Clay preps for possibility of police expansion

By on September 18, 2013

By:

JACQUELINE WATSON Review Correspondent

, Staff Writer

The possibility of the Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department expanding was discussed at the September Clay Township board of supervisors meeting.

West Cocalico Township, Denver Borough, and Adamstown Borough have all expressed interest in becoming a part of the NLCRPD. The NLCRPD Commission has already reviewed and approved their request should it come to fruition. The next step is for the three charter member municipalities of the NLCRPD (Clay, Penn and Warwick townships) and the three prospective municipalities to approve it separately. Although it is uncertain whether West Cocalico, Denver and Adamstown will decide to join with the NLCRPD, the charter members all need to approve advertising of an ordinance modification to allow the possibility of its acceptance for their October meeting. The ordinance change would only need to be made if the prospective municipalities determine to join the NLCRPD.

"We’re going to approve advertising the ordinance, but we’re going to withhold any discussions on the ordinance until the next meeting," explained Township Manager Bruce Leisey.

The Clay Township board of supervisors approved advertising for this ordinance to be voted on at their October meeting. It now remains to be seen what the three prospective municipalities will decide.

"I can assure you that we don’t know any more than you know. You probably know more than we do," commented Leisey to the audience.

Although they received conditional approval for Phase 2 of their Hometowne Square development plan, Landmark remains unable to move forward. Despite their efforts to resolve those matters on which approval was hinged, two of these issues remain unchanged. This holdup has to do with the emergency access route and water and sewer usage for some of the homes planned to be built. In order to resolve these two important concerns, Landmark needed a signed agreement with the developers of Wildflower Pond. This agreement would have to be with the Wildflower Pond developers since the streets, water and sewer have yet to be dedicated to the township. Unable to do so to this point, Landmark approached the board about alternative methods of proceeding.

After discussion, it was suggested that Landmark split the Phase 2 plan into Phase 2A and Phase 2B. The idea would be to have Phase 2A include the parts of the plan that do not require the water and sewer usage that would need the cooperation of the Wildflower Pond developers. An alternative emergency access route might also be possible. The terms of this newly-proposed split of Phase 2 have yet to be delineated. The board and Landmark were hopeful that the details could be solidified in time for the newly-split Phase 2 to be approved at a special meeting later in the month. This will allow for them to start construction in a timelier manner as winter draws nearer.

"It’s in the township’s interest to facilitate a resolution on this for all of the residents, and we’re certainly trying to do that within the confines we have. I mean, recognizing private property and rights," explained Township Solicitor Jennifer Mejia of the situation at Wildflower Pond.

"We appreciate your time and willingness to listen to our situation…we appreciate the efforts, and we know that you have limits on what you can do," commented Landmark representative Lee Bothell.

Road Master Earl Stauffer and other township employees were commended by secretary Keith Martin for their excellent work on the flower beds. Township engineer Bob Lynn also complimented their work at Mountain Spring Road Bridge.

"That turned out exceptionally well," said Lynn.

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