Emergency services partnership efforts lauded by East Cocalico supervisors

By on July 22, 2015


East Cocalico Township supervisors passed a resolution supporting the ongoing efforts to create a “more sustainable and effective emergency services partnership” of Reamstown Fire Company, Reamstown Ambulance, Smokestown Fire Company, and Stevens Fire Company at their July 16 meeting.

A steering committee of representatives from each company is working on how a more cooperative relationship of the four emergency providers could provide enhanced service and help reduce costs for the individual fire companies and ambulance association. Whether that takes the form of a “merger” or “consolidation” has yet to be determined.

Supervisors have consistently said that the last thing that they want to do is dictate how the fire companies and ambulance association should be operating.

“This township is grateful for everything the emergency services do,” said Mackley. “They’re all volunteers.”

Resident safety was also highlighted by Supervisor Noelle Fry who commented on an informative seminar pertaining to synthetic heroin she attended.

“This drug is very dangerous and it’s a problem everywhere in our county. It’s important to have the services of the Drug Task Force…It’s a worthwhile effort and a shame that some municipalities don’t contribute.”

“Municipalities are asked to contribute $1 per capita and East Cocalico Township does contribute approximately $10,000 annually,” Mackley said.

Land Planning Engineer Brent Lied recommended and supervisors granted a time extension until Oct. 19 to Fox Brooke developers for a preliminary subdivision and land development plan.

“It’s the biggest development in the township to date and it takes some time for everyone to look over the plans submitted,” said Mark Hiester, East Cocalico Township manager.

Fox Brooke Development calls for approximately 400 new dwellings along Route 897 South and uses the village overlay concept, which permits more housing density providing certain amenity regulations are met.

In other business, supervisors:

* Heard that the Highway Department, in addition to all its other summer jobs, is working hard on replacing 200 feet of 30-inch storm drain pipe that collapsed on Bunker Hill Road.

* Announced that the Fritztown Social Quarters was the correct organization to thank for the contribution received and acknowledged at supervisors July 1 meeting.

* Expressed appreciation for Larry Paul’s 22 years of work on the township road crew.

* Approved Procopio’s Pizza paying its $4,536 traffic impact fee in monthly installments of $378 for one year.

* Heard Supervisor Alan Fry report that the Reamstown Community Pool continues to operate satisfactorily and attract record attendance.

* Heard Zoning Officer Tony Luongo’s report. Items highlighted include two new single family residence permits, four property maintenance notices mailed, three high grass/weeds letters sent, and 16 false alarm violations in June.

* Authorized the 2016 police services letters, which were dated and sent June 30, 2015 following action at an unannounced June 22 meeting with all supervisors and two Denver Council members.


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