Three East Cocalico businesses expand

By on February 25, 2015

Although the only outdoor activity most people notice now is snowplows, the East Cocalico supervisors at their Thursday, Feb. 19, meeting were reminded that the economy is improving and three local businesses are expanding.

Approval for a financial security reduction of $119,780.16 was granted to Four Seasons Produce Inc., 400 Wabash Road, for its 24,000-square-foot expansion for additional parking and better truck turn-around area. Financial security remaining is $5,407.88.

Zoning Officer Tony Luongo reported that Blaise Alexander Ford, 620 N. Reading Road, proposed two additions, one of 1,500 square feet and one totaling 5,000 square feet.

“They’ll be asking for a waiver for their 1,500 square foot addition,” Luongo said. “Our ordinance says under 1,500 square feet land planning is not needed.”

Pet Food Experts, 561 S. Muddy Creek Road, received a permit for a distribution warehouse.

In addition, the owner of Procopio’s Pizza Restaurant and an architect met with the zoning officer regarding possible expansion of current operations.

Meanwhile, road crews battled continued icy road conditions and exhausted the township’s salt budget.

“We’re now using the general fund for additional salt purchases,” said Supervisor Alan Fry.

“Our road equipment is holding up well. We’ve had one piece break and that could be welded locally.”

“We’re lucky in this township,” added Chairman Doug Mackley. “We have local garages and mechanics who understand how important it is that our equipment keeps running, and they stop what they’re doing to help us out.”

Supervisor and Police Board Chairman Noelle Fortna said the next police board meeting is Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at the East Cocalico municipal building, 100 Hill Road, Denver.

Asked whether the police board is still “on target to start on time” (the board hopes to be operational Jan. 1, 2016), Fortna said: “I think so. We’re working hard on it.”

In other business:

* Supervisors approved the 2015 Reamstown Community Pool rates. Season rates for a family, which did not change for several years, will go up $5. Prior to June 15 a family rate is $160; after June 15 it is $165. All other rates remain the same as last year.

* Adopted a resolution establishing a sexual harassment policy.

* Approved renaming a portion of North Muddy Creek Road between Route 272 and Muddy Creek Church Road (Route 1059). It will become South Muddy Creek Road.

“The current name creates confusion for travelers, especially truckers using GPS systems,” said Mark Hiester, township manager.

* There were six false-alarm violations in January.

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