Supervisors bless citizens’ efforts to restore memorial

By on August 3, 2011

By: ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

Navy Command Religious Program Specialist and Reamstown resident Terry L. Mullins told East Cocalico supervisors on July 20 that his son has maintained the veteran’s memorial located in front of the Comfort Inn (former Holiday Inn) on Route 272 for five years.

"As you’ve probably noticed," Mullins said, "the flags have become worn and the memorial is falling into disrepair. In speaking to owners of the Comfort Inn, I was surprised to find out that they would like it moved."

Mullins and his son have explored several possible places for the memorial’s relocation, with the optimum one being the grassy knoll in front of Turkey Hill, because it has electric to illuminate the American flag. Mullins said he and his son would continue to maintain the memorial.

"As far as moving it," Supervisor Chair Doug Mackley said, "I’d like to see it somewhere where people will see it. I’d like to see it stay on Route 272."

Mullins wanted to communicate his intentions to the supervisors and ask for their support for his endeavor.

"You have our blessing," Mackley said.

Other supervisors commented about the meaning of the memorial and its positive impact on the community. Ed Stricker, who led the initiative to establish the memorial, is also known for originating another service for veterans, that being Operation Christmas Cookie.

Stevens resident Steve Brubaker, who appeared with several neighbors about a month ago at a supervisors meeting, spoke during the citizens’ comments portion of the meeting.

"I’m here to publicly thank the board for what they’ve done to help clean up the property at 17-19 S. Line Road," Brubaker said. "Vehicles were towed, the house was posted and the grass mowed." He did note that weeds and junk remain around the barn.

"I’d like to update the board on 45 S. Line Road, next to the church," said Brubaker. The weeds out front are very tall." He cited several property maintenance concerns which might pose a safety hazard and stated that residents want their property and those around them to look nice.

Zoning officer Tony Luogo said, "I’ve been to the property three separate times. We have a property maintenance code and we will use it."

Stevens resident Leo Nolt also had citizens’ comments for supervisors. He thanked supervisors for the overhead light at Route 272 and Stoney Run.

Also, "There’s a tar issue," Nolt said, "at the entrance of Stoney Run off Route 272. There’s a heck of a bump. People with trailers actually drag across there. It does a heck of a job on your undercarriage."

Township Manager Mark Hiester said the paving company can be contacted to see what can be done to help the situation. Nolt said he will check back at the next meeting to see what has been done.

Tony Luongo’s zoning officer’s report noted that 21 building permits were issued, including one for a new home.

The zoning hearing board granted Emmanuel Mennonite Church’s request to erect a residential dwelling on their lot, with restrictions.

Providing a comparison from this year to last year, Luongo said there were 13 new home starts for the first six months of 2010. In 2011 there were five new home starts in the first six months. Overall, applications for 2011 are down compared to 2010.

"We’re supposed to be coming out of the recession, with the new economy on the upswing" Luongo said, "but these numbers don’t show that."

Supervisors discussed the sizeable dumping of illegal materials in the township’s woody waste site at the back of the municipal building. Items dumped include decking material, shingles, siding, paneling and tar paper. Good to their word, the supervisors locked the woody waste site during non-business hours.

Citizens are urged to report any commercial trucks that they might see going into the woody waste site. Supervisors will employ other surveillance measures at the site, including stricter police monitoring. With cooperation from everyone, the woody waste site can be a useful service at all hours to township citizens.

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