East Cocalico police gets letter of praise

By on July 13, 2011

By: ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

East Cocalico Supervisor Chairman Doug Mackley read a letter to the township from an out-of-state resident at the July 6 supervisors meeting.

Kentucky resident John Carey recently passed through East Cocalico Township and became involved in an incident. The Villa Hills citizen’s letter praised officer Bob Good’s calm demeanor which permitted the situation to not escalate and be resolved efficiently.

"(Officer Good) went above and beyond the call of duty" to help the Kentucky resident and bring the situation to conclusion, Carey’s letter stated. Carey hoped "residents realize what a fine police force they have."

"We know our (police) force is good," Mackley said, "but it’s always nice to hear from someone like this reminding us of it."

Police Chief George Beever told supervisors that three officers were injured recently in the line of duty by combative people.

Unrelated to that issue, Beever confirmed the department is researching information on Tasers, and will be forwarding a proposal for the purchase of an as-yet undetermined number of them.

"We are also looking for grant money to fund the purchase," he said in an e-mail.

In other news:

?Zoning officer Tony Luongo reported that the blighted property at 17-19 South Line Road, Stevens, was posted as unsafe due to utilities being shut off. Residents have moved out.

"The mortgage company was notified," said Luongo. "It usually takes more than one letter (to get action). The township cut the grass."

Supervisors accepted the plan withdrawal of Rose Hill’s preliminary subdivision plan.

Citizen Dr. Ken McCrea asked land planning engineer, Brent Leed, if Rose Hill’s applicants might "regroup and resubmit?"

"With the economic downturn," Leed said, "I think they (Rose Hill applicants) need time to reflect. It’s a long time frame for the concept to evolve. I think they’ll be back sometime."

?Wabash Landing was granted a time extension until Oct. 21. Their deadline was July 22.

"There’s been some progress on secondary access for phase one," Leed noted.

?Supervisors granted Stoney Point a time extension until Oct. 27 for their phase 2 final plan and phase 1 revised final subdivision plan.

?Todd and Stacey Sechrist, 160 Brunners Grove Road, Reinholds, were granted several waivers for their storm water management plan for accessory use of a structure, i.e. a pool. The Sechrists posted $31,700 financial security for the project.

?Supervisors agreed to reduce the financial security by $7,930 for the Lorah subdivision, which comprises one lot on Gehman School Road. An amount of $650 will be retained till they "spruce up the planting," Leed said.

"They did not comply with the landscaping designed to help hold water," Leed noted. "There were to be five trees and eight shrubs. There’s not that many," Leed said.

?Supervisors discussed, and agreed to wait, on adding five additional chaise lounges to the Reamstown Community Pool. Each chaise lounge is about $788.

"We have ten now," Supervisor Alan Fry said. "They hold up real good and are always in use."

"I’d like to see what our bills are before we spend on these," Supervisor Noelle Fortna said. "We can put that (the chairs) as a high priority on the list for next year."

?Fry, who chairs the recreation committee, will attend a pool safety seminar in Reading.

?Supervisors agreed to have township fire police assist Ephrata with their Ephrata Fair Parade on Sept. 23 if it works with their schedule.

?After talking for about a year about wording for new signs for the park, supervisors awarded Eckert Signs, 291 Wabash Road, Ephrata, a contract for $1,321 for seven signs of various sizes. Money will be saved by using the existing boards.

?The woody waste pile, with recent heavy storms, is quite large. Zeiger Brothers, from Middletown, will remove and chip the pile in the next ten days.

"Last year the service was free," Township Manager Mark Hiester said. "This year, with the cost of gas, the free service is not possible. The cost will be $1,800."

"This is still a very good deal," Mackley noted, "compared to what it cost us previously."

Supervisors discussed whether to re-schedule its Sept. 23 supervisor’s meeting, which falls at the same time as the Ephrata Fair Parade. Several people noted community service commitments related to the event. A decision will be made later. More EAST COCALICO, page A10

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