Placement of stop sign elicits concerns in East Cocalico

By on November 10, 2016
The intersection of Stevens Road and Line Road in East Cocalico
The intersection of Stevens Road and Line Road in East Cocalico

The intersection of Stevens Road and Line Road in East Cocalico

An East Cocalico resident concerned about the placement of a stop sign at the intersection of Stevens and Line roads made his feelings known at the Nov. 3 township meeting.

In response, the supervisors instructed Steven Gabriel, interim manager, to check out the situation.

The resident said that it’s not the first time the stop sign has been moved back from the corner. The intersection had trucks that clipped the stop sign when attempting to make turns.

Supervisor Chairman Doug Mackley sympathized with the home owner.

“Those roads weren’t designed for the large trucks that use them today,” he said.

Another resident in attendance suggested the homeowner “dig out his deed and check it” to verify his property lines.”

Supervisors noted that the road in question is a state road so there might more right of way for PennDOT than the homeowner might realize. They agreed to do what they could to assist the resident.

Police Chief Terry Arment, in his police, commended the actions of Officer Josh Sola on an industrial rescue call in Stevens on Oct. 10 at 3:10 a.m.

A man had his foot caught in an auger. The only entrance to the building was a door 10 feet off the ground. Sola gained entry and stayed with the man until he was safely extricated.

“Our response time to this call was three minutes,” said Arment.

In other business:

* Supervisors said the solicitor is writing the agreement for police services contracted by Denver Borough for the next four years. That coincides with the length of the new police contract.

When a resident asked what percentages were used to calculate and arrive at the rates provided to Denver, supervisors said that they used past history plus their best estimates of what various costs will be in the future.

An email question Friday morning to the interim manager asking why the meetings regarding police service to Denver Borough weren’t advertised received no answer by the press time. There was a quorum of supervisors present and, under the Sunshine Law, the meetings should have been advertised. The Sunshine Law permits executive sessions for collective bargaining agreements. This was a purchase of service contract. If information under discussion was deemed confidential, then the meetings, which included two of the three supervisors, could have recessed into executive session.

* For the second consecutive meeting, supervisors had no response to the letter sent to them by the Recreation Board containing suggestions to help decrease the annual, community pool deficit. Mackley said he was out of town and not able to study the letter. Supervisor Noelle Fortna said she supports suggestions to help the situation and had no comment regarding the letter.

* Supervisors accepted, with regret, the resignation of Brad Fichthorn, chairman of the Recreation Board. Fichthorn’s other obligations do not permit continued service. He thanked the board for the good experience in serving.

* Supervisors also accepted, with regret, the resignation of Kent Reich, from the highway department, effective Nov. 28.

* No action was announced regarding the search for a new township manager. This status remains unchanged since the Sept. 21 meeting when supervisors responded to a resident’s question that they’ve not discussed “what’s next” regarding their search.

Gabriel has served as part-time, interim manager since Mark Hiester left in early February. The candidate chosen after final interviews on July 11 did not accept the position.

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