With the news in April 2017 that we have been awared a DCED grant to buy easments and construct Marshalls Falls Park, we are half-way to our goal of neally $500,000 total. We are now applying for a DCNR grant for the remainder (April 12 submission deadline). Here you can see the master plan for the new park. DOCUMENT ATTACHED Click on title to open this item and see the attached master plan document that can then be downloaded.
Smithfield Township is served by Bushkill Emergency Corps and Suburban Emergency Medical Services.
The Bushkill Emergency Corps contact is Debbie Kulick, who can be reached at 570 223-1906, the Corps’s business office number. The Suburban EMS contact is Barry Albertson, at 610-923-7500. Bushkill Emergency Corps services most of Smithfield Township, except the area near Route 611 and the Borough of Delaware Water Gap, which is served by Suburban EMS.
Smithfield is served by three volunteer- staffed Fire Companies, Marshall's Creek Fire Company, Delaware Water Gap Fire Company, and Shawnee Fire Company. They each have designated coverage areas.Marshalls Creek Fire Chief is Joe Luisi Jr., phone 570-982-4152. Marshalls Creek meets and drills on Tues nights at 7:00 pm. Shawnee Fire Chief is Donald Fuller, phone 570-476-0736. Shawnee meets and drills on Tues nights at 7:00pm. Delaware Water Gap Fire Chief is Brad Miller, phone 570-476-0092. DWG meets and drills on Monday nights at 7:00 pm.
Pocono Medical Center is located on East Brown Street in East Stroudsburg, PA. General Information 570-476-3367, Main Switchboard 570-421-4000. Established in 1915 as "General Hospital", Pocono Medical Center is an acute, not-for-profit community hospital, fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
Carbon-Monroe-Pike Mental Health and Mental Retardation promotes an environment where all community members receive the supports that they need to be self-sufficient and to maintain a high quality of life in a community that fosters resiliency and embraces recovery. Monroe County Offices are at 730A Phillips Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360, 570-420-1900, 8:30 am- 4:30 pm.
Police protection is provided by Pennsylvania State Police at Swiftwater, phone 570- 839-7701. Swiftwater Barracks are located on Route 611 in Swiftwater, PA.
Animals left in cars
If someone sees an animal suffering in such a situation, the next number to call, after 911, is the animal cruelty hotline at 866-601-7722.
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced on Dec. 5, 2017, that Smithield Township's Marshalls Falls Municipal Park project has been awarded a 2017 grant. This is the final step in assembling sufficient grant funds to fully realize the park project. We expect construction to begin in the late spring (2018) based on the master plan already prepared (you can download it from this site, under Township News). For those who don't know of Marshalls Falls, it is a hidden oasis on Marshalls Creek less than a mile upstream from route 209 on Marshalls Creek Road. Now it is accessed by an unmarkred parking lot. The new park will be easy to find, and contain numerous trails, most built to Americans with Disabilities specifications. Smithfield Township now contains 5 major parks with the addition of Marshalls Falls (Minisink, Family Bike Park, Mt. Nebo, Waterfront, Marshalls Falls). All of this adds to the "quality of life" concern that voters expressed last year by passing the Clean Water bond auhorization. Combined with sharing our northern border with Shawnee Mountain Ski Area and Delaware River National Recreation Area, Smithfield Township, the addition of Marshalls Falls Park makes Smithfield a park paradise.
BWA is excited to see that a Master Watershed Steward program is about to begin in Monroe County. In this worthy program, individuals with passion for water quality can receive training on how they can use their energies and skills to help protect the environment and water quality.
We encourage interested individuals to attend the informational meeting. See details below:
Penn State Extension and the Monroe County Conservation District are excited to launch the Master Watershed Steward Program.
The Master Watershed Steward program is a collaborative effort between Penn State Extension, Monroe County Conservation District, and local conservation groups. It is similar to the Master Gardener program and is designed to train people in a formal way about the basics of water resource stewardship, creating an energized and educated group of citizens. The MWS program is in 13 counties across the state and has 194 volunteers that have contributed over 7,500 volunteer hours in 2017.
We are recruiting 20-25 interested people for the class of 2018.
The class will consist of 40 hours of training on various topics, including water quality, stream health, groundwater, native plants, and recreational resources.
Once this part of the training is complete, trainees perform 50 hours of volunteer service on selected projects such as:
- Organizing and executing stream cleanups.
- Designing and installing demonstration rain gardens.
- Assist in stream restorations.
- Organize educational workshops addressing topics such as rain barrels, pollution prevention, invasive plant control, and stormwater management.
Applicants are welcome from all walks of life. If under 18, you must be accompanied by a guardian or adult.
The program will start on Thursday, March 1, 2018, 6:00-8:30 pm
and will continue every Thursday through May.
There will be several Saturday field trips.
An informational session at 6:30 pm will be held on Thursday, January 18, at:
Monroe County Conservation District
8050 Running Valley Rd.
If interested, please contact:
Penn State Extension
724 Phillips Street, Suite 201
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Davy Tree service, under contract to Met Ed, will be removing ash trees along River Road, Hollow Road, and adjacent roads and lanes during the next weeks. The ash trees are being destroyed by an invasive pest, helped along by woodpeckers finsihing off the already weakened trees. "The emerald ash borer is the most destructive exotic forest pest in North America since chestnut blight and Dutch elm disease, with the ability to potentially destroy the entire ash genus," according to a forestry management plan for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Met Ed is working to remove the trees before they become a hazard, as the woodpeckers weakend them in a way where they tend to fall from the base (onto wires, cars etc). If you see blue or red ribbons on trees in the area, they are marked for trimming (blue) or removal (red). Crew with flagmen will be on the roads. If you need wood, the ash tree makes excellent fuel. The crews will chip small branches but leave cut logs along the road after they finish their work. Township residents are welcome to take them.
PennDOT Monroe County forces are in the process of closing the Bridge due to severe structural deterioration found during an inspection last week. The closure should be in effect around 3 p.m. FEB. 27, 2018. Cherry Valley Road will remain closed until further notice between PA 191 and PA 611. The posted detour will route traffic on PA 191 and PA 611. Access for property owners will be maintained on both sides of the bridge. PennDOT maintenance forces are anticipated to begin work in early-to-mid April to replace the structurally deficient bridge with a concrete box culvert. The work is expected to last two-to-three months. Detour work-arounds are via Routes 191 and route 611.
Like a bad sports headline, we are sorry to report that potholes on Smithfield roads are winning against all efforts by our road crew team. The problem is changeable winter weather that alternates between balmy and below freezing. Water seeps into cracks in the pavement during melts, then expands when it freezes. The result heaves up the pavement with frozen hydraulic force. As soon as tires run over it, the pavement beaks up -- leaving gaping holes. Our road crew has been patching all winter. But the only real solution is spring, We hope it comes soon. Then we can patch effectively and start our shceduled repaving.
Where to complain about power utility service? The Township has received many complaints about the power blackout since the March 2 storm. Though we try to be helpful, we have limited ability to do more than stay ahead of the storm by plowing , salting, and sanding. We also try as best we can with limited manpower to cut tree trunks and limbs blocking our roads. But we have no tree climbing equipment, no trained tree crews, and no authority to intercede where power lines are down in the area of fallen trees.
All of this is under supervision of the electric utility companies. After every major storm they receive many complaints. But few customers complain to the right authority.The most effective way to be heard is to complain to the PA Public Utilities Commission. When power companies apply for rate increases. the level of consumer complaints is one of the considerations in granting or denying their requests.
Go to this site and file an informal email complaint: http://www.puc.state.pa.us/consumer_info/natural_gas/filing_complaints/informal_complaints.aspx