East Cocalico Police labor contract on the horizon

By on July 24, 2013

By:

ALICE HUMMER Ephrata Review Correspondent

, Staff Writer



Kids wait patiently for the games to begin. (Photos by Michele Walter)

"I’ve talked to our attorney and he expressed to me that he talked with Attorney Miller for the township and I wanted to assure you a resolution should be arriving shortly," Officer Derrick Kepley, President of the Police Officer Association told East Cocalico Supervisors at their July 17 meeting.

"What Officer Kepley is talking about," said Supervisor Chairman, Doug Mackley, "is not the issue with the contract for police coverage. The officer’s contract ran out Dec. 31st (2012) and when each side could not reach agreement it went to arbitration. The arbitration is binding."

With a full meeting room comprised of residents, several police officers and the press, no one offered any public comment on the controversial, proposed new police contract sent to West Cocalico, Adamstown and Denver by the supervisors in early June.

"I received several phone calls asking if the topic would be discussed tonight," said East Cocalico Manager, Mark Hiester. "I told the residents who called that it was not on the agenda."

Two residents, during the public comment part of the meeting, inquired about rental units located at 10 and 12 Stevens Road. Their concerns of number of people permitted to live in each unit, fire escapes, other safety issues and a landlord’s responsibility when noise ordinances are violated will be dealt with by Zoning Officer, Tony Luongo, in consultation with the supervisors.

In other business:

County Commissioner, Craig Lehman, attended the meeting and was available after the meeting to talk with residents. Lehman updated the audience on several items that are new in the county, such as the emergency radio system.

Supervisors approved the Dollar General Store offer for a 90-day time extension, which will expire Oct. 19.

Sewage enforcement officer, Dale High, is working with eight active cases.

The Brubaker Storm Water Management plan agreement was approved for signing.

The Eugene Martin Storm Water Management Plan, located on Chestnut Hill Road, had ten waivers approved.

Luongo, reported four false alarms last month, one new modular home permit approved, and a date with the District magistrate for property at 30 Poplar Drive.

Supervisors approved the PennDOT winter maintenance agreement contract for $9,465.35, an increase of $175.55 over last year.

"The state, with this contract," Mackley explained, "pays the township to maintain some of the state roads so PennDOT can do roads that are higher priority. We’ve got to plow their roads (the state’s) to get to ours so we may as well do them anyway."

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