East Cocalico Township adopts weather disaster emergency declaration

By on February 26, 2014

Snow storms coupled with extremely low temperatures have caused road salt supplies to quickly dwindle or be completely used in many municipalities. East Cocalico Township is no exception, and supervisors on the advice of their solicitor, Tom Goodman, took steps at their Feb. 20 meeting to help the township deal promptly with additional weather emergencies.

“This declaration will allow us to skip the bidding process if an item needed, such as salt, is scarce. You cannot use this declaration if you’re able to get salt as you normally would,” said Mark Hiester, East Cocalico Township Manager.

The declaration covers any other related material, product or service. For example, it would cover rental of additional equipment needed during a weather emergency.

Acquisition of new police radios took another step forward. Supervisors approved the $67,208.24 requisition for their purchase.

“We’ve talked about new radios for years and they’re in the budget,” said Doug Mackely, supervisor chairman. Supervisors and Kenny Eshelman, Roadmaster discussed keeping their old radios for communication with township officers and the road crew.

In other business, supervisors approved a resolution which identifies the municipal contribution percentage the township is to pay toward the police pension MMO (Minimum Municipal Obligation).

The amount is calculated by subtracting the five percent payroll contribution police officers make and the estimated state aid from the estimated 2014 police payroll.

A percentage of the total amount of $366,331 is paid by each of the four municipalities receiving East Cocalico Police coverage. This includes East Cocalico Township, West Cocalico Township, Denver and Adamstown.

In other business supervisors:

• Authorized Transportation Engineer, Scott Russell, pending receipt of High Concrete’s letter detailing work requested and responsibility for costs, to inspect and advise High Concrete on safety issues at the Denver Road crosswalk.

• Approved a half marathon for April 6 from 8 to 11 a.m., starting at Stoudtburg Plaza. This is the third annual “Rumspringa Half Marathon” run by Uberendurence Sports.

• Approved a two percent raise for the Reamstown pool manager.

• Agreed to get a base radio station quote for the ambulance station.

• Commended Roadmaster Eshelman and his road crew for the great job during the last two snows and the hard work since December working with inclement weather emergencies.

• Zoning Officer, Tony Luongo, reported 14 permits issued, a dozen applications filed for permits, five permits in review and six ready for pickup. No new single family home permits were requested or issued. Luongo reported 13 false alarm violations, two notices regarding violation of the township leash law and calls made to several businesses regarding snow removal on their sidewalks.

Supervisors adjourned into executive session for personnel issues.

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