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Elizabeth Township discusses summer playground, road improvements, police coverage
Elizabeth Township road projects for the coming season will be put out for bids soon and will be opened at the April 14 supervisors meeting. Those projects might include oil and chip maintenance on Sleepy Hollow, Hershey, Reifsnyder and Keener roads.
Additionally, portions of Evans and Elser Hill roads might be reclaimed, a stone base laid and then resurfaced.
Funding from the liquid fuels account is up this year to about $124,000.
Also in April, supervisors will hold a public hearing in conjunction with the regular meeting regarding a proposed storm water management ordinance.
The supervisors also briefly discussed the Summer Playground Program. Last year only about nine different children attended, with an average attendance of five. The cost of the program for the summer was about $1,000.
Township secretary Rita Snavely said she thinks the program was not advertised well. The Lititz recCenter is the sponsor.
During the audience input portion of the meeting, Resident Eileen Lieberman asked if there is anything that can be done about all the litter along the highways. She believes the problem is getting worse, and wondered who makes and enforces litter laws and if signs and fines might be effective.
Supervisor Jeff Burkholder said the state has litter laws. The supervisors generally agreed that signs are just another form of eyesore.
Resident Shawn Long said that he is relatively new to the township, having moved from WarwickTownship. He asked if there has ever been discussion about joining the Northern Lancaster County Regional Police coverage area.
Supervisor Chairman Brian Wiker said that there had been some discussion, but that without restructuring the tax base, it is not economically feasible.
“We would have to implement a tax,” said Burkholder. The real estate tax in ElizabethTownship has been zero for many years.
Long noted that when a milk tanker overturned and spilled into the Hammer Creek, it took the state police about an hour and a half to arrive.
The supervisors noted that a state police officer is in the township most of the time and that in the case of a dangerous emergency, local neighboring police will step in until the state police arrive. Supervisors believe that there is more routine police coverage in the township now than in the past.
In other business:
The township zoning officer issued three permits in February for work valued at $483,300.
The sewage enforcement officer issued one new system permit and two repair permits in February.
Road Superintendent Glenn Martin reported snow and ice removal and preparations for rain and snow melt. Asked how many hours of overtime he had in the past month, Martin replied, “I have no idea.” Resident Ben Sahd commended the local crew for “an outstanding job done throughout this very unusual winter. They are one of the top crews in the county, in my opinion.”
Supervisors voted to spend about $600 for a portable two-way radio for the Brickerville Fire Company, to be shared with township personnel.
The generator at the municipal building is now equipped for automatic start-up.
ElizabethTownship’s new website is online at elizabethtownship.net.
May commended the township staff for a job well done in painting and carpeting the municipal offices and giving them a thorough housecleaning. He noted that even though many records are now digitized, the township is required to keep hard copies of many documents.
The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, April 14, at 7 p.m. at the municipal building at 423 South View Drive, Brickerville.
The annual Penryn Fire Company Mud Sale is March 14 and 15.
The Brickerville Fire Company will hold a chicken BBQ on April 5 from 10 a.m. until sold out. A meal includes boneless chicken BBQ, cheesy potatoes, baked beans, apple sauce, roll, dessert and a beverage. The cost is $10 each. The fire hall is located at 10 Hopeland Road.
The monthly collection of recyclables will be on Saturday, April 5, from 8 until noon at the municipal building on South View Drive.
The PennTownship / Pleasant View Retirement Village Community Day and 5K Run will be on May 3.
The fifth annual Rec Alliance Bike Ride will skirt ElizabethTownship on Clay Road on Sunday, June 22.
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.
Melinda Elmer is a freelance writer who covers the Elizabeth Township municipal beat for the Record Express.