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The Police Department and Sewer Authority are located at 5 Willow Mill Park Road and the Public Works facility is located at 6471 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (17050).
The Townshipdoes have ordinances regulating animal control and noise issues. Please contactthe Township office with specific questions.
You can also trap the cat yourself and contact local animal rescue organizations (i.e., Find Toby in PA findtobypa.org or Nobody's Cats Foundation nobodyscats.org.)
If the cat doesn't appear to be feral, you can file a found report with the Humane Society of Harrisburg, contact a local cat rescue, or have a vet scan for a microchip (free of charge).
An application must be completed along with a background check before a permit is issued. This process takes approximately three weeks. The permit is non-transferrable and is valid for up to three months.
Ask solicitors to see their permit. If they do not have one, please contact the Silver Spring Police Department at 717-697-0607.
Discharges from single residence swimming pools are authorized per the Stormwater Management Ordinance Section 601 provided that the water has been dechlorinated and that the water will not have a harmful impact on the environment. If the swimming pool water has chlorine in it (e.g. if it was recently "shocked" before draining), then that water can be extremely harmful to aquatic life in our streams and this will be considered an illicit discharge. Pool discharges should not be directed to the storm sewer or streams. Violators discharging chlorinated pool water that has a harmful affect on the environment will be held responsible for their actions.
Please consult the Pennsylvania DEP's guidelines in the link below for more information about pool discharges.
Swimming Pool Water Discharge Guidelines
If you have 10 or more acres of property and you want to preserve your land, you qualify. If you own two adjacent lots that together total 10 or more acres, that would also qualify for our program.
Cumberland County has a Farmland Preservation program started in 1989 which preserves farmland exclusively. When Silver Spring Township started our program in 2014, we wanted to not only preserve farms, but woodlands, meadows and other open space.
No. A parcel of land owned by a club or other organization could also be eligible if it has significant open space.
Yes. The .01% increase in the Earned Income Tax approved by voters in a 2013 referendum is the Township’s funding source for land preservation.
That varies a great deal between properties. We start by getting an appraisal done on your property. Once those results are received by the Township, the Board of Supervisors (BoS) with input from the Land Preservation Review Board (LPRB) makes a decision on the purchase price to offer for each property.
Essentially, the Township is purchasing the development rights on your land. This insures that the parcel cannot be subdivided or developed into a housing plan or warehouse. The correct terminology is purchasing a conservation easement on a parcel.
No. You will remain the owner of record. The only documented change will be limitations imposed on your land.
Yes,absolutely. The conservation easement stays with the land and is not affected by a change in ownership. The property restrictions will be enforced in perpetuity (forever).
Natural Lands Trust (our partner in preservation) defines a conservation easement as, “a voluntary, but legally binding agreement between a landowner and a qualified conservation organization and/or a local government agency such as a township. The easement permanently limits a property’s use and binds all present and future owners of the land.”
Properties under conservation easement are divided into specific areas of protection. For example, the “Highest Protection Area” is the most environmentally sensitive portion of the parcel such as woodlands, streams and wetlands and this area is limited to passive recreational use.
No. Typically, existing and/or future residential improvements and major agricultural buildings and structures are placed in a “Minimal Protection Area” where it is anticipated that landowners will make changes over time.
A Natural Lands Trust (NLT) representative will inspect preserved properties at least annually.
No. This appraisal is conducted by an appraiser who has education and experience with conservation easements. The appraiser estimates your property’s before easement value (or fair market value) and the after easement value (with restrictions in place) and the difference between these two values is the full value of the conservation easement (what it is worth).
As noted earlier, the decision on how much to offer for the purchase of a conservation easement on particular parcels is made by the BoS. They have the difficult task of looking at the Township’s available land preservation funds and deciding how best to use them. If the BoS does offer you less than the full value of the easement, the resulting gap in value may be counted as a tax donation.
We highly recommend that you discuss any potential tax implications with your accountant or attorney before committing to the program.
Absolutely! Donating your land, or accepting less than its appraised value, will free up funds to preserve other properties in the Township. Consult with your tax advisor concerning the potential benefits of donating land.
You can fill out an application at the Township Administration Building (8 Flowers Drive) or online at http://www.sstwp.org/244/Land-Preservation-Review-Board.
The deadline is November 30th in order to be considered for the next plan year. So, for consideration in 2018, you must have your application in by Thursday, November 30, 2017.
No. You can withdraw from the program at any time. However, if your property is accepted into the Land Preservation program we will sit down with you and verify your commitment to the program. We do so because once an appraisal is ordered, administrative costs begin to accrue for the Township which would still need to be paid if you withdraw from the program.
Typically, it takes 9 months to one year, but each property has unique challenges so it could be longer.
Please contact Laura Brown by email at email@example.com or by cell phone at 717-516-1123 if you have any additional questions.
Metal detecting is permitted, however there are restrictions on digging. You are not permitted to dig or uproot the ground surface by any means. Metal detecting is permitted primarily for those wanting to find lost items. It is not intended for park visitors to dig below the surface to find treasures or artifacts. Return lost and found items, including historical artifacts, to Silver Spring Township, 8 Flowers Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA.
Park Ordinance 11 of 2017
No alcoholic beverages shall be brought into, possessed or consumed in any park.
Dogs are permitted in the parks and the Nature Preserve with certain rules/restrictions that dog-owners must abide. Be safe, obey the rules, respect the park and others. Responsibility is the key! The success of this new policy is dependent on responsible dog-owners. If you'd like this to continue, please ensure that you are abiding by the rules outlined below.
Dogs are prohibited:
Smoking or use of tobacco products, including vaping, in any township park is prohibited. Silver Spring Township is a proud partner of Young Lungs at Play, which is a program aimed to help communities create tobacco-free parks, playgrounds and recreational areas for children.
Motorized-model airplanes, boats, go-carts, mini-bikes or moped or other vehicles or crafts shall not be operated on-site or remotely except in areas designated for such use and subject to all rules and regulations in such written permission.
There shall be no hitting of golf balls or playing of golf in the parks. Parks are not intended to be used for this sport. Specific facilities must be designed for this type of activity. Please visit a nearby golf course to practice your swing.
Hunting or trapping of live animals or wildlife; capturing, harassing, injuring of wildlife, is prohibited in the parks and the Vincent DiFilippo Nature Preserve.
Announcements of cancellations and closings are made on the main page of the Township website, and also on the Parks & Recreation webpage www.sstwp.org/133 We also post announcements and cancellations on our social media sites:
Facebook - Silver Spring Twp Parks & Recreation
Twitter - SSTrec
Instagram - sst.recreation
There are 4 main access points to the Conodoguinet Creek in Silver Spring Township
You will also find other great fishing spots throughout the Township. Water Trail Guide
Programs are listed here on the recreation registration site: https://apm.activecommunities.com/sstrecregistration/Activity_Search
Township roads are maintained by Silver Spring Township Public Works Department.
There are also roads within the Township which are privately owned and not maintained by PennDOT or the Township.
Yes, the Authority is now accepting Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express for sewer rental payments. A 2.65% convenience fee applies to each credit transaction, which is collected by Nationwide Payment Solutions; the electronic payment service vendor. The Authority also offers an automatic payment feature that will collect the sewer bill payment directly from a personal checking or savings account for any residential customer that provides the necessary authorization to do so. No additional fees are collected for the ACH payment option.
Please contact the office at 717-591-1370 to obtain an automatic payment application and details.
Please contact the office to obtain the application and details at 717-591-1370.
Yes, if you are a public water customer, you are billed according to the amount of water that you use. The base rate allows a residential allotment of 9,000 gallons of water each quarter-year period to be used before any surcharges are applied. The surcharge rate is $7.75 for each 1,000 gallons of water over the 9,000 gallon base allotment in each quarter. Customers on private wells are charged a flat rate of $158.00 per quarter.
If you have any questions, please contact the Silver Spring Township Authority.
The average sewer bill for a family of four will typically run around $169 per quarter, or about $56 per month for budget purposes. This amount will vary with personal water use habits. A $169 sewer bill would indicate a daily water usage of about 175 gallons per day, or 44 gallons per day per person, in a four-person household. If you have any questions, please contact the Silver Spring Township Authority.
Click here for a list of recyclable items
Grass clippings can also be composted at your home. The Joint Compost Facility does not accept grass clippings.
Penn Waste is the Township provider for trash pickup and recycling. Any questions or problems regarding trash pick-up, recycling, or to request delivery of a recycling container, please call 717-767-4456, press #1 for residential customer service.