New Hanover Township “free schools” started in 1850 with the operation of 10 one-room schools. The township-run school system closed in 1949, but all of the buildings still stand today.

Public Works

Winter Maintenance

The winter months bring unwanted snow and ice that impact the Township.  The following tips are provided to help residents during these difficult times:

Plowing Issues:

If you have any issues with the plowing service, please call our Public Works Department at 610-323-1008 Ext 301.  If you are unable to get a person on the phone, please email the department at

  We will try and get back to you in a timely manner.

My mailbox was damaged by the snow plow.  Who do I contact?

Contact the Public Works Department at 610-323-1008 ext 301.  We understand the frustration that occurs when your mailbox is damaged.  Please help us by being patience as we ensure the safety of the community first.  We will contact you at our earliest convenience.

Here's how the process works:

  • If snow is projected and hits the box or your post, we are not responsible for fixing the damage.  However, we will help you reinstall it after we are finished with the storm.
  • If it is determined that a plow hit the mailbox, the Township will attempt to fix it.  If the mailbox cannot be fixed, we will provide you with a standard box and/or post and will install it for you. 

*Please note that mailbox damages must be reported within 48 hours.

Participation and Responsibility of Residents:

  • Downed branches and trees that are blocking roads will be cleared to the side of the road by Public Works. Those on private property are the responsibility of the residents.
  • In the event of a significant snow storm, all on-street parking in the Township is prohibited. This restriction is in effect for a period of 72 hours after the storm.
  • Do not park in your driveway with your vehicle overhanging the curb.
  • When snow is plowed from the streets onto the ends of driveways, it is the responsibility of the residents to remove that snow from their driveways.
  • When snow is plowed from the streets into the areas around mailboxes, it is the responsibility of the residents to remove that snow, thereby allowing the U. S. Postal Service access.
  • If you believe that your street was missed during a snow clearing effort, call the department.
  • If your mailbox is damaged from plowing, call the department.
  • Keep all receptacles (trash and recycling) on the sidewalk, not in the street.
Responsibility for Removal of Snow and Ice From Sidewalks

[Ord. 97-3, 8/11/1997, § 2; as amended by Ord. 11-02, 9/12/2011, § 1]

  • Every person in charge or control of any building or lot of land fronting or abutting on a paved sidewalk, whether as owner, tenant, occupant, lessee or otherwise, shall remove and clear away or cause to be removed or cleared away, snow and/or ice from a path of at least 30 inches in width from so much of said sidewalk as is in front of or abuts on said building or lot of land, and further remove or clear away snow and/or ice from a path of at least 30 inches in width from an area around any fire hydrant on said property leading to the cartway.
  • Except as provided in Subsection 3 hereof, snow and ice shall be removed from sidewalks within 24 hours after the cessation of any fall of snow, sleet or freezing rain.
  • In the event snow and/or ice on a sidewalk has become so hard that it cannot be removed without likelihood of damage to the sidewalk, the person charged with its removal shall, within the time mentioned in Subsection 2 hereof, cause enough sand or other abrasive to be put on the sidewalk to make travel reasonably safe; and shall, as soon thereafter as weather permits, cause to be cleared a path in said sidewalk of at least 30 inches in width.
  • In any case where the owner, occupant or tenant, as aforesaid, shall fail, neglect or refuse to comply with any of the provisions of this part within the time limit prescribed therein, the Township authorities may proceed immediately to hire an outside contractor, to clear all snow and/or ice from the sidewalk of such delinquents, and to collect the expenses thereof, with any additional amount allowed by law, from such owner, occupant or tenant, as the case may be, which may be in addition to any fine or penalty imposed under this part.

Snowstorm and Shoveling Recommendations:

Snow Storm Shoveling

  • Shovel snow to the right of your driveway. Piled snow to the left of your driveway will cause that snow to be plowed back into your driveway area.
  • Move your vehicles out of the street and into private driveways (this also reduces the amount of snow you have to shovel).
  • During any snow emergency, remove your vehicle from the road.
  • Wait to shovel your driveway until the plows have completed their final pass along the curb line or edge of pavement. A pass or two through the neighborhood does not mean the township is finished with the snow removal process and your effort to clear driveway entrance might be wasted.
  • Clear your sidewalk by shoveling and salting within 24 hours of the last evidence of precipitation.
  • Do not throw snow from any sidewalk or driveway into the roadway; it is illegal and you can be cited.
  • Keep all receptacles (trash and recycling) on the sidewalk, not in the street.
  • If you have an inlet in front of your property, please assist the Township in keeping it clear of snow and ice. This will prevent ice from accumulating and reduce drainage issues when the snow begins to melt.

Snow & Ice Removal for State Roads/COUNTY ROADS:

The following state highways are maintained by PennDOT.

  • Layfield and North Charlotte Street
  • Route 663 and Big Road (Route 73)

The following county roads are maintained by the County.

  • Swamp Pike
  • Sections of Kulp Road, Deep Creek Road and Henning Road

Private Streets and Undedicated Roads:

Snow removal from private streets is not the responsibility of the Township. It is up to the Homeowners Association or other responsible entity to arrange for snow removal. In the case of undedicated roads, the Township does have the responsibility for providing minimal clearance that guarantees emergency access. In most cases, however, developer agreements provide for Township clearance of such streets whereby the developer is billed for snow removal.