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February 2021 eNewsletter



February Newsletter




Smithfield Township Supervisor Meetings

More changes have come to Smithfield’s supervisor sessions since broadcasting. Instead of weekly meetings, our board will have two monthly meetings as follows:

Work Session (non-voting)- 2nd Tuesday at 4 pm
Regular Meeting- 4th Tuesday at 7 pm

You can find specific dates and agendas HERE and follow us on Facebook at Smithfield Township PA for updates. Watch LIVE meetings and get notifications by subscribing to Smithfield Township’s YouTube channel:






My Trash Can is So Empty

Robert Lovenheim

Or nearly empty. Last summer I asked Waste Management for a 90 gal (standard size) trash can for my recyclables. The company seems to supply these to new houses, along with a companion trash can.  But for residents who are already customers, WM seems content with allowing them to use bins, barrels, and even cardboard boxes.

When my new recycle container arrived, I resolved to really use it. By “really” I mean to earnestly try to put everything that is recyclable in the new can. That meant not shortcutting because I didn’t want to wash out a mayonnaise jar or retrieve the lid of a tuna fish can.

Fortunately, I know a little more than the average garbage tosser. With my effort as township supervisor to push for more recycling, I can actually recite the names of plastics 1-7. This knowledge would probably make me a genius in 7th grade but at my age there are few who want to hear about polyethylene terephthalate (that’s number #1 for the uninitiated).

Over several months we’ve refined our sorting method. My wife refuses to walk the five extra steps to the bin so she leaves recyclables on the kitchen counter nearest the door. My daughter, who usually sits on the kitchen trash can as her personal seat, will refuse to move if anyone wants to throw away something that still has a use.

The most astounding change is in the balance between the trash can and the recycling bin. The former is almost empty with the latter brimming full. We have so little actual garbage that I can wheel the can to the curb with one hand.

The recycling truck team is probably more than a little curious about our lifestyle. The contents range from Barbie doll boxes to gin and vodka bottles. And by the way, Barbie bodies are plastic #7 and the head is #3, just in case they get overhandled and you need to toss them out.



Monroe County Property Research

The Monroe County Reassessment was a massive undertaking that updated home values and collected data on utilities, acreage, and other property features. The information is available through Monroe County Property Research, and this tool is a great place to start property research if you are interested in buying or selling a property, and can even provide information for estimating taxes on a property.
To access this site: go to www.monroecountypa.gov. Under “Frequently Requested,” click on “2021 Assessment Property Information Website” and then “Property Search.”




Search for the property of interest. If only one property fits the search criteria, the program will automatically open the profile. If multiple properties match the search criteria, select the correct property. The landing profile looks like this:




To determine a rough estimate of property taxes, click on the “Values” tab and note the number under “Total Value.” The current millage rates applicable to Smithfield Township are:

County – 3.2273 mills
Municipal – .616 mills
Library – .169013 mills
School – 30.72 mills (2020 rate)

For the total taxes, multiply the property’s total value by .034732313. For only the CML tax bill (sent in March), multiply the property’s total value by .004012313. For only the school tax bill (sent in July), multiply the property’s total value by .03072. In an example with a property that has a total value of $90,000:

Total taxes – $90,000 * .034732313 = $3,125.91
CML taxes only – $90,000 * .004012313 = $361.11
School taxes only – $90,000 * .03072 = $2,764.80
These calculations do not consider any tax exemptions that may impact a property, so this should be considered only an estimate. Whether it is research to buy or sell a property or just open curiosity, Monroe County Property Research is a great place to start.





Repairs to Route 209

The National Park Service will be undertaking some much-needed repairs to aging infrastructure along US Route 209 over the next year. Bridge and culvert repair work on US Route 209 within Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is anticipated to start in April 2021. The multiphased project will improve safety for motorists along this important and heavily traveled roadway.
Locations include: 

Bushkill Creek Bridge at approximately mile post 1.2
Toms Creek Bridge at approximately mile post 4.7;
Adams Creek Bridge at approximately mile post 14.2
Conashaugh Creek Culvert at approximately mile post 16.5.
Specific timelines for each of the project components have not yet been announced. Updated information and timelines will be posted to the park’s website at www.nps.gov/dewa and on the park’s Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/DelWaterGapNPS when they are available.






Learn to Loom 

Knitting Initiative Announced to Help the Community

RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) of Monroe County is a federal program for seniors (age 55+) under AmeriCorps Seniors. A new initiative is looking for helpers like yourself to knit for the needy.
Loom knitting is very easy – if you can hold a pencil, you can loom knit! Upon joining the program, participants can pick up supplies from RSVP of Monroe County, and will be trained how to loom knit via Zoom.
If you would rather help in another way, you can assist by donating helpful crafting materials including yarn, fabrics, and even plastic grocery bags, which are turned into plarn and crocheted into sleeping mats and pillows for people who are homeless.
RSVP also accepts donations like new socks, underwear, gloves, hats, scarves, and toiletries that are distributed to the homeless, veterans, seniors, and head starts. Used cell phones with chargers are also greatly appreciated.
Anything you could give can be used to help your community!





529 Plans Help Families Save for Education

Pennsylvania residents have the opportunity to save for the education of the next generation! PA 529 plans offer smart, simple and affordable postsecondary education savings options for Pennsylvanian families. Your children or grandchildren will benefit greatly from this plan to help secure their future. The name “529” refers to Section 529 of the IRS tax code, which gives these plans special tax breaks to encourage saving. Not only are your contributions deductible from your Pennsylvania state income tax, the entire value of your account is exempt from Pennsylvania inheritance tax.

The Pennsylvania 529 College and Career Savings Program offers two savings plans. The PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan (GSP) is a lower-risk plan that helps your savings keep pace with rising higher education tuition. The PA 529 Investment Plan (IP) lets you choose from 17 investment options from The Vanguard Group.




Pennsylvania American Water
has voluntarily extended its suspension of water service shutoffs until after
March 31, 2021

Available to all customers, both residential and non-residential.
The company urges customers who are facing financial hardship to seek financial assistance immediately by contacting Pennsylvania American Water at
pennsylvaniaamwater.com or calling 1-800-565-7292.
Please do not wait until a shut-off is looming to contact them. 





















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