No change in East Cocalico supervisor’s roles

By on January 16, 2013

By: ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

Douglas Mackley retains the chairmanship of the East Cocalico Township Supervisors. Staying on as vice-chairman is Alan Fry and Noelle Fortna remains as secretary.

At the annual reorganization meeting on Jan. 7, appointments to various committees and posts were read, motions were made, seconded, and voted upon by the supervisors.

Among those reappointed to work was township manager Mark Heister, police chief George Beever and zoning officer Anthony "Tony" Luongo.

"I know this takes a lot of time," said chairman Doug Mackley. "And we used to not do it this way. However, our solicitor wants it done this way, so we do it."

Residents are reminded that beginning on Jan. 24, electronic devices, such as televisions and computer monitors, can no longer be placed at the curb for regular trash pick-up.

"The only way this curb-side pick-up is permitted to happen is if the township has an electronic curbside trash collection, and disposes of the items properly," said Mackley. "We do not."

"Residents can take things into Lancaster to the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management site," said Fry.

An announcement was made of the retirement of 26-year, veteran police officer, sergeant and detective, Larry Martin. Supervisors expressed appreciation for Martin’s excellent service and stated that his expertise will be missed on the force. Martin will work for the Lancaster County D.A.’s office following a short hiatus.

The supervisors also addressed the issues of wreckless driving and weather-related incidents.

Police Chief Beever reported that there were "a number of DUI incidents over the holiday," he said. On Dec. 26, there were 10 weather-related crashes and on Dec. 29, there were 16 weather-related crashes. On Jan. 5 at 2 a.m. in the Wanner Ford lot, police observed a man and a woman, both of whom showed signs of intoxication. The woman, under 21, was charged with underage drinking and the man was charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Supervisors also rejected the preliminary plan submitted by Ingham Powder Coating based on outstanding issues as outlined in the April 25, 2012 letter from Becker Engineering and a letter from Rettew Associates from spring 2012. No time extension was requested by Ingham Powder Coating.

The supervisors agreed to the new business mileage rate, which went from 55 cents per mile to 56 cents per mile on January 1.

The bid from Harvey C. Achey Construction was also approved for snow removal for half of the 1975 N. Reading Road property’s stone lot, which is rented to truck drivers for parking. If required, the lot will be salted at a flat rate of $75 plus 20 cents per pound for salt. Removal of snow from zero to six inches will be a flat rate of $325. Snow removal over six inches will be billed at hourly rates as follows: truck plows at $65 per hour, skid steers at $80 per hour, and backhoe at $90 per hour. In the spring, stones will be graded back into place for approximately $750.

The supervisors met with various entities who use the Wabash Bridge, which is scheduled to be dismantled. Dates will be announced when they are set.

The bridge over Cocalico Creek near Two Cousins Restaurant and Westside Radiator will become one-lane only with an alternating traffic pattern on Jan. 17. The traffic light used farther up the road on 272 (near the former PA State Police Station) will be removed on Jan. 15 when that bridge resumes two-lane traffic and will be relocated to the Cocalico Creek Bridge.

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