No more horsin’ around for East Cocalico

By on October 26, 2011

By: ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

Horses did not score the positive win associated with a racing trifecta at the Oct. 19 East Cocalico Township supervisors meeting.

Supervisors reminded people that Reamstown Park does not permit horses on the property. Several citizens reported seeing horses walking through the park.

Citizens also reported seeing young people lead horses down sidewalks in Reamstown. This is not permitted. Anyone who sees either of these activities in progress should notify the police.

Horses came up in a different matter when Zoning Officer Tony Luongo gave his report. A citizen, after cleaning up after his dog in his yard, proceeded to dump the waste down a nearby storm water grate. This is a contaminant and not permitted.

When questioned, the resident said that horse waste is deposited on the roads and ultimately washes down the storm grates. After the resident’s location was cited as an area where very few horses travel, and the odds of any horse regularly depositing waste in the same location on that street were deemed unlikely, the resident complied with proper disposition of his dog waste.

In other business, supervisors awarded Rettew Associates work for any transportation projects using federal funding. Following the regulatory process, each supervisor independently completes his or her government questionnaire where companies interested in the federally funded transportation projects answer specific questions. In tabulating results, Rettew earned top scores from each supervisor.

Township Manager Mark Hiester was appointed as the township’s "agent" to apply for FEMA money to use for township repairs. The minimum amount for which application may be made is $1,000.

Sewage Enforcement Officer Dale High reviewed the history and status of the on-site sewage plans for the Brunner’s Grove Project.

"This has been an on-going project for a number of years," High said. "Originally eight lots were planned; DEP approved five. Now an alternate right-of-way is being considered. That right-of-way is encroaching on the sewage area on the two lower lots, numbered 4 and 5. Perks and probes were done prior to any alternate right-of-way discussion."

High said the two lots in question "are tight" as far as how storm water will flow and where sand mounds are planned. In addition, the perks were very slow. Particularly in the case of the one lot, High suggested restricting the size of the house which can be built, and placing that information in the deed.

"We could also look at discussing factors, such as a narrower right-of-way, to see if that would make it workable," said Brent Lied, land planning engineer.

Hiester suggested checking with the solicitor to ascertain whether deed restrictions such as those suggested by High would be permitted.

Bids for cold patch resulted in Independent Construction of Leola being award the $1,963 bid for 20 tons of cold patch. This includes the township pick-up cost.

A bid for painting the white trim on the township building this calendar year was awarded to Good Brothers in Sinking Spring for $4,345. Doug Mackley, supervisor chairman, explained that this was not the lowest bid. The low bidder ($3,980) noted that he cannot do the job this year.

Responding to citizen’s requests to restrict tractor trailers from turning right at the intersection of Kramer Mill and Reamstown roads, supervisors agreed to ask Scott Russell, transportation engineer, to look at the intersection and make recommendations regarding this tight turn.

Hiester suggested that supervisors consider not mowing the grass on the municipal property as often next year.

"If we can get the mowing cost under $10,000, we won’t have to bid it," said Hiester.

Supervisors alerted the audience that they are checking with other municipalities about how they handle overtime costs for police. As supervisors work on the budget for next year, this is one area in which cost containment will be vigorously persued. Police costs in general will be looked at carefully and possible cuts made since supervisors need to let other municipalities know their fair share of police costs so they can plan their 2012 budgets.

The East Cocalico Police Department serves East and West Cocalico townships and Adamstown and Denver boroughs. Costs are assessed on population and number of calls for service. Data used is from 2010, the most recent full year of data available.

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