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UPDATE ON ZIKA SURVEILLANCE AND RESPONSE

Posted on August 22, 2016 in Updates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 16, 2016   DEP update on Zika surveillance and response   Wilkes-Barre, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has released results of surveillance for Aedes mosquitoes, which have been found to be vectors of the Zika virus. At this time, there have not been any cases of Zika transmitted locally in Pennsylvania, nor have mosquitoes tested positive for the virus.   Twenty-six counties in Pennsylvania have active surveillance sites for albopictus mosquitoes, commonly known as Asian Tiger mosquitoes. The mosquitoes are predominantly found in southern and eastern counties. There have not been any specimens of Aedes aegypti collected, which are the primary carrier of Zika in South America. Aedes aegypti have not been found in Pennsylvania since 2002.   Counties conducting surveillance and approximate locations can be found beginning on page 15 of the DEP/PA Department of Health Zika Response Plan. Surveillance statistics for the week ending July 30, 2016 are below.   In addition, in early August, DEP and the Philadelphia Health Department and the Chester County Health Department responded to two imported clusters of travel associated Zika virus cases per the protocols outlined in the  Zika Response Plan.  Mosquitoes collected in the Philadelphia cluster response activities were tested for Zika and all samples came back negative. Mosquito trapping in Chester County did not find significant populations of the Asian tiger mosquito and samples were not tested.   “The surveillance and cluster response by DEP and county governments has gone exactly to the Zika response plan, and I am pleased to note that there is no evidence of the Zika virus being carried by mosquitoes in Pennsylvania,” said acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “I want to continue to encourage residents to take common-sense actions like wearing insect repellant and eliminating standing water to cut down on mosquito activity.”   In northeast PA, surveillance in Lehigh County has found pest levels of Aedes albopictus during the last week of July (Pest levels are defined as greater than 24 female Aedes albopictus per trapping event).  Aedes albopictus has been found in Northampton County, but the pest levels haven’t been observed. Surveillance in Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Monroe counties began on August 8, 2016.   DEP recommends that residents do simple activities to reduce mosquito activity in their areas:   ·         Dispose of cans, buckets, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar containers that hold water. ·         Properly dispose of discarded tires that can collect water. Stagnant water is where most mosquitoes breed. ·         Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers. ·         Have clogged roof gutters cleaned every year as the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug drains. ·         Turn over wheelbarrows and plastic wading pools when not in use and don’t let water stagnate in birdbaths. ·         Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. ·         Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use and remove any water that may collect on pool covers. ·         Wear insect repellant during times of mosquito activity. Aedes mosquitoes are active during daylight hours ·         Keep doors and windows tightly closed, or ensure that screens do not have holes or tears that can allow mosquitoes to get inside the house “These mosquitoes are weak fliers, so if you see them, they are likely breeding nearby,”...

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Department of Community Development County-wide Housing Rehabilitation Program Brochure

Posted on May 4, 2016 in Updates

We have available at the Township Building Program Brochures, both in English and in Spanish.  The brochures provide detailed information on this wonderful program available to income-qualified County residents. Each year the income limits are updated to reflect current income guidelines used to qualify each County resident that applies for this program.  The program provides wonderful options to those who may be less fortunate and cannot afford to maintain the upkeep of their homes.    

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Consumer Confidence Report for 2015

Posted on April 4, 2016 in Updates

Click on the link below for the most recent Consumer Confidence Report. http://hanleco.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/CCR.pdf

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To view Lehigh County’s latest web tool – See Lehigh County Life Above

Posted on July 7, 2014 in Updates

**To View Lehigh County’s Latest Web Tool — See Lehigh County Life Above**

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Township Ambulance Service

Posted on July 5, 2013 in News, Updates

Township Ambulance Service

Northampton Regional Emergency Medical Services (NREMS) is the Township’s Primary Emergency Medical Services Provider. In accordance with the Township’s Agreement with NREMS, Township residents pay no dues. Should you or a family member require services, an invoice may be forwarded to you for submittal to your insurance company or NREMS may request you to provide them with your insurance information for their direct billing to your insurance company. If you have no insurance to cover the services please advise NREMS. In no event, however, should a Township resident make personal payment of a bill to NREMS. Sandra A. Pudliner Township...

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Parking in the WRONG DIRECTION on Township Streets

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Parking in the WRONG DIRECTION on Township Streets

The Township has become aware of residents parking in the wrong direction on the Township streets. Such conduct creates safety issues for other motorists & pedestrians. Should this conduct continue, in addition to contacting the State Police at 610.861.2026, to have violators ticketed, the Township may be forced to enact appropriate legislation to enable the Township to prosecute violators. Sandra A. Pudliner Township...

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County-Wide Housing Rehabilitation (CWHR) Program

Posted on June 24, 2013 in News, Updates

County-Wide Housing Rehabilitation (CWHR) Program

The County of Lehigh is currently accepting names to the waiting list for the County-Wide Housing Rehabilitation Program. The CWHR Program provides up to $20,000 of rehabilitation assistance to income-eligible, owner occupants of properties in the Lehigh County Townships & Boroughs, In general, financial assistance is available for the renovation or replacement of substandard heating, electrical & plumbing services; some structural repairs & modifications; insulation & other improvements designed to reduce operational expenses; alteration to correct code violations & other repair work necessary for upgrading existing homes to standard condition. Funding is in the form of forgiveness of liens & is interest free. To add your property to the CWHR waiting list, or if you have any questions, please contact the CGP&H at 1.800.619.9979. Income limits apply. Contact CGP&H for current information. The CWHR Program is funded through the Community Development Block Grant Program & is governed by federal regulations & Lehigh County...

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Troxell Street Area Garage Sale

Posted on May 5, 2013 in Events, News

Troxell Street Area Garage Sale

Each year on the day before Mother’s Day the residents of the Township, in the area including Troxell Street and surrounding Township streets, hold a huge neighborhood encompassing Garage Sale, which has become a tradition in the Township and widely successful for our residents.

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