HAINES TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!!

The Haines Township Supervisors are seeking your opinion on accepting bids and moving ahead with renovations to the current township building. The bids received were considerably higher than anticipated coming in at approximately $400,000. Current funds on hand will be used. No funds will be borrowed.

Renovations to include:

  • Renovate and expand the current office/meeting room to separate the office from the meeting room. This will increase security for the personal information and records handled by the township and both water authorities.
  • Create a fire-rated separation wall from the shop.
  • Relocate the public entrance, upgrade the service window/area and add an awning
  • New exterior doors and windows
  • New floor coverings
  • Upgraded HVAC system
  • Upgraded electric system
  • Upgrade and add two required ADA bathroom
  • Create a secure fire-resistant records room
  • Create a janitor’s closet
  • Create a common work/conference area that will serve as a workspace for the Roadmaster, Sewage Enforcement Officer, Zoning Officer, and provide a second area to host simultaneous meetings should the meeting room already be in use.
  • Create required ADA parking area
  • Upgrade building exterior including partial building facade, cleaning, and painting remaining structure
  • Create a road crew locker area
  • Create a kitchenette area

Please email your opinions or suggestions to hainestownship@verizon.net by January 31, 2023.

Snow Removal Reminder

Haines Township Code

§ 71-14. Removal of snow, ice and other obstructions.

A. Responsibility of owner or occupier of property. It shall be the duty of the owners or occupiers of properties, as hereinafter provided, and the owners of unoccupied lots along whose premises sidewalks have been laid, or may hereafter be laid under the authority of the township, to cause said paved sidewalks along their respective properties to be cleared to the width of said sidewalk of snow, ice and other obstruction within 24 hours after the same shall have ceased to fall, in the case of snow, or shall have occurred, in the case of ice or other obstruction, provided that the owner shall be responsible for conforming to the provisions of this section in the case of unoccupied property or property occupied by him or a property containing more than one dwelling or business unit and the occupant shall be responsible therefor in the case of property containing a single dwelling or business unit.

B. Responsibility of owners of multiple-family dwellings and apartments. It shall be the duty of all owners of multiple-family dwellings or apartments to cause sidewalks leading from said buildings to the streets, parking lots or other sidewalks located along the respective property to be cleared of snow, ice and other obstructions within 24 hours after the same shall have ceased to fall, in the case of snow, or shall have occurred, in the case of ice or other obstruction.

C. Further responsibilities of owners of multiple-family dwellings and apartments. It shall be the duty of all owners of properties containing apartments or multiple-family dwellings to cause dedicated paved streets along the respective properties to be cleared of snow, ice and other obstruction within 24 hours after the same shall have ceased to fall, in the case of snow, or shall have occurred, in the case of ice or other obstruction, which duty shall continue until said streets shall have been accepted as public rights-of-way of the township.

D. This section shall be enforced by action brought before a District Justice in the same manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure. Any person who violates or permits the violation of this section shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding, be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Each day or portion thereof that such violation continues, or is permitted to continue, shall constitute a separate offense. Each section of this section that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense.

Winter Storm Preparation Tips

Prepare in advance of severe weather by having emergency supplies on hand:

  • Fully charged cell phones, laptops and tablets.
  • Car charger to charge devices if your power is out.
  • Flashlight, portable radio and extra batteries.
  • Hard-wired phone to report an outage or emergency. A plain, hard-wired phone can operate on power delivered through the phone line.
  • Extra blankets or a sleeping bag for each person.
  • First-aid kit.
  • Medications and other personal health items for each person.
  • Emergency supply of bottled water and/or fill your bathtub with fresh water.
  • Supply of convenience foods that do not require cooking. Don’t forget the can opener!

If you should lose power, manage through safely by following these tips:

  • If you’re using a backup generator for emergency power, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use it safely.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. These appliances are well insulated, so food will keep for several hours if doors are closed as much as possible.
  • Use a flashlight or battery-powered lantern for light. Use care when burning candles; open flames are a dangerous fire hazard.
  • To safeguard your equipment and appliances – and to ease the initial load when power is restored – turn off or unplug televisions, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, computers and appliances that use electric motors, such as refrigerators, freezers or air conditioners, until power is restored. Leave an incandescent light on so you know when the power comes back on.
  • DO NOT use gas stoves, charcoal grills or other open-flame heat sources for warmth. Deadly carbon monoxide gas – which is odorless and invisible – may build up in your home without you realizing it.