Denver OKs property sale

By on May 7, 2014

Denver Borough Council has agreed to sell an East Cocalico property it co-owns.
Council approved a sealed-bid sale of the 20-plus acre site at 1975 N. Reading Road — jointly owned by Denver, Adamstown, East Cocalico and West Cocalico — at its meeting on April 28.

Three of the four municipalities agreed to sell, which is required by their agreement. Shortly, all four could be in agreement after West Cocalico Township meets.

Though no minimum bid can be stipulated, “we don’t have to accept the bids,” said Mike Hession, Denver Borough Manger.
The building’s most recent tenant, B. C. Chicken, which is now owned by Purdue, closed the Reamstown site. Rent was paid through April 2014.

Due to building and property deterioration, plus recovery from the recession, the property, purchased in 2006 for $3.7 million is now appraised at approximately $2 million.

Denver Borough holds 16 percent ownership of the property.

The police board met April 24 to continue work to form a Cocalico Regional Police Force that includes Denver, Adamstown, and East Cocalico Township and West Cocalico Township.

Denver Council police board representative, Mike Gensemer, reported that Adamstown resident, Ralph Vedder made a motion, seconded by Cindy Schweitzer, to have East Cocalico Township continue to pay the MMO (minimum municipal obligation) contribution that East Cocalico Supervisors outlined last year. The motion was tabled and discussion will continue at the next meeting.

On Oct. 7, 2013, at a special meeting, East Cocalico supervisors answered questions from Denver Borough, including one regarding MMO contributions, and sent copies of their responses to Adamstown and West Cocalico.

East Cocalico agreed, if all three of the other municipalities remained as partners contracting East Cocalico Police services through Dec. 31, 2018, East Cocalico Township would fund MMO contributions as follows: 100 percent in 2015; 75 percent in 2016; and 52 percent in 2017 and 2018.

East Cocalico currently pays for 52 percent of police costs and 52 percent of the MMO.

Blake Daub, council president, summed up the council’s understanding that once the regional board becomes a reality, all expenses are shared proportionately. This includes any pension deficit.

Gensemer reminded others that the deficit exists only if every officer decides to retire at the same time.

He noted that pension accounts nation-wide are slowly recovering from the 2008 recession. At a recent meeting with principals handling the police pension, it was reported that the police pension was 76 percent funded in 2013, showing steady improvement over the last several years.

In other business: Denver adopted a proclamation for Arbor Day. It’s noteworthy because this is the 16th consecutive year that Denver has earned the designation of Tree City, U.S.A.

• It declared May as Motorcycle Awareness Month.
• Police Chief George Beever reported that a suspect was apprehended for stealing a revolver from an unlocked car in the borough.
• Council learned that property issues at 10 N. 6th Street will be addressed at a district justice hearing.
• George Whetsel, director of public works, announced a change in street-sweeping dates to May 14 and 15.
• Daub asked Chief Beever to check into a citizen’s complaint about cars speeding.
• Councilman Mike Cohick suggested residents contact legislators to express support for a law allowing local police to use radar.

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