Clay finalizes energy ordinance

By on July 6, 2011

By: JACQUELINE WATSON Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

Clay Township is trying to prepare for the future as they move forward in establishing an alternative energy ordinance.

At the June 13 meeting of the Clay Township Board of Supervisors, a draft of a possible alternative energy ordinance was discussed and adjusted. The township planning commission met several times in forming this ordinance with the help of experts in specific areas of alternative energy. They also referenced the alternative energy ordinance set up by Rapho Township — forerunners of setting up an alternative energy ordinance locally.

Township solicitor Jennifer Meija noted Clay’s foresight.

"Although we don’t feel that way in any true sense, we’re ahead of a lot of municipalities," she said. "This is the hot topic right now. A lot of people are looking at how you’re going to manage alternative energy."

She also pointed out that the ordinance "potentially needs to be tailored as the needs of this particular community and alternative energy change.

"Things that are out there are set, but it’s a good starting point; a very good starting point," she said.

Meija said the planning commission was looking at allowing residents to utilize as much alternative energy as possible with the least limitations while preserving open land, agriculture, reduce the potential for neighbor disputes and addressing safety issues.

"With the technical aspects of each system, which are different, that can be a tough thing, a tough thing to do," she said.

Some details were adjusted to better match other ordinances of Clay, and what the board saw as unnecessary restrictions were eliminated.

Supervisor Justin Harnish, who proposed some of the changes to the rest of the board said he wanted to make sure they were not creating complications for someone down the road where they didn’t really think it through.

After Meija makes the desired changes, the next step in the process is to present the ordinance to the Lancaster County Planning Commission for approval.

? In other business, Sandy Leed, executive director of the Cocalico Senior Association, presented the board with information about the association and the services they offer.

Leed said the vision of the association is to provide seniors with services ranging from social to nutritional to educational to recreational. Over the years, the association has been and continues to try to change and expand to better meet the needs of the community.

Although, the association uses the word Cocalico in their title, it now encompasses more than just one area as it continues to spread to include all of northern Lancaster County and partner with other organizations. The Cocalico Senior Association is now operating programs under the name Horizons of Northeast Lancaster County.

In describing the changes of the association over the years, Leed said, they realized that there were more and more generations, so to speak, of older adults.

"We want to commit to providing activities that really promote health and information so that people know how to age. We call it ‘age strong,’" she told the supervisors.

Leed stated a desire to not only spread information on the association through Clay, but also to seek financial assistance from the township.

? Things are continuing to progress in the process of dedicating the streets of Wildflower Pond, although slower than many would like. Dedication and acceptance of the Wildflower Pond streets means that they will become the township’s responsibility.

There is now a signed agreement between the township and the developer detailing what needs to be done before the streets can be officially dedicated and the functions of the dedication.

"I’m glad we finally have a signed agreement from them," Harnish said.

Included in the agreement are repairs to be done on sidewalks and driveway entryways and the stipulation that there must be a working homeowner’s association for the development. Sidewalk repairs are expected to be finished this fall. More CLAY, page A20

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