Reamstown area motorists urged to slow down

By on June 5, 2013


ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent

, Staff Writer

East Cocalico supervisors distributed their annual contributions. Pictured are (left to right) Shirley Achey, Reamstown Ambulance; Harvey Achey, Reamstown Fire Company; supervisor Noelle Fortna; supervisor chairman, Doug Mackley; supervisor Alan Fry; Barry Rehlich, Smokestown Fire Company; Kathy Thren, Adamstown Area Library; and Lester Zimmerman, Stevens Fire Company. The East Cocalico 2013 budget provided $17,000 to each fire company and the ambulance association. The library received $26,000. (Photo by Alice Hummer)

Reamstown resident, Shawn Vinson, a state constable, asked supervisors to consider a "Slow Children at Play" sign for the 200 block of North Reamstown Road.

"I’ve watched traffic going well above the speed limit. When I have my children out it is not a safe situation. I’ve tried sitting in my police car and that presence seems to help."

Supervisors all agreed upon the seriousness of the situation.

"No one wants to see a child get hurt," said supervisor Noelle Fortna.

Vinson mentioned that local fast-food delivery vehicles are consistently noticed going above the posted speed limit.

"Research shows that signs are not that effective," said chairman Mackley.

When a sign first goes up, motorists notice it because it is something different in the environment. After a while, the sign is no longer noticed.

"We’ll talk to the chief and see if enforcement can be increased," said Mackley. "Please monitor the situation and report back to us."

In other business at the May 15 meeting, the swimming pool snack bar vendor contract was awarded to Byron Reber, who had the contract last year. Supervisors considered another resident, but that person did not complete the requested job requirements by the written deadline agreed upon.

In other business:

A presentation on the Chesapeake Bay Pollution Reduction Plan was given by Mike Lasala, from Land Studies, Inc., in Lititz.

Supervisors approved purchasing two signs for the Reamstown Park playground for $129. The signs will designate ages appropriate for certain pieces of play equipment, and remind parents to supervise their children when using the equipment.

Dollar General was granted several waivers recommended by the planning commission. "The plan, in process for an extended period of time, is moving forward," said Brent Lied, land planning engineer.

Total residential recycling in the township went up last year to 749 tons. Residents were commended for their recycling efforts. Municipalities receive state funding based on the number of tons recycled.

Supervisors learned that earnings from the police pension fund for the last year look good.

"Previous reports were not that good. So, for last year, and now, so far so good," said Township manager Mark Hiester.

Zoning officer, Tony Luongo reported two new single dwelling permits.

"That makes two for this year," said Luongo. Sixteen certificates of occupancy were issued. No zoning hearings were scheduled in May. Ten false alarm violations occurred in the month of April.

Supervisors next meeting on June 5 at 7 p.m. will be at the Reamstown Fire Company.

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