Contact Butler Township
Call 570-788-3547

Butler Township Park

Welcome to Butler Township in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

Learn more about our township: Area Overview, Economic Development, Education, History, Hours and Directions, Map, and Recreation. Need assistance? Call us at 570-788-3547... we're eager to help!

Butler Township Government

Explore Municipal Government in Butler Township, Luzerne County, PA.

Browse through many areas, including: Budget and Taxes, Meeting Dates, Other Boards and Commissions, Staff, and Supervisors.

Butler Township Municipal Building

Residents benefit from many Services here in Butler Township, Luzerne County, PA.

Services in Butler Township include: Ambulance, Emergency Management, Fire, Planning Commission, Police, Recycling, Taxes, and Zoning.

Butler Township document download

Central location for Document Downloads here in Butler Township, Luzerne County, PA.

The officials of Butler Township, Luzerne County, PA, want to make access to government documents easy. Starting in mid-2013, download new Government Documents right here. (Older documents will be added as staffing allows.)

Butler Township News

The Latest News from Butler Township, Pennsylvania.

If you are looking for the latest news and information about Butler Township, we will post it right here in the Butler Township news section.

Butler Township Contact Us

It's easy to Get in Contact with Butler Township, Luzerne County, PA.

We've made it easy to contact Butler Township government through this web site, either by email, telephone or traditional mail. Click here to contact us.

Welcome to Butler Township, Luzerne County, PA

butler-townshipButler Township is a mostly rural township in southern Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, that is nestled in the Sugarloaf Valley with mountains to the north and south. The township is a unique community that offers an attractive rural setting within a convenient commute to larger areas for business, shopping and cultural experiences. 

Visitors to this website can read about township history, learn about the township’s government, view details of the many services for residents and businesses in Butler Township, and more. Site visitors can also download the township’s budget and copies of various permit applications.

OPEN BURNING NOTICE

Butler Township Supervisors (Luzerne County) announced that the exemption period for open burning in Butler Township will begin Friday, November 10, 2017 and extend through Wednesday, November 22, 2017.  A permit is not required for open burning in the Township during this time and the 500 feet requirement is also lifted for that period only. The fire department does not need notification when burning. All burning must be supervised.

The hours for burning are 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  Burning is not permitted on Sunday.

Residents are reminded the exemption period is for leaves, yard and garden clean-up only, and not for burning household items.   The Supervisors reserve the right to cancel the open burning period should conditions become too dry.

Butler Township holds groundbreaking ceremony for municipal building and police station

ButlerTownshipMunicipalBuilding1Butler Township officials hosted a groundbreaking on Wednesday at the future home of the Butler Township municipal building and police station on Site 11 in the CAN DO Corporate Center in Drums.

The $4 million building project includes a 13,500-square-foot facility that will house Butler Township’s police station, detention area, administration building and zoning office and an additional 4,300-square-foot police storage garage. Township officials expect to move into the new facility in February of 2018.

Butler Township officials finalized the purchase of the five-acre lot on Site 11 in the Corporate Center late last year. Butler Township was looking for a location that would help it better serve the township’s growing population in terms of emergency response time and convenience when conducting municipal business.

Click here for more details on the groundbreaking.

ButlerTownshipMunicipalBuilding2

services

Butler Township Municipal BuildingThe Butler Township Police Department provides services to residents and businesses in the township seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The department, which includes Chief of Police David Pavelko, Sergeant Brian Sabatini, Corporal William J. Feissner and other officers, patrols an area over 36 square miles that includes about 85 miles of state and local roads. The department also provides assistance to local, state, and federal agencies at their request.

The mission of the Butler Township Police Department is to provide the community with the highest quality of law enforcement services. The department strives to continually improve the public’s perception of community safety through eradication of criminal activity and any conditions that have a detrimental impact on public safety.

The police department builds upon its tradition of excellence in service to all. The department continues to seek support and cooperation from the community it serves and from those who serve the community. The organizational culture is responsive to new ideas and is one in which all employees are given the opportunity to develop to their highest potential and see themselves as agents of change. Members of the department base all their relationships on the premise that the public and police are one.

Butler Township PoliceThe police department participates with the Pennsylvania State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR). Crimes are divided into Part I offenses, which are serious crimes, and Part II offenses, which are less serious crimes.   The department is also part of the Mid-Atlantic Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network (MAGLOCLEN). MAGLOCLEN, administered by the US Department of Justice, provides intelligence databases, equipment, analytical products and training in a combined effort with other member agencies nationwide and internationally. 

Each officer specializes in various aspects of policing. Officers have received in-depth training in criminal, accident and fire/arson investigations.

Since 2007, an officer has received specialized training concerning school violence. The training encompasses not only the tactical response, but also the psychological factors that precipitate an event. This information has been shared with teaching staff and community groups though presentations. The department has also taken the concepts and adapted them to combating workplace violence.

Department members are required to receive 12 hours of continuing education provided by the municipal Police Officers Training and Education Commission. In addition, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, first aid skills and firearms training must be kept current. Department members are certified twice per year by an in-house instructor with their on-duty weapon, off-duty weapon and department shotgun. Officers are also required to be certified in less-lethal weapons such as oleoresium capsicum, batons and tasers.  Specialized training and certification relating to the department rifle is provided during the year.

Each department member is allowed to attend non-mandatory training whenever it is possible. Due to the size of the department, information obtained during these courses is shared with other members to provide the department with the most current tactics and methods of policing.

Contact the Butler Township Police Department at 570-788-4111 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., or call 911 after hours or in case or emergency.

 

The Butler Township Planning Commission meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Current members:

  • Chairman Paul Feno
  • Vice Chairman Ed Warner
  • Secretary Walter Golab
  • Edward (Ned) F. Warner
  • Joseph Zeller
  • Chelsea Cabell

The planning commission solicitor:

Jordan Pecile, Esq.,
1201 N. Church St., Building A, Suite 220
Hazleton, Pa. 18201
Office: 570-501-3323
Fax: 570-501-3324
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ambulance and fire services in Butler Township are provided by Valley Regional Fire & Rescue, which was formed through a merger of Butler Township Fire Co. and Conyngham Fire Co. in 2005. More than 50 active members, including junior firefighters, serve their community as part of Valley Regional.

Valley Regional operates out of two locations:

  • East Station at 14 W. Butler Drive in Butler Township
  • West Station at 360 Main St. in Conyngham 

Most of Valley Regional’s firefighters are certified to the state level and many are trained to the national level. The department is trained and prepared to handle incidents including fire suppression, rope rescue, structural collapse rescue, vehicle rescue, swift water rescue, dive rescue, trench rescue, truck work and emergencies involving Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS).

The company’s equipment includes fire engines, a tower ladder, a tanker, a brush fire vehicle, ambulances, a technical rescue trailer and more.

Valley Regional’s medic unit is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by paramedics, emergency medical technicians and prehospital registered nurses.

Emergency management

Robert Tarapchak has been appointed as emergency management coordinator for Butler Township and Conyngham Borough. In this role, he coordinates internal and exteral resources and plans for the township and the borough in the event of an emergency in conjunction with the Luzerne County Emergency Management Agency and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. Kevin Tarapchak assists as deputy coordinator.

The township participates in county drills as well as training offered through the state and county. The state, county and township work in partnership to protect the public’s health, safety and environment by helping prepare for, manage and recover from disasters, emergencies or security threats. Emergencies could include floods, blizzards, nuclear power plant breakdowns or other natural disasters or large-scale events.

The county Emergency Management Agency coordinates the emergency plans of Butler Township with those of other municipalities, and the county agency directs responses for emergencies occurring in two or more townships.

In the event of a disaster, emergency management coordinators help arrange for resources for residents or others who are affected by the situation. They notify Luzerne County of emergencies in the township or, in turn, notify the township of emergencies in the county and activate an emergency operations center (EOC).

Subcategories

Page 2 of 2