Speedwell delayed to 2016

By on March 13, 2013

By: MELINDA S. ELMER Record Express Correspondent, Staff Writer



Record Express file photoSpeedwell Forge Lake is now referred to as Speedwell Swamp. Its status was discussed Monday night in Elizabeth Township.

"Do we have a ‘Speedwell Swamp’ update?" Elizabeth Township resident Barry Lieberman asked supervisors on Monday.

Supervisor Chairman Brian Wiker replied that the Speedwell Forge Dam reconstruction project "is moving forward." Fellow supervisor Rodney May chimed in that he, Township secretary Rita Snavely and State Representative Mindy Fee had met with the Fish and Boat Commission recently. They were assured that the project is "moving ahead, but has been pushed back a year" with a new completion date in 2016.

May also confirmed that the Save Speedwell organization has received a grant to remove sediment from the lake bed.

Wiker said he is concerned that the $6.5 million that the Governor is "keeping in a box somewhere" for the project will get lost. Wiker noted that the Governor hasn’t publicly said that the money is there. Former State Representative John Bear had tried before he retired to get the Governor to come to the area to make the announcement, but it did not happen.

Supervisors also voted to join 30 other county municipalities in an appeal of the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) conditional approval of Lancaster County’s Act 167 Plan, the storm water management plan. As it is written, there is no process for allowing for waivers of the plan. Township Solicitor Joselle Cleary listed eleven objections to Act 167 in her brief for the township. The appeal, which has the support of the Building Industry Association, will be heard by the PA Environmental Hearing Board.

In other ongoing news in the Township:

Resident John King approached the supervisors in January to say that Google maps and GPS devices do not have an accurate representation of his neighborhood, causing delivery companies great difficulty. May noted that contacts had been made and the map services only update their photos every three years or so, but the emergency management services do have accurate records.

In February, resident Tom Benjamin told the supervisors he was not happy to learn that the township owns 2000 square feet of his front yard, limiting his ability to obtain a building permit for a garage. He told the supervisors that he was no longer inclined to maintain property that he does not own. May explained that while there is no law stating that homeowners must maintain the property up to the cartway or edge of the road, there is case law that sets the precedent.

May explained that regardless of the name on the deed, the number of square feet in the township’s right of way cannot be counted as port of the total when determining the percentage of square feet that may be covered by buildings.

In other business, Road Supervisor Glenn Martin reported that the Department of Environmental Protection had issued the permit for the Fox Road bridge project. Martin said he plans to identify the easements and right of ways and bid the project so that it is finished before school. The bid will name a completion time frame with penalties for missing the deadline.

Road projects planned for this year include oil and chip covering of roads west of Route 501 that were not done last year, shoulder work along Long Lane and the lower part of Reifsnyder Road, and possibly repairs to Evans Road as time and funds allow. These are in addition to the Fox Road bridge and culvert work. Bids will be opened April 15.

Supervisors reported that the mowing, fertilizing and weed control for the township park will be done by the same contractor as last year at the same cost. The contract will not be put out for bids.

Supervisors tabled the purchase of a generator and fuel tanks for the municipal building. Wiker said, "I’m inclined to put it in the budget for next year because we have a big year this year with the (Fox Road) bridge project."

In other business

? The Brickerville Fire Company responded to 15 fire calls, 42 ambulance calls and 13 fire police incidents in February.

? The Zoning officer issued four permits in February for work valued at $345,750.

? The Sewage Enforcement officer issued one new permit in February.

? There were no Burning Ordinance violations in February.

? The next regular ETPC meeting will be on April 3 at 7 p.m.

? The Board of Supervisors will meet on April 15 at 7 p.m. at the municipal building at 423 South View Drive, Brickerville.

Community events

? The monthly collection of recyclables will be on April 6 from 8 until noon at the municipal building on South View Drive.

? The Lititz Library provides a free story hour for preschoolers and a caregiver the second Friday of each month at 10 a.m. at the municipal building. This month’s story time will be on April 12. No pre-registration is needed. Call the library at 626-2255 for information.

? A Summer Playground Program run by the Lititz RecCenter will be held at the municipal building’s park on Southview Drive from June 18 through Aug. 8, from 9:30 until noon.

? The Penn Township-Pleasant View Retirement Village Community Day and 5K Run will be on Saturday, May 4.

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

? 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 Brickerville Fire Company offers Bingo every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the fire hall, at 10 Hopeland Road. A light supper is available. More ELIZABETH TWP., page A20