Heavy trucks will need to find detour in East Cocalico

By on August 10, 2016
 East Cocalico Police Officer Roger Kreisher Jr. received a 2015 DUI Top Gun Award for 21 DUI arrests. Nationally, law enforcement officers average two successful DUI arrests per year. The Lancaster County DUI Council honored Kreisher at its annual June conference. East Cocalico supervisors awarded a commendation to Kreisher at the Aug, 4 meeting. Kreisher is shown receiving the award from supervisors (from left) Douglas Mackley, Noelle Fortna, and Alan Fry. Photo by Alice Hummer.


East Cocalico Police Officer Roger Kreisher Jr. received a 2015 DUI Top Gun Award for 21 DUI arrests. Nationally, law enforcement officers average two successful DUI arrests per year. The Lancaster County DUI Council honored Kreisher at its annual June conference. East Cocalico supervisors awarded a commendation to Kreisher at the Aug, 4 meeting. Kreisher is shown receiving the award from supervisors (from left) Douglas Mackley, Noelle Fortna, and Alan Fry. Photo by Alice Hummer.

It appears likely that heavy truck traffic soon be a thing of the past on two East Cocalico Township Roads.

At their Aug. 4 meeting, the supervisors approved advertising an ordinance prohibiting trucks over a gross vehicle weight of 26,000 pounds on Wabash Road between South Reamstown and South Line roads and on Pfautz Hill Road between North Reading and Stevens roads.

“These roads are ones we’ve had issues with needing additional repairs,” said Douglas Mackley, supervisor chairman.

Land Planning Engineer Brent Lied explained three agenda items.

First up was conditional approval for an annexation plan at 2 Bill Drive.

Sketch plans for Garden Spot Frame and Alignment’s proposed building on an 8.2-acre property located on the southeast side of North Reading Road, opposite Park Place Diner, were presented.

Barry Simpson, the primary stockholder, and Todd Shoaf, a management representative, walked everyone through the proposed plans for the frame and alignment shop. There are 25 employees and 18 mechanics. It will not have a second shift because owners always want to have management on site.

From Route 272, all that will be visible is the roof peak and rear of the structure due to the orientation of the buildings on the property.

Although some trailers will be worked on at the Denver site, the bulk of the trailers go to the Leola site, officials said. Most work includes tractors and straight trucks. Approximately 11 trucks per day are serviced.

The company enjoys a good reputation, banks are on board for financing, and insurance adjusters routinely comment on how clean and neat the shop is kept, said Simpson and Shoaf.

Simpson, who purchased the company in 1997, publicly thanked Harold Summers, from whom the company has rented space ever since its purchase. The corner along Garden Spot Road, where the company is located, is for sale.

Both Simpson and Shoaf thanked Lied for his assistance with this project, which is in the beginning stages.

“You’ll see a lot of us at meetings in the future as the project moves forward,” they said.

Despite being in the dog days of summer, Ken Eshelman, township roadmaster, is seeking information and pricing on road materials for winter. Eshelman and Chris Flory, sssistant roadmaster, estimate the 2017 materials needed will be the same amount as those ordered in 2016.

In other business:

* Cpl. Chris Progin reported for Officer in Charge Cpl. Terry Arment, who is in Guatemala on a mission work trip.

He said the man who robbed Anderson Pharmacy, Main Street, Denver on Tuesday, Aug. 2, and attempted to rob the pharmacy again on Wednesday, Aug. 3, is in custody. Although the police do not recommend that citizens pursue robbers, Progin thanked the citizens involved in helping to apprehend the alleged robber. He commended David Anderson for keeping his pharmacy staff safe.

* Supervisors recognized Officer Roger Kreisher Jr. for his 2015 DUI Award for 21 DUI arrests.

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