Additions at new park Backstop and Ga-ga pit in the works in Elizabeth Township

By on July 13, 2011

By: MELINDA ELMER Record Express Correspondent, Staff Writer

Work continues to progress at the Elizabeth Township Park.

The second baseball backstop should be installed this week and a local Eagle Scout candidate will soon put in a Ga-ga pit in the area just west of the existing playground. Ga-ga is a game similar to dodge ball and is played in an octagonal enclosure.

Township personnel are having conversations with the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center about having CTC students provide the labor for building the proposed pavilion. Various departments within the CTC must agree to the project and coordinate their schedules.

A septic system is being installed this week for future restroom facilities. Construction is supported through a county grant.

The supervisors approved use of the park fields for soccer and baseball practices and games during the fall sports season.

The supervisors thanked resident Larry Hess, who rototilled some worn and damaged areas of turf so that township workers could replant grass.

In other reports, Penryn Fire Chief Shannon Martin noted 60 fire calls for the first half of 2011. Seven of those calls were in Elizabeth Township. The fire company averages 16 volunteers responding to each call.

Martin thanked the Elizabeth Township supervisors for their donation this year. He said Penryn’s 1991 fire engine was due to be replaced between 2012 and 2014, but some of the fire company members "just don’t want to part with a good (truck)." The township’s donation will help repair and refurbish the truck for a projected additional five years of use.

Martin reported fire losses totaling $1,691,000 during the past six months. The Guyon Industries fire in April accounted for 1.6 million of that total.

"It was the largest fire in Penryn history," Martin said. Firefighters were able to save two buildings in the complex. "Brickerville (fire company) played a very big part in it. They were involved in saving the house. The important thing is that everybody came home; nobody got hurt."

Martin also thanked supervisor Rodney May for his help in correcting some address problems on West Brubaker Valley Road earlier this year. Some house numbers along the road were not in sequential order, making it very difficult for emergency personnel to find people who needed help.

May shared the thanks with "some very dedicated people here in the office, (assistant secretary-treasurer) Rita Snavely and (road master) Glenn Martin."

Elizabeth Township Supervisor Chairman Brian Wiker thanked the Penryn Fire Company "for serving our community."

PennDOT has informed Elizabeth Township that it is planning to resurface Route 501 from Brubaker Valley Road north to the Lebanon county line beginning in 2012, with completion expected by 2013.

The state asked the local municipalities for their input before the project begins. Martin told PennDOT about various storm water and drainage issues, as well as low-hanging trees and phone lines along the road, mostly north of Route 322. He also suggested adding pull-over areas for traffic so emergency vehicles can safely pass.

Volunteers are needed for the monthly recycling collection station at the municipal building on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 8 a.m. until noon. Call the township office at 626-4302 for information.

A summer playground program sponsored by the Lititz recCenter continues through Aug. 11. About a dozen children are attending this year, a few less than last year.

The program is held in the tot lot at the municipal building at Sleepy Hollow Road and South View Drive. Organized activities are held Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon for children ages five to 12. There is no cost.

In other business:

? The Brickerville Fire Police responded to 14 calls in June. The fire company and ambulance association reports were not available.

? The state police reported 40 incidents in Elizabeth Township in May.

? The zoning enforcement officer issued eight permits in June for work valued at $156,836.

? The sewage enforcement officer issued no permits last month.

? Martin reported that Hammer Creek Road was paved. Dust oil will be applied to dirt and gravel roads. Martin will get prices for replacing the guide rails at the Old Pike bridge and the Snavely Mill pond.

? Bingo is held every Tuesday at the Brickerville Fire Hall, 10 Hopeland Road. Doors open at 5 p.m., the kitchen opens at 5:30 and the games begin at 7.

The Brickerville fire hall is available for rental for family and group functions. Call 626-6711.

? Pre-school story time is held the second Friday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Elizabeth Township municipal building, at 423 Southview Drive. Children and their caregivers are invited to attend this free program sponsored by the Lititz Public Library.

? The next board of supervisors meeting will be Monday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. at the municipal building. More ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP, page A16

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