E. Coc. benefits from stormwater management

By on February 19, 2014

It will cost East Cocalico Township approximately $75,000 annually to implement the new stormwater regulations which aid federal clean-up efforts for the Chesapeake Bay.

“East Cocalico is in good shape because we’ve looked ahead,” Mark Hiester, East Cocalico Manager said at a recent county stormwater financing workshop. “We’ve consistently planned and addressed stormwater issues. For us, a big part will be working with the Farmland Trust.”

Monica Billig, program manager for the Lancaster Satellite Office of University of Maryland’s Environmental Finance Center, reported to supervisors at their Oct. 23, 2013 meeting and praised them for the stormwater financing and implementation efforts of the consortium of East Cocalico Township, West Lampeter Township, Manheim Township, Warwick Township and Mount Joy and Lititz Boroughs.

Billig told supervisors that such partnerships are looked upon favorably when competing for any available grants or loans. The township also works cooperatively with the Cocalico Creek Watershed Association and other contiguous communities.

Tony Luongo, zoning officer, added that the township evaluated and adopted effective stormwater regulations which his office, the township engineer and building inspector all play a role in enforcing.

Residents will hear more about repair and replacement of stormwater infrastructure and safe stormwater transport as more stringent federal regulations regarding components of stormwater run-off come into effect.

Roadmaster Kenny Eshelman’s report cited use of 300 tons of salt, 80 tons of anti-skid material, 495 gallons of fuel and 142 hours of overtime for plowing snow.

“We have 50 tons of salt left,” said Hiester, “and there are no deliveries for 15 days.”

Tina Wolfe, a seven-year resident of Sycamore Circle stated that she and other neighbors have concerns about snow removal issues in the cul de sac and supervisors said they’d get back to her after speaking with the roadmaster.

“We know with the many storms we’ve had that placing the snow in a safe place in a cul de sac is difficult, said Doug Mackley, Supervisor Chairman. “You can’t put it (snow) in the center because fire equipment couldn’t get in and maneuver easily. This township now does not allow a developer to build a cul de sac. I know that doesn’t help you and we will look into what we can do.”

Supervisor Noelle Fortna reported the good news that the High Appraisal update for the 1975 N. Reading Road property increased from 2.3 to 2.49 million. The tenant, B.C. Chicken is leaving due to the company being sold and this location closing. Local municipalities that own the building (East and West Cocalico Townships and Denver and Adamstown Boroughs) are working toward selling the building and land, originally purchased for developing a recreation center. Funding was not feasible and plans were dropped.

In other business:

• Supervisor Alan Fry remarked on the excellent recycling efforts for 2013. Secretary Lisa Kashner reported a total of 45 tons of cardboard collected and 9.27 tons in the magazine container.

• The PA Turnpike Commission invited the township to participate in their Turnpike Travel Advisory Panel. Hiester will be the designated township panelist. “It’s an opportunity for us to comment to the Commission,” he said.

• Supervisors unanimously voted down a police pension COLA for 2014. No COLA was granted in 2012 or 2013.

• Supervisors learned all inspections were satisfactory at Dunkin’ Donuts on route 272 and Colonel Howard Blvd. The restaurant, closed for one week, will reopen during the week of Feb. 10. “It will be all new, both inside and out,” said Lunogo.

• Luongo reported that all permits are in place for the proposed Dollar General Store, near the former train shops on route 272, and the pet food warehouse on S. Muddy Creek Road. “When the weather breaks, they’ll be able to move ground,” he said.

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