E. Cocalico supervisors OK 7-year cable deal

By on February 13, 2013

By: ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

Citizens in East Cocalico Township will see a bit more revenue returned to their township as a result of working with five other municipalities and a law firm on renewal terms with Blue Ridge Cable Company.

After discussing merits of a five-year plan versus a seven-year plan, supervisors approved a seven-year agreement with Blue Ridge Cable.

"East Cocalico Township worked with Adamstown, Ephrata Township, Ephrata Borough, Warwick Township and Lititz on this issue," said Mark Hiester, East Cocalico Township manager. "The cable company would rather deal with a group of municipalities than deal with each municipality separately."

East Cocalico police chief, George Beever, explained Pa House Bill 38, which supports granting municipal police the right to use radar for speed enforcement. Supervisors approved a letter to Rep. Mindy Fee expressing their support of the bill.

"We are the only state in the country which does not permit municipal police to use radar. Previous issues with the PA State Police or the idea that municipalities would use radar to generate revenue have been resolved," said Beever.

"You (the municipality) don’t get to keep the money from the fines anyway," said Chairman, Doug Mackley. "It gets split several ways."

Supervisors approved two resolutions. The first authorizes duly appointed township fire police to respond, during the 2013 calendar year, to non-emergency functions, such as funerals, parades and other events sponsored by any legally recognized organization within Lancaster County. This includes being dispatched by Lancaster County-Wide Communications (LCWC) to emergency incidents in any other municipalities in the county as a member of the Lancaster County Fire Police Task Force. Supervisors request that communication of such services be given to the township office prior to the event, when possible.

The second resolution approved moves $300,000 from the capital reserve fund to the general fund to meet payroll and other expenditures. This money will be repaid to the capital reserve fund on or before July 31, 2013.

"This is something we, and many other municipalities, do every year," Mackley said. "From January til April no tax revenue comes in, yet there are many bills to pay."

Supervisor Noelle Fortna reported on a meeting regarding 1975 N. Reading Road with Lyle Hoskin from the Economic Development Corporation.

"Lyle had great suggestions, and our committee will be meeting at the end of the month," said Fortna.

The property was purchased jointly by Adamstown, Denver, East Cocalico Township and West Cocalico Township to become a community recreation center. Financially this was not feasible and the weak economy did not make it a good time to sell the property.

In other business:

Supervisors agreed to a 60-day time extension until April 13, 2013 for the Wabash Landing Community’s Preliminary Plan.

Approval was given to Stevens Fire Company to hold a toll road fundraiser at Line Road and Stevens Road on March 23.

Permission was granted to close Ebersole Road on Aug. 10 for Cub Pack 60’s annual Cubmobile Race. Supervisor Alan Fry abstained because he is the Cubmaster.

Supervisors approved High Concrete LLC’s declaration that they will void their Final Lot Add-On/Land Development Plan. High no longer desires to expand the stone storage yard located on Kurtz Road behind Johnny’s Steak House.

Supervisors approved a reduction in the security deposit for the Ridge Road Tract.

A warm welcome was extended to nearly 20 boys from Troop 60, who attended the meeting as part of the requirements for badge work. Heister shared materials with Boy Scout leaders regarding work being done and still needing done as part of the clean up of the Chesapeake Bay.

"You can be a help with efforts to reduce water runoff, clean up streams from disposal of litter, and help to reduce toxic waste," Hiester said.

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