This site has been created to enable our residents to keep abreast of the Board of Supervisors plans and township activities.
Decatur Township is a political subdivision of Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. The township was founded in 1828. As of the census of 2000, there were 2,974 people, 1,210 households, and 861 families residing in the township. The township has a total area of 38.1 square miles.
Our monthly meetings are held at 7:00 PM on the third Tuesday of the month. We welcome the public, and your attendance and suggestions or recommendations are encouraged. The agenda for the next meeting will be posted in advance of the meeting, as well as meeting minutes of the prior month's meeting once they are approved.
The Decatur Township Board of Supervisors strives to provide safe roads and a pleasant atmosphere for our residents. We hope our residents will continue to reside in our township and that visitors will leave with memories that beckon them to return again.
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR DECATUR TOWNSHIP
Decatur Township Phone: (814) 339-6772
575 Fairview Road Fax: (814) 339-7240
Osceola Mills, PA 16666 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pennsylvania's Right to Know Act
Please send all requests for township-related information as follows:
Decatur Township Open Records Officer: PA Office of Open Records:
Pamela Peters Commonwealth Keystone Building
575 Fairview Road 400 North Street, Plaza Level
Osceola Mills, PA 16666 Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225
Phone: (814) 339-6772 Phone: (717) 346-9003
Fax: (814) 339-7240
Clearfield County District Attorney
William A. Shaw Jr.
230 East Market Street
Clearfield, PA 16830
Phone: (814) 765-2641 Ext. 5990
The following is a brief outline of the procedures to follow when requesting information,
pursuant to Act 3 of 2008, the Right-to-Know Law. § 703: all written requests for
information should identify or describe the records sought with sufficient specificity
to enable the agency to ascertain which records are being requested and shall include
the name and address to which the agency should address its response. A written
request need not include any explanation of the requester’s reason for requesting or
intended use of the records unless otherwise required by law. To assist you in making
a written request for records, a form as been created for your use. We encourage the
use of this form when requesting records to assure that your request is clear and
details all necessary information, so as to ascertain the information/records you are
seeking. Please see below for the Decatur Township Open Records Policy and
request for records form. Once a request has been made, the open-records officer is
required to make a determination to grant or deny the request in whole or in part, which
will be in writing and which will be sent to the requester. See Act § 903. If the
requester does not agree with the determination, the Act provides for certain rights of
appeal. See Act § 1101. As allowed under the Act, there are charges for information
requests to be reproduced. Please note, “all applicable fees shall be paid in order to
receive accessto the requested information.” See § 901.
The following is a fee outline:
If you are submitting payment by check, please make the check payable to
DECATUR TOWNSHIP OPEN RECORDS POLICY
Public records will be available for inspection and copying at the Decatur Township
Municipal Building during normal business hours Monday through Thursday
7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, with the exception of holidays.
Requests shall be in writing and directed to the Township Secretary at the
Decatur Township Municipal Building, 575 Fairview Road, Osceola Mills, PA 16666.
Written requests shall be on a form provided by the Township and shall include the date
of the request, the name, and address of the requester, and a clear description of the
Paper copies will be $0.25 per page per side. The cost of postage will be in addition to
the paper copy cost, if requested. Decatur Township will provide a disk or CD, if
requested, at the cost of $5. A new disk or CD will be required with each records
request. Fax copies will be available at the actual cost. The charge for “True and
Correct Certification” requests is $3.00, if provided. The Township will require
prepayment, if the estimated total fees exceed $100.
The Township will make a good faith effort to provide the requested public records as
promptly as feasible. Township employees shall cooperate with those requesting to
review and/or duplicate original Township documents while taking reasonable
measures to protect Township documents from the possibility of theft and/or
The Township Secretary shall review all written requests for access to public records.
As soon as possible, but no later than five business days after receiving a written
request to access public records, the Township Secretary shall respond to all such
requests in a manner consistent with Act 100 of 2002, the Open Records Law.
If a written request is denied or deemed denied, the requester may file exceptions with
the Board of Supervisors within 15 business days of the mailing date of the Township’s
denial. The exceptions shall state grounds on which the requestor asserts that the
record is a public record and shall address any grounds stated by the Township for
denying the request.
The Board of Supervisors shall make a “final determination” on the exceptions within
30 days of the mailing date of the exceptions. The Board of Supervisors may hold a
hearing on the issue during the 30 days. If the Board determines that the denial was
correct, it must provide a written explanation to the requester.
The requester may appeal a final determination to the Common Pleas Court or
District Justice within 30 days of denial or final determination.
DECATUR TOWNSHIP RECORD REQUEST FORM
Decatur Township Andrew Rebar, Richard Yarger, Doug McClellan
Phone (814) 339-6772 575 Fairview Road
Fax (814) 339-7240 Osceola Mills, PA 16666
email – email@example.com
PHONE NUMBER______________FAX #______________E-MAIL______________
DESCRIPTION OF RECORDS (For more space, continue on back)
INSTRUCTIONS: PICK-UP FAX MAIL DISK or E-MAIL
FOR OFFICE USE ONLY:
Copies_____ Postage_____ Disk_____ Fax_____ Certification_____
DATE REQUEST FULFILLED_______________
INITIALS OF STAFF MEMBER________________
DATE INFORMATION: Picked up______ Faxed______ Mailed________
Acknowledging of Receipt of Information Requested:
Learn to Protect Yourself and Your Family
Pennsylvania has led the nation in confirmed cases of Lyme disease for three straight years, and for the first time, deer ticks have been found in all of its 67 counties, the state Department of Health reports.
The number of Pennsylvanians diagnosed with the disease also continues to grow. Between 2013 and 2014, the cases of Lyme disease in the state jumped 25 percent, from 5,900 to 7,400, the Health Department says.
However, because diagnosing the disease can be difficult, many people who actually have it are misdiagnosed with other conditions. Therefore, many experts believe the true number of cases is much higher.
In addition, less than 50 percent of those diagnosed with the illness recall being bitten, according to the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS).
‘The great imitator’
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that affects people of all ages and any organ of the body, including the brain and nervous system, muscles and joints, and the heart.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that the disease is most common in children, older adults, and others, such as road crew workers, firefighters and park rangers, who spend time outdoors and have higher exposure to ticks.
Lyme disease is called “the great imitator” because its symptoms mimic many other diseases. For instance, patients with Lyme disease are frequently misdiagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and various psychiatric illnesses, including depression. Misdiagnosis delays treatment and allows the underlying infection to progress unchecked.
Most people get Lyme disease from the bite of a nymphal, or immature, tick. Nymphs are about the size of a poppy seed. Because they are so tiny and their bite is painless, many people do not even realize they have been bitten. Once a tick has attached, if undisturbed, it may feed for several days. The longer it stays attached, the more likely it will transmit Lyme and other pathogens into a person’s bloodstream.
In the early stages, Lyme disease may feel like the flu, with the person experiencing fever, sore muscles, headache, and fatigue.
The CDC reports that rashes occur in 60 to 80 percent of cases. Most of the time, the rash is an ordinary red area. However, if it is a “bull’s-eye” shape with a darker edge, this is a definite sign of Lyme disease and needs immediate treatment. Unfortunately, this distinctive rash occurs in less than 10 percent of those who contract Lyme disease. If you develop a rash, take a photo of it and see a doctor as soon as possible.
Testing for Lyme
Diagnostic testing is unreliable in the early stages of infection, often giving false negatives. However, treatment should not be delayed pending a positive test result if the suspicion of Lyme disease is high (exposure, tick bite, possible rash).
If Lyme disease is not diagnosed or treated early, the bacteria can spread and may go into hiding in different parts of the body. Weeks, months, or even years later, patients may develop problems with the brain and nervous system, muscles and joints, heart and circulation, digestion, reproductive system, and skin. Symptoms may disappear even without treatment, and different symptoms may appear at different times.
Untreated or undertreated Lyme can cause some people to develop severe symptoms that are hard to resolve. This condition may be referred to as post-treatment Lyme disease (PTLD) or chronic Lyme disease (CLD). It’s unclear how many people who are diagnosed and treated remain ill. The CDC estimates range from 10 to 20 percent.
How to protect yourself
Experts say your best defense against tick-borne illness is to avoid contact with ticks in the first place. When that’s not possible, take the following steps:
Know where ticks live — Ticks tend to be near the ground, in leaf litter, grasses, bushes, and fallen logs. High-risk activities include playing in leaves, gathering firewood, and leaning against tree trunks. When you hike, stay on cleared trails, instead of walking across grassy fields.
Dress defensively — Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and long sleeves. Tie back long hair and wear a hat. Light-colored clothing can help you spot ticks.
You can purchase clothing that has been pretreated with the repellent permethrin at outdoor recreation stores. (The protection lasts through 70 washings.) Or you can purchase permethrin and treat your own clothing. (Protection lasts through five to six washings.) Be sure to treat both the inside and outside of clothes.
Spraying footwear with permethrin will prevent ticks from crawling up your shoes. (In one study, those with treated shoes had 74 percent fewer tick bites than those with untreated shoes.)
Use repellent on exposed skin — Studies show that repellents with DEET, picaridin, or lemon eucalyptus oil are the most effective.
Check for ticks — When outdoors, periodically inspect your clothing and skin for ticks. Brush off those that aren’t attached and remove any that are.
Take a shower — Once home, take a shower right away. This will wash away unattached ticks and allow you to thoroughly inspect yourself. Feel for bumps that might be embedded ticks. Pay careful attention to hidden places, including groin, armpits, backs of knees, belly button, and scalp. Parents should check their children.
Put your clothes in the dryer — Running your clothes in a hot dryer for 10 minutes before you wash them will kill any ticks that may be there.
Protect your pets — Ticks can infect dogs and cats, too. Also, their fur can act like a “tick magnet,” carrying ticks inside your home. Consult with your veterinarian about tick protection for your pets.
Information courtesy of www.LymeDisease.org.