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Bushkill Township News
At this time the yard waste facility located at 897 Clearfield Road, Nazareth will be open on Wednesday and Friday from 7am to 1pm. Beginning on June 6, 2020 the facility will be open on Saturday from 8am to 12pm. The location will be monitored by an employee. Permits are being checked and at this time to adhere to the Social Distancing requirement only 2 vehicles at a time will be allowed to unload at the site. If you have any questions contact the office at 610-759-1250 or the Public Works Department at 610-759-2758.
BUSHKILL TOWNSHIP – BUSHKILL CENTER DISTRICT

Attention Residents: If you have previously voted at Bushkill Elementary School, please note that the polling location for you has changed. The NEW polling location will be at the BUSHKILL TOWNSHIP VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY. Address: 155 FIREHOUSE LN, NAZARETH, PA 18064. Hours: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM. This change will be for the November 3, 2020 and May 2021 Elections ONLY. If you should have any questions, please contact COUNTY OF NORTHAMPTON ELECTIONS Phone: 610-829-6260 Email: election@northamptoncounty.org

As part of the federally mandated MS4 Program, which focuses on management of stormwater from municipal-owned properties and rights-of-way, Bushkill Township is required to provide leaf collection from “Urbanized Areas” within the Township. MS4 stands for “Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems,” and the Urbanized Areas are designated by the federal government based on higher population densities (based on the 2010 Census, see Area information below). Bushkill Township has been and will continue to be a relatively rural township based on our adopted Nazareth Area Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan, and there will not be leaf collection in rural areas. To help control costs of this program, all residents in all areas are encouraged to compost leaves on their properties.

If you live in an Urbanized Area within the Township, leaf collection will occur based on the schedule listed below. Residents of the Township are required to abide by the following regulations governing leaf collection: 1) Residents must place their leaves in piles or rows along the edge of the street. It is the responsibility of the resident to protect their leaves, so they do not blow throughout the neighborhood. It is not the responsibility of the Township collection crew to empty plastic bags or containers; this is the responsibility of the resident. Branches, grass clippings, shrubbery, garbage, and building materials will not be collected and will be left behind. 2) Please do not use bricks, rocks, etc. to hold tarps on top of your leaf piles. They can get mixed into the pile and vacuumed-up by the equipment, resulting in costly damages and delays. With the increasing number of maturing trees each year and variable weather conditions, it is impossible to guarantee a specific pick-up day for any one location. If the leaves are not in place when the crew goes by, they will be picked-up on the next scheduled rotation, or residents can take their leaves to the Public Works Department yard waste facility at 897 Clearfield Road. The schedule is subject to inclement weather, mechanical breakdown, and other factors, and your area could be skipped at any time should these situations occur.

Leaf collection will tentatively occur in accordance with the following schedule:

Area 1 Boundary – Beginning at the Moore Township/Bushkill Township border, State Route 512, Miller, Bushkill Center, West Douglasville, Clearfield, Hahn, and Williams Roads. If you live within these boundaries, leaf picked-up will occur during the fourth week of October and the third week of November.

Area 2 Boundary – Beginning on Miller, Baron, Keller, Gold Mill, Parkland, Renaldi, State Park, Jacobsburg, Henry, and Schoeneck Roads and ending at Bushkill Center Road. If you live within these boundaries, leaf picked-up will occur during the first week of November and the fourth week of November

Area 3 Boundary – Beginning at Williams, Hahn, West Douglasville, Bushkill Center, Beil, High, Gower, and Knauss Roads and ending with Bok Road. If you live within these boundaries, leaf picked-up will occur during the second week of November and the second week of December. Questions regarding leaf collection can be referred to the Bushkill Township Public Works Department at 610-759-2758, between the hours of 7:00am to 3:00pm

2020 Leaf Collection Map

The Board of Supervisors will be meeting at the Township Rec Center Pavilion and via ZOOM on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 6:00pm. In the event of bad weather the meeting will be held via ZOOM only. If you would like to attend the meeting via ZOOM, please email for an invite to belinda@bushkilltownship.com

The Board of Supervisors of Bushkill Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, will conduct a Public Hearing and consider adoption of the following proposed Ordinance at its Regular Meeting on Thursday, September 3, 2020, at 6:00pm at the Bushkill Township Municipal Building, 1114 Bushkill Center Road. The Board of Supervisors invite public comment on the proposed Ordinance: AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING SPEED LIMIT ON YOUNG ROAD TO CHERRY HILL ROAD, ALBERT ROAD FOR ITS ENTIRE LENGTH WITHIN BUSHKILL TOWNSHIP; GOLD MILL ROAD FROM JACOBSBURG ROAD TO RENALDI DRIVE; PARK ESTATES ROAD FROM GOLD MILL ROAD TO SEXTON ROAD; PARKLAND DRIVE FROM JACOBSBURG ROAD TO RENALDI DRIVE; AND, RENALDI DRIVE FROM SEXTON ROAD TO THE NORTHERN TERMINUS OF RENALDI DRIVE; AND PROVIDING PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION THEREOF. The Ordinance is available to review at the Bushkill Township Municipal Building, 1114 Bushkill Center Road. If you would like an electronic copy to review, please email chill@bushkilltownship.com

The Board of Supervisors of Bushkill Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, will conduct a Public Hearing and consider adoption of the following proposed Ordinance at its Regular Meeting on Thursday, September 3, 2020, at 6:00pm at the Bushkill Township Municipal Building, 1114 Bushkill Center Road. The Board of Supervisors invite public comment on the proposed Ordinance: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE BUSHKILL TOWNSHIP ZONING ORDINANCE OF 2012 AMENDING, REPLACING, AND REPEALING PROVISIONS THEREOF REGULATING THE FOLLOWING: PLOT/GRADING PLAN REQUIREMENTS, PROCEDURES FOR CONDITIONAL USE, DEFINITION OF BED AND BREAKFAST, DEFINITION OF IMPERVIOUS SURFACE, DEFINITION OF INVASIVE SPECIES, DEFINITION OF NATIVE PLANT, RURAL CONSERVATION DISTRICT ACCESSORY USES AND STRUCTURES, GENERAL COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL CONDITIONAL USES, GENERAL COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL SPECIAL EXCEPTION USES, NATURAL RESOURCE PROTECTION/FLOODPLAINS VARIANCES, RIPARIAN AND WETLAND BUFFER DESIGN STANDARDS, RIPARIAN AND WETLAND BUFFER APPEALS, NATURAL RESOURCE PROTECTION STEEP SLOPES, WOODLANDS, BUFFER YARDS, EXPANSION OF NON-CONFORMING RESIDENTIAL USES, DESIGN STANDARDS FOR OFF-STREET PARKING FACILITIES, BUFFERING AND LANDSCAPING OF PARKING AREAS, ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR FORESTRY, ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS, ADDITIONAL REQURIMENTS FOR LIGHTING, ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR TRUCKING TERMINAL AND/OR WAREHOUSE USE, AND ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE KEEPING OF ANIMALS. The Ordinance Amendment is available to review at the Bushkill Township Municipal Building, 1114 Bushkill Center Road. If you would like an electronic copy to review, please email chill@bushkilltownship.com

The Board of Supervisors of Bushkill Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, will conduct a Public Hearing and consider adoption of the following proposed Ordinance at its Regular Meeting on Thursday, September 3, 2020, at 6:00pm at the Bushkill Township Municipal Building, 1114 Bushkill Center Road. The Board of Supervisors invite public comment on the proposed Ordinance: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE BUSHKILL TOWNSHIP SUBDIVISION AND LAND DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE, AMENDING, REPLACING, AND REPEALING PROVISIONS THEREOF REGULATING THE FOLLOWING: TABLE OF CONTENTS, GENERAL PROVISIONS, DEFINITION OF LAND DEVELOPMENT, DEFINITION OF INVASIVE SPECIES, DEFINITION OF NATIVE PLANT, IDENTIFYING REGULATORY AND REVIEW AGENCIES, PRELIMINARY PLAN FOR MAJOR SUBDIVISIONS AND LAND DEVELOPMENTS SUBMISSION AND REVIEW REQUIREMENTS, FINAL PLAN FOR MAJOR SUBDIVSION AND LAND DEVELOPMENTS SUBMISSION AND REVIEW REQUIREMENTS, MINOR SUBDIVISIONS AND LOT LINE ADJUSTMENTS SUBMISSION AND REVIEW REQUIREMENTS, IMPROVEMENTS GUARANTEES, AND DESIGN STATNDARDS AND REQUIRED IMPROVEMENTS. The Ordinance Amendment is available to review at the Bushkill Township Municipal Building, 1114 Bushkill Center Road. If you would like an electronic copy to review, please email chill@bushkilltownship.com

Tropical Cyclone/Storm Isaias brought with it large amounts of rain across Bushkill Township and the surrounding areas. Today as the flood waters recede, we ask that all residents and businesses within the township inspect their homes / facilities for any damages due to wind or rain. These documented damages can go a long way with helping to obtain potential disaster declaration monies to help repair / rebuild your damaged home or business. If Bushkill Township is included in a state/federal disaster declaration, then funding may be available from the state or federal government to offset these damages. If you have exterior or interior damage to your home, business, or property due to impact(s) of Tropical Cyclone/Storm Isaias, please notify Bushkill Township immediately so we can begin documenting these damages. All municipalities have a designated Local Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC) who should be made aware of these damages, for documenting and reporting purposes. Please send the following information to writing via email to belinda@bushkilltownship.com or chill@bushkilltownship.com Some required information to have ready when you contact your municipality or report damages is: • Homeowners name and a good contact phone number/email • Address of your residence/business • If you received water in your home/business, how high did the water get? Were electrical outlets affected? Were furnaces / AC units under water? Other damages? • Are you still in your home/business? • Do you need assistance with cleaning the inside of your home? (help may be available by outside volunteer agencies) • Do you have insurance that may cover flood damage such as National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)-backed flood insurance? REMEMBER: Please do not enter any floodwaters or unsettled areas to inspect your property, home, or business.

At this time the yard waste facility located at 897 Clearfield Road, Nazareth will be open on Wednesday and Friday from 7am to 1pm. Beginning on June 6, 2020 the facility will be open on Saturday from 8am to 12pm. The location will be monitored by an employee. Permits are being checked and at this time to adhere to the Social Distancing requirement only 2 vehicles at a time will be allowed to unload at the site. If you have any questions contact the office at 610-759-1250 or the Public Works Department at 610-759-2758.
Effective March 17, 2020 Bushkill Township Municipal and Zoning Office will be closed to the public until further notice. We are implementing safety measures for staff and residents due to the Coronavirus pandemic. There is a drop off/pick up bin on the front porch for zoning or administration. Employees are available by phone or email during normal business hours.

Due to the current epidemic Bushkill Township will be postponing the Annual Clean Up Day. Please continue to visit our website for updates regarding Clean Up Day.

Snow plowing on all township roads begins after 2 inches of snow has fallen. If an accumulation of snow is in the forecast, be on the safe side and remove your cars from the street. Anytime snow plows are dispatched during a snowstorm, parking is prohibited on all township roads except in areas where no off-street parking is available. In those areas without off-street parking, all motor vehicles shall be parked on the even address side of the street on even numbered calendar days, and on the odd address side on odd numbered calendar days. Please do not park in cul-de-sacs during snowstorms. Any vehicles parked on the street during a snowstorm may be towed and fined. The Township's snow removal procedure calls for snow emergency routes to be salted first. This is to ensure that all developments can be accessed by emergency vehicles (fire, police and ambulance). During heavier snowstorms, snow emergency roads will be completely cleared prior to equipment starting to plow secondary roads. Should you have a non-medical emergency during a snowstorm, please contact the Bushkill Township Police Department at 610.759.2200. For medical emergencies, please dial 911.

During snow periods, and a snow emergency, it is prohibited to park a trailer, vehicle on the roadway. Per Resolution 2001-03 Residents are reminded that at no time are you to push or blow snow onto Township roads at any time. Residents are reminded to keep garbage and recycling containers behind mailboxes far enough to allow plows to unload. We are not responsible for removing garbage cans from the Township rights-of way. Also if your mailbox is in a bad area for snow drifting, tie a long branch or post to your mailbox post, so the Township employees can see where your mailbox is, if it's buried by snow. The Board of Supervisors appreciates your cooperation.

RESIDENTS: Per Resolution 2001-03 Please be advised that any installation within the Township road rights-of-way, including mailboxes and parked cars, are placed solely at the owner's risk. Also, Bushkill Township does not repair or replace any mailboxes, structures, shrubbery or landscaping damaged by snowplowing operations if it is located within the Township Righ of Way. Residents are reminded that snow being discharged from a plow truck can generate enough force to knock down unsecured posts and mailboxes. Any questions may be directed to the Township Manager at belinda@bushkilltownship.com



Bushkill Township is located in northcentral Northampton County. Until formation on August 13, 1813, the land area of Bushkill Township was part of its parent municipality, Plainfield Township. Before that time, the area of Bushkill Township was often referred to as "The Plains." On the north the Township is bordered by the Blue Mountain and Monroe County, with the Appalachian Trail running all along the summit of Blue Mountain. Plainfield Township and the Borough of Wind Gap border in the northeast, with Plainfield Township extending along the east to the Borough of Stockertown at the southeastern corner. The lengthy western border is with Moore Township, and the shorter southern border is with Upper Nazareth Township, just north of the Borough of Nazareth. The Township is approximately 25 square miles and has over 55 miles of municipal roadways.

Bushkill Creek, a High Quality-Cold Water Fishery, bisects the Township from the northwest to the southeast, and was once the source of power for numerous mills found within the Township and downstream. Sobers Run, an Exceptional



Value stream, is entirely within Bushkill Township and was an important source of water for farms and mills along its course to the Bushkill Creek. Both streams support native and wild reproducing trout populations, and both exhibit beautiful wooded greenways, which in recent years have become a focal point for land preservation within the Township. Many greenway areas now contain public trails and select properties have been opened for public fishing; all accomplished through the Township's Open Space Program and various funding partners. (more info)



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