Dollar General can begin construction

By on January 1, 2014

Christmas came early to East Cocalico Supervisors at their Dec. 18 meeting when they were granted unconditional approval of the final land development plan for Dollar General Store, slated for route 272, adjacent to the former train shops.

“All conditions have been met,” said East Cocalico Township manager Mark Hiester, “and Dollar General can move dirt when they want.”

Earlier in the fall, representatives from Dollar General indicated to supervisors that as long as the ground was not frozen they planned to begin construction.

The ordinance amendment for the one percent earned income tax rate to include non-residents was approved.

“The amendment will probably go into effect in 2015,” said Hiester.

If a non-township resident who works in the township is subject to an earned income tax where the person lives, the tax is split between the two municipalities.

Supervisors approved the ordinance which will raise their compensation from $2,500 to $3,250 annually. The PA township code permits this when a township exceeds 10,000 residents.

The raise goes into effect when a supervisor begins a new term. Supervisor Doug Mackley, chairman, who was re-elected in November, will begin to receive his raise in 2014 while Supervisors Alan Fry and Noelle Fortna will need to wait until after they are re-elected.

With two snowstorms already, the Roadmaster reported about 14 hours of overtime since crews needed to be called in over a weekend.

Fortunately 2013 overall was a light snow year. Supervisors approved a resolution to roll over snow removal funds remaining in the 2013 budget to the 2014 budget.

The streets in the Heatherwood development, which have not yet been dedicated to the township, were not plowed by the developer in time, according to the township ordinance. Supervisors noted that this is not the first time that this has occurred, and approved moving forward with enforcement of the ordinance.

Zoning officer, Tony Luongo, reported nine false alarm violations for the month of November.

There were 17 applications for zoning permits, 18 permits issued, three are in review and five are awaiting pick-up. Among the permits issued there were no new residential dwellings, although there were three residential renovations approved.

On Dec. 23, supervisors held a special 5 p.m. meeting to approve the no-tax increase, $5.27 million proposed 2014 budget. The special meeting was necessary since the proposed budget was adopted Dec. 3, and requires 20 days for public viewing.

The 2.5 mill tax rate means a $250 tax bill on a $100,000 home. Each mill is worth approximately $750,000.

The budget can be viewed online and at the township office at 100 Hill Road, Denver.

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