Mailbox issue Elizabeth Twp. waiting for post office response

By on September 12, 2012

By: MELINDA ELMER Record Express Correspondent, Staff Writer

A few residents of Acorn and Long lanes attended the Elizabeth Township Board of Supervisors meeting Monday night to learn what progress has been made regarding an ongoing disagreement over the placement of 30 mailboxes.

Supervisor Rodney May said that the township had written a letter to the Lititz Post Office asking if the mailboxes could be placed about 650 feet up Acorn Lane, a private drive. The post office does not normally deliver mail on private driveways.

According to May, the post office has sent the question up the chain of command. He has not gotten a reply or an answer.

May told the residents that all further discussion of the matter will be tabled until the Oct. 8 meeting when the township solicitor will be in attendance to answer questions about clear line of sight triangles, right-of-ways and the driveway ordinance.

Long Lane resident Sharon Getz said that she had looked at the township’s ordinance online and said that Long Lane should have a posted speed limit of 40 mph rather than the unposted defacto limit of 55. The township secretary will seek further information from the road superintendent.

Elizabeth Township Planning Commission (ETPC) Chairman Bob Navitski asked that the supervisors be involved in the accelerated process of formulating Impact 2017, the joint comprehensive plan with Lititz Borough and Warwick Township. The Impact team is discussing recreation and green space, future land use and developable land, and transportation improvements. Additional topics include housing development, economic development and sustainability. Navitski invited the supervisors to attend the Sept. 20 meeting of the ETPC.

Supervisor Chairman Brian Wiker said, "That is a very reasonable request. I’ll be there."

Supervisor Jeff Burkholder added, "It’s already on my calendar."

In Elizabeth Township Park business, Road Superintendent Glenn Martin reported that the lawn has been re-seeded along the newly-installed paved walkway. May reported that lawn care personnel told him that nutsedge grass is becoming a problem in the park. After discussion the supervisors decided to authorize the lawn care personnel to spray the area inside the walking trail at a cost of $3,075, or about $2,300 over the cost of traditional fall weed and feed.

In other business:

? The Brickerville Fire Company responded to seven fire calls, 54 ambulance calls and nine fire police incidents in August.

? The zoning officer issued five permits in August for work valued at over $282,000.

? The sewage enforcement officer issued permits for one septic tank repair in August. He made three probe readings and one percolation test.

? The road superintendent’s written report informed the supervisors that the township will receive almost $35,000 in aide for cleanup and repairs after last year’s Tropical Storm Lee.

? Representatives of both the Lititz Public Library and the Lititz recCenter thanked the board for its continued support.

? The monthly collection of recyclables will be on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. until noon, at the municipal building on South View Drive.

? The planning commission’s next regular meeting will be on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.

? The board of supervisors will meet on Monday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m., at the municipal building at 423 South View Drive, Brickerville. The township solicitor will be present to discuss the situation with the mailboxes.

? Community Events:

Penryn Fire Company’s parade will be on Saturday, Sept. 15 at noon.

The Brickerville churches will hold a family day in the church grove along Route 322 on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be games, music and entertainment from Jim Ruhl and Sandy, Andy and Friends.

The Elizabeth Township Park pavilion is available to rent for $65. Call Regional Recreation Director Curt Strasheim at the Lititz recCenter at 626-5096, ext. 237. More ELIZABETH TWP., page A6