East Cocalico move police issue forward

By on September 11, 2013

By:

ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent

, Staff Writer

East Cocalico supervisors took several actions which met outstanding requests made by officials in Adamstown, Denver and West Cocalico Township at their Sept. 4 meeting.

Unanimously passed was a resolution introduced by supervisor Noelle Fortna to terminate deadlines for inter-municipal agreements and to extend until Oct. 31, the date by which Adamstown, Denver and West Cocalico Township must notify East Cocalico Township of their intent to terminate service from East Cocalico.

Supervisors unanimously approved putting in writing that they support forming a regional police force with Adamstown, Denver and West Cocalico Township and support forming a regional police commission with equal representation.

"We’ve already said this," said chairman Doug Mackley.

"Yes, but they’d like us to put it in writing and send it to them," said Fortna.

Supervisors thanked Dr. Ken McCrea, an East Cocalico Township resident and member of the newly formed police board, for his volunteer time to analyze and put together finance information concerning the police pension fund and police budget cost trends. McCrea’s information was presented at the first police board meeting Aug. 29. It is also available on the website at co.lancaster.pa.us.

"We intend to have budget numbers in the hands of officials from Adamstown, Denver and West Cocalico Township no later than Sept. 16 and we think it will be before that date," said Fortna.

Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. in the East Cocalico Municipal Building is the next meeting of the police board. Unlike the Aug. 29 meeting, which Lancaster County Newspapers felt did not meet the provisions of Pennsylvania’s Open Meeting Law, this meeting will be open to the public.

Several residents, from all municipalities served by the East Cocalico Police, expressed satisfaction with the East Cocalico Police and the supervisor’s actions to support regionalization, take former deadlines off the table and supply budget figures.

"It’s time to move on, cooperate and get to work on this issue together," said Denver councilman Steve Binkley.

In other business:

Supervisors thanked the Smokestown Fire Company for hosting the meeting.

Supervisors approved four waivers, with recommendations and considerations, for the Hollinger tract, located at 755 White Oak Road. The project involves proposed reconstruction of a single family dwelling and a detached accessory garage structure, plus related driveways, patios and a playhouse.

Police Chief George Beever reported that an officer, while investigating an incident at 835 Galen Hall Road, discovered 11 marijuana plants growing. The resident was charged with manufacturing marijuana.

Supervisors renewed the township’s docStar contract for 2014 at a cost of $1,685.

Supervisors authorized amending the draft zoning ordinance with comments received.

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