Sergeants Burns and Martin retire

By on February 27, 2013

By: ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

East Cocalico Police Department will be reassigning responsibilities due to the retirement of Sergeants Burns and Martin.

"The two sergeants took care of a huge amount of the day-to-day operation," said Chief George Beever. "So, we now are spreading out what the sergeants did between the corporals and myself. We hope this won’t go on for too long." The lack of manpower could compromise the force’s effectiveness and efficiency.

Residents who’ve noticed trees being cut down near the Reamstown community pool will also see the utility poles and wires disappear. They will go underground as part of the utility update plans.

"We won’t need to worry about poles and wires being damaged by high winds," said Mark Hiester, Township manager.

Zoning officer, Tony Luongo, reported at the Feb. 20 supervisors meeting that January was not the customary slower time of year.

In addition to 14 permits issued, one dangerous structure was posted, two certificates of occupancy were issued, and over a dozen false alarm violations occurred. Fourteen new permit applications were filed, five applications are in review, and three are ready for pick up by applicants.

Supervisors approved advertising a new Blue Ridge Cable ordinance.

"This ordinance enables the township to enter into an agreement with Blue Ridge," said Hiester. "Formerly, the agreement was actually printed in the ordinance. Today things operate a bit differently and it is not necessary to put the entire agreement in the ordinance." This will be a cost savings since the solicitor will not need to draft a new ordinance each time a new cable contract is approved.

The township, at its workshop meeting on Feb. 21, discussed work needed on the route 272 corridor road assessment policy. It has not been updated since October of 2000.

East Cocalico is receiving plans for development along two of the busiest highways within their boundaries.

"It will make things much easier if we look at the entire 272 commercial corridor," said Scott Russell, transportation engineer. "By working on this now, we will be able to have better and safer traffic flow as development occurs. You won’t need to have so many traffic lights so close together if you plan for access roads from lights into areas of development."

Supervisors noted that Cranberry Township, north of Pittsburgh, is an award-winning township for their vision in planning roads that keep traffic moving and direct feeder roads to and from light signals.

Supervisors agreed that as proposed developments such as the shopping center, Reading Hospital site, Park n’ Ride parcel, other fast food restaurants, convenience stores and gas stations come into the commercial corridor, people will not want a series of closely spaced lights up and down the road.

Supervisors also agreed that ownership of the Turnpike bridge should remain with the turnpike.

"This bridge is one of two bridges between Harrisburg and Philly not already done," said Russell.

Scott suggested that within the next 10 years this bridge will become an issue.

Land planning engineer, Brent Lied, reported on a meeting with representatives of Berks Homes regarding the Heatherwoods development on Hill Road.

"Berks Homes wanted to know what issues there are and what other issues might come to light," Lied said. Berks Homes is considering whether a purchase of Heatherwoods is feasible.

Supervisors continued deliberation over a proposed technology contract from Custom Computer. Rick Fischer, current provider of the service, was present to explain his procedures and answer questions. Fischer uses Custom Computer if he cannot fix the problem. Heister noted that when people are not able to do their work due to a computer problem, the down time in dollars adds up quickly.

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