In a pickle: East Cocalico supervisors urged to think progressively about recreation

By on August 24, 2016
East Cocalico resident Christine McHenry explains the game and the equipment used in pickleball. She urged township supervisors to consider lining existing courts for the popular sport. Photo by Alice Hummer

East Cocalico resident Christine McHenry explains the game and the equipment used in pickleball. She urged township supervisors to consider lining existing courts for the popular sport. Photo by Alice Hummer

Christine McHenry, a resident of Old Homestead, asked supervisors at their Thursday, Aug. 18, meeting to consider installing pickleball courts. She said no new construction would be necessary, as tennis courts can be lined for pickleball, like New Holland did.

“I’ve checked on our tennis courts and don’t see them being used,” said McHenry. “Pickleball is very popular and progressive communities are putting them in for the residents.”

McHenry gave a brief history of the sport, handouts to supervisors showing Rothsville’s pickleball courts, and said that more information, including installation costs, could be found on the website provided.

The supervisors thanked McHenry for her information and suggested that she consider attending a Recreation Board meeting. The board makes recreation recommendations to the supervisors to consider. Alan Fry, supervisor vice chair, heads the recreation board. No other recreation board members were present at the supervisors meeting.

Of the other Cocalico-area municipalities of Adamstown, Denver, and West Cocalico Township, only Denver has lined its basketball court in the Denver Memorial Park for pickleball, and is working on getting a net, according to Mike Hession, borough manager.

In other business:

* Supervisors approved $200 per month to lease the CSDATUM Program. Two tablets will be needed to work with the program. Supervisor Noelle Fortna said the software will be useful in tracking the federally mandated stormwater data (MS4) that must be collected.

* During public comment questions, supervisors had nothing new to report regarding the search process for a new township manager. Second interviews were held July 11 and supervisors didn’t make public any timetable for a job offer to an applicant or a timeline for any applicant to get back to them with an answer. The former township manager, Mark Hiester, left in mid-February.

* Resident Jeff Mitchell questioned whether supervisors have moved any closer to a township ordinance regarding the shooting of guns. Six months ago a Reinholds resident was seriously injured when a stray bullet entered her home.

Mackley said he feels very badly about the shooting accident and is thankful the woman will recover. He shared that few townships have ordinances; they’re common in boroughs due to population density. Although supervisors did not say that they won’t have an ordinance, no specific work regarding writing one has been reported.

* The Muddy Creek Lutheran Church minor subdivision plan has several zoning items to be addressed. Supervisors accepted the applicant consultant’s offer of a 90-day extension, which moves the deadline to Nov. 26.

* Supervisors approved sending the Water and Sewer Authority their 2017 rental agreement for space leased in the municipal building. Cost is the same as last year, $15.40 per square foot and $11,700 for the year.

* Zoning Officer Tony Luongo reported sending 14 letters for property maintenance and five letters for illegal RV storage on property.

* Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue held a ground breaking for its future expansion and Fry was in attendance. False alarms in July totaled six, which is lower than in previous months.

 

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