New faces on E. Coc. Township boards

By on January 22, 2014

New board members in East Cocalico Township include: Kenneth Sweitzer and Piero Dinnocenzo on the Planning Commission; Donald Koser and Richard Shober on the Water and Sewer Authority; Amy Neidermyer and Brian Wise on the Zoning Hearing Board; and James Irwin on the Recreation Board.

Taking on additional duties is the supervisor’s vice-president, Alan Fry, approved for part-time equipment operator and part-time recreational director.

Chairman Doug Mackley explained at the Jan. 16 meeting the value of the township’s participation in the Lancaster County Drug Task Force. Lancaster’s Drug Task Force issues quarterly reports that keep member municipalities up to date. The township’s 2014 contribution amounts to one dollar per resident, or $10,310.

Police Chief George Beever alerted supervisors and the public to a possible scam. The flyer, which was received in the mail by a township resident looks like a newspaper advertisement from a paper named “The Denver Monitor” and the headline reads, “Generous Real Estate Millionaire Seeks a Partner in Denver.”

“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” said Mark Hiester, East Cocalico Manager.

The copy of the advertisement Hiester shared spoke about “flipping houses” and had a website address and 800 telephone number good “for a limited time only.”

In other business:

• Supervisors welcomed Scoutmaster Jason Burkman from Troop 60 and scouts Carson Burkman and Calin Schott, both working on their communication merit badge.

• Supervisors learned Purdue (owner of B. C. Chicken) will close their distribution center located at 1975 N. Reading Road.

“I’m going to miss them,” said Supervisor Noelle Fortna. “They’ve been a good tenant, and did a lot of maintenance work on their own.” Mackley estimated that 30 to 40 people work at the facility. B.C. Chicken’s lease runs through April 2014.

• Supervisors authorized the Mitchell Stormwater Management Plan, 80 Martin Drive, with one waiver approved. The project involves building a poultry barn and maneuvering area plus associated grading and stormwater facilities.

• Morphy Auction House’s small remaining letter of credit ($2,000) was released and establishment of a cash escrow in lieu of the reduced letter of credit approved.

• Pay phones at the municipal building will be removed due to lack of use.

• Zoning Officer, Tony Luongo, reported permits for December 2013 included two single family detached homes, making a total of seven new single homes constructed in East Cocalico Township in 2013. By comparison, 2012 had 13 new homes constructed in the township.

• Dunkin’ Donuts has taken out the necessary permits to redo the restaurant’s exterior and interior.

• There were 12 false alarms in the township in December 2013. Supervisor Fortna expressed concern with the high number as the ordinance “was not meant to be punitive. It was to help people realize problems and correct them.” One thought was that the unusually cold weather may be a factor at this time of year.

• Supervisors approved a replacement purchase of a microwave and refrigerator for use of municipal employees.

“You wouldn’t believe how small the current refrigerator is and the number of employees who need to use it,” said Hiester. “It’s dorm sized.”

“The freezer’s really small, and not even frost free,” added Fry.

Supervisors recessed into executive session for personnel purposes.

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