Woody waste site slated for cameras

By on November 22, 2011

By: ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

East Cocalico Township supervisors are in possession of a large, heavy pool table. The catch is that it has no legs and was deposited illegally in the township’s woody waste area.

Supervisor chair Doug Mackley and other supervisors Alan Fry and Noelle Fortna all shared disappointment at their Nov. 16 meeting that a few people ruin having the woody waste site available all the time for the optimum convenience of residents.

"We’ll have to start locking it again during off hours," Mackley commented.

Township manager Mark Hiester will include the purchase of cameras in next year’s budget to better monitor the woody waste site.

Supervisors noted that several residents asked about having a place to dump leaves and grass.

"Martin’s Mulch takes these (grass and leaves) for a nominal fee per bag — I think it’s 50 cents," said Mackley.

"I think we need to address the Woody Waste issues first," Fortna said.

The Stewart Annexation Plan, which includes the relocation of a dwelling from Ridge to Reinhold roads, is seeking relief regarding the financial security deposit. Supervisors, in discussion, said that they would consider an alternate approach, that being one which requests an amount for the demolition of the property, such as $2,500.

"Their approach if fine," said Mackley, "but their amount proposed is low."

"We need enough for demolition and grading," said Fry.

Hiester and several township representatives met with Denver Borough Manager Mike Hession and others from Denver pertaining to a driveway access issue on BonView Drive.

"It’s (the driveway access area in question) in the borough, not East Cocalico," said Mackley. "It is not our problem."

Zoning officer Tony Luongo reported no new residential construction last month. There are two cases scheduled for the December zoning board hearing. The Sunoco station is requesting a variance regarding sign lighting and a resident has a proposal for a structure that intrudes on a flood plain.

A house on Ream Road in Ridgeview Estates is abandoned with outstanding fees owed to the township. The residence has been posted as unsafe for human habitation.

"I’ve been contacted by the mortgage lender," said Luongo. "And, that’s a good thing."

Land planning engineer Brent Lied discussed the riparian buffer zone and how it impacts certain lots in Stoney Pointe Development.

"The developer," Lied said, "would like some flexibility on the fringes of these lines to make lot lines better and not have the buffer infringe on lot lines. One approach would be to amend the ordinance to allow trimming a piece (of the buffer) in one spot and allow a bit more at another spot.

Contacted after the supervisor’s workshop meeting on Nov.17, Hiester said, "At the workshop meeting… supervisors did discuss and authorize a draft of a zoning amendment to assist with the fringes of a riparian buffer zone so that a developer could have some flexibility when the fringe of the buffer zone impacts a property line(as in Stoney Pointe)."

Supervisors authorized the final payment for the Kurtz Road Project. Scott Russell, transportation engineer, said that all items are completed and the work is satisfactory.

A one-year phone maintenance agreement with Farlow Communications in Lititz was approved at a cost of $1,430.

Supervisors agreed to have Harry Roth draft an alternative energy zoning amendment at a cost of $3,300.

Budget preparations continue with supervisors approving placing the advertisement for the proposed budget and appointment of Weinhold, Nichol and Co. as the CPA firm in the newspaper on Nov. 23. Adoption of the 2012 budget is slated for the supervisors’ Dec. 21 meeting.

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