1155 Red Fox Road | East Stroudsburg, PA 18301



Your Next Project

And the permit process

Warm weather breathes life into new projects. Let us ensure your plans are on the right track and fully secure under township ordinances.
If you are planning to do the following work:
  • Erect a structure
  • Alter a structure
  • Repair a structure
  • Make permanent structural improvements to a property
  • Move, alter, add to or enlarge any existing land use or building
  • Commercially clear, excavate or grade land for purposes of making permanent structural improvements to a property
Refer to this checklist and contact our Zoning Officer, Ken Wolfe, at Smithfield Township Municipal Center by calling (570) 223-5082.

Community Garden Plots Available

The Community Garden is a free and excellent opportunity to exercise your “green thumb” while meeting members of the Smithfield community! Located at Smithfield Township’s Waterfront Park on Twin Falls Road in East Stroudsburg, plots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.


3G Phase Out

Plan ahead for new cellular services

As mobile carriers seek to upgrade their networks to use the latest technology, to free up space and support new services they have to shut down older services. Because of this, many older cell phones will be unable to make or receive calls and texts; this includes calling 911 or using data services. 3G mobile phones and certain older 4G mobile phones will be affected as they do not support Voice over LTE (or VoLTE or HD Voice).

Verizon and T-Mobile will complete the phase out by the end of December 2022. However, AT&T has announced that they will finish by February 2022. This transition does not only impact phones but also:

  • Medical devices
  • Tablets
  • Smartwatches
  • Vehicle SOS services
  • Home security systems
Contact your mobile provider or consult your provider’s website for more information about their 3G retirement plan and whether your phone or another connected device may be affected. It is important to plan now so you don’t lose connectivity, especially the ability to call 911.
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Fix My Road

By Robert Lovenheim

At any gathering of public officials in the Northeast, you can bet the most voiced complaint of residents is their roads. “When are you going to fix the roads?” is not only the number one question asked but number two, three, and four as well.

As we swing into March, we enter pothole season. Potholes are caused by water collecting in cracks; it expands when frozen, starting a process that pushes up chunks of asphalt and makes potholes. Since 1870, when the first road in America was paved in Newark, NJ, the preferred paving material has been asphalt. This is a mixture of crushed stones and tar that stick together when rolled out by a road crew. Asphalt is calculated to last 20 years, but I doubt it lasts that long in Pennsylvania’s weather conditions.

President Joe Biden established 2030 as the year we will see half of American vehicles be an electric vehicle (EV). EVs are a lovely concept, but what about the roads they will tread? Does anyone give a thought to modernizing the surface that these super sophisticated vehicles will traverse? Any replacement must have a surface hard enough that heavy trucks won’t destroy it and pervious enough that water can seep through it rather than collect in cracks. Outside of the U.S., there is a lot of research on the topic: solar roads – roads made of solar panels that would generate electricity, plastic roads – made of old shopping bags, and waste roads – made from the trash we bury in landfills.

All of these solutions are expensive but so are diners. Diners? With EV cars and charging stations, someone better figure out what American drivers are going to do for the hour their car is charging. Building diners next to chargers is my solution! While we eat hot turkey sandwiches on a cold day in March, we can watch potholes blooming on the highway while those high-priced Teslas bump along at bicycle speeds.

In the meantime, we will stick with cold patching and repaving roads with asphalt. If you notice any potholes blooming on a township road, please contact our Roadmaster at 570-223-5082 ext. 8.

If you would like the meeting agendas sent directly to you, email Lois at lois@smithfieldtownship.com.





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