Winter Scene

Effective January 27th, 2015 the Zoning office will resume office hours on Tuesday evenings  3 pm – 6 pm


The Township currently has vacancies to be filled

1.   EESRCA – 2  Vacancies serving through 2019

2. Planning Commission – 2 Vacancies serving through 2016 & 2017 

Use your time and talents and volunteer to serve in your community

Contact the Township office for details 814-899-2305


News for Immediate Release

Jan. 7, 2015

Snow Squalls an Unpredictable Winter Hazard; PennDOT Urges Motorists to Slow Down in Squalls

Oil City – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today reminded motorists to always be alert for sudden snow squalls while traveling during the winter.

“Sudden and heavy snow squalls are one of the biggest challenges that motorists and PennDOT crews face during the winter months,” said Bill Petit, executive of PennDOT’s northwestern district.

Motorists need to be alert for sudden squalls that can an quickly cause roads to become snow covered.

In addition to snow covered roads, heavy squalls can also cause whiteout conditions virtually eliminating a driver’s visibility.

If motorists do encounter snow squalls while traveling, PennDOT offers this advice:

  • Slow down gradually and drive at a speed that suits the conditions.
  • Turn on your headlights.
  • Stay in your lane.
  • Increase your following distance.
  • Stay alert, keep looking as far ahead as possible and be patient.
  • Reduce in-car distractions since your full attention is required.
  • Use defroster and wipers.
  • Keep windows and mirrors free of snow and ice.
  • During whiteouts, come to a complete stop only when you can safely get as far off the road as possible or when there is a safe area to do so.
  • Do not stop in the flow of traffic since this could create a chain-reaction collision.
  • Do not pass a vehicle moving slowly or speed up to get away from a vehicle that is following too closely.
  • Always buckle up and never drink and drive.

Petit urged motorists to use extra caution when traveling during winter weather, especially for areas that are known for frequent snow squalls. “Ultimately, as drivers, we are all responsible for our own safety and the safety of those motorists around us,” Petit said. “Motorists should plan extra travel time, reduce speeds and drive with extreme caution when traveling on snow-covered roads.”

While PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms, motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 700 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

The department also asks motorists to allow plenty of space when driving near plow trucks. Also, for their own safety and the safety of plow operators, motorists should never attempt to pass a truck while it is plowing or spreading winter materials.

PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should take into account special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.

PennDOT also reminds citizens that downloadable materials, including home and car emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates, are available at or by calling 1-888-9-READYPA. Citizens can find information about getting involved in local emergency response efforts and other volunteer opportunities through the Web site or the toll-free line.

For more winter driving tips and information on how PennDOT treats winter storms, visit

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Lawrence Park Township is Erie County’s only First Class Township, with a population of 3,741 in an area of 1.84 square miles, including General Electric Transportation Systems and the Lawrence Park Golf Club. A drive around Lawrence Park is a delight as the many parks, well maintained homes and lake area are a pleasure to see anytime of the year.

This small area nurtures a very strong sense of community in its residents as evident by their strong support of the schools and the wide range of community events – Easter Egg Hunt, Fourth of July Parade activities and fireworks, Halloween Trick or Treat and Santa in the Park, and, of course, the Summer Recreation Programs in our playgrounds.

Lawrence Park has a well deserved reputation of providing a good wholesome atmosphere to live and raise a family – good schools, playgrounds, supervised summer recreation and safety programs are just a few reasons why people are attracted to Lawrence Park and stay in Lawrence Park.