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Eldred Township is located in Northwestern Pennsylvania and is the home to approximately 650 residents in Warren County. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.1 square miles, all of it land which is largely comprised of forest and farmland.
The Eldred Township Supervisors meet monthly to discuss township issues during the Eldred Township Business Meeting. The meeting is held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month beginning at 5:30p.m. The meetings take place at the Eldred Township Municipal Building and are open to the public. If a meeting date is changed, it will be advertised in the Titusville Herald and /or will be posted on the door of the township building. The date change will also be changed on the list of events on the community events page.
ELDRED TOWNSHIP HISTORY
Did you know that Eldred Township was formed from Southwest Township on September 8, 1843, and was named in honor of Nathaniel B. Eldred? Eldred was the President Judge of Warren County during the time that it was part of Pennsylvania’s 18th judicial district. The credit of procuring the formation and organization of the township belongs to Samuel W. B. Sanford, who drew up, circulated, and pushed through the petition upon which the order of the court was based. Sanford, one of the most prominent of Eldred’s citizens, came from New York State in 1838. He took the most active interest in the affairs of the township at that time. No township in Warren County was gifted so abundantly with perennial springs of water which made it a township rich with farming, when lumbering had completely made way for it. From the time of the arrival of the first four or five settlers to the time of the formation of the township, immigration poured into the area.
Early industries were lumber mills and oil production. Many businesses and stores were set up to meet the needs of these settlers. The first mill in the township was built by David White. The first store was kept by Stephen Mead on the White farm and opened during the oil excitement, about 1862. As late as 1872 Grand Valley was known by its original name of Pleasant Valley. Around 1877 the name was changed to Grand Valley.
After the construction of the Dunkirk, Allegheny Valley, and Pittsburgh Railroad, the site of Grand Valley became a thriving and promising village. This increased the population in the surrounding areas of Eldred Township. With the population growth came five stores, a hotel and a church. The first school was built in Sanford and then increased to eight schools total by 1887 with the school house in Grand Valley having nearly 200 students. This school is standing today serving as the Grand Valley Volunteer Fire Department.
Secretary / Tresurer
James E. Wencil, Chairman
Albert S. Paden, Vice-Chairman
Darrick B. Johnson, Supervisor
Diana M. Maille
Spring is Finally Here!
Just a reminder that this is the time of year to be thinking about replacing driveway pipes if needed. A pipe can be ordered and installed for you through the township, but the pipe must be paid for before installation will begin. If you need a pipe ordered, please let us know as soon as possible because we will be bidding out pipe soon and need to know the amount needed. If you decide to purchase the driveway pipe on your own, you still need to contact the township so we can look at the site and decide on the pipe size because this does affect the road drainage. Please remember that driveway pipes are the landowner’s obligation to keep clear of debris and maintained.
Other issues to keep in mind, when riding recreational vehicles in the township, the roads are for licensed vehicles only. There have been problems with recreational vehicles tearing up township roads, causing damage, and being an expense to the township taxpayers. Spinning in circles and spinning out in the middle of the roads cause ruts and road damage! If you are seen causing road damage, the state police will be called and you will be responsible for the damage.
The bottom line is that the township does everything in its power to keep making progress without losing site of what is best for our community. Townships statewide are facing a lot of rising costs, but our township continues to cut costs where we can and look for sources such as grants to help maintain a balanced budget with no tax increases. We maintain our roads with only one road worker whose responsibility is road maintenance, equipment repairs, general building maintenance, and sewer grinder pumps, as well as, line repairs and maintenance. It is our goal to work as hard as we can to make our township run as efficiently as we can.
Matthew A. Maille
911 Address Posting
We have recently been contacted by one of our local delivery services asking if our residents would post their 911 address to help when the delivery services, such as UPS, FedEx, etc., are trying to deliver packages to your homes. Posting your 911 address has been an ongoing request by the local emergency services also. So please post your 911 address signs visible from the road to help emergency vehicles and delivery trucks locate your residence or camp. If you have not already posted your 911 address, please check with Bryan Bull (814) 728-3512 at the Warren County Courthouse before posting your new sign to make sure you have the correct address. These address numbers can be purchased at Wal-Mart or almost any store that carries hardware products. The numbers can be placed on your home, mailbox, or a post visible from the road. The numbers should be reflective to be seen after dark. The simple act of posting your 911 address could be the difference of an emergency vehicle being able to find your home when you may need them most or spending precious time trying to find your home! Please post your 911 addresses!
Emergency Alerts from Warren County Department of Public Safety
Vesta Alert is a mass notification system that allows Emergency Management Personnel from the Warren County Department of Public Safety and 911 to send urgent information to the public. Vesta Alert allows Warren County Residents to receive emergency alerts on multiple devices. There is no cost to County Residents to use this service. To sign up please visit the County’s self registration portal at http://nwpaerg.onthealert.com. You must have a valid email account to sign up for this service. Questions about this system can be directed to , or (814) 563-2220 x32.
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If you or somebody you know would like a hardcopy of this website, they are available for pick up at the Eldred Township Municipal Building and at the Eldred Township Recycling Center. They are also available at the Eldred Township Tax Office during the tax office hours. Contact the Eldred Township Office if you have any questions at (814) 436-7654.