More expansion in East Cocalico

By on June 27, 2012

By: ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

New single family dwellings in 2012 increased to six, with two more building permits issued in May, East Cocalico Zoning Officer Tony Luongo reported at the June 20 board of supervisors meeting "That’s two more homes than in all of 2011," said Luongo.

On the Route 272 corridor, more parking will be needed for Zia Maria Restaurant’s approved deck expansion, according to Luongo.

"That will be met by reconfiguring the parking lines from 10’x 20′ to 9’x18′," he said.

Also on Route 272, Babel Investment LLC., owners of Penn Dutch Motel (which formerly was know as Penn Dutch, Twilight and Knights Inn) will put in soil, grade and seed as needed, a ditch on the property alongside the driveway entrance which washes debris into the roadway during storms.

Also at the meeting, supervisors agreed to permit truck parking on the property of 1975 N. Reading Road. This was done following consultation of the other municipalities who co-own the property (Adamstown, Denver and West Cocalico Township).

Rental rates approved were $75 per month for trucks, $250 per month for construction trailers and lower rates for storage of piles of construction materials.

A need for truck parking space was established months ago when supervisor Noelle Fortna reported that truckers had inquired whether supervisors would consider renting space at the Reading Road property for their rigs. Supervisors will look into a sticker program for trucks to aid police patrols in identifying which trailers are parked legally at the property.

In other business:

? Supervisor Noelle Fortna reported on a meeting with Crossfire Ministries. The organization is interested in adding another building at its site for use for worship and sports such as basketball.

Lancaster County Planning Commission assigned a new community planner, Melissa Kelley, to work with projects in East Cocalico Township.

"She is experienced and fairly well known in her professional area," said township manager Mark Hiester.

? Supervisors approved advertising two ordinances: one to expand the township’s recreation board membership from five to seven members; a second one relating to adoption of the rewritten township alarm ordinance.

? Chris Flory reported on the completion of scraping road edges and pesticide spraying, among other maintenance jobs. Pesticide spraying in a timely manner is especially critical this season.

Flory said that the roadmaster is often needed at township/other meetings or is called away to unlock township facilities or check on things. That leaves just three men to accomplish many jobs that require at least two men to execute. For example, on construction jobs, such as digging up a broken pipe, two men are needed for flagging traffic and one man alone cannot do the job.

"We have a lot of jobs that we cannot get to now," he said. "We need to consider another pair of hands for the road crew."

? Supervisor Alan Fry reported the Reamstown Pool is doing well this season and Frisbee Golf is ready for use.

? Three zoning board hearings are scheduled for July.

Supervisors went into executive session to discuss collective bargaining for the police contract which expires at the end of 2012 and personnel issues.

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