Strauss elected Brickerville chief Wiker reelected chairman of Elizabeth Twp. supervisors

By on January 9, 2013

By: MELINDA ELMER Record Express Correspondent, Staff Writer

The Elizabeth Township supervisors observed a moment of silence for Brickerville Fire Chief Sid Adams, who passed away last month.

Newly-elected fire Chief Jeff Strauss said that, although he has been a member of the fire company for 34 years and a captain for 15 years, he has "incredibly big shoes to fill. But I think we can get the job done. We have a great group of guys."

Strauss reported that the fire company answered 125 calls and the ambulance answered 572 calls in 2013. They averaged 10 personnel per call, and spent 12,075 man-hours in training, not including fundraisers like chicken barbecues and the weekly bingo games. He thanked the supervisors, road crew and residents for their support.

Supervisor Jeff Burkholder said, "Sid was an incredible fire chief. Forty years is a long time, and it was all voluntary. He showed huge dedication (to our community). If there is anything we can do to help out, we want to work together."

Supervisor Rodney May added, "People don’t realize the great volunteers we have until they need them. The volunteers drive in (to the fire house) and risk their lives. In these nuisance storms that we have, they work together with our road crew, sometimes after hours, to salt the roads and trim trees and push back downed branches to help our residents. And we need more volunteers."

To volunteer or for more information about the Brickerville Volunteer Fire Company and Ambulance, call 626-6711. The fire company and the ambulance hold monthly business meetings on the last Monday evening of the month. Weekly training is held every Monday evening. More information is also available online at brickervillefire.com.

In the regular business of the new year, the supervisors reelected Brian Wiker as chairman. Wiker was absent from the meeting because he and his wife recently welcomed a new daughter into the world. Jeff Burkholder was reelected vice-chairman, and Rodney May was appointed secretary-treasurer.

The wages to be paid to supervisors for work in a capacity other than supervisor was kept at $16 an hour.

Glenn Martin was reappointed road superintendent and Tim Shreiner was rehired as road laborer. Rita Snavely was rehired as assistant secretary-treasurer. These employees were given a two percent wage increase.

Amos Miller II was reappointed as sewage enforcement officer; he retains the same fee schedule as 2012.

Barry Wagner was reappointed as the zoning officer and nuisance ordinance enforcement officer.

The supervisors discussed and approved a storm water management plan for Amos Stoltzfus on Evans Road. Stoltzfus built a house on a farm property, and plans to build a carriage house/horse barn, and a free-range chicken house for 12,000 layers.

Critter Catcher, Inc. assisted the township in December when the state’s dog enforcement officer was unable to apprehend a black lab that was struck and injured on Route 322. "I have resources that the dog officer doesn’t have," said Mike Miller of Critter Catcher. He was able to tranquilize, capture and assist the dog. The unidentified dog was kept for 48 hours as required by law before being taken to the Berks County Humane League. The Lancaster County Humane League no longer accepts strays from non-member municipalities. The supervisors decided the township could no longer afford the Lancaster Humane Leagues fees.

Residents of Hickory Drive asked the supervisors for assistance in correcting difficulties caused by the recent re-numbering of their street. The supervisors had decided, at the request of the fire department, to renumber some homes so that the numbers proceed in order. Since that has been done, GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) systems are unable to correctly locate some homes.

Resident John King explained that he recently asked a state trooper to put his home address into the trooper’s GPS. "It showed up in the wrong block, on the wrong side of the street," King said. "Some people at the ends of the block are a quarter mile off. I think it’s very important to get this fixed. I talked to Google about correcting it, but they won’t do it for me."

King believes Google will only work with government officials on such matters. Supervisor Rodney May will look into it.

In other business:

The Brickerville Fire Company responded to 15 fire calls, 66 ambulance calls and 17 fire police incidents in December.

The zoning officer issued five permits in December for work valued at $158,062. During 2012, 66 of a requested 76 zoning permits were approved, with a total value of $2,367,866.

The sewage enforcement officer issued no permits in December.

The road crew attended MS4 (Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems) training in December. All subcontractors for lawn mowing, fertilizer and pest control spraying will also have to be trained as part of the ongoing effort to protect water quality.

The Planning Commission will hold a workshop meeting Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m.

The next regular ETPC meeting will be on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m.

"The monthly collection of recyclables will be on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 8 a.m. until noon at the municipal building on South View Drive. The Christmas tree drop-off area will be available then as well. Volunteers are needed to man the recycling drop-off for 2013.

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 Lititz Public Library provides a free story hour for preschoolers and a caregivers 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 board of supervisors will meet on Monday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at the municipal building at 423 South View Drive, Brickerville. More ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP, page A12