New developments in ongoing police coverage situation

By on September 25, 2013


ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent

, Staff Writer

East Cocalico Supervisors agreed to consider putting in writing several conditions desired by Dollar General, slated to be built to the east of the trains on route 272 during the Sept. 18 meeting.

Craig Cole and Bob Gage, from Nashville Tenn., presented concerns for their tenant. Those concerns were: development to the west, which could pose detriments for customers accessing Dollar General; "obnoxious use" of businesses developing adjacent to Dollar General and access to the south. The last may not be an issue if property to the south is not developed. If developed, the issue is traffic using the Dollar General parking lot as a shortcut, thus creating a hazardous traffic condition.

Supervisors were hesitant to relinquish any customary and usual rights for township land use and are sensitive to supporting existing businesses when growth occurs. They agreed to look at how these requests are stated in other municipal agreements with Dollar General.

Dollar General will be responsible to pay a traffic impact fee of $95,130 at the time a building permit is issued. The impact fee ordinance, adopted April 6, 2011, bases fees on the number of p.m. peak hour trips generated by the proposed development and the Transportation Service Area (TSA) in which it is located.

In other business, supervisors approved a motion by Supervisor Noelle Fortna for East Cocalico Police to continue to provide the same services, as defined for 2013, through 2016 for Adamstown, Denver and West Cocalico Township.

This motion protects each municipality from having to pay a pension liability share penalty for termination of service through 2016.

If no regional police board is formed, each municipality would still have equal representation on a police advisory board to review police related items.

West Cocalico Township has announced a special meeting on Oct. 10 for the purpose of public comment, consideration and possible adoption of joining the Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Force.

In other business:

Zoning officer Tony Luongo announced that one new single family residence was among the 28 new zoning permits issued in August 2013. August zoning board hearings were postponed until September due to no stenographer at the August meeting. A curfew violation notice was sent to a parent at 8 Oak Lane. A warning was issued to the resident at 30 Poplar Drive for burning trash/debris in a recreational fire ring. Three residents received notices for maintenance and weeds. Riviera Restaurant must re-establish screening between the restaurant and the residential property next door.

Supervisors authorized Lititz Area Mennonite School (LAMS) to hold a Trash-a-Thon Event on Oct. 10. Rain date is Oct.17.

Supervisors approved security releases for the Eugene Hoover Martin storm water plan and the Nolt storm water plan.

Roadway dedication was approved for Buena Vista Lane in East Cocalico Township and for additional right-of-way along Miller Road.

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