COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) RESOURCES

FOR RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS

 

“Stay-at-Home” Order Issued March 25, 2020 (Updated Monday, March 30, 2020)

As you have likely already learned, a “stay-at-home order” was issued by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf for Lehigh and Northampton counties on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The order is currently in effect until Thursday, April 30, 2020. What does this mean for Plainfield Township residents and business owners? The Governor is essentially asking that unless you are out for groceries, medication or because you are deemed essential personnel, stay in your homes. The order does allow for people to be outside to exercise, so long as you can practice social distancing. Ask the question, “Do I really need to go out?” Plainfield Township will continue to safeguard and protect our community through this difficult and stressful time and is in constant communication with the Slate Belt Regional Police Department, the Plainfield Township Volunteer Fire Company, Suburban EMS, and Northampton County Emergency Management personnel. For more information about the Governor’s order and other information from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and other agencies about various COVID-19-related topics, please reference the following links: 

 

 Status Report of Municipal Services (Updated on a Regular Basis)

PUBLIC NOTICE

Coronavirus Update: Plainfield Township Facility Closures/Status of Municipal Services

In accordance with Governor Wolf’s Proclamation of Disaster Emergency as amended on March 25, 2020 by a “stay-at-home” order for Northampton County, and in direct response to the public health emergency surrounding the Coronavirus, known as COVID-19, the following Plainfield Township facilities are hereby CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, until Thursday, April 30, 2020, after which time the situation will be re-evaluated for appropriate action:

  • Plainfield Township Municipal Building, 6292 Sullivan Trail, Nazareth, PA 18064
  • Plainfield Township Road Department Building, 517 Getz Road, Nazareth, PA 18064

DISASTER DECLARATION- PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP: Effective March 17, 2020, Plainfield Township has declared an emergency disaster amid COVID-19 concerns. The Disaster Emergency Declaration was enacted out of an abundance of caution and to give the Township the ability to render emergency management services to protect the public health, safety and welfare of Plainfield Township residents and business owners, as determined to be necessary.

STATUS OF MUNICIPAL SERVICES AND MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS/EMPLOYEES CONTACT INFORMATION: Plainfield Township personnel are available by telephone or email to assist the needs of the community by calling/emailing the following:

Plainfield Township is only performing essential code enforcement/life safety/public health-orientated inspections at this time. All other planning/zoning services will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Please note that Uniform Construction Code (building code) inspections will only be scheduled for the following types of projects at this time:

1. Emergency repairs for residential and commercial building construction

2. Construction of health care facilities permitted for commercial building construction

3. A construction project that has received a waiver through DCED to continue work on the project

  • Should you need any other Township service please call 610-759-6944 or email the Township Manager at manager@plainfieldtownship.org or send your request via U.S. Mail to the Plainfield Township Municipal Building, 6292 Sullivan Trail, Nazareth, PA 18064 Attention: Township Manager

SLATE BELT REGIONAL POLICE DEPARTMENT/POLICE SERVICES: The Slate Belt Regional Police Department is fully operational and can be reached for non-emergencies by using the outside telephone at the designated entrance of the Plainfield Township Municipal Building or by calling the non-emergency dispatch number at 610-759-2200. In the event of a true emergency, always dial 9-1-1. 

FIRE DEPARTMENT/EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (EMS): Both entities continue to respond to all situations and calls.

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS: In accordance with Governor Wolf’s “stay-at-home” order issued on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 for Northampton County and in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Plainfield Township Board of Supervisors will hold the Wednesday, April 8, 2020 regular Board of Supervisors meeting scheduled for 7:00 PM via telephone conference. The dedicated conference call phone number/participant information is provided as follows:

Call-In Number: 888-788-0099 (US Toll Free); Conference ID: 391 592 5613 (Press # when prompted)

ADVISORY BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES: All Plainfield Township Advisory Boards, Commissions, and Committee Meetings are CANCELLED until Thursday, April 30, 2020, after which time the situation will be re-evaluated for appropriate action.

PARKS/RECREATION FACILITIES – SPECIAL NOTICE REGARDING PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP RECREATION TRAIL, PARKS, OPEN SPACE & RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT: Plainfield Township’s outdoor facilities technically remain open at this time; however, it is important to note that Township personnel do not have the ability to sanitize the apparatus and playground equipment. Use of the trail, parks and playground equipment is at your own risk. All Plainfield Township sponsored programs, workshops, organized sporting activities, and special events on Township fields or in Township facilities are also CANCELLED until Thursday, April 30, 2020, after which time the situation will be re-evaluated for appropriate action.

SOLID WASTE (GARBAGE)/RECYCLING COLLECTION: COVID-19 has not impacted municipal solid waste/recycling collection services at this time, as municipal solid waste/recycling collection services are considered essential life-sustaining services in accordance with the Governor’s latest guidance.

REAL ESTATE TAX COLLECTIONS: The Plainfield Township Tax Collector, Susan Lieberman, is no longer accepting in-person real estate tax payments. Payments can be made via mail or dropped off at the secure lock box at her office located at 1549 Pen Argyl Road, Pen Argyl, PA 18072. The Tax Collector can be reached by phone at 610-588-7917 or via an email to sliebermantc@gmail.com. Please note that the Per Capita Tax has been eliminated by the Board of Supervisors for 2020 and going forward.

EARNED INCOME TAX COLLECTIONS: Keystone Collections Group provides a dedicated, toll-free phone line for taxpayer inquiries. The number is 1-866-539-1100.

NIXLE COMMUNITY ALERTS: Please assist Plainfield Township officials with the dissemination of pertinent and timely information concerning COVID-19 to Plainfield Township residents and business owners by signing up for the NIXLE community alert service. Information on how to sign up is provided on the Plainfield Township website at the following link:

https://plainfieldtownship.org/community-alerts-nixle-system/

COVID-19 RESOURCES: For all the latest COVID-19-related Plainfield Township announcements, news, and updates, please visit the Township website (COVID-19 Resources menu tab at the top of the website) at https://plainfieldtownship.org/covid-19-resources/

Please continue to monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s websites for the latest information and guidance.

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