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I am pleased to welcome you to the Pike Township website. Our website provides a central location to obtain draft agendas for regular meetings, copies of ordinances, lists of members of the various committees, contact information, Township background and history, and information on “happenings” in Pike Township. I encourage residents to visit the site frequently and to get involved in their areas of interest.
Jeffrey E. Gorrin, Chairman,
Pike Township Board of Supervisors
The Monthly Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting
Scheduled for Wednesday, November 16th at 7:30 pm
Berks County Gypsy Moth Spraying
Program Applications Now Available
The Berks County Conservation District is now accepting applications from residents and community associations who would like to be considered for gypsy moth spraying. This is a State program run with cooperation from Berks County. Applications are available on the web at www.berkscd.com, or they can be picked up at the Pike Township Municipal Building, 810 Hill Church Road during office hours.
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful
Emergency Preparedness Special Needs Survey
The East Central PA Counter Terrorism Task Force (ECPCTTF) is a cooperative effort of Berks, Columbia, Luzerne, Montour, Northumberland, Schuylkill, and Wyoming counties. The task force is organized to assist member agencies with tools, strategies and guidance in their efforts toward an all hazards approach to emergency preparedness. This project, the ECPCTTF Special Needs Survey, is an example of these efforts. For the purpose of this project, a special needs individual is someone who is likely to require assistance in excess of that provided to the general public in a time of disaster, particularly in the event that large scale evacuation is necessary. These special needs could include, but are not limited to, requiring specialized medical equipment, difficulty walking, blindness, deafness, or being bedridden. They could also include having limited access to transportation, not understanding directions public safety officials will provide due to language barriers, and not being able to receive those directions due to not having access to television, internet or radio.
The information entered in this database will be used by emergency responders to better identify and assist those individuals in our community who may be least able to help themselves in times of disaster. For more information and to register, you can access the survey using this link: Special Needs Survey
If you would prefer completing this survey offline, you can download a copy of the survey with this link: Downloadable Special Needs Survey
Spotted lanternfly meeting planned for late October in Bally, Berks County
Collegeville, Pa. – Pennsylvanians interested in learning more about the spotted lanternfly are invited to a public meeting in Berks County on Oct. 27. The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Goodwill Fire Company, 537 Chestnut Street in Bally.
The spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, is an invasive insect that was first discovered in Berks County in September 2014. The insect has the potential to destroy high-value crops, including grapes, tree fruits and hardwood lumber.
Representatives from Penn State Extension, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, the United States Department of Agriculture and Kutztown University will provide information regarding the eradication efforts to date and will answer questions regarding the related quarantine order.
In an effort to keep the insect from spreading, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has quarantined the following municipalities as of Sept. 13, 2016:
· Berks County: Alsace, Amity, Colebrookdale, Douglass, District, Douglass, Earl, Exeter, Hereford, Longswamp, Oley, Maxatawny, Pike, Rockland and Washington townships and the boroughs of Bally, Bechtelsville, Boyertown, Kutztown, Lyons, St. Lawrence and Topton
Bucks County: Milford Township and Trumbauersville Borough.
· Chester County: South Coventry Township.
· Lehigh County: Lower Macungie, Upper Macungie and Upper Milford townships, and the boroughs of Alburtis, Emmaus and Macungie.
· Montgomery County: Douglass, New Hanover, Upper Hanover and West Pottsgrove townships and the boroughs of East Greenville, Pennsburg and Red Hill.
Spotted lanternflies have been found in wooded areas and residential landscapes, especially where there are tree-of heaven (Ailanthus altissima) trees. Intentional movement of any of the life stages of the spotted lanternfly is prohibited.
The quarantine order, which has been supported by the affected communities, means that any item that could hold any life stage of this insect may not be moved outside the quarantined area without inspection and compliance. This includes firewood, vehicles, outdoor household items and any items stored outside during the fall, as well as building materials and plants or plant parts.
This meeting is open to the public and pre-registration is not required. Questions regarding the Oct. 27 event can be directed to Emelie Swackhamer at email@example.com
Volunteers Needed: Residents of municipalities included in the quarantine are encouraged to sign up as volunteers to band trees to trap and destroy this insect on their property. Call the Penn State Extension office in Lehigh County at 610-391-9840 or email LehighExt@psu.edu for more information.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today urged all Pennsylvanians to test their homes for radon, a deadly radioactive gas thats 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,â€ 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 transactionsDEP, 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.MEDIA CONTACT: Susan Rickens, 717-787-1323
He has published an Abridged History of Pike Township which was available at the 200th Anniversary Celebration in 2013 and it can be downloaded here. Joe is seeking feedback from township residents. He is interested in corrections, additional information, and Pike Township stories. His contact information can be found in the township history booklet using the link above.