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House Bill 542 was signed into law on October 30, 2017. Under the new law, the Fireworks Act of 1939 was repealed and replaced in its entirety. The complete version of the new law can be viewed here. However, the questions and answers below highlight the most noteworthy changes.
Q: Which fireworks are Pennsylvania residents now allowed to purchase and use?
Consumers can now purchase and use “Class C” or “consumer-grade” fireworks that include firecrackers, Roman candles, bottle rockets, and similar fireworks that contain a maximum of 50 milligrams of explosive material. The expansion includes those fireworks that were previously only available to out-of-state residents.
“Display fireworks,” which are classified as including salutes that contain more than two grains or 130 milligrams of explosive materials, and professional-grade aerial shells containing more than 60 grams of pyrotechnic compositions, are still only to be used by professionals with a permit from the municipality where the display will take place.
Q: What are the restrictions on where they can be used?
- They cannot be ignited or discharged on a public or private property without express permission of the property owner.
- They cannot be discharged from or within a motor vehicle or building.
- They cannot be discharged toward a motor vehicle or building.
- They cannot be discharged within 150 feet of an occupied structure, whether or not a person is actually present.
- They cannot be discharged while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug.
Also, it is recommended that you check with your local municipality, as you may also be subject to applicable local ordinances.
COVID-19 – East Deer Township Municipal Access Impacts
PUBLIC NOTICE March 17, 2020: As everyone is aware, the Coronavirus matter is a rapidly evolving situation, Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, East Deer Township will be taking steps to limit the exposure or possible spread of Coronavirus within our municipal operations. We have no greater responsibility than to protect the health, safety and welfare of our community. By limiting public interaction and exposure, we hope to minimize the potential for employee’s illness and maintain proper staffing levels in all departments.
The Township Building, which shares the Police Department, Municipal Offices will remain on restricted access until further notice. Police operations will not be impacted by this policy. Municipal office staff will still be available by phone and email. Payments for the Township Water & Refuse bills will be accepted through mail and via drop box on Bellview Street near the rear entrance.
For all Township Water & Refuse bill payments. Check payments are preferred. If you pay by cash, please pay the exact amount listed on the bill. Any over payment will be applied as a credit to your account. If you are paying with cash, Please put into an envelope. On the front of the envelope indicate how much is in the envelope and your name and address. If you have questions about your payment amount, please contact the office at the information listed below. Thank you for your patience during this process.
From the Code Office. All Building and Code inspections by our third party company BIU are only done for Emergency at this point in time.
Thank you for your patience
East Deer Township Office #: 724-224-3434 ext. 4 | Email: email@example.com
East Deer Police Department Office #: 724-224-3434 ext. 2 | Non-emergency #: 412-473-3056 | EMERGENCY: 911
Declaration of Disaster – Related to COVID-19
March 17, 2020:
East Deer has enacted a Declaration of Disaster – Related to COVID-19. This action was not taken as a result of it being present in our community. There are no known cases of the virus in East Deer Township. This was done at the request of the County Emergency Management Department. The reason for their request is that in the event that we must take action and possibly incur costs associated with the virus that we can move quickly and will possibly be able to be reimbursed as a result of a Federal and State Declaration of Disaster.
The Coronavirus matter is a rapidly evolving situation. Therefore, East Deer Township will be taking steps to limit the exposure or possible spread of the Coronavirus within our Municipal operation. We have no greater responsibility than to protect the health, safety and welfare of our Community.
– Anthony Taliani Jr., President of East Deer Township Commissioners
The East Deer Township Tax Collector’s Office is closed until further notice. Real Estate and Per Capita Taxes will not be taken at the East Deer Municipal Building. All Taxes must be paid by mail only. Call 724-274-5748 if you have any questions. Thank you!
Bernadette Paulovich, East Deer Township Tax Collector 124 Yost Drive Tarentum PA 15084 724-274-5748
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2020
Gov. Wolf Announces Reopening of 24 Counties Beginning May 8
Harrisburg, PA – Balancing economic benefits and public health risks, Governor Tom Wolf today announced the reopening of 24 counties in the northwest and north-central regions of the state, moving them from red to yellow beginning at 12:01 a.m., Friday, May 8.
“Over the past two months, Pennsylvanians in every corner of our commonwealth have acted collectively to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Gov. Wolf said. “We have seen our new case numbers stabilize statewide and while we still have areas where outbreaks are occurring, we also have many areas that have few or no new cases.”
Counties Moving to Yellow Reopening
The 24 counties that will move from red to yellow on May 8 are: Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, and Warren.
These counties were deemed ready to move to a reopening – or yellow phase – because of low per-capita case counts, the ability to conduct contact tracing and testing, and appropriate population density to contain community spread.
The administration partnered with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to create a Risk-Based Decision Support Tool that enables decision makers to strike a balance between maximizing the results of our economy while minimizing public health risks.
The CMU tool looked at the impacts of risk factors such as reported number of COVID cases per population of an area; ICU and medical/surgical bed capacity; population density; population over age 60; re-opening contact risk, such as the number of workers employed in a currently closed industry sector.
The CMU metrics were considered along with the county’s or region’s ability to conduct testing and contact-tracing to first and foremost maintain robust public health.
The Department of Health developed testing and contact-tracing plans that informed today’s decisions and will be used in making decisions moving forward. Factors include: having enough testing available for individuals with symptoms and target populations such as those at high risk, health care personnel, and first responders, and the ability to perform robust case investigation and have in place a contact-tracing infrastructure that can quickly identify a cluster of outbreaks to issue any necessary isolation and quarantine orders.
All reopening decisions follow the six standards outlined in the governor’s plan to reopen Pennsylvania. These include adhering to:
- Data-driven and quantifiable criteria to drive a targeted, evidence-based, regional approach to reopening.
•Clear guidance and recommendations for employers, individuals, and health care facilities and providers for assured accountability.
• Adequate and available personal protective equipment and diagnostic testing.
• A monitoring and surveillance program that allows the commonwealth to deploy swift actions for containment or mitigation.
• Protections for vulnerable populations such as limitations on visitors to congregate care facilities and prisons.
• Limitations on large gatherings unrelated to occupations.
“Our goal since this pandemic was first identified in Pennsylvania has been to save lives while ensuring that the public health system does not become overwhelmed with people suffering from COVID-19,” Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Our contact tracing and testing plans will ensure that as we begin to resume our daily activities, we can do so safely and without fear.”
While both Gov. Wolf and Dr. Levine cautioned that we cannot be certain of the path of the virus, all decisions on partial reopening are driven first by prioritizing the health and safety of Pennsylvanians.
Defining the Yellow Phase
As regions or counties move into the yellow phase, some restrictions on work and social interaction will ease while others, such as closures of schools, gyms, and other indoor recreation centers, hair and nail salons, as well as limitations around large gatherings, remain in place.
On Monday, May 4, the administration will release guidance for businesses permitted to reopen on May 8 in these 24 counties. The guidance is being developed through collaboration with the affected counties, Team PA, the Department of Health, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Department of Labor & Industry, among others. Guidance will build on existing safety and building safety orders released in April.
Work & Congregate Setting Restrictions
• Telework Must Continue Where Feasible
• Businesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Business and Building Safety Orders
• Child Care Open Complying with Guidance
• Congregate Care and Prison Restrictions in Place
• Schools Remain Closed for In-Person Instruction
• Stay at Home Order Lifted for Aggressive Mitigation
• Large Gatherings of More than 25 Prohibited
• In-Person Retail Allowable, Curbside and Delivery Preferable
• Indoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities and Personal Care Services (such as gyms, spas, hair salons, nail salons and other entities that provide massage therapy), and all Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters) Remain Closed
• Restaurants and Bars Limited to Carry-Out and Delivery Only
All businesses not specifically mentioned as restricted from reopening may reopen if they follow the forthcoming guidance.
Gov. Wolf stressed the need for all Pennsylvanians to now, more than ever, take personal responsibility for their actions.
“Every human-to-human contact is a chance for the virus to spread, so more contacts mean a higher likelihood of an outbreak,” Wolf said. “If we see an outbreak occur in one of the communities that has been moved to yellow, we will need to take swift action, and revert to the red category until the new case count falls again. So, Pennsylvanians living in a county that has been moved to the yellow category should continue to strongly consider the impact of their actions.”
Counties that will remain under the stay-at-home order will be considered for reopening in the next several weeks as the state continues to closely monitor metrics and collaborate with CMU, health experts and counties.
The full reopening plan is available here.
Starting Monday, March 30, Deer Lakes will offer free grab-&-go meals twice per week to district families in need of food during this incredibly difficult time. The meals, which can be picked up on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 9-11 a.m., are completely free regardless of your financial circumstance or whether or not you have children in our schools.
Also, please remain in your car while picking up food for your loved ones. Our trained and protected staff members will happily bring the food out to you.
In the meantime, please remember that #WeGotThis, so please whenever you can, Stay Calm. Stay Home. Stay Safe.
OPEN BURNING DURING THE PANDEMIC- RESIDENTS ASKED TO REFRAIN FROM OPEN BURNING
Per ACHD Article XXI §2105.50.f, the open burning regulation “may be enforced by any municipal or local government having jurisdiction over the place where the burning occurs.” Municipalities are allowed to issue a citation or stop open burning if they see fit. Municipalities can enforce ACHD regulations or their own regulations, but local and municipality regulations must be at least as stringent as ACHD’s.
Please find attached an EMBARGOED press release which will be issued this afternoon. In it, the Health Department and Emergency Services are noting two things:
- Reminding residents that burning trash is prohibited in the county; and,
- Asking residents to “be a good neighbor” and refrain from burning anything during the pandemic.
We note this for you because the burning of trash is a violation of the county’s open burning rules which municipalities have the authority to enforce – and in most cases, can respond more quickly than the Health Department. We ask for your assistance in this.
There has been significant increase in the number of complaints received by both departments related to open burning and, particularly, an increased number of complaints related to trash burning. (Please note that we recognize that some municipalities prohibit burning of any kind and will note that in the release.)
As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic poses threats to individuals with a history of heart or respiratory illness. Open burning adds to that burden. Smoke can increase an individual’s susceptibility to the virus and can also decrease a COVID-19 infected individual’s ability to fight the virus and worsen their symptoms. It can also result in non-COVID infected individuals having to seek medical attention during this crisis because of respiratory illness.
And just like in other frontline careers, fire departments are adjusting operations to protect their members while still serving our communities. This includes steps to limit training activities, enforcing physical distancing when possible, closing fire stations to the public, and conducting evaluations of members for symptoms. The voluntary ban on burning can assist with those measures.
Particularly during dry and windy conditions, open burning can lead to brush and other types of fires. Firefighters responding to those emergencies are working close to each other, are using personal protective equipment (PPE) that could be reserved for other emergencies and could be responding to other emergencies rather than one that could have be prevented if residents refrain from burning activities.
A food distribution map has been developed to identify available food resources around the county. The map is searchable by a variety of fields, and includes descriptions, eligibility and contact information for many of the sites. It includes school “grab & go” sites, food pantries and other options and is regularly updated. The map can be found at https://tinyurl.com/pghfoodmap. It is also available at bit.ly/ACHDcovid-19 under Help for Residents.
Board of Commissioners Agenda/Monthly Meeting -June 4th 2020 @ 7:30 pm @ Town Hall
Board of Commissioners Agenda/Monthly Meeting – July 2nd 2020, @7:30 @ Town Hall
Refuse pick up is on Wednesdays. Only one big item may be put out on the first Wednesday of the month. PLEASE DO NOT PUT REFUSE OUT UNTIL TUESDAY EVENING’S AFTER DUSK. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT ALL REFUSE IS IN A TRASH CAN.
HOLIDAYS: We close in observance of the following holidays:
New Year’s Day Memorial Day Independence Day Labor Day Thanksgiving Day Christmas Day
If your scheduled collection day falls on or after a weekday holiday, your collection will be 1 day later that week.
If your scheduled collection day falls before a weekday holiday, there will be no change in your collection day.
There is NO CHANGE to collection days during the following weeks:
Martin Luther King Jr. Presidents’ Day Good Friday Easter Columbus Day Veterans Day
HOLIDAY TREES: Will be picked up in the months of December and January. You must remove decorations. Cut tree so the branch spread is no more than 6 ft. across and tree length is no more than 6 ft., and not weighing more than 30 lbs. Only may be put out on the first Wednesday of the month.
*** Please, When walking your dogs keep them on a leash and clean up after them ***
East Deer Township Veteran Banner Program
Honor your Hero!
East Deer Township Veteran Banner Program, honor family or friends with banner with their photo hung for everyone to see. Banners will be 24 x 30 Double sided Tall banners 18 oz single ply with a 3 to 5 year life span. Banner cost is $135.00 plus tax. Banners will be printed by Gray Signs. Print out the information below or call the Chrystal @ the East Deer Township Office for all the information. You will take photo, completed form and payment to Gray Signs.
East Deer Township has been awarded the designation of a
2020 Banner Community
As a result of your outstanding commitment to professional development, prudent fiscal management, transparency, accountability and proactive communications to engage community stakeholders.
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Any questions, please call the office from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday – Friday @ 724-224-3434
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