Checking out: East Cocalico makes 2016 annual contributions

By on April 27, 2016

 

The East Cocalico Township treasury is a bit lighter after distributing checks of $20,000 each to the township’s three fire companies, Reamstown, Smokestown, and Stevens, and to Reamstown Ambulance.

Photo by Alice Hummer   The East Cocalico Township supervisors presented annual contributions to their three volunteer fire companies, ambulance association and library at their Thursday, April 21, meeting. Pictured (from left) are  Brian Auker, president, Smokestown Fire Company; Rick Carpenter, president, Reamstown Ambulance Association; Jane Webber, president, Friends of the Adamstown Area Library; Scott Achey, president, Reamstown Fire Company; and supervisors Noelle Fortna, Alan Fry and Doug Mackley. Missing from photo is a representative from Stevens Fire Company.

Photo by Alice Hummer
The East Cocalico Township supervisors presented annual contributions to their three volunteer fire companies, ambulance association and library at their Thursday, April 21, meeting. Pictured (from left) are Brian Auker, president, Smokestown Fire Company; Rick Carpenter, president, Reamstown Ambulance Association; Jane Webber, president, Friends of the Adamstown Area Library; Scott Achey, president, Reamstown Fire Company; and supervisors Noelle Fortna, Alan Fry and Doug Mackley. Missing from photo is a representative from Stevens Fire Company.

A check for $29,000 went to the Adamstown Area Library, which serves East Cocalico Township as well as Adamstown and Denver boroughs and West Cocalico and Brecknock townships.

The mowing contract which supervisors sent to J. Bang, Green Lawn Mowing, was returned as the firm is going out of business.

“We’re looking for a person to do mowing,” said Doug Mackley, supervisor chairman. Interested individuals should contact the municipal office at 336-1720.

The W.E.H. Enterprises project, an 80,000-square-foot warehouse facility on 10.2 acres on the south side of Denver Road was given a time extension until July 23. The project involves the transfer of approximately 5.4 acres of land from the adjacent Bollman Hat Co. The facility access will be an improved drive onto Denver Road.

Zoning Officer Tony Luongo issued a dozen occupancy certificates. He reported nine false alarm violations in March.

“We have one item for the May 11 zoning hearing board meeting,” said Luongo. “It’s the Fox Brooke development’s request for handling of the culvert and riparian buffer zones.”

The 88-acre Foxbrooke development site is located at 195 E. Swartzville Road and developers have been working for almost five years on various land studies and permit requests.

“We went to the district magistrate and two citations were issued for illegal dumping at the township woody waste site,” Luongo said.

In addition, four violation letters were issued for property maintenance and one letter for violating the nuisance ordinance with a barking dog.

The police speed study concluded a 25 miles per hour sign on Park Street was warranted and supervisors authorized the solicitor to advertise the resolution.

“This will add Park Street to our existing ordinance,” said Mackley. “Anytime we add something to our ordinance we must follow the legal procedure for adopting a resolution.”

Two road project bids were awarded. One for $90,243.55 to E.J.B. Paving was for asphalt on Gehman School and North Muddy Creek roads. The second one was to Stewart and Tate for $29,612.97 for oil and chip work on several roads.

In other business:

* The township Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Reduction Plan was authorized for submission to the Department of Environmental Protection for approval.

* Resident Ken McCrea reported that while walking after dark recently in the area of Stoney Pointe many toads were having difficulty migrating to the nearby basin due to having to cross the road and navigate the high curb. Although there is a curb cut about 75 feet from the point where many toads are crossing, many aren’t successfully making it to the pond. Supervisors noted the situation and did not suggest any remedies.

* Supervisors approved the Cocalico High School Leo Club’s Toll Road to benefit Relay for Life on Saturday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Church and Main streets.

“This is an annual event,” said Supervisor Alan Fry, “and we’ve never had any issues with it. It’s well organized and supervised.”

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