Xpress Bill Pay Is Here!
Palmer Township residents... are you weary of writing checks? Tired of wasting money buying stamps? Palmer Township has teamed up with Xpress Bill Pay to offer residents the ability to pay their bills online. This new service is in response to customer requests for faster and more convenient online payment options.
The new service will give residents the ability to view, track, and pay their Palmer Township Utility Bills through the secure Xpress Bill Pay website. Various payment options are available including credit and debit cards and electronic fund transfers. Customers can also setup automatic monthly payments, and once a history is established, view up to two years' history of their accounts.
You can click here or on the "Utility & Trash Payments button to the right to get started!
Riverview Park Fishing Pier Temporarily Closed
The Lehigh River fishing pier at Riverview Park is temporarily closed for repairs. As soon as the repairs are completed the pier will be re-opened for use. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Township Newsletter Update
The date for the Palmer Fire Department to deliver Santa to the Palmer Mall has been changed from what was printed in the Today's Palmer newsletter. The Fire Department will be delivering Santa to the Palmer Mall on Saturday, November 17th at 11:00 a.m.
Planning Commission Meeting Canceled
The Palmer Township Planning Commission meeting scheduled for November 13th is canceled due to lack of agenda items.
Northwood Avenue Closure
Northwood Avenue will re-open the afternoon of November 8th.
Please Don’t Blow Grass Clippings Into the Street
With the rains that occurred over the past two months, many of us have had to mow our lawns more often. These heavy rains can also contribute to grass clippings ending up in storm water runoff. Grass clippings that are blown into the street eventually enter the street storm drain.
When lawn clippings, fertilizers, soil, leaves, or animal wastes, are picked up by storm water runoff, they are carried directly to our local streams and lakes. All of these materials including grass clippings contain phosphorus. According to the U.S. EPA, phosphorus is one of the most troublesome pollutants in storm water runoff and it is considered the primary cause of water quality problems in our lakes, ponds and streams. Palmer Township has an MS4 Permit with the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) which regulates storm water and pollution which may enter the streams from the storm system, including grass clippings.
When mowing your yard, make certain that you do not blow grass clippings into the street. When mowing, make the first few passes with the lawnmower blowing the grass clippings into the lawn not the street. If there are grass clippings on the street or sidewalk, use a broom or leaf blower to blow them back into the lawn. Do not use a hose to wash them into the street or storm drains. Keeping your leaves and lawn clippings out of the streets and gutters will have significant benefits for your local lake or stream. You can reduce the amount of phosphorus entering a lake or stream and keep one of our most precious renewable resources clean for the next generation.
Palmer Community Weekend
Palmer Township Community Weekend has come and gone for another year. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors who make this event possible each year:
Help Shape the Future
Should that patch of farmland or open space in your town be developed for homes, manufacturing ecommerce facilities or just left alone? Should municipal planners spend money on highways or more trails, and how soon should we prepare for driverless cars?
The future of the Lehigh Valley is being shaped right now, and this is your chance to weigh in. The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission is distributing a 24-question survey to get public input that can help the LVPC as it writes a new Regional Comprehensive Plan that is designed to guide how the Lehigh Valley should grow in the coming decades.
Those who take the survey are eligible to win a $50 gift card. The survey will remain open through the end of March. Click here to take the survey!
Help Lessen the Impact of the Next Disaster
There's no predicting when the Lehigh Valley will see the kind of damaging floods it saw in 2006, or the punishing winds that Superstorm Sandy brought in 2012, but being prepared requires planning now - and your help is needed. The first public meeting to help update the Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. February 20, at Pinebrook Family Answers, 402 N. Fulton Street, Allentown. Click here for details.
Palmer Environmental Steering Committee Looking for New Members
Palmer’s Environmental Steering Committee (ESC) currently has openings for new members. This long-standing and very successful group has been involved in recycling, Earth Day Litter Clean
-ups, household hazardous waste and electronics collection events, along with numerous other projects. Monthly meetings are held at the Palmer Library, 6:30 p.m., the fourth Wednesday of every month except November and December. If you’d like more information, feel free to stop by one of these meetings or contact Cindy Oatis, Recycling Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Township Metering Study
Please be advised that beginning on Monday, March 13, 2017, Flow Assessment Services will begin a metering study for Palmer Township. This metering study will last approximately one year and Flow Assessment Service employees will be seen throughout Palmer Township during this time. Flow Assessment Service employees may need access to manholes within Palmer Township right-of -ways and easements. If they must access a manhole at the rear yard of property owners, they will be accompanied by Palmer Township employees. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Municipal Building at 610-253-7191.