Muddy Creek tells E. Coc. they want to get moving

By on November 13, 2013


ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent

, Staff Writer

"Our clients are eager to get started before cold weather sets in," said Glenn J. Frill, President of Professional Design & Construction, Inc. of Landisville.

East Cocalico supervisors at their Nov. 6, 2013 meeting agreed with Chairman Doug Mackley, who said "We’re eager to see this project move forward too. We need a mix of industry and house."

The 561 S. Muddy Creek Road site, slated for a 190,000-square-foot warehouse containing 24 docks and an office facility, is the site formerly intended for Amelia’s Grocery Warehouse.

Supervisors granted the project conditional preliminary and final land development approval. Also approved was using the purchase price to determine the fee in lieu of park and open space, rather than requiring another appraisal of the land.

"This is a recent sale," said township engineer Brent Lied. "Next step is confirming the financial security."

Frill said the industry and its owners wish to remain anonymous until other communication details are completed on their end.

"Nov. 18 we’re hoping to move dirt," said Frill. "If the frost comes, we’re cooked. We also need to be concerned with compaction ratios (as the ground gets colder)."

Supervisor Noelle Fortna reported that B.C. Chicken has offered to pay for half of the work on the dock doors at the 1975 N. Reading Road building, which they rent. The building is jointly owned by East and West Cocalico Townships and Adamstown and Denver Boroughs. It was targeted to become a recreation center, but never materialized due to financing and the economy.

"I thanked them (B.C.Chicken)," said Fortna. "Again, they are a good tenant."

In other business:

Township Manager Mark Hiester reported that the Constellation Energy contract will expire soon. Supervisors agreed to table the issue until the next meeting when other quotes will be available to consider.

Supervisors agreed to investigate collecting earned income tax on non-residents working in East Cocalico Township.

"Many other municipalities are utilizing this," said Hiester. "We’re not utilizing it now."

Fortna reported the police board will meet Nov. 26. "There is a lot of legal work to be accomplished at this meeting," said Fortna.

The road crew is finishing crack sealing on pavements as well as drain and gutter work.

A Traffic Sign Inventory and Management webinar was viewed by the roadmaster and other township personnel. "There’s some new terminology being used," said Hiester. "For example, a four-way stop is now referred to as an "all-way" stop."

Supervisors passed a resolution regarding provision of police services to Adamstown Borough for the 2014 calendar year. Adamstown voted Nov. 5, 2013 to continue with East Cocalico Police for the 2014 calendar year.

The September 2013 East Cocalico Police Report noted 1,154 calls for service. East Cocalico had 663 (57.45 percent); West Cocalico 181 (15.68 percent); Denver Borough 239 (20.7 percent) and Adamstown Borough 71 ( 6.15 percent).

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