Two days, three executive sessions in East Cocalico; Water also source of discussion at meeting

By on April 13, 2016

 

There’s a lot happening in the East Cocalico Police Department besides the police chief vacancy.

Supervisors at their Thursday, April 7, meeting announced executive sessions related to the police department were held April 6 at 10 a.m. and April 7 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

The April 6 session involved the labor solicitor and discussion concerning the proposed, new police contract. The proposed police contract was the subject of the first April 7 executive session while the second session dealt with non-uniformed personnel.

Supervisors approved replacing the full-time police secretary who resigned earlier this year with a part-time, maximum 15-hour-per-week secretary. Hours worked are at the discretion of the Officer in Charge, Corporal Terry Arment, and in consultation with Heather Smith, office manager.

A presentation by Mike T. LaSala, senior MS4 program analyst at Land Studies, Lititz, praised the agricultural community efforts to reduce or eliminate run-off which pollutes the water sources that eventually empties into the Chesapeake Bay.

The Lancaster Farm Land Trust previously conducted a survey of farms in East Cocalico Township and all but a few farmers welcomed the Trust personnel’s assistance in writing plans for compliance with the stringent, federal standards being implemented.

“People have worked hard and we’ve come a long way,” LaSala said. “We also have more to improve based on our number readings taken in streams.”

East Cocalico Township is part of a consortium of 12 local municipalities and the Cocalico Creek Watershed providing funding for Land Studies to do the necessary work to aid compliance with the regulations. Annual costs for East Cocalico’s consortium share are $400 to $500. Those costs could rise to up to $20,000 if the township was tackling this on its own.

Steve Gabriel, interim township manager, hired on a part-time basis and attending the first supervisors meeting each month, told supervisors: “You’ll not find the four proposals that LaSala and I worked on until late this afternoon in your packets. They will be in the next supervisors meeting packet for more discussion and adoption.

“Two of the recommendations deal with assisting the agricultural community and the others with the township, the township’s deal with Stoney Creek and a swale retrofit along the stream itself near Church Street.”

“It’s important for everyone to stay focused on the whole purpose, which is to clean up the water,” said Brent Lied, township engineer.

The Department of Environmental Protection has set a goal of 10 percent reduction in nutrient sediment by 2018.

In other business:

* Arment, reported 826 calls for service in March, including 11 reportable crashes, seven non-reportable crashes, 129 traffic citations, 81 traffic warnings, 41 parking tickets, 31 criminal cases reported and 15 criminal cases cleared.

“I’m pleased to report that on April 6 police arrived to a call on Cheery Lane in less than three minutes and used the AED to revive a 60-year-old male,” Arment said. “He would have died without us. He’s now hospitalized.”

* Supervisors approved a five-year lease-purchase of a new International 7400 dump truck and plow. Cost is $140,000 without trade-in of the township’s old, high mileage, 1994 GMC dump truck and 10-foot plow. Supervisors will use the municipal on-line bidding site prior to determining whether to trade in the old truck for a lower price on the new truck.

* Robert (Bob) Landis was awarded the lawn care quote of $3,590 for 2016. Chairman Doug las Mackley, Vice President Alan Fry, and Secretary Noelle Fortna all indicated satisfaction with the good job Landis does.

* Supervisors waived the sign permit fee for the LED replacement sign at the Reamstown Volunteer Fire Company.

* Supervisors granted 90-day extensions to Fox Brooke development (expires July 15) and Wabash Landing (expires July 17) as recommended by the Land Planning Engineer.

* Zoning Officer Tony Luongo reported he’s seeking district justice citations for two illegal dumping incidents at the woody waste site as caught on camera and one citation for property maintenance.

* Supervisors approved advertising the township manager vacancy with The Ephrata Review, Pennsylvania State Supervisors Association, Pennsylvania Public Works Association, and at the Pennsylvania State University and Villanova University, both of which offer masters programs in public administration with a local government focus.

Application deadline is May 16. Following application screening, telephone interviews will commence and then face-to-face interviews with supervisors. In response to a resident’s question about whether there would be an opportunity for residents to meet and interact with finalists as was done in a nearby municipality, the supervisors said that they’d consider the suggestion.

* Supervisors said that they’ve made no decisions regarding the police chief vacancy.

“We’re getting good comments about what is happening and we’ve not decided whether we’re going to look within the department or outside of it,” said Mackley.

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