Conditional plan approved for Wabash

By on March 27, 2013

By: ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

Talked about and worked on since 2007, Wabash Landing, a village overlay (VO) development plan, located off Stevens and Wabash Road, received conditional preliminary subdivision and lot add-on plan approval at East Cocalico supervisors March 20 meeting, held at the Stevens Fire Hall.

The development encompasses the Zimmerman and Kreider properties located off Stevens Road and Wabash Road. The property will be next door to the Stevens Fire Company property and surround East Cocalico Township Authority’s Well F. Parts of other additional properties are included to provide recreation and open space.

Jim Henke, from Pioneer Management, Lancaster, has spoken at public meetings about this development over the years. He has requested many waivers, some of which required revision of plans. Included in waivers granted, with stipulations, were less footage required for rear and side yard setbacks for attached garages.

Other issues the developer worked on with East Cocalico Township resulted in improved higher quality design amenities, improved recreation facilities and improved accesses to a public street.

Also addressed was environmental considerations including storm-water and carbonate-geologic features.

Supervisors adopted an ordinance authorizing a 15-year agreement with Blue Ridge Communications. The township will receive five percent of the gross revenues of Blue Ridge from its cable operations. Blue Ridge will submit payment to East Cocalico Township by March 15, for the previous calendar year.

Police Chief George Beever’s letter of commendation to officers Gail Sizer and Brian Dilliplaine was read.

"We don’t like to see these kinds of things happen," said Supervisor Chairman Doug Mackley. "We’re very glad to have such expert assistance available when needed."

On Feb. 15, the officers responded to a call for an unresponsive three-month old infant. "As a result of their lifesaving measures," the letter states, "a pulse was regained."

The infant was taken to Ephrata Community Hospital, and then to Hershey Medical Center. Unfortunately, the infant did not survive, despite the dedicated efforts of all involved.

In other business:

Zoning officer, Tony Luongo, reported six false alarm violations. Luongo also reported that 60 Ridge Road owners continue to deal with property issues, which will be addressed by the district magistrate at an end-of-March hearing.

The zoning office issued two letters regarding roaming dogs and the leash law.

Supervisors discussed and tabled the issue of one property owner on Lakeside Drive being required to connect to the new sewer line. As part of the Cocalico Water Authority’s long-range plan, new sewer line extends on route 897 and property owners are required to connect. Supervisors will work with their solicitor to determine whether this one property owner, whose residence is more than 150 feet from the road, is required by law to connect.

"The state does not like holding tanks," said Mackley. "They are intended to be temporary."

Supervisors approved a June 1 bicycle ride, whose route goes through the township. The beneficiary is Lancaster Farmland Trust. There is a six-mile, a 20-mile and a 50-mile ride.

Lisa Kashner’s positive cardboard dumpster collection statistics were applauded. Supervisors thanked residents for their excellent recycling efforts. On March 13, 1,880 pounds of cardboard were emptied from the dumpster. Beginning mid-December, 2011, the township has recycled a grant total of 16.05 tons of cardboard.

A 2013/2014 Memorandum of Understanding with Lancaster County Conservation District (LCCD) was approved.

"We have a great relationship with this organization," said township manager, Mark Hiester. "We won the award last year for cooperation with them."

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