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Upper Mount Bethel Township News
Saturday, February 6th
Join us for
Apple Blossom Village
OPEN HOUSE
4:30-6:30 PM
Ribbon Cutting 4:30
690 Allegheny Rd, Mt Bethel
Stop by and learn what Apple Blossom has to offer.

The 2016 Final Budget is now available HERE. There will no NO tax increase for 2016.

Due to inclement weather, Softball registrations for Saturday, January 23rd are cancelled. Makeup dates are Tues Jan 26th (6-8PM) and Sat Jan 30th (10-12PM). If you would like to register and mail in your registration, each player is $55.00 and checks can be made payable to UMBT and please provide a copy of your childs birth certificate. Click HERE for registration form

It's that time of year again. The 2015 local earned income tax return filing deadline is approaching. The due date is extended to Monday April 18 this year because Washington DC is commemorating Emancipation Day on Friday April 15.

Did you know the quickest way to get your refund is to file online? If you live and work in Pennsylvania, you can e-file on our tax administrator's secure website, which is available 24/7 at www.KeystoneCollects.com.

Keystone Collections Group’s e-file is the easy, fast and secure way to file your 2015 tax return. It lets you file your tax return when it is most convenient for you. You will need your W-2, your Social Security Number and any other income documents that may apply (such as a PA-UE or a Schedule C).

Keystone redesigned e-file to make it even faster and more user-friendly.

If you have questions regarding local tax filing, visit Keystone’s Frequently Asked Questions or call Keystone’s Taxpayer Helpline at 1-888-328-0565 to speak with a local, knowledgeable Taxpayer Service Agent. You can also email your questions 24/7 to Taxpayer Support. Taxpayer Service Agents try to respond to all online inquiries within three business days.

Taxpayers with earned income in 2015 are required to file a Final Tax Return by Monday, April 18.

Notice is hereby given that a public meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Upper Mount Bethel, Northampton County, Pennsylvania (the "Township"), will be held on January 11, 2016 at 7:00 P.M., prevailing time, in the Township Municipal Building, 387 Ye Olde Highway, Mt. Bethel, PA 18343, or such other time or public location of said Board of Supervisors meeting lawfully held not less than three (3) nor more than thirty (30) days from the date hereof, at which the Board of Supervisors will consider for final enactment an Ordinance to issue certain proposed indebtedness of the Township, a summary of which can be read HERE.

The Upper Mount Bethel Township Board of Supervisors will open their proposed budget to the public now until their Final Budget Meeting. The Upper Mount Bethel Township Board of Supervisors will hold their Final Budget Meeting on Monday, December 28, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. with End of Year Meeting immediately following. The Upper Mount Bethel Township Board of Supervisors will hold the following Re-organization Meetings:

Board of Supervisors – Monday, January 4, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m.
Elected Auditors - Tuesday, January 5, 2016 @ 9:00 a.m.
Planning Commission – Wednesday, January 20, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m.
Environmental Advisory Committee – Tuesday, January 5, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m.
Open Space Advisory Board – Tuesday, January 19, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m.
Recreation Board – Thursday, January 14, 2016 @ 8:00 p.m.
Economic Development Council – Thursday, January 28, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m. *if necessary
Zoning Hearing Board – Tuesday, January 26, 2016 @ 7:30 p.m.* if necessary


All meetings are held in the Municipal Building, 387 Ye Olde Highway, Mt. Bethel, PA 18343, and may include any business to come before the Board. The Public is invited to attend.

Public meeting December 9, 2015 at 7 PM.
Where: William Pensyl Social Hall, 111State Street Portland, PA.
Topic: Wild, Scenic Delaware River Geotourism Program.
Speaker: John Beljean, National Parks Conservation Association in partnership with National Park Service and the National Geographic Society.

Learn about the development of the Geotourism MapGuide Website. Hear why our river was selected as an addition to twenty two international maps and how you can input information for our area.

In support of The National Geographic Society's mission to inspire people to care about the planet, The National Geographic Maps Division sustainable tourism program aims to protect the world’s distinctive places and promote positive destination stewardship by tourists, local residents, and tourism professionals. Geotourism encourages visitors and residents alike to work for the long-term sustainability of a place.

The Upper Mount Bethel Fire House will have their Christmas Tree Lighting (Rain or Shine)on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

These events are for Northampton County residents only. Click here for more info.

The Township of Upper Mount Bethel Housing Rehabilitation Program is designed to help low-moderate income homeowners with general home repairs. Click here for more info.

Thank you to all our residents and businesses that generously donated to purchase trees for the Community Park

The following FEMA information (links) may be helpful to the residents of UMBT.

General Information: Fema.gov
Information on insurance: Floodsmart.gov
Information about Risk MAP: http://www.fema.gov/risk-mapping-assessment-planning
Information on available grants: http://www.fema.gov/grants
Information on hazard mitigation: http://www.fema.gov/plan-prepare-mitigate

You can view the latest Township Today Newsletter HERE

Northampton County is cooperating with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Forestry and the USDA Forest Service in a joint effort to control gypsy moth caterpillars in Spring 2016 in certain residential and public high use areas within the county.

A public meeting concerning GYPSY MOTH CONTROL will be held at

The Bushkill Fire Company
155 Firehouse Dr, Nazareth PA
August 4th from 7:00-9:00 PM.

All interested property owners are encouraged to attend this meeting. Applications will be available and eligibility requirements discussed.

DCNR Staff will be present to explain the program and address any questions

Click HERE to download the application.

Yard Sale permit fees have been suspended, however the permit still must be filled out and is still limited to (2) sales per year

Upper Mount Bethel Township, Northampton County, PA is seeking a Part-time Laborer with mandatory CDL License for the Public Works Department. Application can be picked up at the at the Township Municipal Building located at 387 Ye Olde Highway, Mt. Bethel, PA 18343 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. click here for an application. Any questions regarding the job description please contact J. Robert Cartwright, Township Manager at (570) 897-6127 Ext. 1026.

Upper Mount Bethel Township now has the ability to accept credit cards payments (Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express) for all Permits and Recreation Signs-Ups.

Our 2015 Budget is available for review by clicking here

Eastern PA Animal Alliance offers low cost spaying and neutering. Their can visit their website here or call 570-994-5846.

There is an opening on the UMBT Recreation Board for a term until January 1, 2019. Please submit your letter of interest to the township at 387 Ye Olde Hwy, Mt. Bethel, PA 18343 Attn: Melissa or email at officesecretary@uppermtbethel.org.

Meals On Wheels of Northampton County promotes healthy living through the delivery of nutrition services. For more info visit our website: www.mealsonwheelspa.org or call us at 610-691-1030.

Attention UMBT residents. Any resident that would like to burn brush should call John Bocko, Fire Marshall at (570) 688-6191

Watersheds are areas of land that drain into a lake, river or stream. Water travels over the land's surface - farm fields, forests, lawnsand city streets - on its course to a waterway. For more detailed information click here.

Emergencies can happen unexpectedly anytime and anywhere. Please be prepared in the event an emergency occurs in your community and you must go for a few days without electricity, water service, and access to a supermarket or local services. For more information click here.

Do you know how important you and your love ones are? VERY IMPORTANT

Did you know that in the event of an emergency it makes the task of locating your home more of a challenge for ambulance, fire and police responders if they are unaware of where you live. A correctly posted house number could be the difference between life and death.

You should be aware that your house number needs to be conspicuously placed somewhere on your property as per Township Ordinance 95-7. You are required to restore or replace any number (s) that shall have been removed or destroyed.

Also, if your house is not visible from the roadway, because you live down a lane or have a long driveway, you should place some type of display that lists your house number at the beginning of the lane or driveway.

Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year. In fact, on average, excessive heat claims more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined. Here are some tips for staying cool.....click here.



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