East Cocalico supervisors meeting draws crowd

By on February 7, 2018

When nearly forty people crowd into a meeting room, there’s usually some sort of controversy. Not so at supervisors Feb. 1 meeting. Most of the crowd was family, fellow officers and friends of Sergeant Darrick Keppley, Officer in Charge of East Cocalico Police Department. When Keppley was appointed the new police chief early in the agenda, the room erupted with applause and broad smiles.

Keppley’s starting date was Sunday, Feb. 4, and his salary of $100,000 will be prorated. A department veteran, he replaces Chief Terry Arment, who retired last month.

The public safety theme continued as supervisors discussed maintenance for the 25-year-old timers on the flashers/time clock located at Reamstown Elementary School on S. Reamstown Road.

“The timing just can’t stay in sync,” supervisors learned from manager, Scott Russell. Flashers come on and go off at times other than those which were originally set.

Supervisors approved a contract with C.M. High, Inc., Myerstown, for a new time clock which activates traffic flashers at a cost not to exceed $2,100. The clock can be programmed to change automatically when daylight savings time arrives and when it ends.

In other business:

  • Residents were reminded that the next public meeting to discuss the Stoney Pointe Park community build recreation area is Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the municipal building. The topic will be part of the regular, monthly recreation board meeting.
  • A letter was mailed on Feb. 2 to all farmers in the township regarding their status with nutrient management and manure management plans within the Cocalico Watershed. This is the public outreach component of a 2018 goal East Cocalico Township established for the federally mandated stormwater management (MS4) program. For farmers lacking the documents, there are grant funds available to help with the cost of developing nutrient and manure management plans.
  • Morganshire Development, located off route 897 north, is getting closer to roadway dedication of Phases 2 and 3. The developer is completing required legal documents and as-built surveys, Russell reported.
  • Supervisors authorized signing the “Construction Activities Agreement” with Heatherwoods LLC, associated with the revised preliminary plan and phase 3 final plan, pending satisfactory document updates. Heatherwoods is located off Hill Road, north of the municipal building.
  • Tru-Denver’s preliminary/final land development plan was conditionally approved. The 10,305 square foot, four story, 84 room hotel which fronts N. Reamstown Road on 2 ½ acres is about ready to break ground, weather pending.
  • Road master, Chris Flory, reported 236 Christmas trees were chipped, about 30 less than last year. “It’s been a busy winter. We’ve used approximately 400 tons of salt. This is heavier use than last year,” said Flory. Supervisor Doug Mackley, recalling the shortage of salt in 2017, asked about the township’s salt supply. Flory said, “Our salt bins are full.”

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