Ephrata Rec’s Summers says municipal program a success Clay board adopts updated parking ordinance
By: JACQUELINE WATSON Review Correspondent, Staff Writer
Same quality program, no price increase, and continued growth and development. That was the report from Ephrata Rec Center’s Jim Summers at the Clay Township board of supervisors October meeting. Summers was present to update the board on the success of the 2012 summer municipal program at the Ephrata Rec Center and present financial figures for Clay Township’s 2013 budget.
The Summer Municipal Program is funded by local townships to provide free enriching activities for youth in the summer. The program had more participants in 2012 than it has had since the early 1990s. Summers credits the increase in participants in part to the fact that "free" is attractive in hard economic times. He notes that another reason is the adjustments made to help ensure no one is excluded.
"We’ve also made strides the last couple of years to try to eliminate turning anybody away because classes are full," explained Summers.
Although not everyone might be able to enroll in their first choice program, they could all be involved in some program. The Ephrata Rec Center has managed to hold the Summer Municipal Program cost at the same price of $29/participant since 2005. The price is not increasing, but the quality of the program remains strong and continues to develop better ways of working with the participants.
"Even though it’s free for the participants, it’s not just babysitting," said Summers. "We try to keep a quality program."
In other business, the board adopted the advertised parking ordinance. The parking ordinance was updated to reflect the changes in the police department and be more uniform with the other townships in the Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department jurisdiction. In addition to the minor changes made to the parking ordinance, a new speed limit for a portion of Snyder Lane was included in the ordinance. The speed limit on Snyder Lane will be posted at 25 mph up to the end of the R2 zoning district. This speed limit was set in response to safety concerns from residents regarding the speed of motorists passing by Snyder Community Park. The new speed restriction will be from 1,300 feet north of the intersection with Clay School Road and 1,350 feet south of the intersection with Clearview Road.
Resident Herb Noack brought community related concerns to the board. One of his main concerns was the high speeds of drivers on Countryside Drive, Blackberry Drive and Woodchuck Drive. Noack felt that sometimes the speeders reach the point of recklessness.
"That is a major concern with a lot of people in the area with those cars flying. Somebody’s going to get hurt, and I hope not," said Noack.
The board reassured Noack that the police do patrol the area. Although fairly certain there is a speed limit ordinance for the area, the board wanted to check into the details. They noted the need for signs to ensure drivers’ knowledge of the speed limit and agreed to make movement on the situation. More CLAY, page A6