Elizabeth Twp. OK’s comprehensive plan

By on May 23, 2013

By:

MELINDA S. ELMER Record Express Correspondent

, Staff Writer

In a rare split decision, Elizabeth Township Supervisors voted Monday to approve a resolution adopting IMPACT 2017, the Warwick/Lititz/Elizabeth Joint Comprehensive Plan. Jeff Burkholder cast the lone dissenting vote, saying there are a "number of things" he is uncomfortable with, but "the main thing is now we have committees being formed to enforce the plan."

Fellow supervisor Rodney May disagreed that committees would be charged with enforcement. Burkholder said he had a number of other issues with the plan but did not elaborate. May said that he liked the sustainability of the plan and the help that it would provide with MS4 (storm water management) compliance.

Resident Eileen Lieberman asked if the supervisors had heard anything about Transferrable Development Rights as they relate to the plan. May said that Warwick Township Manager Dan Zimmerman is willing to come to Elizabeth Township to explain the concept. May thinks that a Planning Commission meeting would be the best venue for that discussion.

Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the current draft of the Warwick Emergency Services Commission Intermunicipal Agreement. The commission would hire a full-time coordinator to be responsible for recruitment, retention and training of volunteers as well as filing incident reports and other paperwork and for bulk purchasing.

In other business, May read portions of letters from Lancaster County Conservation District Chairman Frank Burkhart regarding Speedwell Forge Lake. The dam on Hammer Creek creating the lake was damaged by Tropical Storm Lee in the autumn of 2011 and the lake has since been drained. Sediment draining into the creek is a concern and will be a bigger concern when the dam is breached. Elizabeth, Warwick, Clay and Ephrata Townships had joined in requesting the LCCD to assist in persuading the state to consider the problem and assist in remediation.

Burkhart’s letter stated that the LCCD is not the regulatory agency in this case. He suggested that the townships assert claims "against the PA Fish and Boat Commission as the ‘regulated entity’ or dam owner . . ."

Burkhart also wrote a letter on behalf of the townships from the LCCD to the governor, the FBC and the DEP requesting an evaluation of the situation. Burkhart said it is not right that county residents are forced to comply with many clean water regulations regarding water quality in the Chesapeake Bay while nothing is being done about the sediment discharge from Speedwell Forge Lake. "It is imperative to repair the damage that has been done and to prevent further discharge from occurring."

Lieberman noted that she had attended a meeting at Speedwell County Park during which sediment from the lake was displayed. She said, "It looked very rich" and is high in nitrates. The question is where to apply the dried sediment if it is removed from the lake and stream beds. "The process to dry the sediment takes a long time." There have been discussions with a farmer in the area about applying sediment to agricultural fields.

Other business

The Brickerville Fire Company responded to six fire calls, 30 ambulance calls and 11 fire police incidents in April.

The Zoning officer issued 13 permits in April for work valued at $949,734.

The Sewage Enforcement officer issued one permit for new work, one for a modification and two for repairs in April.

The Road Superintendent reported that a number of signs were replaced again this month after being pulled out of the ground and thrown into nearby fields. Repairs were made to dirt and gravel roads, particularly portions where four-wheel-drive vehicles run off the road and damage the shoulders and gutters. Large rocks were placed in some locations. Also, the new Peterbilt truck should be ready within two weeks.

The next regular ET Planning Commission meeting will be June 5, at 7 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors will meet on June 10 at 7 p.m. at the municipal building at 423 South View Drive, Brickerville.

Community events

The Elizabeth Township Park pavilion, accessed from Rte.. 322 and Keener Road, is available to rent for $65 a day or portion of a day. The restrooms are open for the season for anyone using the park. Call 626-4302.

The monthly collection of recyclables will be on June 1, from 8 until noon at the municipal building on South View Drive.

A Summer Playground Program run by the Lititz RecCenter will be held at the municipal building’s tot-lot park on Southview Drive on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 18 through Aug. 8, from 9:30 until noon. Children ages five through twelve are welcome. The program is fully staffed by trained, qualified individuals. Parents are not required to remain with their children after they are registered.

The annual Rec Alliance Bike Ride will be on June 23.

The Brickerville United Lutheran Church will hold its annual picnic featuring the Ringgold band on July 6 in the picnic grove across Route 322 from the church.

The Lititz Library provides a free story hour for preschoolers and a caregiver on the second Friday of each month at 10 a.m. at the municipal building. No pre-registration is needed. Call the library at 626-2255 for information.

Brickerville Community Day will be on July 27 at the Brickerville Fire Hall on Hopeland Road.

The Brickerville Fire Company offers Bingo every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the fire hall, at 10 Hopeland Road. A light supper is available.

The YMCA Duathlon will be held Sept. 7. (Formerly the Triathlon, the swimming portion of the event had to be canceled because the lake has been drained for dam repairs).

The Fox Rd. bridge project will take two weeks; the road will be intermittenly closed.

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