PUBLIC NOTICE – For Immediate Release Coronavirus Update: August 26, 2020
Posted: 3/13/2020 1:14 PM
PUBLIC NOTICE – CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – AUGUST 26, 2020
NORTHAMPTON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC FACILITIES CLOSURE
One of the core responsibilities of Northampton Township Board of Supervisors and Administration as required by the Pennsylvania Second Class Township Code is to maintain the health and welfare of the Township, it's citizens and employees. Based on this statutory requirement, and in the best interest of the residents and employees of Northampton Township, the decision has been made to close all Township facilities to public access for the foreseeable future during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
All aspects of Township operations are fully functional utilizing new procedures and safety protocols established by state and county health officials with the purpose of minimizing public interaction to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Each Township department has adapted its operations to continue providing their respective services to the public, albeit in a different format. While this may present a minor inconvenience compared to the way operations have functioned in the past, the Township Administration and all its employees remain committed to providing high quality public service to the residents of Northampton Township.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. Questions? Call 215-357-6800 or email the Administration Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
PUBLIC NOTICE – CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – JUNE 25, 2020
As the region enters the Green Phase on Friday, June 26, 2020, below please find reopening updates for the following Township Departments:
The Northampton Township Administration will remain closed to the public until further notice. All functions of Township operation continue remote telecommuting. The July and August Board of Supervisors meeting will continue to be held virtually via Zoom. If you have questions or need assistance, call 215-357-6800 or email email@example.com
Northampton Township Library:
Curbside pickup of materials will begin on Monday, June 29, 2020. You can place your holds on our WEBSITE using your library card and PIN in the catalog. QUESTIONS? complete the "Have a Question" form on the top. left side of our WEBSITE or call 215-357-3050. You will recieve a notice that your pickup is ready after June 26th. Curbside Pickup Hours are Monday-Thursday, 1-7pm and Saturday, 1-5pm.
Do you have Library Materials? The Library will be taking returns! Please Note: The Library will remain closed to public visitors until further notice. Returned Materials will not be immediately discharged and will remain in quarantine for at least three days. No fines will be charged.
Northampton Senior Center:
The Northampton Township Senior Center will remain closed unitl September 9, 2020. Restrictions and guidance details are being developed and will be published in the near future.
Parks & Recreation Department:
Parks are now fully open in the Green Phase but restrictions in accordance with CDC requirements still remain. While the Parks, Playgrounds, and other park amenities are open for use, it is strongly suggested to continue precautions such as social distancing, wearing masks and practicing heightened personal hygiene. Vulnerable populations should stay home.
- Park Restrooms are open. - Recommendation is that only one person or one family uses the facility at one time.
- Playgrounds are open however will not be sanitized.
- Tennis/Pickleball courts are open. - Singles and doubles play allowed but caution should be used to minimize incidental contact. Game balls are to be disinfected before and after every game and practice.
- Basketball courts are open – Balls are to be disinfected before and after each game/practice. All spectators must practice social distancing. 2 spectators per player.
- Hockey Rink is open. - Games and practices are allowed. No more than 30 players per court. Only the number of players that can practice 6ft. social distancing are to be in the players bench. All others must be outside the area.
- Baseball/Softball fields are open – Games and practices are allowed. 2 spectators allowed with each diamond managed not to exceed gatherings of 90. Game balls are to be disinfected before and after every game and practice.
- Picnic Pavilions are open. Permits for scheduled use will be authorized after July 6. Groups of no more than 25 are recommended. Social distancing is to be practiced.
If you are choose to use Township Parks, please abide by the following in order to help slow the spread of Covid19.
Playgrounds, door handles, benches, bleachers, picnic tables, fencing etc. are high contact areas and are not being sanitized. Water fountains will remain off.
It is recommended park users come prepared with personal refillable water bottles and personal hand sanitizer.
The Recreation Center will open only for the camp program on Monday July 6. No other programs will take place in the facility during the summer months while camp is in session to allow for disinfection.
Programming may begin in September dependent upon the status of the virus and phasing in guidelines.
The Swim Club will open for summer camp and limited membership on Monday July 6. Swim team has been cancelled.
Northampton Township Police Department is fully staffed, fully operational, and ready to serve the residents of Northampton Township 24/7. Northampton Police provides professional police services and protection through leadership and partnering with our community. We rely on members of the community to report suspicious activity and crime so that we can take police action when needed. You can help us by simply calling 911 for emergencies or calling (215) 357- 8700 for non-emergencies or just to provide us information. Northampton officers are here to help.
Building & Codes Department:
The Building & Codes Office is open and staffed on a limited basis, but the building is not open to the public. Permits are being accepted, reviews completed, and inspections scheduled. Given the unique aspects of each project, it is recommended that you call the office at 215-355-3883 to discuss your project and to make arrangements for the submission of any materials.
Public Works Department:
The Public Works Department is fully staffed, fully operational, and ready to serve the residents of Northampton Township. Call 215-357-6800 to report an issue.
PUBLIC NOTICE – CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – MAY 19, 2020
BUCKS COUNTY TO HOST BUCKS BACK TO WORK WEBINAR
On Thursday, May 21st at 2:00 PM, business owners throughout Bucks County are invited to a Zoom webinar to learn about the Bucks Back to Work Small Business Grant and County preparations for the anticipated Yellow phase outlined by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Business owners or their representatives are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of and during the webinar for any questions they have for the featured speakers. When submitting your question, please provide your name, the name of your business, and what municipality in Bucks your business is in.
To RSVP for the webinar, please register on Eventbrite by 12:00 PM on Thursday, May 21st. Zoom sign-in details will be provided to all businesses an hour before the event begins.
Executive Assistant, Commissioner Harvie
55 E. Court St.
Doylestown, PA 18901
PUBLIC NOTICE – CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – MAY 7, 2020
Gov. Wolf, Sec. of Health Take Actions on Stay-at-Home Orders, Issue Yellow Phase Orders
With the April 1 statewide stay-at-home orders set to expire tonight at midnight, Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today extended the orders for all counties in red, and signed new orders for the 24 counties moving to yellow at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow morning, May 8.
The extended stay-at-home order remains the same as the original statewide stay-at-home order announced on April 1, which was set to expire tonight at midnight and is now extended to June 4. FOR FULL PRESS RELEASE, CLICK HERE
PUBLIC NOTICE – CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – APRIL 29, 2020
Northampton Valley Country Club will be open for play beginning Saturday May 2nd
We are excited to announce that Northampton Valley Country Club will be open for play beginning this Saturday May 2nd. Tee times can only be booked by calling the pro shop at 215.355.2234 ext 1 and we are currently accepting reservations for Saturday May 2nd and Sunday May 3rd only. Additional days will be available to book later this week and we will send another email at that time. All reservations must be paid in full at the time of booking and no walk-up play will be available. As we reopen ...
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PUBLIC NOTICE – CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – APRIL 27, 2020
Beginning Friday, May 1st, the Building and Codes department is open and staffed on a limited basis, but the building is not open to the public. Permits are being accepted, reviews completed, and inspections scheduled. Given the unique aspects of each project, it is recommended that you call the office at 215-355-3883 to discuss your project and to make arrangements for the submission of any materials.
Per the Governor’s Order, strict guidelines have been established for construction activity. CLICK HERE for more guidance on these requirements.
PUBLIC NOTICE – CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – APRIL 22, 2020
Governor Tom Wolf presented his detailed plan for reopening the commonwealth with a targeted May 8 start. The administration will categorize reopening into three phases: red, yellow, green. Phases will be assigned based on conditions in a county, counties or region.
The administration will first study conditions in the north-central and northwest regions with a target of moving from red to yellow on May 8. Additional monitoring will take place and direction will be provided in the next week.
To decide when to move to a new phase, the administration will use Department of Health metrics and a data tool developed by Carnegie Mellon University.
The red phase, which currently applies to the whole state, has the sole purpose of minimizing the spread of COVID-19 through strict social distancing, non-life sustaining business and school closures, and building safety protocols.
PUBLIC NOTICE – CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – APRIL 20, 2020
Gov. Wolf, Sec. of Health Extend Statewide Stay-at-Home Order Until May 8
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today announced that the statewide stay-at-home orders issued on April 1 to protect Pennsylvanians and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 will be extended until Friday, May 8 at 12:01 AM. The initial order was set to expire on April 30.
“It is clear that our early and aggressive efforts to mitigate this spread of this highly contagious and deadly virus are working. While we begin to seek ways to move forward, it’s imperative that we continue to take strong precautions to protect Pennsylvanians and ensure that our health care system is not overwhelmed,” Wolf said. “I am so proud of this commonwealth and the resilience of my fellow Pennsylvanians, and I urge you to continue to stay calm and stay home so that we can all stay safe.”
“We are starting to see a downward trend in the number of positive cases throughout the state, which is definitely encouraging,” Dr. Levine said. “We need to proceed carefully to make sure the strides we’ve made in combatting this virus continue to move forward. Extending our statewide order until May 8 will ensure that we don’t overwhelm our health system, while helping our economy to recover.”
Non-life-sustaining physical business closures remain in effect and all life-sustaining businesses and state services will continue.
Individuals are permitted to leave their residences for tasks essential to maintaining health and safety.
Wolf recommended that Pennsylvanians continue to wear masks when leaving the house for life-sustaining reasons. Dr. Levine recently signed an order directing protections for critical workers who are employed at businesses that are authorized to maintain in-person operations during the COVID-19 disaster emergency.
At this time, law enforcement will continue to focus on ensuring that residents are aware of the order and informing the public of social distancing practices rather than enforcement.
PUBLIC NOTICE – CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – MARCH 23, 2020
The Governor of Pennsylvania has issued a Stay at Home order for Bucks County. If leaving your house will save a life, than you can leave your house. Otherwise, stay home. If you must leave, it is very important to ensure you are following social distancing to protect you and your family from this illness. Keep a distance of 6 feet from others, only leave your house if the action is required to sustain life. A few examples of life sustaining reasons to leave your home are going to the grocery store, pharmacy, doctors office, or a hospital. If you absolutely must travel, gas stations will remain open. Do not travel in groups, please go to the grocery store alone to prevent crowding, and limit personal interaction with others.
PUBLIC NOTICE – CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – MARCH 20, 2020
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the order from Governor Wolf on March 19, 2020, all non-essential personnel are no longer working in Township facilities. Staff are monitoring voice messages and email remotely and will respond as soon as possible. All Trash & recycling collection will continue as schedule. If you have any trash related issues, call Mascaro at 1-800-432-1616.
PUBLIC NOTICE – CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – MARCH 19, 2020
Northampton Township Park Closures
In an effort to keep our Community safe and to encourage the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation of “social distancing”, all park facilities including the restrooms, playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, hockey rinks and athletic fields are closed effective Friday, March 20, 2020 and will remain closed until further notice. Park Trails will remain open for walking, jogging and bicycling use only. When using the multi-use trails please be courteous of the other users and continue to practice social distancing.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this extraordinary time!
PUBLIC NOTICE – CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – MARCH 16, 2020
FOR UP TO DATE INFORMATION AFFECTING NORTHAMPTON TOWNSHIP, SIGN UP FOR EMAIL ALERTS AT www.northamptontownship.com
In response to the Governor’s directive on Thursday, March 12, 2020, Northampton Township will begin mitigation practices to help slow and prevent the spread of the coronavirus/COVID-19.
THE TOWNSHIP WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE ESSENTIAL SERVICES, SUCH AS POLICE, FIRE, AND TRASH COLLECTION.
ALL OTHER TOWNSHIP FACILITIES ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Non-essential services such as tax collection, financial services, program registrations, and permitting will only occur through email, online and telephone. All in-person “over the counter” Township services will, subject to evolving conditions with COVID-19, cease operations until further notice.
The Township will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 carefully. All Township Boards, Commissions, and Committee meetings are cancelled until further notice. Any change in meetings will be posted in advance of the meetings on the Township website (www.northamptontownship.com), the Government Access Channel (Comcast Channel 22 and Verizon Channel 24), and our Police Facebook page (@NTPD54).
The public will still be able to interact with Township personnel via phone and email. A breakdown of Department services can be found below. Visit www.northamptontownship.com for a Department email address:
• Administration - (215) 357-6800 ext. 201
• Building & Codes - (215) 355-3883
- All new zoning, building, or other applications will be processed via mail and online.
- Inspections will be scheduled on a case-by-case basis. Call to determine eligibility.
- The public will still be able to interact with Code Enforcement personnel via phone and email. Residents are encouraged to call the Code Enforcement Office to discuss their applications.
• Finance Department - (215) 357-6800
- The Finance Department will continue to process accounts payable/receivable. Questions? Call the following extensions:
- Accounts Payable: ext. 278
- Accounts Receivable: ext. 240
• Fire Services
- In the event of an emergency, please call 9-1-1. DO NOT HESITATE!
- The Fire Department is in FULL EMERGENCY SERVICE providing 100% coverage 24/7.
- All community events are suspended until further notice.
- Fire Services personnel can be reached at (215) 357-8277 (Station 3) NON-EMERGENCY ONLY
• Front Desk
- The Front Desk window at the Township Building is closed to the public. Please call (215) 357-6800 to reach the receptionist.
- PLEASE DO NOT come to the Township Building
• Parks and Recreation
- Recreation Center is closed until further notice. All Preschool, Classes, Workshops, Special Events, Rentals, and sports programs are cancelled at the Rec Center, Senior Center, Welch Elementary, Holland Middle School and Wrightstown Elementary.
- All park facilities including the restrooms, playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, hockey rinks and athletic fields are closed.
- Park Trails will remain open for walking, jogging and bicycling use only.
- All programs sponsored by Northampton Township are suspended.
- Please check www.northamptonrec.com for updates.
- The Parks & Recreation window at the Township Building is closed to the public. P&R personnel will be available to answer all questions via phone at (215) 357-6800 ext. 249.
- Trails and open space in Township Parks remain open for public use; however, playgrounds are not sanitized, use at your own discretion.
- Township athletic fields are closed to organized sports leagues.
- Restrooms facilities are closed
• Police Department
- In the event of an emergency, please call 9-1-1. DO NOT HESITATE!
- The Police Department is in FULL EMERGENCY SERVICE providing 100% coverage 24/7.
- Police services personnel can be reached for NON-Emergencies at (215) 357-8700.
- Headquarters Business, call (215) 322-6111
- The Police Department will be issuing response and safety announcements directly to the public during this emergency on the Police Facebook page (@NTPD54)..
• Trash Collection
- Refuse collection will continue as scheduled
• Public Works
- Street maintenance, and traffic signal operations will continue as usual.
- For service needs related to Public Works, please call (215) 357-6800 ext. 216.
• Northampton Township Library – (215) 357-3050
- Keep all “Checked Out Items”
- Patrons will not be charged any overdue fees or fines during the time that the Library is closed.
- The Drop Box located on the side of the building is CLOSED. Do not leave any books outside.
• Northampton Valley Country Club – (215) 355-2234
- Banquet Facilities are closed until further notice
- The Bar & Grill Room are closed until further notice
- The Golf Course is closed until further notice
• Tax Office
- The Tax Office Personnel will be available by phone at (215) 357-1343.
- Walk-Up Window Closed.
- Tax payments may be placed in the Drop Box located on the Upper Holland side of the building. If you want a receipt, please include a self-addressed envelope.
- Visit www.twptax.com for more information.
• Northampton Bucks County Water & Sewer Authority
- Northampton’s public water supply is safe.
- Personnel will be available by phone at (215) 357-8515.
- Authority payments may be placed in the Drop Box located on the Upper Holland side of the building. If you want a receipt, please include a self-addressed envelope.
- Visit www.nbcmatoday.com for more information.
Updated: March 16, 2020