Developer urged to fix E. Cocalico sinkhole Also, local police officer receives SERT award

By on July 11, 2012

By: ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

Officer Gail Sizer was voted Crisis Negotiator of the Year by her peers in the Lancaster County SERT (Special Emergency Response Team) unit. Presenting Officer Sizer (left) with a certificate of appreciation for her service are East Cocalico Supervisors Noelle Fortna, Doug Mackley and Alan Fry (left to right). (Photo by Alice Hummer)

East Cocalico Township Supervisors asked authorized solicitor Tom Goodman to write an enforcement notice to Mike Glass, developer of Heatherwoods, located on Hill Road, Denver, at their July 5 meeting.

Two weeks ago, Glass told East Cocalico Township Manager Mark Hiester that the hole that opened up in the development’s road would be fixed. To date nothing has been done.

Numerous times over the last two years, residents have asked township supervisors for assistance to have Glass finish and topcoat the roads in this phase of the development so that they can be considered for dedication. For the last five years no school busses have entered the development because the roads are not dedicated.

"While the hole in the road is the size of the base of a cone," said zoning officer Tony Luongo, "when you look down into it you can see the hole underneath is three to four times the size (of the one on the surface)."

Hiester, township engineer Brent Lied and Luongo completed an on-site inspection of the hole.

"We have not had a lot of rain, said township resident and retired engineer Bob Roggenburg. "As the water table receded, a sinkhole formed. This is limestone country."

Supervisors agreed that the sinkhole needs to be addressed immediately and that they are also concerned about other outstanding issues.

In other business, supervisors:

? Honored East Cocalico Police Officer Gail Sizer for her award as crisis negotiator of the Year. On June 9 Sizer received her SERT (Special Emergency Response Team) unit award at a banquet at Iron Valley Golf Club. A 17-year veteran with East Cocalico Police Department, Sizer has been a SERT crisis negotiator since 2008. She is one of 13 people trained for this role.

? Adopted an amended ordinance dealing with alarm systems. Fees, starting at $100, for two false alarms within one calendar year will be issued. If the alarm owner has a second false alarm within 15 days of the first false alarm and can show that the alarm company serviced, inspected and modified the alarm and that this second event was a mechanical malfunction, the enforcing officer may waive the fee. The enforcing officer may also consider other conditions, such as a good faith user familiarization process resulting in an error.

? Adopted an ordinance which increases the number of members of the township recreation committee from five to seven members.

? At a June 21 workshop session approved the motion to change Kent Reich from a part-time to a full-time highway department employee.

? Heard Alan Fry report on a meeting with Harvey Achey and Chad Weaver regarding response areas and consideration of making some larger. Right now Smokestown Fire Company doesn’t have enough available manpower to be first responders during the day.

? Gave time extensions to the following projects: Dollar General preliminary land development plan; Wabash Landing preliminary subdivision/annexation plan; Horst Signs preliminary plan and Village of East Cocalico preliminary subdivision plan.

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