties. Visit FirstEnergy on the web at www.firstenergycorp.com and follow Met-Ed on Twitter @Met Ed and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MetEdElectric.

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.

To help eliminate illegal dumping of tires and educate the public about proper tire management, the York County Solid Waste Authority (Authority) is offering free tire disposal at the York County Resource Recovery Center. Pre-registration is required and will be accepted during business hours between now and April 22, 2015.

Residents may preregister by calling Mindy Waltemyer at the Authority at (717) 845-1066 between the hours 8AM and 5PM, Monday through Friday, starting March 2. Registrants will receive a dashboard placard for a free one-time disposal of up to 10 tires. Tires must be removed from the rim and may not exceed 32” in diameter. Tires may not be excessively dirty or full of water. This program is limited to one placard per household. The program coincides with Earth Day celebrations and is open to York County residents only. Businesses are not eligible to participate. Registration ends at close of business on April 22, 2015. Tire delivery dates will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

This program is a result of the Authority’s participation in and support of Keep York Beautiful and its efforts to prevent and eliminate illegal dumping. Dave Vollero, Authority Executive Director, notes that “Residents can and should place old tires out with their regular garbage. The special tire acceptance program is being held to raise awareness that tires should be properly disposed of as household waste and to help prevent illegal dumping of tires.” Tires collected at the curb with regular garbage must be removed from the rim and may not exceed 32” in diameter. Residents should call their waste hauler for specifics on how many tires can be placed out with each pick-up.

Tom Smith, Executive Director of Keep York Beautiful, points out that “Proper management of old tires eliminates potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes and results in a cleaner and healthier community.”

The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource recovery. The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township and conducts a year-round free litter disposal program to encourage York County residents, organizations, civic groups, schools, and neighborhoods to clean up litter and illegal dumpsites. Waste collected in clean-up programs can be disposed of free of charge at the York County Resource Recovery Center. Pre-registration is required. For more information about the free litter program, call the Authority at 845-1066.

Keep York Beautiful is an affiliate chapter of Keep America Beautiful and supporter of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. Its mission is to empower York County residents to make our communities clean and beautiful. Keep York Beautiful coordinates cleanups across York County and provides education and outreach programming. Residents interested in helping to clean up an illegal dumpsite should call Tom Smith at Keep York Beautiful at 717-840-2375, or email him at: tls35@psu.edu. Keep York Beautiful will assist by providing free gloves, bags
and safety vests.

Reading, Pa. – To help ensure continued reliability and customer service enhancements for their two million Pennsylvania customers, FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) subsidiaries Pennsylvania Power Company (Penn Power), West Penn Power Company (West Penn Power), Metropolitan Edison Company (Met-Ed) and Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec) yesterday filed settlement agreements with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PPUC) for their comprehensive distribution rate plans.

Click here to read more.

As of January 1st, 2015, Penn Waste will begin accepting cartons.

Cartons are defined as a type of packaging for food and beverage products you can purchase at the store. They are easy to recognize and are available in two types – shelf-stable and refrigerated.

Please see the attached documents that provides more detailed information on what cartons are and how to properly recycle them.

Calling All Cartons flyer
Frequently Asked Questions
Recycling Guidelines for Your Home

Comcast is pleased to announce the opening of a brand new Xfinity Store in York! Beginning Monday December 15, visitors to the store will be able to experience Comcast’s cutting-edge products, such as the X1 Platform, Comcast High-Speed Internet, and Xfinity Home. Customers will also be able to pay bills and pick up and return equipment.

The new store is located in the York Mall at 2801 East Market Street, York, PA. Our current payment center located at 221 W. Philadelphia Street will close on Friday, December 12. Comcast customers will continue to be able to pay their bills at any Giant Food Store, Weis Market and several other locations through the York area. Customer may also return equipment free of charge at any UPS Store location

Reading, Pa. – In preparation for winter, Metropolitan Edison (Met-Ed), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), is completing inspections and conducting equipment maintenance on weather-sensitive equipment across its service area.

Winter’s cold temperatures produce increased demand for electricity, and heavy snow and wind have the potential to cause damage to poles, wires and substations, requiring crews to make repairs in difficult conditions. Completing inspections and maintenance of equipment now can help to enhance system reliability when the snow begins to fly.  “Winter maintenance procedures on our infrastructure make our system more reliable during colder temperatures,” said Dave Karafa, FirstEnergy president-Pennsylvania Operations. “We’re also completing vehicle fleet maintenance, which helps us to enhance the reliable service we provide to our customers.”  The work includes inspecting heating equipment for substation components, such as capacitor banks, transformers, oil- and gas-filled circuit breakers. Some substations also include buildings that house remote-controlled relay equipment. These structures will be winterized and have the heating systems checked.

Company bucket trucks and other vehicles also are being inspected to help ensure safe operation during the winter season. Special emphasis is placed on the condition of tires and any air braking systems, which can freeze up if moisture is present. In addition, snow removal equipment is being checked. Plows are used to help crews gain access to substations, and to clear the work areas and sidewalks at company service garages and other facilities.

Helicopter patrols also are completing inspections on approximately 1,300 miles of FirstEnergy transmission lines located in the Met-Ed area. The inspections are designed to look for damaged wire, broken cross arms, failed insulators, and other hardware problems not visible from the ground. Any potential reliability issues identified during the inspection may then be addressed.  In addition, tree trimming throughout the year helps meet the rigors of winter operations by maintaining proper clearances around electrical systems and helping to protect against tree-related outages. Met-Ed tree contractors have trimmed more than 2,100 circuit miles of electric lines since January and expect to trim another 560 miles by year end.

Employee safety also is a priority during the winter. Met-Ed’s cold-weather operational procedures are reviewed with linemen, substation electricians, and meter readers in advance of any frigid conditions. Met-Ed personnel often take extra measures to stay warm when working in extreme cold to restore power after an outage. Crews also could be delayed by treacherous driving conditions.

FirstEnergy’s utilities have made it easier for customers to check the progress of service restoration efforts when they experience a power outage. The company’s 24/7 Power Center outage maps now display the status of crews restoring service after a power outage. With this enhancement, FirstEnergy utility customers can see when crews have been dispatched, when they are working on a repair, and when additional crews or equipment are needed to complete restoration work. This information is also provided through the companies’ web-based outage information, and text messaging and alert services.

FirstEnergy customers can subscribe to email and text message alert notifications to receive billing reminders, weather alerts in advance of major storms, and updates on scheduled or extended power outages. Customers can also use two-way text messaging to report outages, request updates on restoration efforts, and make other inquiries about their electric accounts.  More information about these communications tools is available online at www.firstenergycorp.com/connect.

Met-Ed serves approximately 560,000 customers in 15 Pennsylvania counties. Follow Met-Ed on Twitter @Met Ed and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MetEdElectric.
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.

On Tuesday, Dec. 16, from 6-8 p.m., Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) will reveal the finding of a study into the consolidation of York County’s 15 contiguous school districts. The details will be released at an event to be held in the cafeteria of York County School of Technology, 2179 South Queen St., York.

The study was launched last year at the request of the York County House Republican delegation. With the increased costs associated with pensions and health care, we wanted to take a look at possible savings that could be realized should the administrative functions of the county’s public schools be rolled together.

I hope you will take an interest in this issue, which impacts all taxpayers, and plan to attend this public meeting.

Ordinance: Streets & Sidewalks: Section 21-201 through Section 21-203

Owner, occupant and tenant of a property to remove the snow and ice from sidewalks and walkways within twelve(12) hours after the snow/ice has fallen. Snow/ice shall be removed to a width no less that two(2) feet in width and snow/ice shall be placed on the outer or inner edges of sidewalks or walkways and NOT in gutters, crosswalks or cart ways. Fines of not less than $100.00 for the first offence, $250.00 for the second offense and $500.00 for the third offense nor more than $1000.00 plus costs for any offense and, in default of payment said fine and costs to a term of imprisonment not to exceed thirty (30) days.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on February 6, 2018 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Council President Samuel Snyder at 7:0 PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council members in attendance:
Samuel Snyder
Ryan Harper
William Bankoske
Barry Myers
Seth Noll
George Howett

Others in attendance:
John Sanford, Mayor
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
Dana Shearer, Maintenance Supervisor
Diana Dvorak, Secretary-Treasurer
Tyler Sprenkle, Resident
Dustin Claycomb, Resident
Michelle Claycomb, Resident

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the minutes from the prior meeting. Councilman Noll made a motion to accept the minutes, seconded by Councilman Bankoske. Councilman Snyder abstained, all others in favor. Minutes approved.

Visitors
As had been indicated at last months meeting there is an open council seat. Letters of interested were received by two gentleman, Tyler Sprenkle, and Dustin Claycomb.

Councilman Snyder addressed both Mr. Sprenkle, and Mr. Claycomb to give them an overview of what is required by a Councilmember.

Councilman Snyder also wanted to clear up a misunderstanding regarding the requirements of being an appointed Councilmember. As of 2014 the requirements are that interested parties are over the age of 18 and have been a registered voter of the Borough for at least one year.

Both candidates were asked to introduce themselves and say why they would like to be on Council.

Mayor Sanford began by asking Mr. Claycomb what he feels he can bring to Council. Mr. Claycomb feels he bring experience due to his age. He has wanted to be involved for a long time. Mayor Sanford asked what Mr. Claycomb likes to do in his personal time that he would like to share with Council. Mr. Claycomb said he and his wife like to go antiquing.

Mayor Sanford asked Mr. Sprenkle the same questions. Mr. Sprenkle said he has a strong drive to learn, and wants to make an impact on the town that he plans to live in for the rest of his life. Mr. Sprenkle is a welder, but he also runs a side business doing yard clean up. He is also an automotive junkie, tries to learn any skills he can, be a handyman.

Councilman Snyder asked Mr. Sprenkle what area of the Borough he felt needed the most work. Mr. Sprenkle said he could not honestly answer, he is not involved enough to know, which is why he would like to get on Council.

Councilman Snyder asked Mr. Claycomb the same question. Mr. Claycomb feels that keeping taxes low is the main issue. He feels there should be a good balance between service and cost.

Councilman Snyder thanked both Mr. Sprenkle and Mr. Claycomb for their interest. Asked that they maintain interested, as there are other openings in the Borough, and there will be an election in two years. The floor was then opened for discussion.

Councilman Myers made the motion to appoint Mr. Claycomb. Councilman Myers feels that Mr. Sprenkle would be great on the Sewer Authority. Councilman Noll seconded the motion. Councilman Howett, and Councilman Harper said aye. Councilmen Snyder and Bankoske abstained. Councilman Myers made a motion that Mr. Sprenkle be appointed to the sewer authority. Seconded by Councilman Harper. Councilman Banksoske abstained, all others in favor. Mayor Sanford thanked both gentlemen for expressing their interest.

Mayor Sanford swore in Mr. Claycomb.

Resolution 2018-04 appointing Melissa Harper to fill the vacated seat on the Zoning Hearing Board, term ending on 12/31/2019. Councilman Noll made the motion, seconded by Councilman Bankoske. Councilman Harper abstained, all others in favor, motion carried.

Resolution 2018-05 appointing Dustin Claycomb to a two-year term, to fill the seat vacated by Regan Strausbaugh. Councilman Myers made the motion, seconded by Councilman Howett. All in favor, motion carried.

Maintenance Report
Report provided. Fourth load of salt ordered. Councilman Noll made a motion to keep salt contract at 143 tons. Seconded by Councilman Howett. All in favor, motion carried.

LTAP traffic engineer is scheduled for February 22 at 9AM.

Barricades have been erected at the ballfield, as people have been driving onto the field. The Borough had received concerns from the neighbors regarding people on the ballfield after dark. This issue has been addressed by the Police. The ballfield is open to foot traffic. Discussion continued.

Chief Damon contacted Mayor Sanford about the possibility of having the cameras at the park connected to the Police Department. More details will need to be determined, so this issue is tabled at this time.

Engineer’s Report
C.S. Davidson submitted the Highway Occupancy Permit. Penndot wants to see a drawing of the entire system. The Borough must install concrete pipe on the State route. Discussion continued. Liquid Fuels monies will not be used to fund this project. Easement have not yet been obtained. C.S. Davidson will help the Borough draw up a letter to send to the homeowners that the Borough is hoping to get an easement on. Councilman Harper and Mr. Shearer will go out and speak with the property owners after the letters are sent.

Solicitor’s Report
ECS Act II final report provided. There are no pollutants have been found in the water, or residences. This report will be submitted to DEP.

Councilman Myers made the motion to go into executive session at 8:08 PM. Councilman Banksoske seconded the motion. All in favor, entered into executive session at 8:08 PM.

The regular council meeting was resumed at 8:25 PM. Legal issues were discussed, only action taken at this time is for the President of Council to have contact with the Zoning Officer for update status.

Zoning Officer’s Report
No report provided. The Zoning Officer was out after the snow.

EMA Report
Rodney attended the last meeting. Some management changes at the 911 center.

Mayor’s Report
Speeding concern on Maple ST, but no one was found, but the Police will continue to monitor.

Secretary’s Report
Codification has been sent to American Legal. Audit was started last week. Discussion of what needs to be provided to Councilman Claycomb. Ethics reports are due by May.

Unfinished Business
Councilman Harper inquired as to whether Councilman Myers was able to speak to the State Police. This has not been completed at this time. AED has been replaced.

New Business
There is no new business at this time.

Payment of Bills
Councilman Harper made a motion to pay the bills. Seconded by Councilman Howett. All in favor, bills are paid.

Adjournment
Councilman Claycomb made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:44PM. Councilman Snyder seconded the motion. All in favor.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on January 2, 2018 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Mayor John Sanford at 7:00 PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council members in attendance:
Samuel Snyder
Ryan Harper
William Bankoske
Barry Myers
Seth Noll
George Howett

Others in attendance:
John Sanford, Mayor
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
Dana Shearer, Maintenance Supervisor
Diana Dvorak, Secretary-Treasurer
James Tyson, Resident

Oath of Office
Mayor Sanford presented the secretary with his affidavit of residency and his oath of office. Affidavits of residency were also presented for Seth Noll, Barry Myers and William Bankoske.

Councilmen Noll, Myers, and Bankoske were given the oath of office. All answered I do.

Nominations
Mayor Sanford opened the floor for nominations for Council President. Councilman Noll nominated Samuel Snyder for President of Council. Councilman Snyder abstained. The vote was otherwise unanimous.

Mayor Sanford asked for nominations for Vice President of Council. Councilman Snyder nominated Councilman Noll for Vice President of Council. Councilman Noll abstained. The vote was otherwise unanimous.

The meeting was turned over to Councilman Snyder. One Councilman was unable to fufill his duties due to his untimely death. Councilman Harper made the motion to declare the seat vacant, and for word to get out that we have an opening. Councilman Bankoske seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

We have not yet received certification or affidavit for the elected tax collector. If the elected tax collector does not submit this information, the county will be the tax collector for the Borough. Discussion continued.

Councilman Noll wanted to make note that the vacant seat must be filled by a Republican.

Councilman Snyder is passing the meeting over to Vice President Seth Noll due to technical difficulties.

Resolution 2018-01 appointee list. Councilman Harper made the motion to adopt, seconded by Councilman Bankoske. All in favor, motion carried.

Meeting turned back over to Councilman Snyder.

Resolution 2018-02 appointing Patti McConagle to a three year term expiring on 12/31/2020. There is still an empty seat on the zoning board, and two empty seats on the sewer authority.

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the minutes from the prior meeting. Councilman Myers made a motion to accept the November minutes, Councilman Howett seconded the motion. All in favor, minutes accepted.

Visitors
Boy Scout Troop 43 was in attendance to observe the meeting. Council thanked the Boy Scouts for attending the meeting. Councilman Snyder explained the importance of local government.

Mr. Luke Walker is our newly elected tax collector, but is unsure if he is qualified to hold the position. Mr. Walker was elected by write in, but he was not running for this position. Mr. Walker is considering moving out of Yoe Borough. If he does move out of the Borough he will not be qualified for the position of Tax Collector. Solicitor Springer let Mr. Walker know that if he does indeed decide to accept the position, there are classes that he will be required to take.

Solicitor’s Report
The annual budget has been advertised, it must now be adopted. Councilman Noll made the motion that we formally adopt the 2018 budget. Councilman Harper seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

Ordinance 2017-04, fixing the millage rate for 2018. The millage rate for general revenue purposes is 3.455 mills. The millage rate for the annual fire tax is .452 mills. The millage rate for annual emergency services is .500 mills. Councilman Howett made the motion to ordain 2017-04, seconded by Councilman Bankoske, all in favor, so be it ordained. The mayor has approved the ordinance within the statutory ten days.

The 2018 meeting dates were provided to Council for approval, and advertising. Councilman Myers made the motion to advertise the meeting dates for 2018. Seconded by Councilman Bankoske. All in favor, meeting dates are set.

The mini-casino opt out was brought up for discussion. There is one caveat; once you opt out, you can opt back in, but you cannot opt back out again. Opting out of the mini-casinos will have no effect on small games of chance.

Reimbursement for 197 S Main ST has been received by the Borough. At this point, the only thing left is for PA DEP to officially clear the affected properties.

Solicitor Springer reviewed the contract from South Penn Code Consultants. There was no minimum amount of insurance listed on the contract, but there was insurance information provided.

Councilman Noll feels that we should opt out of the mini-casinos. There were no objections from Council. Councilman Harper made the motion to accept resolution 2017-011proclaiming that Yoe Borough has exercised its statutory option to prohibit the location of category 4 licensed facilities within the boundaries of Yoe. Seconded by councilman Bankoske. All in favor, so be it resolved.

The contracts from 2017 and 2018 from South Penn are the same. Councilman Noll made the motion to accept the contract from South Penn Code Consultants. Delegated duties to administer and enforce the Municipalities building code, to administer and enforce the municipalities zoning ordinance, to administer and enforce the codes and or ordinances identified on attachment A. Councilman Banksoske seconded the motion, all in favor, motion carried.

There was a question on whether or not we need a new contract from CCIS.

Engineer’s Report
Mr. Malesker met with Barry, Seth and Dana, and looked at the park alley drainage situation. Mr. Malesker pulled the 2004 project file. The cost estimate has gone up slightly since then. The borough can decrease some cost by purchasing their own materials, but most likely the labor will need to be put out for bid unless it comes in under $10,500. Discussion continued. Councilman Noll made the motion to obtain quotes to convert a concrete swale to an earth covered pipe, to be connected to the main stormwater system on Main Street. Because this is on private property, two easements will need to be obtained. Easement agreements should be obtained prior to any work being started. Councilman Howett seconded the motion. Councilman Snyder abstained, all others in favor. Councilman Harper and Mr. Shearer will work on the easement agreements.

Mayor Sanford sent in the paperwork for the dam inspection. Routine maintenance will be completed. Mr. Malesker can add the dates for the work to the report when provided. Discussion continued.

Maintenance Report
Report provided. Equipment prepped for snow removal. Traffic issues on West Philadelphia will be addressed after the first of the year.

Zoning Officer’s Report
No report provided. All complaints now to be provided in writing, and must include complainants name and phone number. There was discussion related to ongoing issues regarding 44 E Pennsylvania AVE. There is still no permit in place for this property, and the property owner is not complying with the requirements to have a structural engineer to look at the property. Councilman Noll is going to follow up with the property owner, CCIS and South Penn Code Consultants. If this issue is not resolved then we will move to deem the property a nuisance.

EMA Report
Radios have arrived. Gives them the capability to talk to all emergency services in the county.

Mayor’s Report
Report provided. Bus and truck traffic have ceased on Broad ST. Mayor Sanford has the new police contract to be signed, along with information from the Chief of Police, regarding PPU recommendations. The final increase was 3.5% to the contract for 2018.

Councilman Howett made the motion to sign the five year police contract. Councilman Noll seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

The open records request from York Area Regional has been retracted.

Secretary’s Report
Secretary Dvorak needs to notify the county that we plan to move forward with them as our tax collector. The Borough is also interested in having a sitting both in the spring and fall for tax collection.

Unfinished Business
Councilman Harper inquired about meeting with Red Lion to discuss the State Police.

New Business
There is no new business at this time.

Payment of Bills
Councilman Noll made a motion to pay the bills. Seconded by Councilman Howett. All in favor, bills are paid.

Adjournment
Councilman Bankoske made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:30PM. Councilman Snyder seconded the motion. All in favor.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on December 5, 2017 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Council President Samuel Snyder at 7:01 PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council members in attendance:
Samuel Snyder
Ryan Harper
William Bankoske
Barry Myers
Seth Noll
George Howett

Others in attendance:
John Sanford, Mayor
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
Dana Shearer, Maintenance Supervisor
Diana Dvorak, Secretary-Treasurer
Luke Walker, Resident
Boy Scout Troop 43

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the minutes from the prior meeting. Councilman Myers made a motion to accept the November minutes, Councilman Howett seconded the motion. All in favor, minutes accepted.

Visitors
Boy Scout Troop 43 was in attendance to observe the meeting. Council thanked the Boy Scouts for attending the meeting. Councilman Snyder explained the importance of local government.

Mr. Luke Walker is our newly elected tax collector, but is unsure if he is qualified to hold the position. Mr. Walker was elected by write in, but he was not running for this position. Mr. Walker is considering moving out of Yoe Borough. If he does move out of the Borough he will not be qualified for the position of Tax Collector. Solicitor Springer let Mr. Walker know that if he does indeed decide to accept the position, there are classes that he will be required to take.

Solicitor’s Report
The annual budget has been advertised, it must now be adopted. Councilman Noll made the motion that we formally adopt the 2018 budget. Councilman Harper seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

Ordinance 2017-04, fixing the millage rate for 2018. The millage rate for general revenue purposes is 3.455 mills. The millage rate for the annual fire tax is .452 mills. The millage rate for annual emergency services is .500 mills. Councilman Howett made the motion to ordain 2017-04, seconded by Councilman Bankoske, all in favor, so be it ordained. The mayor has approved the ordinance within the statutory ten days.

The 2018 meeting dates were provided to Council for approval, and advertising. Councilman Myers made the motion to advertise the meeting dates for 2018. Seconded by Councilman Bankoske. All in favor, meeting dates are set.

The mini-casino opt out was brought up for discussion. There is one caveat; once you opt out, you can opt back in, but you cannot opt back out again. Opting out of the mini-casinos will have no effect on small games of chance.

Reimbursement for 197 S Main ST has been received by the Borough. At this point, the only thing left is for PA DEP to officially clear the affected properties.

Solicitor Springer reviewed the contract from South Penn Code Consultants. There was no minimum amount of insurance listed on the contract, but there was insurance information provided.

Councilman Noll feels that we should opt out of the mini-casinos. There were no objections from Council. Councilman Harper made the motion to accept resolution 2017-011proclaiming that Yoe Borough has exercised its statutory option to prohibit the location of category 4 licensed facilities within the boundaries of Yoe. Seconded by councilman Bankoske. All in favor, so be it resolved.

The contracts from 2017 and 2018 from South Penn are the same. Councilman Noll made the motion to accept the contract from South Penn Code Consultants. Delegated duties to administer and enforce the Municipalities building code, to administer and enforce the municipalities zoning ordinance, to administer and enforce the codes and or ordinances identified on attachment A. Councilman Banksoske seconded the motion, all in favor, motion carried.

There was a question on whether or not we need a new contract from CCIS.

Engineer’s Report
Mr. Malesker met with Barry, Seth and Dana, and looked at the park alley drainage situation. Mr. Malesker pulled the 2004 project file. The cost estimate has gone up slightly since then. The borough can decrease some cost by purchasing their own materials, but most likely the labor will need to be put out for bid unless it comes in under $10,500. Discussion continued. Councilman Noll made the motion to obtain quotes to convert a concrete swale to an earth covered pipe, to be connected to the main stormwater system on Main Street. Because this is on private property, two easements will need to be obtained. Easement agreements should be obtained prior to any work being started. Councilman Howett seconded the motion. Councilman Snyder abstained, all others in favor. Councilman Harper and Mr. Shearer will work on the easement agreements.

Mayor Sanford sent in the paperwork for the dam inspection. Routine maintenance will be completed. Mr. Malesker can add the dates for the work to the report when provided. Discussion continued.

Maintenance Report
Report provided. Equipment prepped for snow removal. Traffic issues on West Philadelphia will be addressed after the first of the year.

Zoning Officer’s Report
No report provided. All complaints now to be provided in writing, and must include complainants name and phone number. There was discussion related to ongoing issues regarding 44 E Pennsylvania AVE. There is still no permit in place for this property, and the property owner is not complying with the requirements to have a structural engineer to look at the property. Councilman Noll is going to follow up with the property owner, CCIS and South Penn Code Consultants. If this issue is not resolved then we will move to deem the property a nuisance.

EMA Report
Radios have arrived. Gives them the capability to talk to all emergency services in the county.

Mayor’s Report
Report provided. Bus and truck traffic have ceased on Broad ST. Mayor Sanford has the new police contract to be signed, along with information from the Chief of Police, regarding PPU recommendations. The final increase was 3.5% to the contract for 2018.

Councilman Howett made the motion to sign the five year police contract. Councilman Noll seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

The open records request from York Area Regional has been retracted.

Secretary’s Report
Secretary Dvorak needs to notify the county that we plan to move forward with them as our tax collector. The Borough is also interested in having a sitting both in the spring and fall for tax collection.

Unfinished Business
Councilman Harper inquired about meeting with Red Lion to discuss the State Police.

New Business
There is no new business at this time.

Payment of Bills
Councilman Noll made a motion to pay the bills. Seconded by Councilman Howett. All in favor, bills are paid.

Adjournment
Councilman Bankoske made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:30PM. Councilman Snyder seconded the motion. All in favor.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on November 14, 2017 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Council President Samuel Snyder at 7:02 PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Councilman Snyder requested a moment of silence in honor of Regan Strausbaugh who passed away last week.

Council members in attendance:
Samuel Snyder
Ryan Harper
William Bankoske
Barry Myers
Seth Noll
George Howett

Others in attendance:
John Sanford, Mayor
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
Dana Shearer, Maintenance Supervisor
Diana Dvorak, Secretary-Treasurer

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the minutes from the prior meeting. The voice resolution from October is actually 2017-08. Councilman Howett made a motion to accept the October minutes, Councilman Bankoske seconded the motion. All in favor, minutes accepted.

Visitors
There were no visitors in attendance for the November meeting.

Solicitor’s Report
Report provided. Solicitor Springer expressed his condolences for the passing of Mr. Strausbaugh.

Solicitor Springer advises that we sign the SPCA agreement. There were five write in votes for the position of tax collector, but the elections board will not be able to provide names for at least two weeks. Solicitor Springer feels that we should continue with the York County Treasurer until which time we can confirm that any of the write in candidates are interested, and/or qualified for the position. Discussion continued.

With the passing of Councilman Strausbaugh, there will be an open council seat. Council can only appoint someone to the end of his term, which would be December 2017. Councilman Strausbaugh was on the ballot, and it appears that he won, but Council cannot certify elections, we have to wait for the elections office. It will be next year before anyone will be appointed.

All municipalities have an opportunity to opt out of “mini-casinos” in their Township or Borough. If they so choose, a resolution needs to be passed by December 2017. Councilman Myers asked is being considered as a mini-casino, at this point, there are no clear guidelines. Councilman Snyder feels that our zoning laws are sufficient to prevent any issues. Several Council members are concerned that should we pass this resolution could negatively affect the Fire Department’s fundraising. Councilman Noll asked that, should we pass a resolution, could it be rescinded later if it would affect the small games of chance put on by the Fire Department. Council requested that Solicitor Springer get more information for the December meeting.

The Borough has reached an agreement with the owner of 197 S Main ST, and the case has been closed.

Councilman Noll made a motion to resolve resolution 2017-09, which sets the quarterly contribution rate for the pension fund at $180 per member, per quarter. Councilman Bankoske seconded the motion, all in favor, motion carried.

Councilman Harper made a motion to resolve resolution 2017-10, which appoints Smith Elliot & Kearns as the auditors for the year to complete the audit for 2017, to be completed in 2018. Seconded by Councilman Myers. All in favor, motion carried.

Councilman Harper made a motion to tentatively approve the 2018 budget and to have it advertised. Seconded by Councilman Myers. All in favor, motion carried.

Councilman Noll made a motion to have the Secretary to advertise the budget and tax ordinance. Seconded by Councilman Bankoske. All in favor, motion carried.

Engineer’s Report
Report provided. Yoe Borough has two projects on the preliminary CDBG list of projects. Curb, sidewalk and stormwater improvements were applied for. Mr. Malesker will get together with, Mr. Shearer, Councilmen Noll and Myers to go over the work to be completed. There is a stormwater culvert that is between Park Alley and Main ST, was supposed to be put underground. Councilman Snyder wants us to look into cost to complete this before the CDBG work is completed. Discussion continued. We will need an easement to do the work on the culvert. Mr. Malesker is going to look for a survey that was completed in the last few years.

The basin inspection is complete. There is a concern with a sediment bar that is forming. Mr. Shearer thinks the sediment may be coming down the line from Dallastown, and could possibly be fill from a construction firm. This could potentially be an MS4 problem. This is occurring in York Township, so Yoe is the aggrieved party in this case.

There was an email regarding the H20 grant application. Each municipality could submit two projects. Yoe had two projects on the list, and Mr. Malesker thinks some of the projects in other municipalities have already been completed.

Maintenance Report
Storm drain on E. Philadelphia has been repaired. The park building have been winterized. The F-250 has been sold.

Zoning Officer’s Report
Report provided. Regular follow ups, not a lot going on. Councilman Noll inquired about 44 E Pennsylvania AVE. The work is ongoing, and South Penn Code Consultants is working closely with the office regarding this properties.

EMA Report
Still waiting on radios.

Mayor’s Report
Report provided. Mayor Sanford sent a letter to Reliance Bus Company in regards to the issues on Broad and Elm streets.

Mayor Sanford relayed a concern regarding parking between Main and Elm. The resident asked that Council consider posting this as no parking. Councilman Snyder suggested that we do a traffic study. Options such as a 3 way stop, or a one way were discussed. The objective is to keep Main ST traffic on Main ST. Discussion continued.

The Police contract is coming due, a new contract would be a for a three year period. Even if we sign the contract, we could still give a year’s notice that we are terminating service. Council feels that Mayor Sanford should sign the contract, but talk to municipalities using State Police in the meantime. Councilman Myers would like to put together a committee to speak with Diane at Red Lion to see how things are going with the State Police. If possible Councilman Myers would also like to speak with the State Police as well. Discussion continued.

Secretary’s Report
South Penn Code Consultants will be appointed as the Flood Plain Administrator.

Unfinished Business
There is no unfinished business at this time.

New Business
There is no new business at this time.

Payment of Bills
Councilman Myers made a motion to pay the bills. Seconded by Councilman Howett. All in favor, bills are paid.

Adjournment
Councilman Bankoske made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:45PM. Councilman Snyder seconded the motion. All in favor.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on October 3, 2017 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Council President Samuel Snyder at 7:05 PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Councilman Myers requested a moment of silence for the victims of the October 2 Las Vegas shooting.

Council members in attendance:
Samuel Snyder
Regan Strausbaugh
Ryan Harper
William Bankoske
Barry Myers
Seth Noll
George Howett

Others in attendance:
John Sanford, Mayor
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
Dana Shearer, Maintenance Supervisor
Diana Dvorak, Secretary-Treasurer

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the minutes from the prior meeting. Mayor Sanford asked that a portion of the previous month’s minutes be amended regarding the foot patrols. It should have stated that all Boroughs are receiving foot patrols in the park. Mayor Sanford will follow up with foot patrols in the downtown area. Councilman Howett made a motion to accept the September minutes, Councilman Bankoske seconded the motion. All in favor, minutes accepted.

Visitors
There were no visitors in attendance.

Solicitor’s Report
There was further discussion regarding the positon of tax collector. The Borough is, by statue, allowed to appoint the York County Treasurer’s Office as the tax collector. There is question as to whether or not, the Borough would be able to remove the tax collector position from the ballot going forward. The position of Tax Collector cannot be removed from the ballot this year. If someone does run this year and are elected they must meet the state requirements. If the requirements are not there is a certain period of time they would have to meet the requirements. If the requirements are not met, Council can deem the position as unfilled, and then can go with the county. Solicitor Springer feels that we can appoint the York County Treasurers Office now; that we do not need to wait until after the election. Discussion continued.

The York County Treasurers Office provided a proposal listing their fees for tax collection, via email to Councilman Snyder. The email was provided to the Solicitor for review prior to the meeting. The costs would be $1 per original tax bill, $1 per interim bill, the Borough would be responsible for their portion of bill preparation and postage. Tax certifications would be $10 each. There is an option for the Treasury Office to do a sitting for a $20 fee.

Councilman Noll made the motion to approve a voice resolution 2017-07 to comply with section 6924.313 -collection of taxes, designating York County Treasurer for collection of taxes going forward, as the agreement has been sent out. Solicitor Springer will draw up a resolution with the correct verbiage to be signed later. Councilman Myers seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

197 S Main ST – ECS sent notice of remediation to PA DEP. It appears that all three properties have been cleared, but Solicitor Springer is continuing to follow up on this issue. The Borough is satisfied, as long as there is clearance on all affected properties. Discussion continued. Councilman Noll feels that follow up should be done with ECS vs. DEP.

The SPCA submitted a 2018 contract. This was given to Solicitor Springer for review.

Engineer’s Report
The notice of intent for the new MS4 cycle was submitted last month. Expect the new permit early next year.

Basin inspections are coming due, and reports are due to DEP by the end of December. Councilman Howett made a motion for C.S. Davidson to complete the basin inspections. Seconded by Councilman Harper. All in favor, motion carried.

Mr. Shearer and Councilman Noll would like to be in attendance when the basin inspections are completed.

Councilman Snyder asked if there were any updates on the CDBG grants. There is nothing at this time to report. There is a pre-meeting, which is a public meeting, Mr. Malesker encouraged a representative of council to attend the meeting.

Maintenance Report
Report provided. Snow preparation is being done. Discussion continued.

Zoning Officer’s Report
Report provided. Mostly high weeds grass type of stuff. Also went to court regarding 230 S Main ST.

EMA Report
Quarterly meeting coming up but neither Rodney nor Mayor Sanford will be able to make it. The deadline has been pushed back for the radio changes.

Mayor’s Report
Monthly report was provided. Mayor Sanford attended the last Police Commissioner’s meeting. The topic of the budget had come up. We are looking at a 3% increase. There was discussion regarding the increase, as the Boroughs were only receiving a 3% increase, but the Townships were receiving a 3.5% increase. The next Commissioner’s meeting in next Thursday, and Mayor Sanford plans to attend. Our current contract with the Police expires at the end of this year. Three years is the shortest term, unless you give a year’s notice of your intent to end the Police coverage. If instructed by Council, Mayor Sanford will sign another three year contract. Windsor Borough has already provided notice that they have dropped out, and it is strongly suspected that Felton Borough plans on terminating coverage as well. There has been nothing further regarding the costs of a “per head” fee for State Police Coverage.

Bus number 4 is continuing to drive empty on Broad ST. Mayor Sanford will follow up again. Truck traffic is beginning to increase on Broad ST again.

There was correspondence from ISO regarding the Fire Company, which was given to the Secretary to file.

Police hours are coming back up. The Witch Watch will be held on Tuesday October 31st from 6 to 8.

A local church would like to do some volunteer work in the Borough. There was discussion of where to use the service, the dugouts, and buildings at the park were options.

Secretary’s Report
The budget meeting was set for November 2, at 2:30 PM.

Unfinished Business
There is no unfinished business at this time.

New Business
Councilman Harper is working with a local company for customized items with the Borough logo.

Payment of Bills
Councilman Howett made a motion to pay the bills. Seconded by Councilman Noll. All in favor, bills are paid.

Adjournment
Councilman Bankoske made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:13PM. Councilman Snyder seconded the motion. All in favor.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on September 5, 2017 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Council President Samuel Snyder at 7:01 PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council Members in Attendance
Samuel Snyder
Regan Strausbaugh
Ryan Harper
William Bankoske
Barry Myers
Seth Noll
George Howett

Others in Attendance
John Sanford, Mayor
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
Dana Shearer, Maintenance Supervisor
Diana Dvorak, Secretary-Treasurer

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the minutes from the prior meeting. Councilman Howett made the motion to approve the July minutes, this was seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh, all in favor, motion carried. Councilman Howett made the motion to approve the August minutes, seconded by Councilman Bankoske, all in favor, motion carried.

Visitors
There were no visitors at the September meeting.

Solicitor’s Report
Solicitor Springer has been working on the Pollutant Reduction Plan for the York County Planning Commission. This will need to be signed and submitted to the Planning Commission. Ordinance number 2017-03 is an amended and restated intergovernmental cooperation agreement for the Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Reduction Plan. Councilman Harper made the motion to approve Ordinance 2017-03, this was seconded by Councilman Bankoske. Councilman Noll was absent for the vote, but the remaining council members all approved the motion.

Councilman Bankoske made the motion to execute the agreement dated September 5, 2017 for the implementation of the York County Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Reduction Plan. Councilman Howett made the motion, all in favor, motion carried.

The summary trail that was scheduled for August 23, was continued until November 2, regarding the illicit discharge on 197 S Main ST. Attorney Eschbach is representing the defendant. Mitigation efforts have begun, but testing had been postponed due to weather, but has now been completed. Mr. Shearer thinks they took seven samples in total. Solicitor Springer suggested that the tank be tested to see what was actually in it. Councilman Snyder, Mr. Shearer and Secretary Dvorak have all been added to the communications list. Discussion continued.

2018 is the last year of our contract with Smith Elliot & Kearns to do our annual audit. Secretary Dvorak reached out to eight companies to audit proposals starting in 2018, for both the Borough and the Tax Collector. Hamilton & Musser submitted a proposal starting the 2018 audit at $5000, the amount increasing by $100 a year up to 2021. There are two options for either an Audit, or Agreed upon procedures for either $2500 or $5000. Discussion continued.

Our current tax collector, Connie Crull, is in her final year as tax collector. At this point, no one has run for the position. The plan is to have the county collect the taxes, however a resident could still run for this positon on a write in campaign, but all certifications are still required. The President of the Tax Collectors Association reached out to Councilman Snyder and offered to collect taxes for Yoe Borough, but there are issues associated with that.

Councilman Snyder is not sure that we need to audit the Tax Collector, as there have not been any problems in the past with the books. Council agrees that we should lock in the fees on the contract, and continue discussion regarding whether or not to do an audit at another time.

Councilman Harper made a motion for Councilman Snyder to approach the County Treasurers Office regarding representing Yoe Borough for tax collection services starting in 2018. Councilman Myers seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

Councilman Myers made the motion to accept the proposal as submitted by Hamilton and Musser, seconded by Councilman Noll. All in favor, motion carried.

Engineer’s Report
Councilman Noll made the motion to temporarily recess the regular meeting to open up the annual MS4 meeting, seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh. All in favor, motion carried. The MS4 portion of the meeting started at 7:38 PM. There was no in attendance for the meeting. There were no questions, as only council was in attendance.

Attached to the Engineer’s report are some updates for the 2017-2018 cycle that is being reviewed. Under the new permit, residential car washing is only permitted if a cleaning agent is not utilized. Dechlorinated swimming pool water is not permitted to be discharged. There was questions of who is to enforce this, but there is no clear answer. Discussion continued. The ordinance that was signed with the county a few years ago does not list these provisions, though these would be considered illicit discharges. Regulations were noted, and will be enforced based on good judgment and what is seen. Discussion continued. The Borough is doing its part for MS4. Ordinances are actively being enforced, and improvements are continuing to be made.

Councilman Noll made the motion to adjourn the public hearing for MS4, seconded by Councilman Harper. All in favor, motion carried. The regular meeting will be reconvened.

Councilman Noll discussed the Wetland report. There are two minor issues that are outside of Yoe, that may be a York Township issue. We are waiting to hear back from the State. Councilman Noll does not recommend that we do any work until we hear back from the State. His concern is that we would spend money only to be told that the State wants work to be done in another area. The report has also been uploaded to CS Datum. Discussion continued.

Maintenance Report
Costars contract has been uploaded on the website. The pricing will remain the same for this year, 57.50 a ton.

The line painting for the basketball court has not yet been completed. There has been one suggestion made regarding the park. The resident was hoping the Borough would consider putting fans in the pavilion to help circulate the air.

Zoning Officer’s Report
There is no report this month. 230 S Main St is still an issue, but Patti continues to work on it.

EMA Report
There is nothing to report this month.

Mayor’s Report
Monthly report was provided. Police calls were down in July, along with service hours. We started the year off with an excess of 115 hours, we are down to 5.8 hours. Nothing had come of the foot patrols.

Secretary’s Report
Secretary Dvorak thanked Councilman Harper and Mr. Shearer for the work they completed in the office while she was away. She also thanked Council for their patience during maternity leave.

Unfinished Business
Councilman Harper obtained two quotes for the AED, one for replacing the device, and the other for replacing the battery. Replacing the battery and pads would cost $563, to replace the machine with a Philips Heart Start it would cost $500 more. Discussion continued. The issue will be tabled until budget time.

New Business
Trick or Treat. Mayor Sanford will check with the Regional Police as he would like to keep the date the same as the neighboring municipalities.

Payment of the Bills
Councilman Myers made a motion to pay the bills, seconded by Councilman Bankoske. All in favor, motion carried.

Adjournment
Councilman Bankoske made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:33 PM. Councilman Snyder seconded the motion. All in favor, meeting adjourned.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on August 1, 2017 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Council President Samuel Snyder at 7:01 PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council members in attendance:
Samuel Snyder
Regan Strausbaugh
Ryan Harper
William Bankoske
Barry Myers
Seth Noll
George Howett
Others in attendance
John Sanford, Mayor
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
Dana Shearer, Maintenance Supervisor
Ron Miller, Partnership Steering Committee

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the minutes from the prior meeting. Because only an electronic version of the minutes were sent out the July minutes will not be approved until the September meeting when a hard copy will be sent out.

Visitors
Ron Miller, was in attendance to discuss efforts of the Fire Company Steering Committee. A PowerPoint presentation was handed out that outlined the goals of the Committee. On page 5 Mr. Miller referenced slide number 17, which outlines the DCED analysis that all four companies are solvent, no one company has a large amount of debt. Grants make up a very small part of the budget. Municipal funding and foreign fire insurance are the largest revenue sources.

The plan is that all four stations remain open at this time. And apparatus placement will remain the same at this time.

All four of the Fire Companies were given an opportunity to vote on this issue in November 2016. All four companies voted to move forward.

Municipalities are now being given the opportunity to weigh in. York Township gave a motion of support during their July meeting.

The Fire Departments are having a hard time with volunteerism, and expect that at some point the positions will all be paid. The goal is to delay the need for full time paid positions.

Councilman Noll made a motion that Borough Council of Yoe is supportive of the Fire Department continuing their study group. Councilman Howett seconded the motion. Councilman Myers abstained. All others in favor.

There were no other visitors at the August meeting.

Solicitor’s Report
The issue with 44 E Pennsylvania has been settled. The Borough has been reimbursed for all funds expended.

Solicitor Springer is continuing to work on issues pertaining to 197 S Main ST. Councilman Myers made a motion to go into executive session , Councilman Strausbaugh seconded the motion. All in favor.

Executive Session
Regular meeting reconvened at 7:45 PM. Issues concerning criminal charges were discussed.

Solicitor’s Report Continued
A copy of the Restated Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement for the Implementation of the York County Regional Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Reduction Plan was provided to each member. This needs to be approved at the September council meeting. Several parts of the agreement were highlighted. Council will need to designate a primary voting representative, and alternate.

Councilman Noll is working with a group that is looking at the State response to DEP for Phase III. He will be working with DEP representatives.

One of Solicitor Springer’s concerns are cost or cost overruns, and what happens if municipalities pull out of the consortium. York City is a large contributor to this project, what would happen should they pull out? If there is a cost overrun, it states in the agreement, that it would be looked at and split between municipalities.

The costs are based on lineal mileage of waterways running through the municipalities. Any overruns would be based on the same formula. Any MS4 municipality that is not participating in the agreement would be responsible for coming up with their own plans. Enforcement only applies to municipalities that have a federal permit. Municipalities that do not have any type of MS4, are not obligated to do anything for the Chesapeake Bay. The state is looking at making the farming community more responsible, or consider the entire county an MS4. Discussion continued.

Councilman Snyder asked if dredging the dam would be considered for funding under the consortium. The answer is no. You are responsible for your preexisting obligations. Maintenance falls on the municipality, even for new projects. Discussion continued.

Councilman Noll made a motion that Solicitor Springer draft an ordinance to advertise for the next meeting the amended and restated intergovernmental cooperation agreement for the implementation of the York County Regional Chesapeake Bay Pollution Reduction Plan. Seconded by Councilman Myers, all in favor. Motion Carried.

Engineer’s Report
Paving of Broad ST has been completed. Application for payment has been received. The actual work came in about $8000 dollars under the contracted amount, including the additional work that had been approved. Councilman Howett made a motion to pay York Excavating, in the amount of $116,686.75. Seconded by Councilman Noll. All in favor. Motion carried.

Councilman Howett made a motion to sign the notice of completion. This is required by PENNDOT, and sets a one year warranty on the work. Councilman Strausbaugh seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

There was discussion regarding what other roads will need work done. Councilman Myers would like to get together with Councilman Noll and Mr. Shearer , and Mr. Malesker to compile a list. This information can be added to C.S. Datum as well.

The MS4 report has been submitted to DEP. The next stormwater meeting will be held in September.

Councilman Noll made a motion for C.S. Davidson to put a Notice of Intent together for the next MS4 permit cycle, and that they pay the $500 fee on behalf of the Borough, which will be reimbursed during the next billing cycle. Seconded by Councilman Harper. All in favor, motion carried. Mr. Shearer will put something up at the Fire department for the upcoming meeting, and Councilman Myers will put something on the window at the Borough Office.

There was a sewage back up on 158 S Main St. Lime was spread, pictures were also taken. The homeowner was contacted so they could get in touch with a plumber. DEP will need to be notified.

Maintenance Report
Mr. Shearer posted the DCNR sign. The sign had actually been posted at the basketball court, we are in compliance.

Mr. Shearer got prices for a new camera system at the park from Klepper’s. One of the camera’s at the park is out, while Klepper’s could replace the camera, due to the age of the system they recommended that we replace the entire system. Councilman Noll feels that the price for a new system is a good one. Councilman Snyder would like us to hold off until closer to the budget meeting.

The AED will also need to be replaced at some point as our device is no longer supported. We can possibly replace the battery. Discussion continued. Councilman Snyder would like us to hold off until closer to the budget meeting.

At this point we are going to hold off on getting new cameras until the budget meeting, and look at purchasing a battery in the meantime for the AED.

Zoning Officer’s Report
There have been a lot of letters sent out, and an issue with an expired vehicle. She has also been working on the issue with the boat, but it is ongoing.

EMA Report
Quarterly and organizational update meetings are coming up in the next few months.

Mayor’s Report
Monthly report was provided. There were no citations issued from the Broad Street traffic enforcement detail, the top speed recorded during any of the details did not exceed 29 miles per hour. Foot patrols will be conducted in the Borough Park. There was a theft of a gun out of an unlocked vehicle, Mayor Sanford encouraged everyone to lock their vehicles when unattended.

Secretary’s Report
Diana will be back to work by the end of the month.

Unfinished Business
There is no unfinished business at this time.

New Business
The storm culvert by Mayor Sanford’s house is getting worse.

Payment of Bills
There is no bill list this month. Secretary Dvorak has been paying bills as they come in, and Councilman Snyder has been paying them accordingly. Councilman Howett made a motion to pay the bills, seconded by Councilman Noll. All in favor, motion carried.

Adjournment
Councilman Bankoske made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:17PM. Councilman Snyder seconded the motion. All in favor.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on May 2, 2017 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Council President Samuel Snyder at 7:00 PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council members in attendance:
Samuel Snyder
George Howett
Ryan Harper
Regan Strausbaugh
William Bankoske
Barry Myers
Seth Noll
Others in attendance
Dana Shearer, Maintenance
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
John Sanford, Mayor
Diana Dvorak, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the minutes from the prior meeting. Councilman Howett made the motion to accept the minutes, Councilman Strausbaugh seconded the motion. Councilman Noll abstained, all others in favor. Minutes approved.

Visitors
There were no visitors in attendance for the April 4th meeting.

Solicitor’s Report
Ordinance 2017-2 has been advertised. This provides that the Borough is invoking an ordinance to have one person occupy the position of both Secretary and Treasurer. Councilman Strausbaugh made the motion to ordain the ordinance, seconded by Councilman Bankoske. All in favor, motion ordained.

If the Borough wishes to participate in the Lungs at Play program an ordinance must be passed. We would need to also provide how many parks we have, and what languages we want the signs in.

44 East Pennsylvania – issues have continued to occur over the past month. The Police did verify that the tenants were still living in the home. The home owner got involved, and forbad the tenants from entering the home without a police escort. The police have also been called out for domestic issues. The owner had considered demolishing the home, but did not pursue this option. At this point the home owner has entered a sales agreement for the home to be sold. The potential buyer is aware of the extent of the damage, and intents on rehabbing the home. Discussion continued.

There was discussion of what to do with the escrow account. The check was made out to Yoe Borough on behalf of Nancye Taylor. Solicitor Springer will look into this further. At this point the consensus is the money be held in escrow until the property has been restored to the satisfaction of the Borough. Discussion regarding charging escrow account for bills accrued continued.

Councilman Myers inquired as to what the value limit is to sell Borough equipment to a private individual without going through the advertising process. The limit is $1000, there was a question of whether or not this has been increased. There was a consensus of Council to sell the dump bed to R. Strobeck for $500.

Executive Session
Councilman Harper made a motion to go into executive session at 7:29 PM, this was seconded by Councilman Bankoske. The regular meeting was reconvened at 8:36 PM. Ongoing potential legal issues were discussed. Councilman Noll made a motion to cease all further inquiries into the issues concerning the appropriate insurance companies in the matters discussed. Seconded by Councilman Harper, all in favor, motion carried.

Engineer’s Report
Last month the Broad ST paving project was awarded to York Excavating; they have submitted the required paperwork. Councilman Howett made the motion to execute the contract documents with York Excavating. Seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh. Councilman Myers, Harper, and Bankoske, all abstained. Motion carried.

Mr. Malesker has a resolution that is required for the CDBG projects for sidewalk, and stormwater improvements. Resolution 2017-06 – Councilman Noll made the motion to pass the resolution for CDBG listing the priorities of the Borough for the grant. Councilman Myers seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

Maintenance Report
Salt has been received. We are at 61% of quota. PENNDOT street study has been completed, should be receiving letter in a week or two.

Street sweeping will be completed next week.

Mr. Shearer obtained a quote for the guardrail repair on Orchard and Broad ST. This was a hit and run. Mr. Shearer will check to see if this repair can be paid for out of Liquid Fuels. Councilman Myers made the motion that we fund the repair through liquid fuels, seconded by Councilman Noll. All in favor, motion carried.

Zoning Officer’s Report
Nothing at this time.

EMA Report
A disaster emergency was declared for Winter Storm Stella. Councilman Harper made the motion to accept the declaration of disaster emergency for the snow storm on March 14, 2017. Seconded by Councilman Bankoske, all in favor, motion carried.

Hazard mitigation for 2018 has been sent out.

Mr. Shearer asked if it would be possible to consider radios for the equipment. Councilman Myers is going to look into purchasing three more portables. Discussion continued.

Mayor’s Report
Mayor Sanford discussed his activities over the past month. Two speed details have been done over the past month. There were 21 citations in 3 hours on Main ST.

Councilman Harper inquired about the alley detail behind Broad ST. This has not been discussed yet. Mayor Sanford asked if there have been any issues. Other than people being in the alley at odd hours there have been no issues.

Secretary’s Report
Secretary Dvorak requested a new copier. The copier had been budgeted for during the budget meeting. The cost is $2321.25, without a maintenance agreement. We would just pay per bottle for toner. Councilman Myers made a motion that we purchase the copier, seconded by Harper.

Unfinished Business
There was no unfinished business at this meeting.

New Business
Lower Windsor will need a new municipal manager, as their current manager is moving.

Payment of Bills
Councilman Myers made a motion to pay the bills. Seconded by Councilman Noll. All in favor, motion carried.

Adjournment
Councilman Bankoske made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:15PM. Councilman Snyder seconded the motion. All in favor.

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