Public Notice

 

Budget Meetings:   Posted 9-18-2020

The Covington Township Board of Supervisors will be holding budget meetings on:

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

All meetings will be at the Municipal Building, 20 Moffat Drive, Covington Township, PA 18444.  All interested parties are invited to attend.  Please be advised that social distancing and masks are required.

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Township Newsletter  Posted 8-31-2020  Fall 2020 Newsletter

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2020 Census Information:  (posted 6-12-2020) UPDATED 8-7-2020

UPDATE:  As of Friday, August 7th, our township’s response rate is only at 42.4%.  Please take the time to take this survey!  NEW DEADLINE:  September 30th

The township was informed that our response rate for the 2020 Census as of June 12th is only at 25.3%

We understand that in today’s environment, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some people have other things that are more pressing than the decennial census.  Please be aware, federal funding relies heavily on an accurate and complete count of all residents with Covington Township’s boundaries.

It has never been easier to reply to the Census and can be done either online, by mail or by phone. Residents can reply online at http://www.2020census.gov

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RESTRICTED OFFICE HOURS:  (Posted 3/13/2020) UPDATED 9-2-2020  

The Covington Township Board of Supervisors have closed office hours to the public due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) in order to protect the health of our residents.

This closure will be in effect until October 6, 2020 as per the Declaration of Disaster Emergency, which can be extended or rescinded. This posting will be updated as needed. 

Township employees will be working remotely and can be reached during normal business hours (Monday – Friday 8am-4pm) by calling Doug at 570-842-8336, or Melinda at 570-842-0457, or emailing us at office@covingtontwp.org 

At this time, we require you to mail all tax payments to:

Tax Collector
20 Moffat Drive
Covington Twp., PA 18444

N.P. Senior Center will be closed until October 6, 2020 as per the Declaration of Disaster Emergency.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this period.

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STATE OF EMERGENCY EXTENDED  (Posted 6-3-20)  Updated 9-2-20

Covington Township has extended their State of Emergency. 

This State of Emergency is in affect until October 6, 2020 and it can be extended or rescinded.   

To view this declaration, click ⇒ September 1, 2020 Emergency Declaration Extension

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Recycling Center  Posted 7/21/2020

Covington Township’s Recycling Center is completely closed until further notice.  Please do NOT drop off any recycling and/or trash at our buildings. 

This township property is being monitored by security cameras.  Those found illegally dumping their garbage and/or recyclables on township property can be issued citations and/or fines for illegal dumping and littering.  If you have any questions, please call Melinda at 570-842-0457.  

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Spring Clean-up is Rescheduled  Posted 7-8-2020

Clean-Up has been rescheduled for Friday, September 18th and Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will NOT be paper permits.  Instead, you will need to present your photo I.D., showing your Covington Township address. 

Township employees will be wearing masks and will unload the items you bring to cleanup.  Everyone is strongly encouraged to stay in their vehicles during this drop off.  If you should have any questions, please call Melinda at 570-842-0457.    

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LETTER FROM THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS:  Posted 5-11-2020  (Updated 5-14-20)
 

The Covington Township Board of Supervisors would like to update the residents of Covington Township, North Pocono and the residents of Eagle Lake on the Board’s recent actions.  On May 1, 2020, Governor Wolf allowed privately owned campgrounds to open.  Due to the fact such a large number of Eagle Lake residents come from the epicenter of the corona-virus and in order to protect the employees of Eagle Lake, the residents themselves and the residents of North Pocono, the Covington Township Board of Supervisors sought and received an injunction from Judge Thomas Munley to close Eagle Lake for one week.  On Friday, May 8, 2020, the injunction expired.

Covington Township EMA Coordinator, Charles Raziano, has now given the administration of Eagle Lake a list of proactive actions they should take to protect the health and lives of everyone at the Eagle Lake community.  Among these actions is the taking of a person’s temperature before admittance to the park.  There are safeguards to this action to allow for a false reading.  This action, which has been supported by many residents of the Lake community (numerous emails to our office) would truly make the Lake community much safer for everybody concerned.  The temperature check action is being used nationwide with positive results.  Eagle Lake’s administration has rejected our EMA’s recommendations.  By refusing to do so, the Board of Supervisors believe the administration is missing an opportunity to make their Lake community and the whole North Pocono community much safer.

An emergency action plan was adopted on May 9, 2020 by the Covington Township Board of Supervisors to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 which sets forth specific procedures, guidelines and equipment to accomplish this goal.  This plan can be viewed at:  May 9, 2020 Declaration for Emergency Management in a MP-RV Zone  There is also a press release regarding this which can be viewed at:  Press Release – 5-10-20 EMP Addendum

In closing, please follow all the CDC recommendations of social distancing, washing hands and wearing a mask.  Be safe and we will continue to keep everyone informed.

Sincerely,
Covington Township Board of Supervisors

May 9 2020 Emergency Meeting Minutes

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PRESS RELEASE:  Posted 5-10-2020

Covington Township Adopts Addendum to the Emergency Management Plan Regarding MP-RV Zone

Covington Township – Covington Township & Eagle Lake attorneys were ordered on Friday, May 8th by a Lackawanna County Judge to meet Saturday, May 9, 2020 to create a mutually agreeable plan, keeping the entire community safe, while reopening their facilities during the current Emergency Declaration of Disaster.  The meeting ended without any health and safety agreements or resolutions.
 
The Covington Township Board of Supervisors later held an emergency meeting on Saturday, May 9, 2020 and adopted an addendum to the Emergency management Plan regarding the reopening of any facilities located in the MP-RV Zone.  This will go into effect immediately and will continue until the expiration of the Township’s Declaration of Disaster Emergency.  This document can be found on the township website:  https://covingtontwp.org/about/municipal-services/ 
 
After the posting of the Addendum to the Emergency Management Plan regarding MP-RV Zone business(es), I received several calls asking for clarification of the Personal Protection Equipment (PPR) section and as to why Covington Township is trying to keep Eagle Lake closed.  I would like to start with the following:
 
Dear Valued Eagle Lake Members,     
Covington Township values and appreciates all that you bring to our community.  Recent ongoing discussions with Eagle Lake may have been misconstrued to indicate an angry and bitter relationship between Covington Township and Eagle Lake.  This was never our intention.  Nor was it Covington Township’s intention to keep Eagle Lake closed for any period of time.  Our goal was to address concerns of Covington Township’s citizens and Eagle Lake owners about the safety of both communities in the face of this unprecedented global pandemic, as well as to establish a set of mutually agreeable guidelines to ensure everyone’s health and safety going forward.  We welcome everyone’s input and are looking forward to another mutually beneficial season, which will allow Eagle lake owners to utilize their properties and provide an atmosphere for relaxation, while addressing health and safety concerns of both the Eagle Lake members and the local citizens at the same time.     Since the posting of the Emergency Action Plan for MP-RV Zone to Covington Township’s website, I have received several calls and comments from Eagle Lake members to clarify the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) section.  I will be looking to re-word the plan as stated below to give members a better understanding of this section.Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • All members will ensure they have a face mask (must cover both mouth and nose) when:
    • Unable to maintain social distancing of 6′ or greater
    • When off their property and/or interacting with other members, visitors, and the MP-RV business(es) staff
  • PPE is not required when:
    • Members are on their own property/camp site with their family member(s) that they came with. However, if visiting or visited by another member, guest, or MP-RV Zone business(es) staff, then face mask and social distancing of 6′ or greater. 
    • While walking, running, hiking, riding on golf carts and walking pets off your property/camp site and practicing social distancing of 6′ or greater.  However, you must have a mask with you at all times, in the likelihood, you run into or interact with another member, guest or MP-RV business(es) staff, then face masks and social distancing of 6′ or greater applies.

As EMA Coordinator and resident of Covington Township, I personally would like to welcome all members, visitors and guests back to an enjoyable, relaxing season with Covington Township. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me.

Respectfully,
Charles Raziano
Covington Township EMA Coordinator
ema@covingtontwp.org
717-317-2778

To view this press release, click ⇒ Press Release – 5-10-20 EMP Addendum

To view the original May 9th Declaration for Emergency Management in the MP-RV Zone, click ⇒ May 9, 2020 Declaration for Emergency Management in a MP-RV Zone

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PUBLIC NOTICE:   Posted 5-9-2020  (Updated 5-14-20)
 

An emergency meeting was held Saturday, May 9, 2020.  Please see the following Declaration for Emergency Management in the MP-RV Zone that was adopted by township supervisors today.

May 9, 2020 Declaration for Emergency Management in a MP-RV Zone 
May 9 2020 Emergency Meeting Minutes

Anyone who finds that members or visitors to facilities in an MP-RV Zone who are not adhering to these guidelines should report the failure to comply to the EMA Coordinator for Covington Township by calling 717-317-2778 or emailing ema@covingtontwp.org

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PUBLIC NOTICE:  (posted 4/1/2020)  Updated 9/2/2020

Documents available from the Board of Supervisor’s monthly meetings held during the COVID-19 pandemic:

 

Hearing Documents:

 

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ARE YOU OK?
If you are being hurt at home, or witnessing others being hurt in your home,
use these resources to have your message heard.
 
THERE IS HELP FOR YOU.
 
  • SAFE2SAY SOMETHING  Download the app from the Apple or Google Play Store to submit a report. Or call 1-844-723-2729
  • CHILDLINE  Call the national hotline, available 24/7 to make a confidential report 1-800-932-0313
  • CALL 911  Call 911 if you are in immediate danger.  Answer any questions the dispatcher has so that help can find you.
  • LACKAWANNA COUNTY POLICE   Call the Lackawanna County Police non-emergency number to make a report 570-342-9111
  • TEXT 911 Text 911 if you are in an emergency situation.  Remember to provide your address so help can find you.

CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER OF NEPA
www.cacnepa.org | 570-969-7313

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EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE:   (posted 4-2-2020) More information can be found under the “Departments” section of this website.

This committee has been formed due to the unprecedented novel COVID-19 virus and we are here to help all residents with any concerns or questions during this difficult time. We encourage you to contact us by sending an email to: ema@covingtontwp.org

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RECYCLING UPDATE:  (posted 4-2-2020)

Due to the pandemic novel COVID-19 virus and the state wide Stay-At-Home Order from Governor Wolf, Covington Township has closed the recycling center until further notice.  Our drop-off area is also closed.

Please do NOT leave any recycling and/or trash at our buildings.  We will announce on our website when this service will continue.  If you have any questions, please call Melinda at 570-842-0457.   We encourage all to comply with the Stay-AT-Home Order and stay safe.