E. Coc. Supervisors learn results of stormwater study

By on October 23, 2013


ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent

, Staff Writer

East Cocalico Township supervisors are working together with West Lampeter Township, Manheim Township, Warwick Township, Mount Joy Borough and Lititz Borough to address the federal stormwater regulations which, in the end, will help clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

Monica Billig, program manager for the Lancaster Satellite Office of University of Maryland’s Environmental Finance Center worked with East Cocalico and the five other municipalities to study stormwater financing to make sound financial recommendations for financing the federal stormwater regulations.

Billig complimented East Cocalico for having and enforcing stringent requirements for development in regard to stormwater management.

Planning must occur for how to repair and replace stormwater infrastructure and the mapping of water transport (I.e. conveyance) needs completed.

Billig encouraged exploring working with local groups, such as the Cocalico Creek Watershed Association and other municipalities for stormwater management funding. Seeking grant money is an option.

East Cocalico Township, according to Billig, will need to generate money specifically for use for stormwater management and to acquire guidance and technical assistance in dealing with the regulatory requirements.

"No one except Lancaster City has implemented a fee (to deal with stormwater)," said Billig. "Nationally the standard residential fee is between $45 and $50 dollars." Locally, suggested municipal fees range from a low of $15 to a high of $85.

Billig said each municipality must determine if a dedicated fee is needed or if the municipality has alternative financing mechanisms to implement and maintain the federal stormwater regulations.

General cost estimates for East Cocalico Township were generated by studying Warwick and Manheim Townships’ approaches.

"Warwick has done a lot of work on this (stormwater management) for the last 20 years," Billig said. "They’ve done a lot of outreach work. All fifth graders do a Watershed Day. In the high school (Warwick), stream study work and data collection are part of a science class." Her power-point presentation estimated Warwick’s costs at about $15 per resident per year.

If Manheim Township develops a separate stormwater department, moves current and future costs to that department’s budget and pays for costs using a dedicated stormwater fee, it is estimated at $85 per resident.

Residential rates estimated are based on 6,632 square feet, the average impervious surface of residential properties. All residential properties would pay a flat fee.

Billig said that some municipalities might attach a stormwater fee to the water bill.

Summing up, Billig said East Cocalico Township needs to address mapping (which is started, according to Mark Hiester, Township Manager), outreach and capital costs.

In other business, supervisors:

Authorized the Township’s legal counsel to prepare the necessary resolutions/amendments to the 1994 Inter-municipal Agreement for Law Enforcement Services for Denver Borough, the 1978 Police Agreement with Adamstown Borough and the 1984 Cooperative Police Services Agreement with West Cocalico Township so that they may continue to buy police services from the Township in 2014. This occurred in response to clarifications asked for by Denver Borough at its Oct. 14 meeting.

Approved a letter from Bruce Carpenter to permit the Lions Club to hold their Nov. 29 annual toll road fundraiser at Church Street and Reamstown Road.

Heard and agreed with Alan Fry’s public thank you to Supervisor Noelle Fortna for her outstanding job and Dr. Ken McCrea’s time and help on the police advisory board.

Authorized the road crew to construct a pool chair storage rack.

Authorized end of year advertisements which will change the 2014 supervisors meetings to the first and third Thursday night of the month and eliminate workshop meetings.

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