Smithfield Township

Geography, Topography, and History

The Township of Smithfield’s geographical location within the County is just northwest of its central region. Smithfield is bound to the north by Athens and Ridgebury Townships, on the east by Ulster Township, on the south by Burlington and West Burlington Townships, and on the west by Springfield Township. There are several creeks that flow through Smithfield, that include: Peas Creek, Tomjack Creek, Wallace Run, Browns Creek, Buck Creek, and Apple Creek. A few major roads that run through the Township include: Ulster Road, Saco Road, Springfield Road, Codding Road, Berwick Turnpike, and Milan Road.

Smithfield Township was officially established in 1809, and taken from Ulster Township. The Township was again divided in 1813, to create both Columbia and Springfield Townships. The Township was named after David Smith who purchased the property from the Connecticut Title, yet never lived there. In 1792, Isaiah Grover was the first settler in Smithfield. The first framed house was built by Reuben Mitchell, which was constructed in 1803. In 1806, Ephriam Gerould taught the first school. By 1887, census records reveal a total population of 1,826 persons living in the Township.

Local Government and Current Data

There are three elected supervisors that run the Township of Smithfield. There is also a Township secretary. The Township has opted out of organizing a comprehensive plan, planning commission, and zoning regulations. The Office of Planning and Grants for Bradford County handle all subdivisions and land developments occurring within the Township.

The Township of Smithfield has several services and amenities located within the Township. There are several churches located within the Township that include: the Federated Church, Mount Pisgah Wesleyan Church, and East Smithfield United Methodist Parsonage. The SRU Middle School is located in the Township, and the playground is open to the public when school is not in session. The Tom Jack Park is also located in the Township.

Tax Millage for 2017:

4.300

Villages:

Ayers Corners
Codding
East Smithfield
Hoblet
Huffs Corners

School District:

Athens Area School District

FEMA Community Panel Number:

421104

Population Demographics:

Total Population....1,528
Population Density....37
Square Miles....41.6
Population under 18....26.6%
Population over 65....15.1%
High School Graduates....82.3%
Higher Education Graduates...15.2%%

Household Statistics:

Housing Units....649
Households....603
Median Housing Values....$75,000
Median Rent....$456
Per Capita Income....$16,335
Median Family Income....$40,903
Population Below Poverty Level....9.3%

Emergency Services:

Fire Coverage: Smithfield Township Volunteer Fire Department
Ambulance Coverage: Tri Township Ambulance
Police Protection: Pennsylvania State Police

Public Utilities:

Electric Company: Penelec
Gas Company: PPL Gas Utilities
Water Company: N/A
Sewerage Facilities: Smithfield Authority
Telephone Company: North Penn
MCI

Contacts:
Supervisors:

Russell Burkett
Jacqueline Kingsley
John Allford


Secretary:

Sandy McNeal & Haley Robson


Mailing address:

P.O. Box 27
East Smithfield, PA 18817
(570) 596-7770 fax (570) 596-7771
smithfieldtwp@yahoo.com

Solicitor:

Patrick J. Barrett, III

Meeting:

1st Tuesday of every Month except November will be on Wednesday