Important Newport Twp. Information
1/25/2021 -FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Public input sought on potential ATV park on 10,000 acres in Newport Township area
Opinions are needed on a potential all-terrain vehicle park on 10,000 acres in Newport and Conyngham townships to help shape the plan.
“We’re looking for a lot of public participation so we can understand the wants and needs,” said Terry Ostrowski, president/CEO of the nonprofit Earth Conservancy spearheading the feasibility study. “We’re looking for this to be a destination point.”
Potential commenters should include area residents, business owners, neighbors and riders of ATVs and other off-highway vehicles who have both ideas and concerns, Ostrowski said.
While the main draw would be paths for ATVs, other trails for hiking, biking and possibly horseback riding are under consideration by the steering committee, he said. An area for paintball also could be carved out, he said.
“Pennsylvania is starting to have a large push with recreation and the recreation industry, and we want something that will really be a destination for outdoor recreation,” Ostrowski said.
A complex that large could attract visitors from hundreds of miles away and provide an “influx for the local economy” benefitting area campgrounds, hotels, restaurants and other businesses, he said.
A project overview and updates are posted at https://www.earthconservancy.org/recreation/newport-twp-ohv-study/, which also will have links for public comment.
Several options will be available to provide input, said Elizabeth W. Hughes, Earth Conservancy’s communications director:
A survey will be available through the site until the end of May to be completed online or by downloading a hard copy. All responses will be kept confidential, although there is an option to request future project updates by email.
Questions or comments about the project can be submitted directly to Earth Conservancy at 101 S. Main St., Ashley, PA 18706 or by emailing Hughes at email@example.com.
Manheim, Pennsylvania-based Laird Landscape Architecture has been hired as a consultant for the study, which will be funded through a $62,000 state grant.
A past study had identified 2,500 acres of largely mine-scarred Earth Conservancy land in Newport Township that was most suitable for an ATV park, but this analysis also found additional land would be needed to meet the demand of many riders, Ostrowski has said.
After discussions, the private and public owners of several adjacent tracts agreed to participate in the new feasibility study, with the understanding they were not under any commitment to agree to the final plan, he said. The other sites include more than 4,400 acres of Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources land and 2,600 acres owned by Newport Aggregate.
Much of the acreage is former coal land with large pits, although some has been reclaimed or is forested, he has said.
The feasibility study also would examine options for funding the park and identifying an entity to own and operate it.
Earth Conservancy would not be the owner/manager, he said. Some other parks are run by private organizations or governmental entities.
The feasibility study steering committee includes representatives of the land owners and local leaders and ATV riders.
Pennsylvania has around 285,000 registered ATVs, and efforts are underway to provide more places for them to legally ride statewide.
“We’re hoping that this project gives ATV riders a legal and safe option so they’re not riding all weekend looking over their shoulder for police to chase them off land,” Ostrowski said.
Some of the acreage under consideration for the ATV complex also is being eyed for new industrial development, including the 400-acre Whitney Point Industrial Park.
Waste Management has bulk item pickup with the regular service. Residents are reminded only one item per household. Please do not abuse this service.
DEP Reminds Homeowners to check for Mine Subsidence Risks...more
Keystone Opportunity Zone...more
Got Drugs?? We have a prescription drug drop-off facility...more
Smoke detectors, maximum 2 per family, are available free of charge at the Newport Township Fire Station, 1002 Center Street, Wanamie. Newport Township residents can pick them up while supplies last.
Voting Application for Absentee mail-in ballot...more
Concerning he Coal Street, Alden playgrounds and the Wanamie Recreation Park. To prevent the spread of covid-19 please use social distancing of 10 feet between others that may be present.
You are reminded that the Pennsylvania Fireworks Law, 72P.S. 9401, ET.SEQ., PROHIBITS
anyone from intentionally igniting or discharging consumer fireworks within 150 feet of an occupied structure. If you need to file a complaint call 911 and give the name and address of where the violation is occurring. Please be considerate of your neighbors !
WINTER WEATHER TIPS!!
NOTICE TO RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS OF NEWPORT TOWNSHIP
THERE IS NO DISPUTING THE FACT THAT NEWPORT TOWNSHIP HAS A LAND MASS THAT ATTRACTS OFF ROAD ENTHUSIASTS FROM NEAR AND FAR, HOWEVER; A DISTURBING PRACTICE HAS SURFACED AND COOPERATIVE AND CORRECTIVE ACTION IS REQUIRED.
THE NEWPORT TOWNSHIP COMMISSIONERS HAVE SEEN A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS REGARDING THE OPERATION OF OFF ROAD VEHICLES ON TOWNSHIP STREETS AND STATE ROADS. THERE HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS REPORTS OF ATV AND SIDE BY SIDE DRIVERS ILLEGALLY USING STREETS AND PARKING ON SIDEWALKS TO CONDUCT BUSINSS. NOT ONLY ARE THESE PRACTICES ILLEGAL, THEY POSE A SERIOUS DANGER TO NEWPORT TOWNSHIP CITIZENS. BY WAY OF THIS NOTIFICATION, THE COMMISSIONERS ARE REQUESTING THE FOLLOWING:
1. ALL OFF ROAD VEHICLE OPERATORS IMMEDIATELY END THE PRACTICE OF USING TOWNSHIP STREETS AND ROADWAYS.
2. ALL BUSINESS OWNERS OPERATING WITHIN NEWPORT TOWNSHIP DISCOURAGE OFF ROAD PATRONS FROM USING THEIR PRIVATE PARKING AREAS AND PUBLIC SIDEWALKS WHILE THEY CONDUCT BUSINESS THEREBY DISCOURAGING ACCESS FROM PUBLIC ROADWAYS.
THE INTENTION IS TO ELIMINATE THIS PROBLEM SWIFTLY. THE NEWPORT TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN ALERTED AND TASKED WITH ENSURING COMPLIANCE.
THIS IS A SERIOUS WARNING TO NEWPORT TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS.
IT HAS COME TO THE ATTENTION OF TOWNSHIP OFFICIALS THAT VERY DANGEROUS ITEMS ARE BEING SYSTEMATICALLY PLACED ON THE OFF-ROAD TRAILS OF OUR COMMUNITY...more.
Newport Township residents are reminded that the 2020 refuse and recycling fee is now being collected at the base rate of $235.00 per unit. This price is in effect until Feb 29, after that time the fee will increase to $275.00 per unit until March 31, 2020. Payments can be made at the Municipal Building located at 351 West Kirmar Ave Wanamie between the hours of 8:00AM and 3:00PM Monday thru Friday. Acceptable forms of payment are check, money order or credit card. Residents are also reminded that their refuse sticker must be visible from the point of refuse pickup. If there are any questions please call the Municipal office at 570-735-4735.
Township Residents Help Requested
Much of Newport Township's 19.3 square miles is forest. Many Newport Townships roads traverse sparsely populated areas. This combination lends itself to an enormous problem we see almost every year - Littering and illegal dumping of trash. Civic minded Newport Township citizens like the Community Group, Nanticoke Conservation Club, Greater Nanticoke High School students, and Individual family volunteers have tenaciously performed cleanup programs, but the dumping goes on. Newport Township residents are asked to take on a new commitment to helping stem this problem. Keep a watchful eye, and if littering or dumping is observed, report it to Township Office at 351 W. Kirmar Ave, Wanamie. Include where the trash is located, if the person doing the dumping was identified, any vehicle identification (make, model, color, license plate number.) We intend to schedule extra off-road patrols during the coming months to catch violators in the act, but your assistance would be greatly appreciated, and would go a long way in making the statement, "We will not tolerate littering or illegal dumping in Newport Township".
PS. We have notified our local Magistrates of our plans and they are onboard with what we are attempting to accomplish. Peter Wanchisen
Reminder from Jeff Pisanchyn, Code Enforcement Officer Newport Township
Anyone who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical gas,mechanical or plumbing system shall first make application and obtain the required permits.
Permits are available at the Municipal Building, 351 W. Kirmar Ave., Wanamie Pa. 18634 Monday thru Friday from 8:00am until 3:00pm
Proper Use of Recycle Containers
Newport Township residents are reminded that only recyclable material (glass, plastic, tin cans, etc) are to be placed in the red recycle containers. Placing garbage in the recycle containers may result in your trash not being removed.
Recycling Containers will be available at the Township Municipal building at the cost of $10.00 each
Office hours are: 8:30am to 3:00pm Monday through Friday.
Newport Township Fire Department
We will provide needy residents of the Township with up to two (2) smoke detectors for installation in their Newport Township home. Supplies are limited, and distribution will be on a first come, first served basis. Detectors are available at the Fire Department Headquarters, 1002 Center St., Wanamie, Pa., or can be requested by phone at 570-735-2000.
NOTICE TO RIDGEVIEW RESIDENTS
Residents of the Ridgeview section of Newport Township are reminded that the Ridgeview Property Owner Covenants include an item prohibiting the parking of vehicles on the street. This provision was included primarily as a way to keep Ridgeview's roadway clear and unobstructed, but it is particularly important during the winter months when slippery road conditions occur. Street Department employees will be monitoring adherence in an effort to keep Ridgeview safe and uncluttered. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Newport Township has ordinances in place that provide for the proper care and control of dogs and cats. During the last few months there have been several complaints regarding animals (both wild and privately owned) roaming unattended. Usually the problems are noise, roaming, or pet waist related. Ordinances 1975-4 (dogs) and 1976-4 (cats) provide guidance to pet owners and are available for inspection at the Township Office, 351 West Kirmar Ave, Wanamie. If you keep a dog(s) or cat(s) at your residence, it would be advisable for you to familiarize yourself with the provisions so that you can maintain your animal properly and avoid any possible violations or associated fines.