Frontier is in the middle of an infrastructure build-out called “Building Gigabit America”.

This involves the installation of brand new, high-speed fiber optics in Pennsylvania and other areas, with the goal of providing high-speed “Fiber to the Home” to 10 million households and businesses by the end of 2025.

As part of that build-out, we are installing new Fiber Optic cabling all over Luzerne County, including in Butler Township. Much of that build-out is being done underground, using sophisticated horizontal boring machines, which is why you’ve been seeing all those trucks and heavy equipment in your area lately.

By installing underground as much as possible, we can greatly minimize the surface disruptions, and except for a few plastic boxes that are mounted flush with the ground, and the occasional metal cabinet attached to a telephone pole, you won’t even see the infrastructure once the work is complete.

Naturally, we always try to minimize any disruptions, work as safely as possible, and make a real effort to restore any surface areas we disturb. Good relations with the communities we serve are important to us and we try hard to keep it that way.

Eric Scher
Frontier Project Manager

April 2023

The Butler Township Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at 6:00 PM at the Butler Township Municipal Building located at 83 Corporate Drive, Drums, PA to consider amendments to Chapter 7, Fire Prevention and Fire Protection, Part 1, Section 104-Exemptions, subsection b) and c) Open Burning Restrictions, to exempt nominal lumber from the definition of Construction Debris where Controlled Burning is being conducted, and to modify the required footage of the area where Controlled Burning is being conducted from 500 ft. to 100 ft. Copies of the amendments are available for inspection at the Municipal Building and the Standard Speaker during normal business hours. The public hearing will be immediately followed by the regular meeting of the Supervisors at which time they intend to adopt the amendments.

Donald G. Karpowich, Esq.
Butler Township Solicitor
85 Drasher Road
Drums, PA 18222

The Butler Township Supervisors will hold a hearing on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at 6:00 PM at the Butler Township Community Center located at 83 Corporate Drive, Drums, PA to consider an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance making application referrals to the Township Planning Commission in variance cases discretionary not mandatory. A copy of the Zoning Amendment is available for inspection at the Municipal Building and the Standard Speaker during normal business hours. The public hearing will be immediately followed by the regular meeting of the Supervisors at which time they intend to adopt the amendment.

Donald G Karpowich, Esq.
Butler Township Solicitor
85 Drasher Road
Drums, PA 18222

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Butler Township will receive sealed bids for the purchase of scrap metal. The material can be examined at the Drums Wastewater Facility off of South Beisels road in Drums. Call 570-788-3547 to schedule access.

Bids must be sent or delivered to the office of the Manager on or before 3:00 P.M. prevailing time on April 5, 2023. Bids must be submitted in sealed envelopes marked on the outside with the name, address and legal designation of the business (e.g. corporation, partnership or individual) of the Bidder and the Township of Butler, 83 Corporate Drive, Drums, PA 18222. Bids will be publicly opened at a special meeting scheduled for 9:00 A.M. on Thursday, April 6, 2023 at the Municipal Building.

Each bid must be accompanied by a certified check, bank cashier’s check or money order in the amount of 10% of the amount of the bid, which amount shall be forfeited in case the bidder shall fail to complete the sale, if awarded.

Butler Township reserves the right after opening of the bids to reject any and all bids.


March 2023

SEALED PROPOSALS will be received by Butler Township Supervisors of Luzerne County at the Municipal Building until 12:45 p.m. on March 14th, 2023 for the following:

  • #2 Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel (on road), #2 Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel (off road), and Unleaded Gasoline (87 octane)
    * Estimated quantity only, the actual amount purchased will vary with the requirements of the municipality.

Interested bidders who have questions can do so by contacting the Butler Township Manager at 570-788-3547. 

All bids shall be submitted on letterhead stating Name, address and contact informationof bidder along with your bid amount. 

Bids must be delivered or mailed to the Municipal Office at 83 Corporate Drive, Drums, PA  18222 on or prior to March 14, 2023 at 12:45 p.m. and will be publicly opened at 1 p.m.

The Township reserves the right to reject any or all proposals.


February 2023

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Butler Township Supervisors will hold their remaining regular meetings for 2023 at 6:00 PM at the Municipal Building located at 83 Corporate Drive, Drums, PA 18222 as follows: 

  • February 14
  • March 14,
  • April 11
  • May 9
  • June 13
  • July 11
  • August 8
  • September 12
  • October 10
  • November 14
  • December 12

Work Sessions will be held at 9:00 AM as follows: 

  • February 9
  • March 9
  • April 6
  • May 4
  • June 8
  • July 6
  • August 3
  • September 7
  • October 5
  • November 9
  • December 7

Planning Commission meetings will be held on the first Monday of the month at 6:00 PM, except for September, which will be held on the following day, September 5.

Zoning Hearing Board meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:00 PM.

Recreation Board meetings will be held on the fourth Monday of the month at 6 PM, except for December, which will be held on the following day, December 26.

The Transparency in Coverage Rule issued by the federal government requires health insurers and group health plans to provide detailed pricing data for all covered items and services to the public in the form of Machine Readable Files (MRFs).

Highmark is committed to helping self-funded customers comply with this new rule and will create and publish the MRFs on your behalf. Highmark will make this information available through the link:

Information will be updated monthly. The detailed pricing information must include:

  • In-Network Rates for all covered in-network items and services
  • Out-of-Network historical rates for all covered items, services and prescription drugs
  • In-Network negotiated rates and historical net prices for all covered prescription drugs by plan at the pharmacy location level. This prescription drug information has been delayed pending additional rules.

This link leads to the machine readable files that are made available in response to the federal Transparency in Coverage Rule and includes negotiated service rates and out-of-network allowed amounts between health plans and healthcare providers. The machine-readable files are formatted to allow researchers, regulators, and application developers to more easily access and analyze data.

For additional information, see the guide below:

pdfUser Guide - Navigation of Machine Readable Files Resource - 2022

Harrisburg, PA Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced that in lieu of in-person free potassium iodide, or KI, tablet distribution the department has provided in previous years, the tablets are available to all Pennsylvanians who live or work within 10 miles of the state’s five nuclear power plants by calling the Department of Health at 1-877-724-3258 (1-877-PA-HEALTH) or at county and municipal health departments or state health centers.

“Emergency preparedness is an important aspect of public health and having potassium iodide tablets for residents who live or work within 10 miles of a nuclear facility is an essential preparedness action in the case of a radiological emergency,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “However, with continuing to efforts to limit indoor gatherings, we want Pennsylvanians to know about alternative ways to obtain these tablets.”

KI helps protect the thyroid gland against harmful radioactive iodine and can be taken by anyone, if they are not allergic to it. It is safe for pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding, people on thyroid medication, children and infants. Individuals who are unsure if they should take potassium iodide should ask a health care provider first.

“It’s important to remember potassium iodide should only be taken when instructed to by state health officials or the governor, and it is not a substitute for evacuation in the case of a radiological emergency at one of Pennsylvania’s nuclear facilities,” Dr. Levine said.

With the current COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Tom Wolf’s and Sec. Levine’s Targeted Mitigation Order limiting indoor gatherings to 25 people, the decision was made to cancel the KI distribution events for 2020. KI tablets are still recommended for people living and working within 10 miles of the Three Mile Island Generating Station, which closed in September 2019.

Individuals requesting KI tablets may do so for other family members or those who are unable to get the tablets on their own. School districts and employers within a 10-mile radius can also arrange to obtain their supply of KI tablets from the department.

Information sheets explaining how many KI tablets should be taken, when to take the tablets, and how to store them are provided with the packages. Health nurses can answer questions about the process over the phone as well.

The state’s five nuclear facilities are closely regulated, secure and well-maintained. The facilities are: Beaver Valley Power Station; Limerick Generating Station; Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station; Susquehanna Steam Electric Station; and recently closed Three Mile Island Generating Station.

Additional information on potassium iodide (KI) tablets and nuclear power plant safety can be found on the Department of Health’s website at or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

MEDIA CONTACT:             Nate Wardle, 717-787-1783 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Butler Township Pollutant Reduction Plan - Public Notice

As required by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (PA DEP’s) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Individual Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Renewal Application, Butler Township has prepared and must implement a Pollutant Reduction Plan (PRP) for the Storm Sewershed of the Urbanized Area of Butler Township. The purpose of the PRP is to select Water Quality Stormwater Management Best Management Practices (BMPs) to be constructed within the Township to achieve a minimum 10% reduction of Sediment, a minimum 5% reduction of Total Phosphorus and a minimum 3% reduction of Total Nitrogen Pollutant Loads in pounds per year during a five (5) year time period.

The proposed PRP developed by Butler Township can be viewed at the Butler Township Municipal Building located at 83 Corporate Drive in Butler Township, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. or by accessing the Butler Township Website at Written comments shall be accepted by Butler Township for thirty (30) days from the date of this Public Notice. A copy of the written comments will be attached to the Final PRP submitted to the PA DEP by Butler Township. Furthermore, Butler Township shall accept and make a record of any oral comments received at any public meeting or public hearing held by Butler Township during the thirty (30) day public comment period. All public comments, whether received orally at a public meeting, or written, will be considered in the Township’s Final PRP submitted to the PA DEP.

pdfButler Township Draft Pollutant Reduction Plan (May 12, 2020)19.41 MB


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State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) is warning residents of ascam targeting Property Tax or Rent Rebate recipients.

Schwank’s office was notified of a scam that consists of unsolicited calls from a person claiming to work for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. The caller says an application for Property Tax or Rent Rebate has been approved and then asks if the recipient would like the rebate directly deposited into a bank account – and asks for his or her bank information.

This is a scam. The Department of Revenue does not make live calls regarding Property Tax or Rent Rebate applications and does not collect applicant banking deposit information over the phone.

The Department of Revenue does contact applicants via automated calls to confirm their information has been received and approved. If the department needs more information about an individual’s Property Tax or Rent Rebate application, it sends a letter through the U.S. Postal Service.

Individuals can request that their rebate be directly deposited; those requests, however, must be made when the signed application is submitted to the Department of Revenue.

If you receive a phone call from an individual claiming to represent the Department of Revenue and is requesting personal bank account information, DO NOT give out any banking information or any personal information (including Social Security numbers) to these callers

If you received one of these calls and provided your banking information or other personal information, immediately call your bank to make them aware of this potential fraud. Additionally, you can file a scam complaint with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General Bureau of Consumer Protection by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-800-441-2555 or by visiting  Consumer Complaint forms are also available by contacting Senator Schwank’s District Office at 610-929-2151.