Schnecksville North
Homeowners Association
News
Fall 2014 News:


YOUR Schnecksville North community website has received a new face, and a renewed commitment to keep it up to date.  Please send any information you would like posted here to webmaster@snha.info.

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Fall Leaf Collection

North Whitehall Township Public Works Department begins leaf collection on Monday October 20th, 2014.  Leaves are collected curbside until Friday, December 5th.  Pick-up is weekly, and weather permitting.  Leaves only; no grass, twigs, branches, stumps, logs, ground or garbage.  Rake your leaves into a row along the edge of the road.  Contact township office with questions: (601) 799-3411.


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Roadways

Improved view at the intersection of Shawnee Blvd. East and Schneck Road.  At the request of the Schnecksville North Homeowners Association, the township removed obstructions from this intersection.  The resulting view of traffic traveling west on Schneck Road is greatly improved.




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Halloween

Trick-or-Treat for 2014 is Friday October 31, 2014 in Schnecksville North.  Time is 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  There is no rain date scheduled.  Be safe!  See our EVENTS page for more trick-or-treat dates and times.

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Parkland Community Library

There is now a book drop at the North Whitehall Township building, 3256 Levans Road, Coplay.  Items that need to be returned may be placed in the book drop box for pickup by the library.  Pick-up is twice each week.

The library now offers a shipping option for home-bound patrons within our community.  Items can be shipped and returned through mail service.  Contact the Parkland Community Library Research Desk to apply for this service.  Call (610) 398-1361 for more information.

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Stay Informed

If you are community conscious and want to be kept up do date on fast breaking issues, then you might want to get on our Email list at grouplist@snha.info.  We will inform those on the list immediately if Crime Watch issues arise, important Township meetings are scheduled that might affect you.  In a simple “community” awareness fashion, we might relay community service information that would include the availability of babysitting / pet-sitting services, offers for lawn mowing, house cleaning, and other services that would originate right here in your neighborhood and offered by people that you should be able to trust. After all, they ARE your neighbors.  This works both ways.  If you are offering a service or looking for help, get on the list.  Send your request to grouplist@snha.info.

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Crime Watch

The SNHA Board is working closely with local officials and the Pennsylvania State Police to keep informed of any crime related events in the area.  A Crime Watch Organization has been formed in the Township, and the Board is looking to them to find out how residents can become involved.  We would also like to know the level of interest within our development.  Watch for more information upcoming on the SNHA and Fire Company websites or contact board@snha.info for more information on how you can become involved.  The SNHA website also has a discussion forum where local happenings may be discussed and if you send your email address to grouplist@snha.info, you can request to be added to our mailing list to be notified of important happenings and items of public interest that everyone should be aware of.

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ATV’S And Other Township Ordinances


Residents are reminded that all properties within the Schnecksville North Development are within North Whitehall Township and are subject to all Township Ordinances and Codes.  This includes, but is not limited to:  building codes, building/remodeling permits, fences, driveways, pools, open burning and a new Ordinance is currently being developed to address All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV’s) and four wheelers.  More information can be found on the Township website.  Additionally, all roads within the Schnecksville North Development are public highways subject to local and State highway and vehicle Codes, including but not limited to:  operation of ATV’s, four-wheelers, dirt bikes and scooters; parking, especially near fire hydrants and intersections; and speed limit enforcement.

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Fireworks

Fireworks continue to be an increasing problem in Schnecksville North and surrounding areas.  Not only are fireworks one of the leading causes of personal injury, and are extreme fire hazards, most consumer fireworks are ILLEGAL in the state of Pennsylvania.  Basically, the only fireworks allowed are public fireworks displays done by permit by licensed technicians, sparklers, toy cap guns and “big bang” cannons.  Specifically prohibited is “any combustible or explosive composition prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or an audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation.”  This includes, but is not limited to, firecrackers, M-80’s, quarter or half sticks, skyrockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial fireworks or any fireworks containing any explosive or flammable compound.  We have received numerous reports of damage to vehicles and property from the flying debris of bottle rockets and other fireworks.  Pennsylvania fireworks laws are enforceable by the Pennsylvania State Police and reports of violations should be made immediately to the Bethlehem PSP barracks at 610-861-2026.  Additionally, the SNHA Board, the Fire Department, Fire Marshal’s Office and Codes Enforcement will be reporting violations to the State Police for enforcement.  Residents are encouraged to safely enjoy public fireworks displays such as those sponsored by the Schnecksville Fair, the City of Allentown, and Dorney Park.   Additional information regarding the fireworks laws and dates of public displays will be available on the Schnecksville Fire Company’s website (www.schnecksvillefd.org)

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Open Burning

Not only is open burning specifically prohibited by the SNHA Covenants, effective Nov. 1, 2008, almost all open burning is prohibited anywhere in North Whitehall Township per Ordinance 2008-2.  Leaf and yard waste may be taken to the Township building and NWT Public Works will resume curbside leaf collection in fall.  Bar B Q grills used for cooking are allowed, but residents are asked to carefully consider placement and keep them away from buildings or other flammable materials.  Decorative chimineas are permitted as long as they have a chimney.  Fire rings, fire pits and bon fires do not have a chimney and are therefore not allowed.  More information is available at both the Township website (www.northwhitehall.org) and the Fire Company website (www.schnecksvillefd.org).

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Fire Hydrants

The Fire Department has asked us to remind all residents of the importance of emergency access to the fire hydrants.  While Pennsylvania Law states that there shall be no parking within 10’ of a hydrant, residents are asked to keep as much room open as possible to allow for expedient access in an emergency.  Violations are enforceable by the Pennsylvania State Police.  Please remember that the same rules apply all year long and to keep your hydrant accessible and clear of snow during the winter.  Someone’s life and property may depend on it.    Please report any signs of damage or missing parts to the Township at 610-799-3411.

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Citizens Fire Academy and the
Community Emergency Response Team


The Schnecksville Fire Department and the North Whitehall Emergency Services Organization are planning to run a Citizens Fire Academy and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training later this year.  The Citizens Fire Academy is designed to give residents some background knowledge on how our local emergency services works as well as to teach some basic personal safety and preparedness skills.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.People who go through CERT training have a better understanding of the potential threats to their home, workplace and community and can take the right steps to lessen the effects of these hazards on themselves, their homes or workplace. If a disaster happens that overwhelms local response capability, CERT members can apply the training learned in the classroom and during exercises to give critical support to their family, loved ones, neighbors or associates in their immediate area until help arrives. When help does arrive, CERTs provide useful information to responders and support their efforts, as directed, at the disaster site. CERT members can also assist with non-emergency projects that improve the safety of the community. CERTs have been used to distribute and/or install smoke alarms, replace smoke alarm batteries in the home of elderly, distribute disaster education material, provide services at special events, such as parades, sporting events, concerts and more.

The Emergency Management officials would like to establish at least one CERT in the Township and if there is enough interest, at least one within Schnecksville North or the Schnecksville North/Gateway North area.  Watch for more information upcoming on the SNHA and Fire Company websites or contact board@snha.info for more information on how you can be part of this exciting opportunity to help yourself and your community.