Following the LED…New program brings new lights, savings to East Cocalico building

By on November 25, 2014

The lights are burning bright at the East Cocalico Township building and it’s not because the holiday season is at hand.

“It does make a big difference,” said East Cocalico Township Manager Mark Hiester. His remark centered on the improved illumination in the township meeting room at the supervisors’ Nov. 20 meeting.

“Every light bulb (200 total) in the township building was changed,” said Supervisor Chairman Doug Mackley.

Included were the township offices, water authority offices, police station, and highway department building under the PPL Lighting Rebate Program. The program intents is to change from incandescent and fluorescent to LED lights.

The township cost is 1.4 percent of the project cost, with annual projected savings totaling $11,553.74.

Advance Trade performed the work. The supervisors thanked Kent Riech for directing the township to the contractor.

East Cocalico Supervisors have not discussed a draft 2015 budget. Supervisors authorized advertising a special board meeting on Monday, Dec.22, at 5 p.m., to consider adoption of the 2015 township budget and any other matter.

The next supervisors meeting, Thursday, Dec. 4, is expected to include a review of the 2015 budget draft.

In other business:

*Supervisors approved The Kilmer Group’s life and disability insurance proposal for 2015. The new annual premium is $25,100.05, less than the former premium of $26,428.

*Financial security reductions were granted to Jeff Mitchell and Woodcrest Retreat, Phase 2.

“Mr. Mitchell added a fourth chicken house on his property,” said Hiester. Mitchell received a $35,018 reduction, leaving $14,080.38 remaining.

*Woodcrest Retreat Phase 2 received a $205,784 reduction, leaving $96,188.50 remaining.

*A request from a parochial school for a school bus stop on Church Street will be reviewed by the township engineer.

*Zoning Officer Tony Luongo reported among the 33 permits issued was another new, single family dwelling.

“This brings the total to 10 new single family residences this year,” Luongo said.

*Procopio’s Pizza owners met with township representatives regarding proposed renovations and upgrades, in anticipation of getting a liquor license.

“The license is a transfer within the township,” said Luongo. “It’s coming from the former Mountain Top Inn on Holtzman’s Road.”

*There were nine false alarm violations in October.

*The zoning hearing board did not meet in November as there were no issues to address. Also, there is no December zoning business pending.

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