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Berks County > Municipalities > Albany Township
 
P.O. BOX 197    KEMPTON, PA 19529    610-756-6452
Welcome to Albany Township
*** ANNOUNCEMENTS ***

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Please note that the upcoming 4/6/2020 Board of Supervisors meeting will be abbreviated and will be limited to the Business Meeting only to pay bills and no other business will be discussed. New Business and Public Comment will be postponed until the 5/4/2020 meeting. The Planning Commission and Environmental Advisory Council WILL NOT be meeting. Residents are asked to please send any comments or questions to the Township Secretary at albtwp@ptd.net.

Tax Collector Sitting Hours are canceled for March and likely April as well. Any residents who would like to remit payment should mail them to the Tax Collector.


Berks County is now part of the Commonwealth Stay at Home Order, effective at 8 p.m. on March 27, 2020. The order will last until April 6 unless extended. Click here for guidance on the Stay at Home order.

The Pennsylvania Primary Election has been moved to June 2, 2020. If you do not want to go to the polling location on the day of the primary you can request a mail-in ballot by going to Votespa.com or by completing a paper application by calling the Election Services Office at 610-478-6490.

We encourage you to learn how to protect yourself and prepare for the spread of coronavirus. Review and practice the steps in the graphic below, and inform yourself of developments as they arise. Visit the following websites regularly for accurate and up-to-date information for our community:

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is charged with the Commonwealth’s response and is updating the situation status daily:
https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
The National Institutes of Health:
https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus


We encourage everyone to heed these simple steps to help prevent further spread of coronavirus:
• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
• Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
• Clean surfaces frequently, such as countertops, light switches, cell phones and other frequently touched areas.
• If you are sick, stay home and practice social distancing until you are feeling better.







SPOTTED LANTERNFLY UPDATE
The Spotted Lanternfly has arrived in Albany Township. The township is within the designated quarantine area. Residents are being asked to educate themselves and help to contain this damaging invasive pest. Here is a compilation of current informational flyers: Spotted Lanternfly Flyers

One of the most important things landowners can do to reduce Spotted Lanternfly infestation is to eliminate Ailanthus Trees ("Tree-Of-Heaven"). Be warned however that simply cutting down ailanthus trees is not a viable long-term approach as the trees are very vigorous stump & root sprouters. They also spread widely by seeds and grow quickly. Here is an informational flyer on how to identify and control ailanthus trees: Tree Of Heaven Flyer

More information can be found on the following websites:
Penn State Extension Spotted Lanternfly Website
PA Dept of Agriculture Spotted Lanternfly Website



WEEDS AND TALL GRASS
Reminder that Albany Township has a Weed Ordinance and all noxious weeds in residential areas and vacant lots should be maintained at no higher than 6” tall. Non-residential areas must be cut by June 15 and August 1 and within 10 days of the appearance of weed flowers. For more details, click here for Weed Ordinances.




RECYCLING PICKUP SUSPENDED
NO DROPOFF OF ANY MATERIALS at the township maintenance building. All recyclable materials may be dropped of at Cougle's Recycling at 1000 S 4th St in Hamburg.



Have you observed a township roadway hazard or pavement damage situation? To report, contact Roadmaster Ryan Rex at (484) 332-0791.