East Cocalico supervisors consider safety issues

By on October 5, 2011

By: ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

Three separate safety issues were discussed at the East Cocalico Supervisors Sept. 21 meeting.

The positive efforts of local students collecting trash were lauded at the same time as supervisor Alan Fry cautioned, "Collecting trash on (Route) 272 at dusk is not safe."

Mark Hiester, township manager, will send a letter thanking groups for providing this volunteer service and noting the safety concerns. Supervisors agreed a 5 p.m. quitting time would be safe.

Safety was also on the mind of East Cocalico citizen Dr. Ken McCrea when he asked if supervisors would consider evaluating possible safety issues with other drain pipes in the township following the tragic death of an eight-year-old caught in one during the recent flooding.

"At this time," said Doug Mackley, supervisor chairman, "we have no plans to do this. We extend our sympathy to the family."

Hiester, in an e-mail one day after the meeting, said, "The tragic death related to the storm pipe suggests that more public education about these potential hazards could be performed. The facility was probably designed and built according to the requirements of the time. On the advice from its solicitor and engineer, the board decided to continue evaluating and improving the many such facilities the township owns and requiring proposed facilities to meet current accepted design requirements."

Traffic stacking up toward the turnpike on Colonel Howard Boulevard might be the result of a bad component in the traffic signal. Hiester reported that transportation engineer, Scott Russell, said there was some recent adjustment to the signal. Supervisors agreed to get the signal checked so the situation can be corrected.

In other business, supervisors:

? Extended sympathy to the family of long time Water and Sewer Authority Board member Harold Noll on his death.

? Agreed to the same terms as last year for the East Cocalico Authority lease agreement for the office space that they rent in the municipal building. Based on $15.40 per square foot, the lease is $11,700 per year, or approximately $30 per day.

? Passed Resolution 2011-08 for the East Cocalico Township Police Pension Plan Minimum Municipal Obligation. The annual amount is $496,815.43.

? Passed Resolution 2011-09 for the East Cocalico Township Non-uniformed Pension Plan. The annual amount is $35,030.

? Authorized the trash-a-thon on Oct. 13 for Lititz Area Mennonite School.

? Learned that B.C. Chicken indicated to supervisor Noelle Fortna that they are interested in extending their lease for 15 months on 1975 Reading Road.

? Granted WJ Crossroads preliminary/final plan a 45-day time extension until Nov. 12.

? Heard from zoning officer Tony Luongo that 23 permits were issued, 17 S. Line Road was mowed by the township and a letter sent to the bank and 57 W. Church St. continues to deal with storm water management issues. Fifteen other code enforcement issues were addressed.

Supervisors went into executive session to discuss contract related issues.

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