Bethel Township Fall 2012 Newsletter

Bethel Township
P. O. Box 24
Bethel, PA 19507
(717) 933-8813
Fall/Winter 2012
January 24, 2013, consumers and businesses will have to recycle their old electronics rather than just throwing them away. The Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act, requires the recycling of computers, laptops, monitors, televisions and any other “covered” device. That means trash haulers can’t take those electronics unless they’re going to electronic recyclers.
Mark your calendars:
October 8, 2012 Columbus Day December 21, 2012 First day of Winter
October 31, 2012 Trick or Treat night December 25, 2012 Christmas Day
October 31, 2012 Halloween December 31, 2012 New Year’s Eve
November 4, 2012 Daylight savings time ends January 1, 2013 New Year’s Day
November 6, 2012 Election Day January 21, 2013 Martin Luther King’s Day
November 11, 2012 Veterans Day February 14, 2013 Valentine’s Day
November 22, 2012 Thanksgiving February 18, 2013 President’s Day
December 7, 2012 Pearl Harbor Day
Library News
The Bethel-Tulpehocken Public Library would like to thank the generous donors and bidders who participated in our 5th Annual Benefit Auction. We are especially grateful to Dwight Miller and our friends at Miller’s Auction House for donating their services. Thank you to our summer reading sponsors: The Kurr Foundation, ProAc Corp, Kauffman’s Bar-b-que, First National Bank of Fredericksburg, and MRD Lumber Co, Inc. You motivate children to discover the joy of reading. Thank you to everyone who participated in our fundraising drive. Every penny counts. It is never too late to make a difference. Come see what your library has to offer. Our collection of over 23,000 items includes books, videos, music, audiobooks, e-readers, periodicals, videogames, software, and hands-on educational resources. Come to one of our many programs, use a computer, or access the internet. Everything is free.
Attention Public Sewer Users
Bethel Township Municipal Authority (BTMA)
It has come to our attention that some of the Sewer Users in the Township are confused about our billing practices. By law, we have to bill for use that has already happened. Therefore, each monthly invoice is for the use of the sewer from the past month. Example; The September 1, 2012 invoices were for August sewer use. The due date on those invoices is October 1, 2012. If that invoice is not paid by the due date a 10% late fee is charged in accordance with the Late Fee Resolution.
So to say it another way, if a monthly invoice is not paid by the 1st day of the following month a late fee will be applied. Please keep in mind that if you fall behind in payment you will have a late fee applied each month until you get current. All payments received are applied to the oldest invoice / charge.
We do have an automatic withdrawal option available to pay your sewer bill. That will guarantee that you will never get a late charge. Collecting the payment is the responsibility of BTMA. The withdrawal will take place on the 25th of the month or the next business day if the 25th falls on a weekend.
If you would like a form to start the automatic withdrawal process please call (717) 933-5088 and leave a message, write to PO Box 274, Bethel, PA, or email us at
October 24 November 21 December 19 January 16 February 13
March 13 April 10
Recycling center located at the Amoco Gas Station on the South West corner of Rt 501 and I78 until further notice.
Electronic Recycling Center – 1316 Hilltop Rd., Leesport, PA 19533
Open Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to Noon
Other days and times available by appointment.
Program sponsored by: Berks County Solid Waste Authority (610) 478-6362. Check out the website for list of items accepted and the fee schedule at
Road Master News
Randall Haag
Locally there is a lot of activity in Bethel Township. The Public Works area has also been busy. Four roads have been paved (hopefully by press time) Hickory Dr, small section of Faust South Rd, Mill Rd, and Deck Dr from School Rd to the north approximately 1 mile. Also along the roads there has been and will continue to be aggressive tree trimming. Trimming helps keep roads clear if ice forms on limbs and branches. The Township purchased a used 2009 John Deere tractor with an Alamo Boom mower to replace the 1986 tractor and boom mower.
There are two new traffic lights in Bethel Township (again not sure of timing verses press time). One is being located at the intersection of 501, Legion Drive and Old Route 22 (locally known as the square in Bethel); the other one is at 501 and Rehrersburg Rd (locally known as the Y). These are being paid for by the Berks County Industrial Development Authority as part of their Penn DOT Highway Occupancy Permit. The route 501 Bridge replacement will be out for bid in the very near future. When that is completed there will be a Traffic Light for the west bound interstate traffic and a sidewalk will be installed. This is a Penn DOT project. Court Street is paved and was completed per an agreement with the developer in the area.
Snow plowing
Remember the winter season will soon be upon our roads; please keep road right-of-way clear for ease of snow plowing and or snow removal. Township road crew strives for minimal damage to residents’ properties and winter equipment. Helpful hint is to clear your driveway to the side that will not dump it back into your cleared driveway; that is normally with the flow of traffic.
EMA News
Randy Behney, EMA Coordinator
Randall Haag, Deputy Coordinator
The EMA of Bethel Township is responsible for coordinating emergency situations that may occur within our township. Some situations may require assistance from the County or State agencies. Any questions can be directed to the Bethel Township office at 933-8813 or email to;
Fall is one of the worst times of the year for brush and forest fires. This past month has been especially dry and everyone needs to be especially careful while burning. Bethel Township has many acres of wood land and we all need to protect this valuable resource. Bethel Twp. also
has a Burning Ordinance and if you have any questions, please contact the office. Please try to keep address numbers visible and driveways and lanes to homes, cabins, farms, and woodland clear of brush and low hanging limbs, in order to provide access for emergency vehicles.
I’m sure many of you have noticed all the construction taking place in the township, especially around the village of Bethel. Please be careful when in these areas and help protect the workers.
Thank you,
Bethel Township Emergency Management
News in Bethel Township
The Township is entering new phases to bring vitalization and prosperity to the community. Berks Park 78 has two of the lots being developed. Ground breaking for Lot 2 began in August and the Dollar General Distribution center will soon be under construction. Lot 1 is also sold and RELP Bethel LLC will be developing for a PetSmart distribution center. There is also exciting news of the new Township building being built. It will house the Township Office, the Police Station and the Municipal Authority. The Community Meeting Room will facilitate the monthly Board of Supervisors and associated Township meetings. The 6000 sq ft facility has a completion date approximately in May 2013. Look for future information on an Open House of the new building.
Recreation Board
As most of you know, Bethel Township formed a recreation board several years ago to acquire and develop land for recreational use. The income the board receives is a fee from land development within the township, both residential and commercial. Due to the state of the economy, there has been very little development. However, the new 78 Industrial Park development is underway and there will be two substantial recreational fees coming to us.
The rec. board will be sending out a survey to all the township residents, asking what you would like to see in the township pertaining to recreation facilities.
As for a location of a facility, we do not have any land at the present time. We would like to keep things close to village centers if possible, but we may have to go where land is available. Any input is appreciated.
Thank you.
Rodney Keeney, Chair Person, Bethel Township Rec. Board 717-933-8875
Bonnie Behney, Secretary, Bethel Township Rec. Board 717-933-5423
Mark your calendar now for the 3rd Annual Bethel Township Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Event to be held at 7 pm on Sunday November 25, 2012 at Bressler‘s Service Station (Rain date Sunday December 2, 2012). Sponsored by the Bethel Township Recreation Board

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