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Frequently Asked Questions
Berks County > Municipalities > Greenwich Township

 

Here are the answers to the questions that township officials & employees hear most often. We hope this is helpful to you and that you enjoy our sense of humor!

"Why do the township’s plow trucks keep hitting my mailbox when they plow snow?"

Plowing snow is not an easy job, especially in the middle of a storm in the dark. The road crew has many things to watch for when plowing snow and sometimes mailboxes are hanging out too far into the road right-of-way. Sometimes it isn’t even the plow that does the damage, just the snow & ice that comes off of it. You can be assured that the drivers do not do this intentionally and certainly try their best to avoid all damage to personal property.

"When will the township clean up the mess in my yard from the snowplows?"

Unless the damage or debris is severe, probably never. The township has the right to use the whole road "right-of-way" and is not really responsible for minor damage within that area. Damage to lawn/grass is unintentional and unavoidable. Try to look at it as a small price to pay for living in the beautiful countryside?

"Why does the township always plow my driveway shut after I just finished shoveling it?"

The drivers plow the roadway in the most efficient manner possible to provide the safest driving conditions as quickly as possible. The plows deliver snow to the side of the road as long as the truck is moving. There is no way to "shut off" the flow of snow at driveway entrances. You can, however, assist in keeping your driveway clear by depositing all snow from your driveway to the left side, as you face your residence. Also, if you clear an area on the right side of the driveway along the roadway, the plow will clear itself of snow before it reaches your driveway. See diagram below.

 

snowplowing diagram

"With all the taxes I pay, why doesn’t the township pave my road more often?"

Taxes are a burden on our residents, however, the township receives very little of this money. The average resident pays roughly $60 a year to the township. Try to get someone to plow all your snow and pave your driveway for $60 a year! The township does also receive a percentage of the State Liquid Fuels tax and most of this is used for road maintenance. For more information on where your tax dollars go, check out our "Taxes" page.

"With all the new houses around here, the township should have lots of money."

The majority of real estate taxes goes to the School District. Once again, the township only receives an average of $60/household in real estate taxes. A residential lot with one house on it generally generates less tax revenue than the cost to educate 2 children in our schools. Simply put, for every new home with 2 or more children, it is more of a losing proposition than a profit making one.

 

"Why does the township keep messing up my road with that oil & chip stuff, why don’t they just pave it?"

Oil & chip is a very cost effective way for the township to keep the roads in good shape. Paving is very expensive, even with the township working with Albany & Maxatawny to do the work themselves. Oil & chip seals the road and keeps it from breaking apart and prolongs the life of the road. Some tips for dealing with oil & chipping projects:

1) Drive VERY SLOWLY - if you can hear the chips hitting your car, you’re going too fast. You can avoid getting stone chips and tar on your car by driving VERY SLOWLY.

2) Never drive between the oil truck and the stone truck!! Fresh oil is very slippery and if you fill your tires up with the stuff, some of it is bound to wind up on your vehicle.

3) Follow any directions given by the road crew. They might not make sense to you at the time, but they have good reason for what they say.