After the storm: West Cocalico supervisors talk safety, security

By on March 8, 2017

Safety, security and disaster planning were on the minds of supervisors at the West Cocalico Township board meeting March 2.

Board members discussed fallout from the Feb. 25 storm, including tree cleanup, coordinations with local contractors, and updates from busy utility companies.

Roadmaster Tom Showalter described the process of trying to open closed roads, while advising the school district about possible alternate routes after the storm. Township staff had to remove a downed tree from Main Street Park.

Supervisor Chairman James J. Stoner said up to 500 people in the area were still without power the morning after the storm.

Supervisors also looked at changing public access to areas of the township building.

A budgeted project would add security infrastructure to the municipal office in the township office building. Supervisors pointed out that the way the building is arranged now, anyone can walk in from the street without security process.

“As nice as it is to be customer-friendly, unfortunately times have changed, weird things have happened…I think from a safety standpoint it should be done,” said Supervisor Ray Burns.

Burns added that with the current arrangement, it’s also hard for township staff to see if anyone is approaching the building entrance, which can also be a security issue.

“What we need to do is come up with some plans.” Stoner said, adding that staff could also look into adding a security camera as an “accessory cost.”

In comments March 3, Township Manager Carolyn Hildebrand said details for the security project are still being nailed down. The plan, she said, will include accessibility features related to the Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA. The township, she said, has budgeted around $15,000 for the security project, and another $10,000 to replace a set of aging doors.

In other township news:

* Supervisors presented a $10,000 check to the Reinholds Ambulance Association.

In comments after the meeting, Marlin Martin of the Reinholds Ambulance Association said the association bought two compression machines to assist in cases of sudden cardiac arrest, for $32,000 each. Martin said the new machines will be more effective than human efforts.

“(The machine) doesn’t get tired.” Martin said.

His brother, Timothy Martin, also with the ambulance company, said the $10,000 payment is the largest one that the company has yet received from a municipality.

* Supervisors opened and reviewed the following bids for road paving: Slauck Inc., H&K, New Enterprise, and Pennsy Supply. At just over $149,000, H&K was the low bid. On March 2, township staff confirmed that H&K was chosen as the low bidder after reviewing attached paperwork.

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