Loud “booms” heard in East Cocalico Twp.

By on April 24, 2013

By: ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

Citizens in East Cocalico Township who wonder if there is blasting going on somewhere near them might be hearing folks target shooting with exploding targets.

"They’re very popular," said resident, Donny Stover, who attended the April 17 township supervisors meeting. "People use them in their fields when they practice shooting."

Mark Hiester, East Cocalico Township manager, said one resident visited the township office to inquire about the booming sounds, thinking perhaps someone was blasting.

Township personnel are working diligently to prepare for the opening of the pool on Memorial Day weekend. Preparations included washing the pool, installing a chair to meet ADA requirements, clean-up of grounds inside the pool area, ordering of six new nine-foot diameter umbrellas, hiring pool personnel, and negotiating with an interested party for running the snack bar.

Pool hours are 12:30-8 p.m., except when there are swim meets. On selected Friday nights, the pool will remain open until 10 p.m.

The Roadmaster reported paving on North Muddy Creek Road will occur shortly. Overlay work is also slated for Adamstown Road from route 897 to the Adamstown Borough line, Pfautz Hill Road from route 272 to Stevens and on sections of Kurtz Road.

Hiester reported that the April 15 traffic impact fee meeting had eight members attending, which constituted a quorum. When the committee met in January, there was no quorum.

At the recent traffic impact fee meeting, transportation engineer Scott Russell explained how the proposed Capital Improvement Plan (CAP) and Roadway Functional Classification (RFC) will upgrade the classification of some roadways and assist the township to maximize fees on several imminent township projects, such as the Denver Road Bridge and Route 272 and Muddy Creek Road intersection.

Supervisors approved extending the life of the water authority for 50 years, until 2063. This ordinance, plus two others were needed for the water authority to proceed with their 30-year, $4.6 million dollar bond for a water expansion project.

Supervisors unanimously approved adding the following statement to the non-uniformed employee manual: "The office’s regular hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except as otherwise approved by the township. A half-hour meal period must be taken by each office employee before five continuous hours of paid work time occurs in a day. Each office employee is to work in the office as stated above."

Zoning officer, Tony Luongo, reported issuing 16 permits, taking 20 applications for permits, having five permits in the review stage, and five ready for pick up.

There was one new single-family residence permit application from Landmark Builders for the Stoney Pointe development.

"There were nine false alarm violations," Luongo reported.

"There are no hearings scheduled for April, and none for May yet," Luongo said.

Luongo reported multiple meetings with the township engineer, building inspector and owner of 1660 N. Reading Road. The project is now abandoned and the property is for sale. This property is located at route 272 and Kurtz Road.

Supervisors approved mailing of the township newsletter. It includes informative information on our most precious natural resource, water. Also included are summaries of new developments, summer road projects and pool rates.

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