Elizabeth Twp. talks about park improvements

By on June 12, 2013

By:

MELINDA S ELMER Record Express Correspondent

, Staff Writer

Discussion continued at Monday’s Supervisors’ meeting about the proposed purchase of a 48-foot windscreen for the pavilion at Elizabeth Township Park. The cost would be $2,700 installed, with a hand crank to evenly roll up the windscreen when it is not in use. An upgrade to an electrically operated version would add an additional $1,000 to the cost.

Supervisor Rodney May said that a neighboring municipality has a similar windscreen system with the hand crank, and the crank has broken. The supervisors were reluctant to spend the extra money for the electric version. May asked if there is a "beefier" model of the crank that would be less prone to breaking. Supervisor Chairman Brian Wiker asked if the electric motor could be retrofitted to the system if the hand crank does not work out. There were no answers.

Either way, the windscreen operation system would be locked and available only with rental of the pavilion. No purchase decision was made.

Supervisor Jeff Burkholder questioned the status of procuring a shed for the park. Road Master Glenn Martin will look into prices for both prebuilt and pole-built sheds. The small building will be used to store equipment at the park.

Looking toward storm season, supervisors would like to upgrade the municipal building’s generator to allow the building to be used as an evacuation location for people whose homes might be uninhabitable because of lack of electricity or other reasons.

After research, township employees have located a good used generator for about half the cost of a new one. Supervisor Barry Wiker thanked Secretary Rita Snavely and Martin for finding the information and following up on it.

The used generator is a ten-year-old John Deere with only about 177 hours of use. It has been used very little during the past five years. The generator would produce about 50-55 kilowatts.

Supervisors tentatively approved the purchase of the used generator if the price is right.

Also coming up, the Summer Playground Program will begin next week. See "Community Events" below.

The Fox Road bridge project should begin in August. Bids for the project will be awarded at a special meeting of the supervisors on June 17 at 7 p.m. The supervisors did not award bids at this week’s regular meeting because they needed more time to review the bids.

In other business, supervisors approved a joint effort with eight other municipalities to study MS4 options. MS4 is the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems regulations.

Last month Lancaster County Conservation District Chairman Frank Burkhart wrote a letter on behalf of Elizabeth, Warwick, Clay and Ephrata Townships from the LCCD to the governor, the FBC and the DEP requesting an evaluation of the sediment situation at Speedwell Forge Lake, as well as assistance with remediation of the problem.

The lake was drained after the dam on Hammer Creek was damaged by Tropical Storm Lee in the autumn of 2011. Sediment draining into the creek is a concern and will be a bigger concern when the dam is breached before being replaced.

Supervisors received a reply from the Fish and Boat Commission stating that 90 percent of the lake bed now has established vegetation that will limit future erosion.

May expressed thanks on behalf of the board of supervisors and the residents of the township to the veterans committee for planting flowers at the Veterans’ Memorial located in Elizabeth Township Park. He also expressed thanks to the resident who talked to another resident about allowing his dog to run loose in the park, and to residents who mow the right-of-way along township roads.

In other business

The Brickerville Fire Company responded to nine fire calls and nine fire police incidents in May. The ambulance report was not available.

The Zoning officer issued six permits in May for work valued at $234,100.

The Sewage Enforcement officer issued one permit for new work and one for a repair in May.

Road Superintendent Glenn Martin reported that the road crew widened the road shoulder along Lakeview Drive near Speedwell Forge and spread mulch at the two township parks. The new Peterbilt truck is finished and is now at the upfitter. The Fox Road culvert construction should be started in August and hopefully will be finished before school starts. Martin said that he got a price on a new tamper because the current one "is about 20 years old and never seems to finish the job." It runs for 15 to 20 minutes and then won’t start again. He will need a tamper for the Fox Road project. The supervisors voted to purchase a new tamper for $2,495.

Supervisors received letters of thanks for annual contributions to the Lititz Public Library, the Lititz RecCenter, and the Brunnerville and Penryn Fire Companies.

A letter from the District Attorney’s Drug Task Force noted no incidents in Elizabeth Township.

The Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting on June 17, at 7 p.m. at the municipal building at 423 South View Drive, Brickerville. This meeting will be for the purpose of awarding the contract for the improvement of the Fox Road bridge. The next regular supervisors meeting will be on July 8, at 7 p.m.

The next regular ET Planning Commission meeting will be on Aug. 7, at 7 p.m.

Community events

The Elizabeth Township Park pavilion, accessed from Rt. 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.

A Summer Playground Program run by the Lititz RecCenter will be held at the municipal building’s tot-lot park on Southview Drive On Tuesday 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 monthly collection of recyclables will be on July 6, from 8 a.m. until noon at the municipal building on South View Drive.

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

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.

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.

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