April 15, 2020 0

Spring Garden Township is striving to ensure the continuation of providing municipal services throughout the Stay-At-Home order issued by Governor Wolf on March 27, 2020.  The information contained herein provides useful information for our community:  municipal operations, taxes and sewer bills, brush drop off, street sweeping, recreation, permits and code enforcement, Magisterial District Court Office, disaster declaration, CodeRED,  National Night Out, and virtual meeting guidelines.

We have implemented a several protective measures to lessen the spread of COVID-19 since the safety and health of you, your family, and our employees and their families are paramount.


Municipal Operations

The Township Administrative Office and Police Department are closed to walk-in service; however, the Township is staffed during regular business hours and we are responding to emails, mail, and phone calls.  We anticipate opening for walk-in customers on June 1, 2020 (this depends on Governor Wolf’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania.
The Administrative Office, the Police Department, and Tax Collector have walk-up dropboxes for the submission of permit applications, recreation program applications, general payments, correspondences, and taxes.  We are also continuing to receive mail via USPS.

Our emergency services at York Area United Fire and Rescue are still operational and are responding to 911 calls and Spring Garden Township Police Department as well as PSP are patrolling the Township.  Public Works is providing services and is available to support the needs of the Township.


Taxes and Sewer Bills

The Federal and State tax filing due date has been extended to July 15th, 2020.
York Township Municipal Taxes are tied to the County tax bill, and the County has the final decision on the extension of any due dates.

For businesses, the Township has extended the due date of the Mercantile and Business Privileges Tax from April 15th, 2020, to July 15th, 2020.

All second quarter 2020 sewer bills issued April 1, 2020, will have a due date of June 15th, 2020. Payments are due on or before June 15, 2020 at which time late fee charges will be imposed.
Sewer payments are collected by the York Water Company.


Brush Drop Off

The Township reopen the brush drop off area on May 2; 8am to noon.  Township Public Works will be available to direct you where to drop off and unload your brush.


Street Sweeping

The Township commence street sweeping on May 11.


Recreation Programs and Parks

The Recreation Department is collecting registration for upcoming programs.

However, please check the website for information on the status of future programs such as Summer Parks and events.   The parks, playgrounds, pavilions, and recreation fields are closed until further notice.      https://www.springgardentwp.org/recreation/


Permitting and Codes

The Zoning Office is processing zoning permit and building permit applications on a limited basis.  Simple zoning permits for fences, sheds, patios, sidewalks, etc. are being accepted by email to lkeller@sgtwp.org and permits will be issued as applicable.  Basic building permits for decks, HVAC, etc. under the State Building Code are similarly being accepted and will be reviewed by the Township’s third-party agency as time permits.  Per Governor Wolf’s order, permits should only be submitted for “life-sustaining” projects (such as health care facilities), residential emergency repairs, and work being conducted in connection with a DCED waiver.  Requests for inspections should be very limited and only as necessary to our third-party agency.

New building permit applications and/or inspection requests for residential or commercial construction projects that are not life-sustaining projects, emergency repairs, or in connection with a DCED waiver will not be accepted until the prohibition is lifted by Governor Wolf.


Emergency Management and where to go for further information

We have worked continually to help the Township and our residents and businesses plan and prepare for what we knew could be an emergency situation of significant duration. We have relied substantially on information provided by CDC, and that info has proved to be reliable and accurate over the past several weeks.

Their web site is updated continually by leaving experts in public health:

  • CDC, Centers for Disease Control (coronavirus.gov) has a wealth in information for individuals, businesses, healthcare workers, first responders, and other groups.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Health (health.pa.gov) is in charge of managing this health crisis in the Commonwealth. They maintain the official statistics for PA and link to any specific public health orders issued by the Governor’s office.


Magisterial District Court Office

Continuing through May 31, 2020, the office of Magisterial District Judge Jennifer J.P. Clancy will be closed to the public, including attorneys, and news media, except for the following operations:
*  Preliminary arraignment to set bail for bailable offenses
*  Criminal case filings by law enforcement agencies
*  Preliminary hearings for incarcerated defendants only
*  Arrest and search warrant application

Phone calls are being taken by staff on Monday and Wednesday 8am to 4:30pm.
Payments can be made online, by mail, or using the dropbox (no cash).

Please call the office, 717.845.5508, with any questions.


Disaster Declaration

On March 19, 2020, Spring Garden Township issued an emergency disaster declaration due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus. This action followed the Governor’s and York County Commissioners’ due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus.  The purpose of the declaration is to permit the Township to obtain any resources necessary to aid in the local response to the coronavirus pandemic and to be eligible for any available State and Federal reimbursement for such extraordinary expenses.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Township via mail, email, or a phone call 717-848-2858 x0.  Please use the “Contact” button on the Township home page if you desire to email us.

We are facing a difficult time right now as a community and as a nation, and we want all of you to Stay Safe and Stay Healthy.  And Stay Home as it is the single best way to avoid exposure to the coronavirus in this period of widespread transmission.


CodeRED

As a resident, it’s important that you understand the situation and how best to respond when an incident affects you.  One method to being alerted to emergencies within Spring Garden Township is to sign up for CodeRED Mobile Alert.  This technology provides real-time, location-specific alerts to those that enroll. If you are interested in enrolling, click on the link below:  https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/246779CD4A53


National Night Out (NNO)

The 2020 National Night Out event which is held the first Tuesday in August has been cancelled.


Spring Garden Township Virtual Meetings

Spring Garden Township is working hard to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak while continuing to provide essential services to the community. One way we want to keep the community informed is by sharing ways they can continue to actively participate in our local government while adhering to recommendations to physically distance ourselves. If you have questions or comments, we aim to try and address them.

To start, the best way to participate in a public comment portion of a meeting will be to check the meeting agenda. Information about how and when you can submit public comment will be included.

Public Participation & Accessibility

To protect bandwidth, we recommend that those who wish to address the Spring Garden Township Board of Commissioners via remote public participation do by following the instructions included in each meeting’s agenda found on the website.  Meetings are being conducted through Zoom because of its ease of use, accessibility, and because participants registration information is encrypted and perceivably safe. While Zoom asks for participant information, we will not use your contact information for solicitation.

Participating in a Zoom Meeting

Information about participating in the public comment portion will be included with each meeting agenda.  If you have questions or concerns prior to a public meeting or wish to comment on any of the action items found on the Agenda, you must send them via email no later than 4pm the day prior to the meeting.  Comments for Board of Commissioners, Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Board, and Recreation Commission meetings will be emailed to general@sgtwp.org.   Please include your name, address, phone number, and your comment(s).

Here are the steps you will be asked to take to participate in a Zoom meeting:

Step 1: Click the link provided in the meeting agenda. It should look like: https://zoom.us/j/7674571. 
The link will change for each time.

Step 2: When you enter a meeting via the link, you will get a screen that looks like the following. Follow the instructions on the screen.

Step 3: You will join the meeting and be automatically muted.

Step 4: When allowed, to offer public comment during the public comment section of the agenda, video conference participants can “raise hand.” Staff will unmute you.  Please announce your name and address so you can speak during the public comment portion of the meeting.

You can also join the webinar by phone. A phone number will be listed in the agenda when this option is available. You will be prompted to enter the six-digit meeting number. Then you will be promoted to enter the participant ID.  If no participant ID is listed, press # (pound).

NoteTechnology is not infallible. Your ability to participate via the Internet is partially reliant on your bandwidth. To preserve bandwidth and ensure an orderly meeting, only individuals who wish to address the Commissioners should use Zoom meeting.  Ideally, comments should be submitted to general@sgtwp.org per the instructions on each agenda. 

During the meeting: Simple ground rules and etiquette

  • Turn off all other technology.
    • Other programs that are open and running can interfere with tech quality and performance during the meeting.
    • It’s easy to lose attention and take a quick look at Facebook or email when at a distance. Eliminate the distractions.
  • Mute your microphone, unmute to talk, and then mute again.
    • The technology can amplify background noises and even override voices.
  • Take turns speaking.
    • The technology can cancel out two or more voices at once.
  • State your name and address each time you speak. “This is ….”
  • Fully step away if you have to go to the bathroom.
    • More than one meeting attendee has been the unfortunate broadcaster of things best kept to oneself.
  • When something goes wrong, take a breath and let the tech moderator give prompts.
    • Even the best technology sometimes goes wrong.
    • Even the most skilled remote participants make mistakes.
    • Be kind. Next time it might be you.