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East Cocalico eyes railroad crossing
East Cocalico Township Supervisors on May 15 revisited safety concerns over a railroad-crossing where a daytime accident occurred in February.
The board asked transportation engineer, Scott Russell to investigate the railroad crossing at Wabash Road where a cargo train and backhoe collided Feb. 10.
Mark Hiester, township manager, said the railroad company is generally responsible for installing yield or stop signs at a “passive railroad crossing” and it determines whether they should be installed on a separate post or mounted on the existing crossbuck.
“However, municipalities are not completely off the hook,” Hiester said. “We’ve taken the steps recommended by inspecting the site and sending correspondence to the railroad.”
The backhoe, which was crossing the tracks when the train struck it, traveled about 50 feet after the impact, according East Cocalico Police. The driver of the backhoe was not seriously hurt but was taken to the hospital.
The board authorized the solicitor to draft an ordinance permitting recommended signs at that location.
“We will work with the railroad company with recommendations for traffic control,” Hiester said
In other business, supervisors:
• Awarded contracts for its summer road projects including:
Martin Limestone won bids totaling $163,380 for asphalt for three separate projects: Glenwood Drive, Wabash Road, and Park Street.
A $72,707 low bid from Steward & Tate Inc. in York for oil and chip work for the following areas: S. Reamstown Road; Glenwood Drive; Napierville Road; Frysville Road; Landis Road; Martin Road; Bill Drive; Ray Drive; Robin Drive and Dubson Circle.
• Gave Reamstown, Stevens and Smokestown Fire Companies the township’s annual contribution of $18,000. The Reamstown Ambulance Association received $18,000 and the Adamstown Area Library received $27,000.
• Authorized Hiester to sign the annual NPDES MS4 report for stormwater management which Becker Engineering is currently assembling. “This is a large report,” said Hiester. It’s about 50 pages.”
• Adopted a tiered small project stormwater fee scale. Lowest fee is for projects under 1,000 square feet, with another tier for projects between 1,000 and 2,000 square feet. This way a home-owner will not need to pay a several hundred dollar fee.
• Awarded C.M. High, Inc. the Preventative Maintenance Proposal for 7/1/14 to 6/30/15. Cost is the same as last year, $2,208.
• Approved removing the concrete parking bumpers in the upper parking lot, except for four along the HVAC system. Supervisors said lower cars are hitting and/or moving the bumpers.
• Awarded the pool snack bar operator agreement to William and Leah Gehris. The terms, $60 per day, are the same as last year. Chairman Mackley noted, “They supply everything and pay all employees. We give them free electric and water.”
• Approved advertising a joint meeting of the four Cocalico municipal governing bodies (Adamstown, Denver, East and West Cocalico Townships) on June 24 at 7 p.m. at East Cocalico municipal building. Meeting discussion will guide whether the high bid on the 1975 N. Reading Road property is accepted or rejected.
• Authorized the transportation engineer to work on cost estimates for road repairs in the Morganshire Development. “The roads have not been dedicated,” said Mackley. “Over the years of use, they now need work before the final coat of asphalt.”
Tony Luongo, zoning officer, reported ten false alarm violations in April. Permits issued totaled 29; one is for a single family dwelling unit.
• Supervisor Alan Fry reported that the swimming pool is ready to open Memorial Day weekend, beginning Saturday, May 24. Lifeguard training at the pool was Saturday, May 17.
• Supervisor Noelle Fortna, noted that the Police Board will meet May 22nd at 7 p.m. at East Cocalico Municipal Building.
• Fry report that he attended a meeting with the three fire chiefs. Discussions focus on how to continue serving residents in the most efficient and effective manner. “We’re just starting,” said Fry. “We have a way to go.”