Plains Township

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Plains Township was formed on November 10, 1851. Located between Wilkes-Barre and Pittston, it covers an area of thirteen square miles. On December 7, 1899 it became a First Class Township.

A five-member Board of Commissioners governs Plains Township. The Commissioners serve as liaisons between the people of Plains Township and the County, State and Federal Governments. Some of their responsibilities include making appropriations, adopting a budget, levying taxes and adopting ordinances and resolutions to make rules and regulations. They also supervise the appointment, suspension or removal of all Township employees.

The Town Hall Building, located at 126 N. Main Street, houses the Administrative and Zoning Office, the Tax Office, Police and Fire Departments and the Plains Branch of the Osterhout Library.

A second Municipal Building is located at 50 Second Street in the Fox Hill Section. The building is utilized for public meetings and is occupied by additional Police and Fire Personnel and Fire apparatus and the Department of Public Works. Currently the Sewer Authority of the Township of Plains maintains an office and the Luzerne County Bureau of Aging operates a Senior Citizen Center in this building.


AddressPlains Township
126 N. Main Street, Plains, PA 18705
Square Miles13
Name of MayorN/A
Congressional District11th
Legislative District121st
Type of GovernmentBoard of Commissioners
School DistrictWilkes-Barre Area
Public LibraryOsterhout Phone: 570-824-1862
Range of Housing Costs$35,000 to $350,000
Property Tax RateTwp. – 35 mills/County – 94.9 mills/School 26.9 mills


CableAdelphia Cable
Phone: 570-451-4300
GasPG Energy
Phone: 570-829-3461
ElectricPPL Utilities, Inc.
Phone: 800-342-5775
WaterPennsylvania-American Water Company
Phone: 570-825-7100
Waste RemovalBy Municipal Employees
Phone: 570-829-3430
Last Updated: 12/17/12 11:13:48
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